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Crokes reach seventh consecutive club final

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Dr Crokes secured their place in the 2018 Club Championship final with a 0-18 to 1-10 victory over Austin Stacks in Lewis Road on Sunday. Stacks started brightly and raced into an early lead but Crokes’ class eventually began to show and the sides went in level at the break. The hosts dominated the third quarter and scored five unanswered points as the tie, which was effectively a semi-final, began to slip away from Kieran Donaghy and co.

Tony Brosnan (five) and Micheál Burns (four) top-scored for the reigning champions who eventually ran out five-point winners. Pat O’Shea’s side are now preparing for their seventh consecutive Club Championship final. They have won four of the previous six

Their opponents in this year’s decider will be Dingle who maintained their perfect record in Group 2 by defeating Legion in Páirc an Ághasaigh. Dingle came out of the traps quickly and when Paul Geaney registered his sixth goal in three games midway through the first half, the home team were 1-3 to no score up.

Dingle were relatively comfortable thereafter and limited Legion to just a handful of scores en route to a 1-10 to 0-5 win. The Killarney side had an outside shot of making the final heading into this game, but they also could have finished bottom if results went completely against them. James O’Sullivan’s team naturally want to be competing for silverware but they will, no doubt, be relieved to avoid a relegation playoff.

Dingle and Crokes met in the 2015 Club Championship final when a brace from Cathal Bambury fired Dingle to a memorable four-point win.

Kenmare were hammered by Rathmore in their final group game so they’ll face An Ghaeltacht, who lost to Kerins O’Rahilly’s, in a relegation showdown at the end of the season. That is unless either Kenmare or An Ghaeltacht manage to reach the final of the County Championship, in which case the other team will be automatically relegated. If they both make the final (which is unlikely, to be fair) Rahilly’s will face Legion in the relegation playoff.

In the Intermediate, Noel Duggan (twice) and Kevin McCarthy netted the crucial goals as Kilcummin took another step towards reclaiming their senior status at the first time of asking. They secured their passage to the last four with a comprehensive 3-11 to 0-8 victory over Brosna. Their opponents in the semi-final will be Division 1 outfit Templenoe.

Glenflesk were already in the hat for the next round following convincing wins against Waterville and Castleisland but they put the icing on the cake with a dominant display against Laune Rangers in Killorglin. Goals from Lee O’Donoghue (two), Ian Roche and Darragh Roche helped them to a 4-12 to 0-11 win. They’ll play St Mary’s in the semi-final. Both semis will take place April 28/29.

Mary’s, who reached the last four in 2017, and Templenoe, who lost to An Ghaeltacht in the final, will provide very stern tests but Kilcummin and Glenflesk both have enough about them to go at least one step further. From an East Kerry point of view, it would be great to see an Oskars reunion over the May Bank Holiday weekend.

Beaufort, who finished on maximum points, will play Churchill in the last four of the Junior Premier. On the other side of the draw, Fossa won’t know the identity of their opponents until after this weekend’s rescheduled Na Gaeil v Finuge tie. Finuge must win to advance. A draw would do for Na Gaeil.

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Killarney centre stage for Pride Festival

The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage. Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July […]

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The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage.

Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July 17 to 21.

The organisation’s flagship Party in the Park event will be held again in Killarney House and Gardens, following the Pride march in the town centre on July 20.

This year, in solidarity with the people of Palestine, Kingdom Pride in Kerry is inviting the people of Kerry to come to show their unity by bringing Palestinian flags and kites to the march, and to the Party in the Park.

“Pride is a protest for human rights all over the world. Here in the Kingdom, we have been so lucky to receive tremendous community support from our allies and supporters, and we see the struggle for liberation of all peoples as a united cause,” said Daniel Quirke, chairperson of the organising committee.

“Our events have always welcomed everyone, regardless of gender, orientation, religion, or nationality. We truly believe that together we can create positive change through caring for and loving one another. This year is no exception, and we look forward to helping to highlight the Palestinian cause, and to bringing people together to keep generating positive change for all people.”

Events will take place in Cahersiveen, Listowel, Killorglin, Tralee and Dingle, and include an Irish comedy night with Áine Gallagher, an Irish-language movie screening, yoga, sea swimming, poetry and storytelling, bowling, pitch and putt, a lively drag night at the INEC, and plenty more for people of all ages.

“We do our best to keep tickets as low-cost as possible, and we have lots of events that are totally free to attend. It is important to us that people can share Pride with us, regardless of income. Especially with the rise of the cost of living putting a strain on people’s pockets.” added the chairperson.

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A weekend of Live Music, Fun and Entertainment, at FleskFest 2024

The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event. “It promises to be […]

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The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event.

“It promises to be the festival weekend of the summer, an event you don’t want to miss out on. Last year’s Festival was a fantastic memorable experience for our community, a time to get together and celebrate,” said festival PRO Seán Daly.

Organised by Glenflesk GAA, FleskFest 24 will take place at the Barraduff Community Field next week.
There will be a fully licensed bar in the Fest Marquee, some amazing live music on The Big Stage, food trucks and much more.
Glenflesk GAA club’s biggest fundraiser of the year includes a new-for-2024 Texas Holdem Poker Tournament on Thursday night.
Weekend highlights include old-time waltzing, jiving and polka sets with Paudie McAuliffe and Paudie Coffey Band on Friday,
On Saturday, the new Well Flesk event will take place.
“A morning of self-care and wellness at Flesk Fest featuring masterclasses in yoga, pilates, mindfulness, spinning, fitness sessions, workouts, firewood sauna and ice pods with a range of experienced and qualified instructors,” added Daly.
Leading local musician Johnny Courtney and Friends, Sam and Ina, The O’Donoghue Sisters, Reigning All Ireland Champions Glenflesk Ballad Group, and The Border Boys will take to the Big Stage over the weekend.
Sunday is Family Fun Day with children’s entertainment and disco and the All-Ireland Hurling Final Live on the Big screen followed by music with Thingamajig.
The festival will finish with a Sunday evening session with the Meadhbh Walsh Band.

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