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Celtic boss: Experience will stand to us in Munster semi-final



Munster Junior Cup Semi-Final

Pike Rovers v Killarney Celtic

Sunday at 2.30pm


Killarney Celtic face Pike Rovers in the semi-final of the Munster Junior Cup on Sunday and manager Eoghan Donnellan believes that his side’s experience in big games will stand to them in what will undoubtedly be one of the most important days in the history of the club.

Celtic reached the semi-final of last year’s FAI Junior Cup and over the past the couple of seasons they’ve faced into some incredibly tough away ties the length and breadth of the country. Pike will provide another stern test and the Hoops will need all their big match know-how to get over the line and reach the final of this hugely prestigious tournament.

“We’ve met all the top teams in the country,” Donnellan said. “We’ve been to Limerick. We played Ballynanty there last year and came away with a win, we went to Newmarket and came away with a win and we’ve beaten Janesboro. North End, who put us out of the FAI Junior this year, have reached the final of that competition. So look, we know we can match the best teams but you’ve got to turn up. It’ll be an intimidating enough atmosphere. We’ve got to make sure we give it our best.”

The word from inside the camp is that preparations for the crunch fixture are going according to plan. The league leaders put five past Listowel last Sunday, despite being without the services of a few first team players, and their form in all competitions has been impressive to say the least.

Celtic fans have followed their team all over Ireland throughout the past two seasons and Donnellan is hoping for another big travelling support on Sunday.

“We have great supporters,” he said. “They’re very vocal and it’s all positive stuff. They’re constantly praising the team and encouraging them. The more supporters we can get on Sunday, the better.”

For information on the supporter’s bus, check out the Killarney Celtic Facebook page or contact Ramona on 087 6615532.


On the domestic scene, and in relation to the article I wrote last week, Donnellan’s side have had to deal with walkovers as much as anyone so I was interested in hearing his perspective on the issue.

“I think it is a problem, to be fair,” he reflected. “You’re trying to prepare for different competitions and the more matches you have, I think it’s better for all teams. But a lot of clubs are under pressure with guys playing two sports. We’re now coming into the Club Championship period for the GAA teams so a lot of them are under pressure to play GAA over soccer at this time of the year.”

“We have an all weather pitch, yet we’ve more home games left than anyone else,” he continued. “Our pitch was available all throughout the winter and we’d gladly take fixtures at any time at all.”

“It’s disappointing for teams to give walkovers because there’s nothing to be gained from it. To be fair, the KDL are trying to do their best. They’ve said that if you give three walkovers you get relegated. But there’s nothing you can do. I’m involved with Killarney Celtic way back into the late 80s and early 90s and there was always a problem with teams not fulfilling fixtures.”

So does the Celtic boss think that there’s any possible solution?

“If there were more games played earlier on in the season, I think it would be beneficial for everyone. Last year we played the league final on July 3 and had basically 10 days off before we played the FAI Cup game. The season goes on too long in my view. The season should be wrapped up, like it is in most counties, by the end of May. At least then fellas are off for the summer and they can do whatever they need to do, take holidays or play football, and in September/October they’re back into the soccer world and there maybe isn’t as much GAA as there is in the summer months.”

I couldn’t agree more. Last year felt like The NeverEnding Story and we were still hungover from our celebrations when we started back training. With only 8 active teams in the league this season, everyone should be finished far earlier. It will be interesting to see if it works out that way.



Killarney centre stage for Pride Festival

The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage. Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July […]




The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage.

Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July 17 to 21.

The organisation’s flagship Party in the Park event will be held again in Killarney House and Gardens, following the Pride march in the town centre on July 20.

This year, in solidarity with the people of Palestine, Kingdom Pride in Kerry is inviting the people of Kerry to come to show their unity by bringing Palestinian flags and kites to the march, and to the Party in the Park.

“Pride is a protest for human rights all over the world. Here in the Kingdom, we have been so lucky to receive tremendous community support from our allies and supporters, and we see the struggle for liberation of all peoples as a united cause,” said Daniel Quirke, chairperson of the organising committee.

“Our events have always welcomed everyone, regardless of gender, orientation, religion, or nationality. We truly believe that together we can create positive change through caring for and loving one another. This year is no exception, and we look forward to helping to highlight the Palestinian cause, and to bringing people together to keep generating positive change for all people.”

Events will take place in Cahersiveen, Listowel, Killorglin, Tralee and Dingle, and include an Irish comedy night with Áine Gallagher, an Irish-language movie screening, yoga, sea swimming, poetry and storytelling, bowling, pitch and putt, a lively drag night at the INEC, and plenty more for people of all ages.

“We do our best to keep tickets as low-cost as possible, and we have lots of events that are totally free to attend. It is important to us that people can share Pride with us, regardless of income. Especially with the rise of the cost of living putting a strain on people’s pockets.” added the chairperson.


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A weekend of Live Music, Fun and Entertainment, at FleskFest 2024

The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event. “It promises to be […]




The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event.

“It promises to be the festival weekend of the summer, an event you don’t want to miss out on. Last year’s Festival was a fantastic memorable experience for our community, a time to get together and celebrate,” said festival PRO Seán Daly.

Organised by Glenflesk GAA, FleskFest 24 will take place at the Barraduff Community Field next week.
There will be a fully licensed bar in the Fest Marquee, some amazing live music on The Big Stage, food trucks and much more.
Glenflesk GAA club’s biggest fundraiser of the year includes a new-for-2024 Texas Holdem Poker Tournament on Thursday night.
Weekend highlights include old-time waltzing, jiving and polka sets with Paudie McAuliffe and Paudie Coffey Band on Friday,
On Saturday, the new Well Flesk event will take place.
“A morning of self-care and wellness at Flesk Fest featuring masterclasses in yoga, pilates, mindfulness, spinning, fitness sessions, workouts, firewood sauna and ice pods with a range of experienced and qualified instructors,” added Daly.
Leading local musician Johnny Courtney and Friends, Sam and Ina, The O’Donoghue Sisters, Reigning All Ireland Champions Glenflesk Ballad Group, and The Border Boys will take to the Big Stage over the weekend.
Sunday is Family Fun Day with children’s entertainment and disco and the All-Ireland Hurling Final Live on the Big screen followed by music with Thingamajig.
The festival will finish with a Sunday evening session with the Meadhbh Walsh Band.

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