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County League climax provides no real surprises

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THE 2017 County League drew to a close on Sunday with virtually a full round of fixtures taking place and, fortunately for all those teams needing favours, it all turned out as expected.

One team who are in no need of favours at the moment are Dr Crokes who made it 11 from 11 in Division 1 with an emphatic 6-22 to 1-11 win over Glenbeigh-Glencar. They will be joined in the final by An Ghaeltacht who beat St Mary’s by four points in Caherciveen. Rathmore, who defeated Austin Stacks in Rathbeg, were waiting in the wings if An Ghaeltacht slipped up but they’ll have to make do with a third-place finish.

At the other end, Stacks and Desmonds have been relegated and they’ll be joined in Division 2 by either Mary’s or Milltown-Castlemaine who will have to contest a playoff.

Legion were crowned Division 2 champions following a resounding 4-18 to 2-11 win in Glenflesk and they’ll operate in the top tier next season, as will Beaufort and Spa who had also already secured promotion.

Kilcummin stayed up at the expense of Waterville with victory over Spa, while relegation had previously been confirmed for St Pat’s and Listry.

In Division 3, Ballymac, Na Gaeil and Dromid have all been promoted although it’s still unclear who’ll go up as champions. St Michael’s-Foilmore, Fossa and either St Senan’s or Gneeveguilla will play Division 4 football in 2018.

Keel and Lispole will face off in the Division 4 final before starting their preparations for life in Division 3, and Dr Crokes’ B team could be joining them on the back of a comfortable 11-point victory over Castlegregory. They will play Skellig Rangers, who beat them on the opening day, in a playoff to decide who will clinch the third promotion place.

If they manage it, Crokes’ B team will be in the same division as Laune Rangers and Gneeveguilla (if Gneeveguilla win their playoff), a prospect which would have seemed inconceivable just a few short years ago.

Scartaglen, Sneem-Derrynane and Duagh have been relegated to Division 5 and will be replaced by Cordal, Ballylongford and either Cromane or Rathmore B who finished joint third on 17 points.

All in all, you’d have to say the biggest shock of the entire 2017 County League has been the demise of Austin Stacks. Last year’s beaten finalists won just once, at home to Desmonds (who lost all their games), and picked up a paltry four points in total from 11 games.

Despite their terrible league form they’ve still managed to navigate their way to the quarterfinal of the County Championship, so all is not lost yet for the men from Connolly Park.

Crokes, meanwhile, have been rampant and will be favourites to add another league title to their collection, although An Ghaeltacht have impressed en route to their surprising second-place finish.

From a local point of view, it will be great to see all three Killarney clubs, Legion, Crokes and Spa, back in Division 1 in 2018.
 


 
Daithi Casey, Dr Crokes. Pic: Eamonn Keogh

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The secret is in the book!

By Michelle Crean  The secret to finding your true happiness is all in a new book which will guide readers to unlock their potential. Brazilian native Michelle Hadad, who moved to Ireland 14 years ago has written ‘The Secret Box: Concave and Convex’, a 432 page book which addresses the issues of suicide and develops into […]

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By Michelle Crean
 

The secret to finding your true happiness is all in a new book which will guide readers to unlock their potential.

Brazilian native Michelle Hadad, who moved to Ireland 14 years ago has written ‘The Secret Box: Concave and Convex’, a 432 page book which addresses the issues of suicide and develops into two different narratives.

It is also a follow up to her previous work ‘The Secret Box…Finding the Key’, a 192 page paperback launched by Michael Healy-Rae TD and reviewed by now retired judge James O’Connor, in October 2017.

Michelle, who studied adult psychology and is a NLP practitioner who encourages clients to transform limiting self-beliefs, explains that this version continues the story of Maria from the first book.

In the first book, the reader compares and contrasts their own life experiences with those of Maria and ask themselves the very question posed at the end of the book in the final chapter or ‘Padlock 13’ – “who are you?”

“Readers are outside the box, they see their own stories – that’s when we judge others,” Michelle told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It is fiction and the story is in two versions, the positive is bigger than the negative. There is always hope regardless of pain.”

She added that people need to forget about what others think, and focus on their own values and traditions.

“It’s a self help book, it doesn’t matter what people think of us, life’s too short. I’m motivating people in a positive way because of my NLP and psychology qualification.”

However, she emphasised that readers don’t have to have read the first book to understand the second one.

“Maria is the leading figure and there’s a few characters from book one but you don’t have to read that to get book two.”

She added that she’s thankful to everyone who helped her along the way.

“I have been blessed to have met so many people to help with my books.”

Both books are available from O’Connor’s Centra, The Reeks and Horans Health Store on Beech Road.

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Green light for teen accommodation

By Michelle Crean  Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead. An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment. The teens living within the premises […]

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Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead.

An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment.

The teens living within the premises will be supervised by applicant Eileen O’Brien who will live on the ground floor of the premises.

The two one-bed apartments on the second floor would either be rented out or used for independent living for the teenagers as they reach adulthood.

The two-bed apartment will be on the third floor. There are also plans for balconies at second and third floor levels.

The proposed apartment building is contemporary in design with a mix of stone and render finish on the lower floors and synthetic burned timber finish on the upper floors. The second floor is recessed at the front and the third floor is recessed at the front and the rear with a decorative feature on the front elevation comprising dark grey timber steel poles. The building will also have a flat roof.

Planning permission was granted subject to 14 conditions including a two-metre high boundary wall to be constructed on south, south-western boundaries of the site and there’s to be no overnight commercial guest accommodation.

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Fans return to Fitzgerald Stadium after eight months

By Sean Moriarty Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game. Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game.

Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the first game at the stadium since the 2020 Kerry Petroleum Intermediate Club Football Championship Quarter-Final when Glenbeigh-Glencar played Beaufort on October 4 last year.

Due to current restrictions only 200 fans were allowed attend Saturday’s big match. That will remain in place for Kerry’s opening Munster Championship tie with Clare on June 26.

“It had been more than eight months since Fitzgerald Stadium welcomed back fans to the venue,” stadium PRO Tatyana McGough told the Killarney Advertiser. “Everything went exceptionally well.”

She is hopeful that more restrictions will be eased on July 5, paving the way for an increase in capacity to 500 fans in time for the July 25 Munster Final.

“It is likely that from July 5 up to 500 spectators may be permitted to attend games. We hope this number will increase for the Munster Final. If it is a Cork versus Kerry Munster Final the game will be fixed for Sunday July 25 at 4pm in the Fitzgerald Stadium. The stadium’s staff are very confident in being able to host any number of fans that may be allowed.”

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