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Cokes win: The five biggest talking points

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1. Crokes’ attacking efficiency the difference

It’s no secret that the Crokes have an abundance of talent in their forward division but Sunday’s exhibition in point-kicking was a joy to behold. Incredibly, they managed 17 scores from just 20 shots on goal, and one of those missed opportunities was Shane Murphy’s 45 that struck the post.

Captain Daithí Casey kicked some lovely points, including one exceptional strike off his left and a raking 45-metre effort with the outside of the right, and Kieran O’Leary and Micheál Burns also chipped in with some impressive scores of their own.

South Kerry, on the other hand, had ten wides in total and ultimately that profligacy cost them.

2. Star turns from Kerry hopefuls

In 2017, their success at club level actually worked against some of the Crokes players who would have been hoping to break into the Kerry set-up.

They were occupied with the All-Ireland series at the beginning of the year and it seemed as though Eamonn Fitzmaurice wasn’t too keen on introducing certain players to the fold when he wasn’t able to blood them first in the league.

Crokes will be favourites to win Munster again this time out and could well be busy throughout the spring but Fitzmaurice is unlikely to overlook Crokes’ young stars for another year.

Gavin White in particular has a lot of people talking. He was outstanding again on Sunday, breaking forward at will from defence and deservedly picking up the man-of-the-match award.

3. History makers

Following Sunday’s triumph, Crokes are now tied with Austin Stacks and Laune Rangers as the most successful team in the history of the County Championship (twelve titles).

For many players involved, it was their sixth final win in eight years and veterans Colm Cooper and Eoin Brosnan, who both made cameo appearances against South Kerry, lifted the Bishop Moynihan Cup for a record seventh time.

4. No rest for the winners

They’ve hardly had a break in the past 18 months and there’s no sign of any respite just yet for the reigning All-Ireland champions. On Sunday they travel to Tipperary to face Clonmel Commercials in the Munster quarter final and, should they win, the semi-final is scheduled for two weeks later against the Clare champions (Clondegad or Kilmurry-Ibrickane).

In between, they’ll take on Kilcummin in the O’Donoghue Cup. It has been a gruelling run but, at times like these, I’m sure the players don’t mind too much.

5. Gooch’s injury

Cooper was Crokes’ top scorer in the Championship heading into the final but a hamstring injury meant he was unable to start last weekend. He did manage the last 15 minutes, however, so he could feature in the big Munster Championship games over the next couple of weeks.

In truth, they realistically might not need him against Clonmel, who will be big underdogs on Sunday, and Kilcummin so it’s possible that he might be kept in cotton wool until the semi-final.
 


 
Above: Dr Crokes captain Daithi Casey and teammates celebrate with the Bishop Moynihan Cup after the Kerry Senior County Championship Football Final at Austin Stack Park, Tralee on Sunday. Picture: Eamonn Keogh (macmonagle.com)

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Soroptimists fundraising efforts not “hampered” by COVID

By Michelle Crean COVID didn’t “hamper” their efforts this year as members of the Killarney Soroptimist Club came together and gave generously to charity. Members of the group couldn’t hold normal meetings this year due to the ongoing restrictions but pulled together to continue supporting a women’s aid countywide service. Along with family and friends […]

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By Michelle Crean

COVID didn’t “hamper” their efforts this year as members of the Killarney Soroptimist Club came together and gave generously to charity.

Members of the group couldn’t hold normal meetings this year due to the ongoing restrictions but pulled together to continue supporting a women’s aid countywide service.

Along with family and friends they created Christmas hampers for the third year running and donated them to the ADAPT Centre in Tralee on Tuesday.

There, they presented them to Catherine Casey, who is the Manager of ADAPT Women’s Refuge Centre.

“It is wonderful to be in a position to donate these Christmas hampers to ADAPT once again this year,” Killarney Soroptimist Club President, Teresa Irwin, said.

“Due to COVID and not being able to hold normal club meetings we were unsure what we could manage. We are thrilled with the response since we decided to go ahead and amazed at the generosity and the number of hampers. We wish to thank all those that donated. Hopefully the residents of ADAPT will enjoy them.”

Catherine said that they were once again very grateful to all the members of the Killarney Soroptimist Club.

“We recognise that there is a lot of organising and work done by the Club President Teresa Irwin and all the members in collecting and putting the hampers together. It is heartwarming to see the support and generosity of the club. ADAPT Kerry and the Killarney Soroptimists have built a very good relationship over the last number of years and they have lead many campaigns to highlight our service in the Killarney area, including taking part in the ‘Safe Homes, Safe Communities’ initiatives. There is no doubt that their work raises awareness of our service and has contributed to many more women making contact with us for support by phone, through our outreach service and availing of refuge.”

If you would like to talk to ADAPT Kerry please ring 066 7129100 anytime.

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Time to get your Santa letters posted!

We hope you have your Christmas letter written – and checked it twice – because Santa is waiting for it to be posted! And thanks to the Christmas in Killarney committee it’s now so much easier to get it to him with the special Santa post box on College St. just outside Lana. His elves […]

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We hope you have your Christmas letter written – and checked it twice – because Santa is waiting for it to be posted!

And thanks to the Christmas in Killarney committee it’s now so much easier to get it to him with the special Santa post box on College St. just outside Lana.

His elves will collect the post every night at midnight and bring them straight to the North Pole.

After taking part in the magical parade in town on Saturday evening, Santa spoke to the Killarney Advertiser and said he is so excited to deliver the toys later this month.

“Season’s Greetings to everyone,” Santa said.

“I would like to remind all the boys and girls in Killarney and Kerry to write and post their letters to me as soon as possible. They can use the green post box on College St and my elves will collect the letters every night when everyone is asleep! I can’t wait to get in my sleigh and deliver all the fantastic presents on Christmas Eve. Remember, be good, the elves are watching!”

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