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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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NPWS survey to find out impact of fires

By Michelle Crean The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has commissioned a comprehensive survey on the impact of fires over the past four decades – in particular Killarney National Park in April. The tender, worth €300,000, and named ‘Study on the Impact of Fires On The Biodiversity of Killarney National Park’, seeks to find […]

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The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has commissioned a comprehensive survey on the impact of fires over the past four decades – in particular Killarney National Park in April.

The tender, worth €300,000, and named ‘Study on the Impact of Fires On The Biodiversity of Killarney National Park’, seeks to find out the biological impacts of the fires in the 26,000 acre park.

The fires in April burned from Friday night on April 23 until around 12pm the following Monday when they were finally brought under control.

Parts of the Park were scorched resulting in flora and fauna being wiped out. Some fires came as close as 10 metres to a church and school in the Black Valley area.

Fires raged near Tomies Wood and fire crews from five different districts quenched fires near the properties under threat. A real threat was for The Oak Woods but fire fighters managed to avert danger.

The fire is believed to have begun on the Kenmare Road area escalated by the strong winds.

“The purpose of this tender is to commission a comprehensive survey of the impacts, and the chrono-sequence of fire recovery or otherwise, on lands burned over the past four decades, as well as surveys in unburned areas, in order to assess the biological impacts of the fires, in particular the fire of April 2021, on the biodiversity of Killarney National Park,” an NPWS spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser.

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Killarney spin will bring comfort to patients

By Michelle Crean Ahead of this year’s ladies only 54321 Challenge a number of spinathons are taking place, including in Killarney town. Sunday, August 15 a group of 10 ladies plan a spinathon day in Killarney ahead of their four day epic adventure from Thursday, August 19 to Sunday 22. This year due to COVID […]

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Ahead of this year’s ladies only 54321 Challenge a number of spinathons are taking place, including in Killarney town.

Sunday, August 15 a group of 10 ladies plan a spinathon day in Killarney ahead of their four day epic adventure from Thursday, August 19 to Sunday 22.

This year due to COVID restrictions the 54321 team will run with two teams of five people, all female – who are raising funds for one single charity – Comfort for Chemo Kerry.

Their four day challenge will include a cycle the Ring of Kerry on day one (Thursday 19), a climb up Carrantuohil on day two (Friday 20), a cycle from Killarney to the foot of Cnoc Na Tobair and then climb Cnoc Na Tobair on day three (Saturday 21) finishing off with a cycle of the Skellig Ring on day four (Sunday 22).

In advance of the ninth annual challenge they will first participate in the spinathons at various locations to help raise much needed funds for this year’s chosen charity.

The first of the spinathons will take place on Saturday, July 31 in Listowel, Killorglin, Dingle, Cahersiveen. On the day volunteers will take to the spinning bikes from 10am to 5pm in different locations around these towns.
This will be followed by Killarney on Sunday, August 15, and Tralee on Saturday, August 28.

When choosing this year’s charity, organisers contacted a past participant and a dear friend, Mairead Dunphy from Glencar who is currently on her own journey with cancer.

“We wanted to show our support to Mairead and knowing that she would like to support those who have supported her on her journey so far, she had already being looking at ideas to raise much needed funds for Comfort for Chemo Kerry,” TJ O’Connor said.

“Please support Comfort for Chemo Kerry by giving what you can.”

For more information about the spinathons go to www.54321challenge.org or the Comfort for Chemo Kerry Facebook page for online donation information.

There’s also a GoFundMe page: ‘Comfort for Chemo Kerry – 54321 Challenge 2021’ which has a €20,000 target set up.

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