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

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Munster Junior Cup Semi-Final

Pike Rovers v Killarney Celtic

Sunday at 2.30pm

(Limerick)

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.

Walkovers

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.

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Applecroft B&B named in Ireland’s Top 10

By Michelle Crean What a better way for a local business to celebrate its silver jubilee than to be named in the Top 10 places to stay in Ireland especially as they prepare to reopen after the pandemic. Owners Kathy and Don Brosnan, who run Applecroft House in Woodlawn, were named number 6 in Ireland’s […]

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By Michelle Crean

What a better way for a local business to celebrate its silver jubilee than to be named in the Top 10 places to stay in Ireland especially as they prepare to reopen after the pandemic.

Owners Kathy and Don Brosnan, who run Applecroft House in Woodlawn, were named number 6 in Ireland’s Top 10 B&Bs for 2022 by the Irish Independent ‘Reader Travel Awards’ while Ireland’s Best B&B was named as Dingle’s Pax House.

The couple began their business in 1997 and are very happy with the feedback from visitors who voted for their B&B, especially after two difficult years.

“I’m thrilled, especially as we’re celebrating our silver jubilee this year,” Kathy told the Killarney Advertiser.

The couple built their house in the early ’80s and aptly named it ‘Applecroft’ as it was built in a field which has an orchard.

In the late ’90s they opened five spacious rooms up, each with its own theme; 
‘Poet’s Corner’, ‘Past Times’, ‘The 19th Green’, ‘The Race-goer’s Club’ and ‘The Kerry Way’, for guests as Kathy, who worked in The Europe Hotel and the Great Southern Killarney for many years, had a passion to bring a great stay experience to guests visiting Killarney. They kept themselves busy planting in their two acre garden during the pandemic.

They have won numerous awards over the years and have had film crews in but this latest award is the icing on the cake for the couple who are looking forward to reopening in late March.

“It’s amazing, and a bonus especially with the two years we’ve had. We’ve never experienced anything like that. It was “wow” – we were preparing to reopen on St Patrick’s Day that year and all of a sudden everything closed down on the 16. It was a big shock.”

Don creates amazing bread and scones which guests rave about, she added.

“I was delighted as we came tenth for breakfast and sixth for the B&B.”

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Tributes paid to life-long Legion supporter

By Sean Moriarty Legion GAA Club has led tributes to one of their most ‘fervent’ supporters who passed away on Tuesday. Described as one of the town’s ‘old stock’, Tim Looney from Coolgraine Park and late of Daltons Avenue, was a central part of Killarney’s rich sporting heritage. As well as a life-long supporter of […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Legion GAA Club has led tributes to one of their most ‘fervent’ supporters who passed away on Tuesday.

Described as one of the town’s ‘old stock’, Tim Looney from Coolgraine Park and late of Daltons Avenue, was a central part of Killarney’s rich sporting heritage.

As well as a life-long supporter of Legion, he played basketball in the famous town leagues of the 1970s and the seven-a-side soccer ‘Wipeouts’ competitions.

“He was a very proud Legion man and always flew the green and white flag out his window whenever the club was playing in a big game,” PRO Enda Walshe told the Killarney Advertiser. “He was a fervent loyal club supporter but was also one of the characters of the winter basketball leagues.”

Tim was also a regular participant in Dart Pub Leagues back in the 1970s and 1980s.

Tim’s funeral took place today (Friday). He was laid to rest at Killarney Burial Ground after 10am Mass St Mary’s Cathedral.

Tim is survived by his wife Nuala, his children Joanne, Paudie and Timmy, and was a much loved grandfather to Stephen, Makaela, Chloe, Padraic, Keelan, Alex and the late Lorna. He will also be sadly missed by his daughters-in-law Margaret and Sharon, son-in-law Tony, sisters Kathleen, Sheila and Ann, brothers Lewis-John and Paddy, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews, relatives, neighbours and many great friends.

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