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.
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.
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.
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.
Pharmacy jabs begin today
By Michelle Crean Pharmacists across Kerry – including four in Killarney – are ready to begin giving the Johnson and Johnson Janssen jabs to the over 50s as the latest stage of the vaccine rollout. Kennellys Pharmacy at The Reeks Gateway, Park Road Care Plus on Countess Road, Boots Deerpark Shopping Centre, and Sheahans Pharmacy […]
By Michelle Crean
Pharmacists across Kerry – including four in Killarney – are ready to begin giving the Johnson and Johnson Janssen jabs to the over 50s as the latest stage of the vaccine rollout.
Kennellys Pharmacy at The Reeks Gateway, Park Road Care Plus on Countess Road, Boots Deerpark Shopping Centre, and Sheahans Pharmacy on Main Street will be booking people in groups as each vile lasts just a number hours once opened.
Staff at Kennellys Pharmacy at The Reeks are ready to welcome in their first vaccine participants today (Friday). Each had pre-booked their slot, according to Dispensary Manager Christina O’Grady.
“We are starting today for the over 50s only with the Janssen Johnson and Johnson one dose jab,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.
She said that they have been busy in the pharmacy all week booking people in, however for now, depending on demand and supply available, they’ll be vaccinating people two days a week.
“We’re taking a list of people. It’ll probably be only two mornings a week – it all depends on the uptake.”
Pharmacist Finbarr Kennelly said it’s a great way to give a vaccine to those who may have missed theirs.
“It’s an opportunity for the over 50s who have missed their vaccine for whatever reason. The advantage is that it’s a one shot vaccine.”
Anyone who’d like to book in for their vaccine can call Kennellys on 064 6639427.
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€500k to help re-start Killarney’s live music scene
By Sean Moriarty A number of Killarney venues were elated this week to learn that funding to the tune of €500k has been announced to help re-start the town’s live music scene. Of the €1,001,944 in funding announced this week for the county Killarney is to receive over half with funds to assist the Gleneagle […]
By Sean Moriarty
A number of Killarney venues were elated this week to learn that funding to the tune of €500k has been announced to help re-start the town’s live music scene.
Of the €1,001,944 in funding announced this week for the county Killarney is to receive over half with funds to assist the Gleneagle Hotel Killarney/INEC Arena, Celtic Steps The Show, Scott’s Hotel, and Courtney’s Bar.
The funding, announced by Minister for Education and Kerry TD Norma Foley on Tuesday, is in place to assist commercial venues, producers and promoters in Kerry to plan live events over the summer months.
The scheme, managed by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media will support live performances, particularly where capacity for live attendance is restricted due to COVID-19.
The funding will make live performances viable or alternatively make them available online if audiences cannot attend due to restrictions.
“I welcome this funding which will provide an enormous boost to the live entertainment industry in Kerry,” Minister Foley said.
“This money will help to facilitate the delivery of exciting programmes of activities over the coming summer and autumn period. This funding will also provide a vital lift to those talented performers, artists, technicians, creative and performance support staff across the sector, who have not been able to work due to the pandemic.”
Four venues and promoters in Killarney will receive a total of €560,646 in grant aid to help re-start the live music and performing arts industries in the town after months of lockdown.
The Gleneagle Hotel Killarney/INEC Arena will receive €380,822 for live music shows and for the pre-recording of live material from acts of the future.
“We are delighted with this week’s announcement on funding,” Mark Egan, Director of the Gleneagle INEC Arena told the Killarney Advertiser. “We can now look ahead to implementing a programme of events that will provide employment for performers, artists, technicians and support staff many of whom have not had work for months. We have a fantastic, diverse programme in the pipeline and we can’t wait to get the various artists, crews and event suppliers back on site and back to the work we all love. We thank Minister Catherine Martin and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media for making this grant available.”
Celtic Steps The Show will receive €84,627 to allow it livestream performances from its Killarney Racecourse Theatre.
For Celtic Steps producer/director David Rae the funding presents more than just an opportunity to get the show back on the road. He will create 43 paid positions from dancers and musicians to sound and lighting engineers and even a COVID-19 Compliance Officer.
He is awaiting further guidance on permission to allow a limited audience attend a Celtic Steps performance but he hopes by early July to have a series of online performances up and running.
“This is what it is all about, getting these people back to work after so long being unemployed,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “I will need all of these people, from two days before I start to two days after, it is almost like building a festival from scratch and we can’t thank the minister and department enough for this chance.”
Scott’s Hotel will receive the same figure as Celtic Steps for live performances for tourists across the summer.
Courtney’s Bar on Plunkett St will receive €10,570 for a number of gigs that will feature local musicians.
“This is fantastic news,” manager Brian Murphy said. “We have been associated with live music in Killarney for a long time so we are delighted to get the funding and allow live music to continue.”
Like Celtic Steps, he is still waiting for confirmation on the format of the funded gigs.
“It is hard to see a bar gig with an audience going ahead but one of the stipulations of the grant is that if we cannot do a live gig under current guidelines, we have to do it online.”
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