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Celts and Blues set for all-Killarney league final

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Kerry Premier A League Final
Killarney Celtic v Killarney Athletic
Sunday at 2pm
Mounthawk Park, Tralee

 

Old rivals Killarney Celtic and Killarney Athletic will fight it out for the biggest prize in Kerry soccer when they meet in the Denny Premier A league final on Sunday.

COVID-19 restrictions meant that the 2019/20 season had to be put on ice during the summer months but, after a few busy weeks of catch-up, all top-flight matches have finally been completed. The campaign has lasted the bones of 12 months. Now all that remains is for a winner to be crowned.

And, for the fourth season in a row, the champions will hail from the town of Killarney.

NEVER IN DOUBT

Celtic’s spot in the league final has never been in doubt. The Hoops romped home to a first place finish on the back of a near perfect record of 12 wins, two draws and no defeats. Many of those victories came quite easily to them and their goal difference of +47 tells its own story in this regard.

Truth be told, they have been head and shoulders above the opposition when it comes to domestic competitions and they have also impressed on the national and provincial stage. Brian Spillane’s side reached the last eight of the FAI Junior Cup before losing to Fairview on penalties and they won the prestigious Munster Champions Trophy by defeating Rathkeale.

Celtic are going for three-in-a-row in terms of league titles and with this year’s Greyhound Bar KO Cup and League Cup still to play for (Athletic could be the opponents in both finals), they could well be in line for quite a large haul of silverware.

PLAYOFF

Athletic’s route to the final has been far less straightforward. It looked for long stages as though Castleisland would beat them to second position but a good run of form post-lockdown saw them sneak back into contention. They needed to beat Classic FC in the last game of the regular season to force a playoff against Castleisland and they just about managed it, twice coming from behind to secure a crucial 3-2 win.

They trailed once again in that playoff against Island last Sunday but they turned it around to win 2-1 and set up this weekend’s derby against Celtic.

This will be the second all-Killarney final in four seasons. Athletic famously defeated Celtic after a replay in 2017 and that should augur well for The Blues, but, having said that, their current team bears little resemblance to the one that lifted the club’s first ever league trophy. A number of key players have since retired or reverted to GAA and they have, by and large, been replaced by promising youngsters, some of whom are still in secondary school. In fact, only two starters from that fateful day three years ago are still involved.

Manager Stuart Templeman will depend upon older heads like Shane Doolan and Shane Bunyan to lead this youthful team into their first big final at this level.

Celtic, meanwhile, have added top quality players like Stevie O’Mahoney, Adam O’Rourke and the Lowth brothers to their squad in recent times and with John McDonagh, Gary Keane and Matt Keane still as commanding as ever, they will fancy their chances of coming out on top.

This match will be played behind closed doors in line with government guidelines.

 

 

 

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Can you talk your way to fitness?

By Brian Foley from Activate Fitness Recently, our team at Activate was talking about the regular check-ins we do with our clients. We try to sit down with each client in person at least once every six months, if not once a quarter, and see how they are doing. If we can’t get them to […]

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By Brian Foley from Activate Fitness

Recently, our team at Activate was talking about the regular check-ins we do with our clients. We try to sit down with each client in person at least once every six months, if not once a quarter, and see how they are doing.

If we can’t get them to sit down with us, we’ll at least touch base via Zoom or phone. Text messages aren’t adequate to really understand how someone is doing and progressing as we help them towards their health goals, so we don’t count those.

What’s interesting is how difficult it can be sometimes to track down and set up a time to catch up with clients. In passing, it’s simple, but those conversations aren’t as focused and usually don’t allow us to get into why someone is or is not seeing the progress they need. So many times it’s something we all know we need to do, but to sit down and have a real conversation with someone about how they are doing can be tough, or even intimidating depending on the situation.

People start with us knowing we want to provide accountability, guidance, education, and motivation to help them accomplish their goals. But, when it comes down to the accountability portion, it can be difficult to want to talk about things that may not be going as planned.

However, when we look back at our most successful clients – those who have accomplished or are accomplishing what they set out to do when they started with us – they are the ones who actually seek us out to sit down and get help. When we ask them about their goals or if they have time, they are excited to catch up and see what they can improve. Or, they are asking us to help even before we reach out to them.

Those clients have not always had it easy either. Post lockdowns there were a lot of people re-orienting their schedule and lives and trying to make sense of what their goals needed to be. I personally had quite a few heavier conversations with people as we stepped through a plan to “reset” and get into a habit that fit their adjusted goals and schedules. Without those conversations, we may not have been able to help people as much as we are able to (thankfully).

ACCOUNTABILITY

For every area of your life; family, marriage, friendships, work; having accountability, a source of quality guidance, and motivation is as absolute must if you want to improve or progress. We can do some things alone, but we can do most of those things far better with others who have been there before or who can walk with us as we step through our journey towards our goals.

If you are looking to improve at anything in life, be it professionally, or with your health and fitness, the first step is to acknowledge where you are and then seek out a trusted source of information to help you clarify and align the moving parts to ensure you can get to where you want in the timeframe you want.

It’s why we start every member at Activate with a free consultation and why we continue to talk to our members. If we don’t know where you want to go, how can we help you get there? “Going to a gym” is fantastic and will be of huge benefit to your health, going to a gym that is invested in your journey multiplies this power exponentially.

So, no, you can’t “talk your way to fitness”, it takes many hours of work and consistency, but starting your journey with a good honest talk and someone in “your corner” will ensure you start – and continue – in the right direction.

To have a chat about your health and fitness goals, visit www.activate.ie and find out more.

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Former footballer to launch new book

By Sean Moriarty Former Senior Kerry footballer and ‘Dancing with the Stars’ winner Aidan O’Mahony will be in Eason on Saturday to sign copies of his new book. The Rathmore man enjoyed a distinguished career in the green and gold jersey, making 70 championship and 85 league appearances for Kerry between 2003 and 2017. In January 2017, […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Former Senior Kerry footballer and ‘Dancing with the Stars’ winner Aidan O’Mahony will be in Eason on Saturday to sign copies of his new book.

The Rathmore man enjoyed a distinguished career in the green and gold jersey, making 70 championship and 85 league appearances for Kerry between 2003 and 2017.

In January 2017, O’Mahony won the RTÉ ‘Dancing with the Stars’ series with professional dancer, Estonian Valeria Milova.

His new book ‘Unbroken’ is an account of the discipline it takes to be part of one of the country’s most successful Gaelic football teams. It is also a story of managing external and internal expectations and pressure, and of the importance of knowing when to ask for help.

“I am really looking forward to meeting everyone next Saturday, great to finally release my book and I hope people enjoy it,” he told Killarney Advertiser.

O’Mahony’s Killarney book signing will be the first of many around the country in the run up to Christmas.

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