IT TOOK a bit longer than expected but the Crokes will finally have another day out in Croke Park. Ten years on from that draw and subsequent defeat to Crossmaglen, and twenty-five from their sole All-Ireland back in '92, the undisputed kingpins of Kerry football have earned themselves another shot at the big one. I doubt anyone thought their passage would be so comfortable.
It's not often you get the Crokes at anything other than odds on so a lot of Killarney punters jumped at the opportunity to back them against Corofin last weekend. It turned out to be easy money.
From the very first play you could tell that Pat O'Shea's side were at it. Kieran O'Leary was especially lively as he took his man to the cleaners in the first half, eventually racking up six points in what was a Man of the Match display. Leary is zipping around the place like an 18 year old at the moment and Slaughtneil will have to find some way of stifling him if they have any hope of stopping the Crokes.
There was obviously a huge element of good fortune in Gavin O'Shea's crucial first half goal but Crokes were so dominant in the early stages you'd have to say they were good value for their lead.
They bossed every department and were particularly impressive in defence - the very area of the field where favourites Corofin were expected to have a big advantage.
Corner back John Payne was immense from start to finish and he and his colleagues at the back barely put a foot wrong all day, while some excellent football further up the field from the likes of Gooch and Daithí Casey led to plenty of fine scores.
Those two combined to devastating effect midway through the second half to turn defence into attack and all but seal the victory. Gooch did superbly to turn the ball over in the left corner back position and picked out Casey with a typically accurate pass. Casey then proceeded to carry the ball half the length of the pitch, seemingly getting faster the further he travelled, before teeing up substitute Jordan Kiely who calmly applied the finish.
It was a superb goal to cap a great team performance and from then on in it was plain sailing for the boys from Killarney.
Their opponents in Croke Park will be Slaughtneil of Derry following their surprise win over Diarmuid Connolly's St Vincent's in the other semi-final. Both the football and hurling finals are traditionally played on St Patrick's Day but as Slaughtneil are also still involved in the hurling (up to eight players normally start for both the footballers and the hurlers) the football final might need to be put back a week depending on whether or not the hurlers beat Cuala next weekend.
Whatever the date, the Crokes have an All-Ireland final to look forward to. The Croke Park pitch should suit their style of play and if they can replicate the focus and intensity of last Saturday it would take an exceptional team to stop them.
Above: The Dr Crokes squad before the All-Ireland Club Championship semi-final against Corofin at the Gaelic Grounds, Limerick on Saturday. PICTURE: EAMONN KEOGH
Happy Birthday Sham
Well-known Killarney character Seamus ‘Sham’ Courtney celebrated his 75th birthday yesterday (Thursday) at his favourite town centre watering hole. Sham who has entertained countless tourists over the years with his pronounced Kerry accent is one of the town’s best loved characters. One video recorded by RTE’s Today Show around the time of his 71st birthday […]
Well-known Killarney character Seamus ‘Sham’ Courtney celebrated his 75th birthday yesterday (Thursday) at his favourite town centre watering hole.
Sham who has entertained countless tourists over the years with his pronounced Kerry accent is one of the town’s best loved characters.
One video recorded by RTE’s Today Show around the time of his 71st birthday has amassed 7.5 million viewers.
Yesterday he visited one of his favourite pubs, Jack C O’Shea’s on High St, where proprietors John and Joan O’Shea and their ever-present dog Ginny placed decorative balloons around the bar to mark the occasion.
Killarney acts excited to play outdoor mini music event
By Michelle Crean ANSEO, Kerry’s newest outdoor mini music and arts event, plans to have six shows at three venues, including Killarney Town Centre next weekend. On Sunday September 26, there’s plans for an afternoon show by The Gleneagle Concert Band, Pauline Scanlon with Mick Galvin, and The Small Hours from 2 to 4.30pm. Later that […]
By Michelle Crean
ANSEO, Kerry’s newest outdoor mini music and arts event, plans to have six shows at three venues, including Killarney Town Centre next weekend.
On Sunday September 26, there’s plans for an afternoon show by The Gleneagle Concert Band, Pauline Scanlon with Mick Galvin, and The Small Hours from 2 to 4.30pm. Later that evening, from 7 to 9.30pm, acts such as The Rising, Cathal Flaherty, and Truly Diverse, will play.
It’s all part of two weekends of entertainment including tomorrow (Saturday) at the Town Square Listowel where Eoghan Duignan, John Browne and Brendan O’Sullivan, Tim O’Shea & Afro Trad Ireland, as well as Liam O’Connor and Family play from 1pm to 3.30pm, followed by an evening show from 6pm to 8.30pm featuring Seamus Begley and Donogh Hennessy, Sephira, and Peter Staunton and Super Ceili.
In Tralee on Saturday September 25, acts such as Inish, Lorraine Nash, and Oracle will put on a show from 2pm to 4.30pm, with Mark Leen: ‘the man with many voices’, Aisling Urwin & Andy Yelen, and Renovator playing from 7pm to 9.30pm.
ANSEO Kerry, supported by Kerry County Council, has been created to celebrate and support local artists and get them back out performing via a live outdoor music event for those who love Kerry and its talent.
Culture and local art will also be celebrated on a big screen at all of these events highlighting local talent including super works from visual arts Kerry, Cill Rialaig Arts Centre, Me + The Moon, Kerry Biosphere, St John’s Theatre, as well as Landscapes + Seascapes film, animations and mapping.
“It’s been an unbelievable feeling to be back performing again after what was the longest 18 months for everyone but I feel especially musicians because we were the first to close and just about the last to open again properly,” Cathal from Beaufort, and now living in Killarney town, told the Killarney Advertiser.
“When I read the news a few weeks back that we can perform indoors again it didn’t quite sink in until I was actually playing indoors a few days later. Since then my phone has been hopping with bookings and I’m just so grateful for anyone who has booked me so far. It’s still not entirely back to normal but I won’t be complaining for a while as it’s just so great to be back at it again. I want to give a special thanks to the guys behind ANSEO who have booked me for their Killarney run of shows which I’m really excited for, and also to be sharing the stage with two other incredible Kerry acts – The Rising and Truly Diverse. I know the Truly Diverse lads very well over the last decade so I know it’s gonna be a great show and I can’t wait to get up on that stage and play my own songs in front of real people again!”
ANSEO Kerry will be a family-friendly, alcohol-free, ticket only event for 200 people in pods of four. The concerts will be free of charge and there is expected to be much demand for these socially distanced shows. Tickets are limited but the shows will also be streamed online for those who can’t be there in person. ANSEO Kerry is being run in-line with full Government guidelines and protocols in place.
Tickets are bookable via www.anseokerry.com.
Happy Birthday Sham
Well-known Killarney character Seamus ‘Sham’ Courtney celebrated his 75th birthday yesterday (Thursday) at his favourite town centre watering hole. Sham...
Killarney acts excited to play outdoor mini music event
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