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Celtic host Dingle in crucial league match





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.



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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