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Crokes v KIB: Five things to watch out for

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The Kerry champs may be favourites but the goals seem to be drying up.....

1. Crokes hungry for goals

Pat O’Shea rested a number of key players for last Saturday’s O’Donoghue Cup quarter-final against Kilcummin and his side very nearly fell to what would have been a shock defeat.

Kilcummin led by five points at half-time and squandered a number of second half opportunities to put the tie to bed. In the end, a late strike by Man of the Match Tony Brosnan was enough to seal the deal and Kilcummin were left to wonder what might have been.

There were no goals for the Crokes last weekend and, interestingly, they’ve now failed to find the net in three consecutive outings. Up until the county final, they had only drawn a blank in four of their 18 games this season and had scored more than one goal on 13 occasions.

It’s a worrying statistic for the Kerrymen and one they’ll be hoping to put right on Sunday.

2. Can Kilmurry-Ibrickane cause an upset?

In short, probably not. At 1/10, Crokes are overwhelming favourites to do the business today and it would be a huge upset if the Clare team came to Killarney and unseated the reigning All-Ireland champions.

Having said that, KIB have now won back-to-back County Championships and have a record comparable to that of the Crokes in terms of domestic honours. They’ve claimed eight county titles since 2000 and actually won out Munster twice in that period (2004 and 2009).

Their aim will be to keep things quiet at the back and hope the accurate kicking of the likes of Keelan Sexton and Ian McInerney is enough to get them over the line. It’s a tall order to say the least.

3. Renewing old acquaintances

These two sides also met in last year’s Munster Championship as Crokes ran out 1-14 to 0-8 winners up in Quilty. Daithí Casey top-scored for the Crokes that day with 1-2 while Colm Cooper added three points in a fairly comfortable victory.

It was the third ever meeting between the sides with the Crokes winning the two previous encounters in 2011 and 2012 by narrow margins.

4. The other side

On the other side of the draw, Cork kingpins Nemo Rangers take on Limerick champions Adare in Mallow on Sunday (2.45pm). Nemo are even stronger favourites than the Crokes (1/15) to advance to the Munster Final having narrowly defeated St Finbarr’s in their county final after a replay.

Tomás Ó Sé kicked a point in that decider and the Kerry legend could very well be preparing for a showdown with a certain Crokes forward on November 26.

5. Legion waiting in the wings

The big games keep on coming for the Crokes and they’ll have one eye on a huge O’Donoghue Cup semi-final against fierce rivals Legion next weekend.

Legion have already sampled success this year by topping Division 2 and returning to the top flight of the County League at the first time of asking. It must be difficult for Alan O’Neill’s men to keep the momentum going with so little competitive football being played recently but victory in this one, and a shot at an O’Donoghue Cup Final, would be massive for the players.

Crokes may have had the upper hand in the past couple of encounters but these games are always keenly contested and this Legion group will certainly hold no fear of their high-flying near neighbours.

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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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