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Cup Preview: Athletic face Geeha, Celts go west

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Mastergeeha will be no pushovers, says Killarney Athletic’s Adam Moynihan

The last 16 of the Greyhound Bar KO Cup takes place this weekend and there’s a local derby on Easter Monday as we host Mastergeeha at 2pm in Woodlawn.

We’re up against it to retain our league title but I suppose we have as good a chance as anybody in the cup. We’ve beaten Geeha twice already this season so we’ll be favourites but this is our first fixture in over a month and there are bound to be a few cobwebs. They’re coming off the back of a huge 2-0 win away in Listowel as well so their confidence will be high.

Geeha are a tough enough team to shake. When we played them last month, we went up 2-0 but Chris Egan pulled one back before half time and, at that point, we were definitely in a game. We eventually won 4-1 but we’ll see what kind of shape we’re in on Monday. The two clubs should probably come together and agree that everyone is going on the beer for the long weekend because if one team stays off it, it will be unfair.

The tie of the round is undoubtedly Dingle Bay Rovers v Celtic, which takes place in Gallarus at the same time on Monday. Dingle will be desperate to mete out some kind of revenge having fallen to two very heavy defeats to Celtic in the league, but considering the form Eoghan Donnellan’s men are in, they’ll have their work cut out. From Athletic’s perspective it would be great if they both lost but I suppose that is unlikely.

Celtic came from behind to beat Fenit in the league last weekend with Cathal O’Shea, Peter McCarthy and Stephen McCarthy all finding the target. That result has left Fenit with a lot to do if they want to make the league final - they’re currently nine points behind us and Dingle, although they do have a couple of games in hand. Celtic, meanwhile, are now three points clear with games in hand so they are in a very strong position as we approach the business end of the season.

Dingle defeated Castleisland 3-1 on Monday evening in Tralee so Castleisland are up against it now as well. There’s still plenty of time left, though, and there are bound to be a few twists and turns before the final places are decided. In the meantime, everyone’s focus will be on advancing to the quarter final of Kerry’s oldest and most prestigious cup competition.

Fixtures:

Greyhound Bar KO Cup Last 16

Sunday, April 1

1.30pm           Mitchels Avenue        v          Windmill United

1.30pm           Camp United             v          Tralee Celtic

2.30pm           Fenit Samphires        v          CSKA Tralee

Monday, April 2

2pm                Killarney Athletic      v          Mastergeeha

2pm                Dingle Bay Rovers     v          Killarney Celtic

2pm                Listowel Celtic            v          AC Athletic

3.30pm           Ballyheigue                v          Killorglin

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Applecroft B&B named in Ireland’s Top 10

By Michelle Crean What a better way for a local business to celebrate its silver jubilee than to be named in the Top 10 places to stay in Ireland especially as they prepare to reopen after the pandemic. Owners Kathy and Don Brosnan, who run Applecroft House in Woodlawn, were named number 6 in Ireland’s […]

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What a better way for a local business to celebrate its silver jubilee than to be named in the Top 10 places to stay in Ireland especially as they prepare to reopen after the pandemic.

Owners Kathy and Don Brosnan, who run Applecroft House in Woodlawn, were named number 6 in Ireland’s Top 10 B&Bs for 2022 by the Irish Independent ‘Reader Travel Awards’ while Ireland’s Best B&B was named as Dingle’s Pax House.

The couple began their business in 1997 and are very happy with the feedback from visitors who voted for their B&B, especially after two difficult years.

“I’m thrilled, especially as we’re celebrating our silver jubilee this year,” Kathy told the Killarney Advertiser.

The couple built their house in the early ’80s and aptly named it ‘Applecroft’ as it was built in a field which has an orchard.

In the late ’90s they opened five spacious rooms up, each with its own theme; 
‘Poet’s Corner’, ‘Past Times’, ‘The 19th Green’, ‘The Race-goer’s Club’ and ‘The Kerry Way’, for guests as Kathy, who worked in The Europe Hotel and the Great Southern Killarney for many years, had a passion to bring a great stay experience to guests visiting Killarney. They kept themselves busy planting in their two acre garden during the pandemic.

They have won numerous awards over the years and have had film crews in but this latest award is the icing on the cake for the couple who are looking forward to reopening in late March.

“It’s amazing, and a bonus especially with the two years we’ve had. We’ve never experienced anything like that. It was “wow” – we were preparing to reopen on St Patrick’s Day that year and all of a sudden everything closed down on the 16. It was a big shock.”

Don creates amazing bread and scones which guests rave about, she added.

“I was delighted as we came tenth for breakfast and sixth for the B&B.”

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Tributes paid to life-long Legion supporter

By Sean Moriarty Legion GAA Club has led tributes to one of their most ‘fervent’ supporters who passed away on Tuesday. Described as one of the town’s ‘old stock’, Tim Looney from Coolgraine Park and late of Daltons Avenue, was a central part of Killarney’s rich sporting heritage. As well as a life-long supporter of […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Legion GAA Club has led tributes to one of their most ‘fervent’ supporters who passed away on Tuesday.

Described as one of the town’s ‘old stock’, Tim Looney from Coolgraine Park and late of Daltons Avenue, was a central part of Killarney’s rich sporting heritage.

As well as a life-long supporter of Legion, he played basketball in the famous town leagues of the 1970s and the seven-a-side soccer ‘Wipeouts’ competitions.

“He was a very proud Legion man and always flew the green and white flag out his window whenever the club was playing in a big game,” PRO Enda Walshe told the Killarney Advertiser. “He was a fervent loyal club supporter but was also one of the characters of the winter basketball leagues.”

Tim was also a regular participant in Dart Pub Leagues back in the 1970s and 1980s.

Tim’s funeral took place today (Friday). He was laid to rest at Killarney Burial Ground after 10am Mass St Mary’s Cathedral.

Tim is survived by his wife Nuala, his children Joanne, Paudie and Timmy, and was a much loved grandfather to Stephen, Makaela, Chloe, Padraic, Keelan, Alex and the late Lorna. He will also be sadly missed by his daughters-in-law Margaret and Sharon, son-in-law Tony, sisters Kathleen, Sheila and Ann, brothers Lewis-John and Paddy, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews, relatives, neighbours and many great friends.

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