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Celtic host Dingle in crucial league match

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Friday at 7.45pm

Premier A

Killarney Celtic v Dingle Bay Rovers

(Celtic Park)

Killarney Celtic are back in league action this weekend as they face Dingle in a fixture that could have major ramifications for all the teams in contention at the top end of the Kerry Premier A.

Celtic are currently in second place, three points behind neighbours Athletic with four games in hand. Dingle are level on 22 points with Celtic and have three games in hand on the leaders so this tie is a real six-pointer. From Athletic’s point of view, it’s probably better if Celtic win. If they run away in first, we’ll have a better chance of catching Dingle and sneaking into second. We still have to play both teams.

Dingle will be hoping to make amends for the reverse fixture in September when Celtic spanked them 7-0 in Gallarus. The 2016 champions have won every game since then, though, and were very impressive that day against us when they played us off the pitch.

Paudie Quinn and Seán Fitzgerald are very dangerous up front and they have some nice ballers like Luke Burgess and Joe Sheehy in midfield.

Just a brief sidenote, it was surprising to see them pick up a walkover against Listowel last week. It’s really disappointing that a club as big as Listowel couldn’t field a team for a home game, especially considering how good they are. They took points off us and Dingle in their first two games and people were talking about them possibly contending for the title.

It’s especially frustrating for us because we need Dingle to drop points but look, it’s not Dingle’s fault. I’m sure they would rather have beaten Listowel on the pitch. We benefited from walkovers last year as well so we can’t complain. It’s just sad.

Anyway. Both Celtic and Dingle have plenty of goals in them so it could be a serious game on Friday night.

Celtic will possibly be slight favourites coming off the back of their resounding win over Southend United in the quarter final of the Munster Junior Cup. It was the second time in a month that the Hoops travelled to Ozier Park following their 2-1 extra time victory over Waterford Crystal in the last round. Last weekend’s result was even more emphatic as they ran out 3-0 winners against a strong Southend side. Gary Keane, Peter McCarthy and Chris O’Leary found the target for the visitors.

It certainly won’t get any easier for Celtic in this competition because the standard is really, really high. Janesboro are already in the hat for the semi-finals and two of Newmarket Celtic, St Michael’s, Carrick United B and Pike Rovers will be joining them. Celtic’s track record, both home and away, speaks for itself, however, so they won’t fear anyone in the next round.

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Future Kerry railway plans revealed

By Sean Moriarty Elected members of Kerry County Council have led calls for Iarnród Éireann’s timetable to fall into line with airline schedule at Kerry Airport. On Monday of this week Barry Kenny of Iarnród Éireann gave a presentation to elected members of the council. During the meeting he outlined some of the railway company’s plans […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Elected members of Kerry County Council have led calls for Iarnród Éireann’s timetable to fall into line with airline schedule at Kerry Airport.

On Monday of this week Barry Kenny of Iarnród Éireann gave a presentation to elected members of the council.

During the meeting he outlined some of the railway company’s plans and ambitions from now until 2027.

These include an increase in frequency on the Tralee to Mallow line.

It is hoped to have one train an hour operating on the line at peak times and two-hourly off-peak.

In a perfect world, the rail station at Farranfore would be placed across the road from the airport and not a 1km walk away but such a move is not likely to happen.

Cllr Norma Moriarty, of the Kenmare Municipal District explained how she was on trip to Yorkshire a few years ago.

“I flew from Kerry to Manchester and was able to get a connecting train to Yorkshire without ever leaving the airport building,” she said. “The people I was visiting were very surprised to hear me talk about this so much – it is normal to them.”

Under the Strategy 2027 plan Killarney rail station will get repainted and new signs will be put in place during 2022.

Additional parking spaces will be created at Farranfore Railway station and this lead to calls for a similar expansion at Rathmore.

“A lot of people from South Kerry use Rathmore railway station,” said local councillor Niall Kelleher. “They drive up from Kenmare and cut across by Glenflesk.”

Mr Kenny said he would take the Rathmore comments back to the Iarnród Éireann engineer in charge of parking strategy.

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Walking and cycling projects set for upgrade 

Commuters and nature enthusiasts will benefit from €4.13m in funding allocated to Kerry County Council for walking and cycling projects. €350,000 has been allocated for Transport/Mobility Plans for Killarney, Tralee and Listowel. Locally €704,835 is being given towards an interconnected network of cycleways on Rock Road, while there’s €70,000 funding for the Deerpark Road/Gealscoil Junction to include […]

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Commuters and nature enthusiasts will benefit from €4.13m in funding allocated to Kerry County Council for walking and cycling projects.

€350,000 has been allocated for Transport/Mobility Plans for Killarney, Tralee and Listowel.

Locally €704,835 is being given towards an interconnected network of cycleways on Rock Road, while there’s €70,000 funding for the Deerpark Road/Gealscoil Junction to include an interconnected network of cycleways. €300,000 is planned for an interconnected network of cycleways for the Gaelscoil Road/Chestnut Drive area, while The Flesk Walkway and Cycleway, Killarney is to get €123,866, as well as a further €186,527 for Rock Road.

Deputy Government Chief Whip, Brendan Griffin TD has said the funding from the National Transport Authority (NTA) will deliver high quality upgrades to walking and cycling infrastructure, with sustainable transport modes vital as the county emerges from the pandemic.

“I am pleased that Kerry County Council has been awarded funding which is part of an overall total of €289 million for approximately 1,200 Active Travel projects across the country,” Deputy Griffin said.

“Ensuring we have a good and efficient transport system in Kerry is essential for the future as we aim to make our communities and town centres more vibrant, in addition to making commuting to work and school safer and easier. Over the past two years we have spent more time enjoying our outdoor amenities and investing in active travel will also help us to meet our climate change obligations.”

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