Munster Club Semi-Final
Dr Crokes v St Finbarr’s
Today at 1.30pm
Dr Crokes are just 60 minutes away from their third Munster final in as many years after last weekend’s comprehensive victory over Moyle Rovers in Tipperary. Free-scoring forwards Kieran O’Leary (2-2) and Tony Brosnan (0-7) were once again to the fore for the Black and Amber as they coasted to a 3-15 to 0-8 win.
The Kerry champions are heavy favourites to prevail at home to St Finbarr’s on Sunday but influential midfielder Daithí Casey says his side are taking nothing for granted.
“It’s going to be very difficult,” he said. “They obviously have some star players like Ian McGuire, Michael Shields and Stephen Sherlock, and they brought Nemo to a replay last year (Nemo subsequently defeated Crokes in the Munster final). So we certainly have big respect for them.
“I actually don’t think being at home will be a huge advantage to us because we don’t play many championship games in Lewis Road; it’s usually Fitzgerald Stadium or Austin Stack Park. It’s going to be a very tough game and we’ll have to be at our best – even better than we’ve played in the last few weeks – to beat them.”
Crokes didn’t get much respite between their county final heroics and last weekend’s Munster quarter-final but Casey said it was just a matter of focussing on the task at hand.
“We thoroughly enjoyed our celebrations on Sunday and Monday and got back to the training on Wednesday. We trained a bit on Friday then and it was more about getting the heads right for the trip away than anything.
“The biggest thing at this time of year is that you don’t know what to expect. You’re going away to different pitches, the weather can have an effect… We’ve been lucky enough over the last few years to have been playing in November so that experience should definitely count for something.”
Intermediate champions Kilcummin are also on the cusp of a Munster final after their hard-fought win against Kilrush in Clare. Late points from Chris O’Leary, Philip Casey (2) and Noel Duggan secured a 0-10 to 0-7 victory for the Kerrymen, who will now host Kilmacthomas from Waterford in the last four. That game will also take place on Sunday at 1.30pm.
Pic: Eamonn Keogh.
The secret is in the book!
By Michelle Crean The secret to finding your true happiness is all in a new book which will guide readers to unlock their potential. Brazilian native Michelle Hadad, who moved to Ireland 14 years ago has written ‘The Secret Box: Concave and Convex’, a 432 page book which addresses the issues of suicide and develops into […]
By Michelle Crean
The secret to finding your true happiness is all in a new book which will guide readers to unlock their potential.
Brazilian native Michelle Hadad, who moved to Ireland 14 years ago has written ‘The Secret Box: Concave and Convex’, a 432 page book which addresses the issues of suicide and develops into two different narratives.
It is also a follow up to her previous work ‘The Secret Box…Finding the Key’, a 192 page paperback launched by Michael Healy-Rae TD and reviewed by now retired judge James O’Connor, in October 2017.
Michelle, who studied adult psychology and is a NLP practitioner who encourages clients to transform limiting self-beliefs, explains that this version continues the story of Maria from the first book.
In the first book, the reader compares and contrasts their own life experiences with those of Maria and ask themselves the very question posed at the end of the book in the final chapter or ‘Padlock 13’ – “who are you?”
“Readers are outside the box, they see their own stories – that’s when we judge others,” Michelle told the Killarney Advertiser.
“It is fiction and the story is in two versions, the positive is bigger than the negative. There is always hope regardless of pain.”
She added that people need to forget about what others think, and focus on their own values and traditions.
“It’s a self help book, it doesn’t matter what people think of us, life’s too short. I’m motivating people in a positive way because of my NLP and psychology qualification.”
However, she emphasised that readers don’t have to have read the first book to understand the second one.
“Maria is the leading figure and there’s a few characters from book one but you don’t have to read that to get book two.”
She added that she’s thankful to everyone who helped her along the way.
“I have been blessed to have met so many people to help with my books.”
Both books are available from O’Connor’s Centra, The Reeks and Horans Health Store on Beech Road.
Green light for teen accommodation
By Michelle Crean Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead. An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment. The teens living within the premises […]
By Michelle Crean
Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead.
An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment.
The teens living within the premises will be supervised by applicant Eileen O’Brien who will live on the ground floor of the premises.
The two one-bed apartments on the second floor would either be rented out or used for independent living for the teenagers as they reach adulthood.
The two-bed apartment will be on the third floor. There are also plans for balconies at second and third floor levels.
The proposed apartment building is contemporary in design with a mix of stone and render finish on the lower floors and synthetic burned timber finish on the upper floors. The second floor is recessed at the front and the third floor is recessed at the front and the rear with a decorative feature on the front elevation comprising dark grey timber steel poles. The building will also have a flat roof.
Planning permission was granted subject to 14 conditions including a two-metre high boundary wall to be constructed on south, south-western boundaries of the site and there’s to be no overnight commercial guest accommodation.
Fans return to Fitzgerald Stadium after eight months
By Sean Moriarty Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game. Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the […]
By Sean Moriarty
Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game.
Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the first game at the stadium since the 2020 Kerry Petroleum Intermediate Club Football Championship Quarter-Final when Glenbeigh-Glencar played Beaufort on October 4 last year.
Due to current restrictions only 200 fans were allowed attend Saturday’s big match. That will remain in place for Kerry’s opening Munster Championship tie with Clare on June 26.
“It had been more than eight months since Fitzgerald Stadium welcomed back fans to the venue,” stadium PRO Tatyana McGough told the Killarney Advertiser. “Everything went exceptionally well.”
She is hopeful that more restrictions will be eased on July 5, paving the way for an increase in capacity to 500 fans in time for the July 25 Munster Final.
“It is likely that from July 5 up to 500 spectators may be permitted to attend games. We hope this number will increase for the Munster Final. If it is a Cork versus Kerry Munster Final the game will be fixed for Sunday July 25 at 4pm in the Fitzgerald Stadium. The stadium’s staff are very confident in being able to host any number of fans that may be allowed.”
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