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CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW: East Kerry clubs feeling the heat

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If it’s true what they say and a good start is half the battle, then Legion, Rathmore, Kilcummin, Spa, Firies, Listry, Currow and Fossa have some serious scrapping to do.

For each of the above teams, another setback this weekend will officially kill off their 2019 Club Championship aspirations at the earliest possible stage. And although players and management won’t be talking about it just yet, they will all be acutely aware that a second loss would leave them contemplating a fate far worse than simply not winning the competition out.

If they fall short again in Round 2, relegation to a lower grade will all of a sudden become a very real prospect indeed.

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Dr Crokes are one of the few East Kerry clubs to escape from last weekend with a positive result and they will be mightily relieved to have seen off old foes Legion after a back-and-forth game in the Park.

Legion led 0-16 to 1-12 in the 56th minute after Tom Moriarty kicked his third point of the afternoon but Tony Brosnan equalised shortly after with a free. The marauding Cian Gammell went for the jugular in the 60th minute but he was unfortunate to see his shot striking the post, and Brosnan had the last say in injury time when he kicked the winner from another placed ball.

Crokes will now be hoping to take another positive step towards the final when they host Rathmore on Sunday, while the Legion need to bounce back against group leaders Kerins O’Rahilly’s in Derreen.

Rahilly’s overcame a six-point half-time deficit to beat Rathmore on Sunday, 0-10 from former Kerry forward Jack Savage proving crucial for the Tralee club as they ran out 1-17 to 3-9 winners.

In Group 1, reigning All-Ireland Intermediate champions Kilcummin lost by the bare minimum to Kenmare in Lewis Road (1-12 to 0-16) and they now need to beat Austin Stacks away from home to stay in the hunt for the final.

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Glenflesk will secure a place in the semi-final if they defeat Mitchels but the other East Kerry teams at this grade are facing an uphill battle to avoid elimination.

Spa’s first round defeat to Templenoe leaves them requiring snookers in Group 2, although victory over Glenbeigh/Glencar would keep them alive for another week at least. Currow, meanwhile, will need to beat St Mary’s at home to stay in the running.

Newly-promoted Beaufort are looking over their shoulder following tough losses to Glenflesk and John Mitchels and Éanna O’Malley’s men need a result against Desmonds to avoid the relegation playoffs.

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Gneeveguilla are in a promising position in Group 3 after their impressive 1-13 to 1-11 win over Ballydonoghue and they can eliminate East Kerry rivals Listry by beating them at home this weekend.

In Group 1, Firies must beat Ballymac on Saturday night while in Group 4, Séamus Moynihan’s Fossa are also desperate for a result. After losing to St Pat’s by a goal last weekend, they take on St Senan’s on Sunday knowing that nothing less than two points will suffice.

 

 

Pic: Tatyana McGough/Fitzgerald Stadium.

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Local author’s debut book makes Late Late Toy Show

Killarney art psychotherapist Katie O’Donoghue was delighted to spot her first children’s book on last Friday’s Late Late Toy Show! ‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ was written and illustrated by Katie, and published by Gill Books in July. With almost every eye in Ireland on the Toy Show every year, children’s authors, illustrators and publishers […]

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Killarney art psychotherapist Katie O’Donoghue was delighted to spot her first children’s book on last Friday’s Late Late Toy Show!

‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ was written and illustrated by Katie, and published by Gill Books in July.

With almost every eye in Ireland on the Toy Show every year, children’s authors, illustrators and publishers compete for a much-coveted spot on the set. Aware that her book had been sent to Ryan, but not having heard anything from RTÉ, Katie was thrilled to see it in a prominent position. It was a wonderful surprise to discover ‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ had been placed in the front row of the book corner. There, it had a little chair of its own and was even embraced by a cuddly toy.

It was visible many times over the course of the evening, particularly during the book discussion, an incredibly proud moment for first-time author Katie.

“I have to admit, when I saw ‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’ cradled in the teddy’s arms, I may have jumped up and down with excitement,” Katie told the Killarney Advertiser.

What began as a lockdown project while Katie was living in London and missing her family in Kerry, is providing comfort to children around the world.

Using a gentle story with gorgeous illustrations, Little Squirrel and his forest friends teach young people a variety of simple coping techniques.

“These skills will benefit children their entire lives and the book is even helpful for adults who are prone to worrying and overthinking,” she added.

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No 2021 return for Killarney on Ice

By Michelle Crean Fans of the ice will be disappointed to hear that Killarney on Ice will not return for a second year. Following its huge popularity year on year since returning to Killarney in 2015, the promoters of Killarney on Ice are disappointed to confirm that they are unable to operate again this year. […]

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Fans of the ice will be disappointed to hear that Killarney on Ice will not return for a second year.

Following its huge popularity year on year since returning to Killarney in 2015, the promoters of Killarney on Ice are disappointed to confirm that they are unable to operate again this year.

Rising case numbers, uncertain COVID-19 restrictions, and insurance challenges have been the main drivers behind the decision not to open, according to the company.

As Kerry’s only festive ice rink, the facility has brought much fun and life to the town over the years, attracting thousands of people from all over the county, and indeed the whole country, with many families coming to stay overnight in Killarney and enjoying all that this great town has to offer.

As well as friends and families coming to skate, schools, youth clubs, sports teams and employees of local companies use the group booking discount rate to plan sessions on the ice, and Killarney on Ice would like to thank them all for their continuing loyalty.

“We sincerely hope to be back better and stronger in 2022, and we look forward to welcoming all of our valued customers,” Tim O’Donoghue, the promoter of the rink, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“In the meantime, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.”

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