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Clifford v Murphy video racks up over 80k views

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Football fans the length and breadth of the country were left awestruck this past week when a video showcasing the kicking talents of Kerry footballers David Clifford and Shane Murphy went viral online.

 

The video, which was commissioned by local insurance brokers GMHD.ie, shows Clifford and Murphy going head-to-head in a shootout at the home of Kerry football - Fitzgerald Stadium in Killarney.

 

After nailing a string of unlikely kicks from the sidelines and even the corner flag, the pair were eventually separated by a tie-breaking crossbar challenge from 35 metres out.

 

With the scores tied at 6-6, Dr Crokes goalkeeper Murphy narrowly missed the target and Fossa native Clifford stepped up to clinch the victory, hitting the black spot in the centre of the crossbar with his very first attempt.

 

The video was quickly picked up by leading sports podcast Off the Ball who played the three-and-a-half-minute clip in its entirety on their video broadcast on Thursday morning. “This is a bit special!” they later tweeted. “David Clifford, Shane Murphy, Fitzgerald Stadium and a crossbar challenge to win it all! Kerry are in safe hands...”

 

Popular sports website SportsJoe.ie also shared the kicking challenge with their 325,000 Facebook followers and later an article on their website was shared 1,400 times. National newspapers The Irish Sun and The Irish Mirror also published stories about the video online.

 

At the time of going to print, the video had racked up over 80,000 views.

 

The Killarney Advertiser’s own Adam Moynihan, who also works for GMHD.ie as a marketing executive and graphic designer, says the company are delighted with all the positive feedback they have received since the video’s release.

 

“People really seem to enjoy it, which is great,” Adam said.

 

“Shane works with us as a Personal Lines Sales Executive and when David came on board as a Brand Ambassador, we thought it would be interesting to pit the two of them against each other.

 

“The two lads are obviously supremely talented kickers but some of the shots they pulled off were outrageous. I was optimistic that the video would be well received and when they started knocking over points from the sideline, I definitely knew that we were on to something,” he said.

 

“Even the way it finished with David hitting the bar with his first go… It couldn’t have worked out better really. The boys enjoyed it as well so who knows, we might do something similar down the line with another challenger.”

 

Adam expressed his gratitude to videographer Stephen O’Donoghue for his hard work on the project and also to Kerry GAA and the Fitzgerald Stadium for the use of their facilities.

 

Gallivan Murphy Hooper Dolan Insurances, trading as GMHD.ie, has grown in recent years to become one of the largest brokers in Ireland. The Killarney-based company, who specialise in car, van, home and commercial insurance, now employ almost 60 people at their main offices at the top of High Street.

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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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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.

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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