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Cup Preview: Athletic face Geeha, Celts go west



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.


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



Muckross Rowing Club members on Irish teams for two major regattas

  Six members of Muckross Rowing Club will compete for Ireland in two upcoming international events. Rowing Ireland this week announced the Irish squads for the Coupe de la Jeunesse […]





Six members of Muckross Rowing Club will compete for Ireland in two upcoming international events.

Rowing Ireland this week announced the Irish squads for the Coupe de la Jeunesse Regatta.

Daniel Fleming and Ian Coffey have both been selected for the Under 19 Irish squad to race at the Coupe de la Jeunesse Regatta for European junior rowers. The Coupe de la Jeunesse Regatta, involving 16 European countries, will be held over from over three days, August 9-11 in Racice, Czechia.

Four Under 23 university rowers from the Muckross club have also been selected as part of the Senior Irish squad for the Home International Regatta this month.

Niamh Coffey (University of Limerick), Patrick Buckley (University of Limerick), Finn O’Sullivan (University of Limerick) and Ethan O’Neill (University College Cork Rowing Club) will take on the ‘Triple Crown’ event of rowing, competing for Ireland against crews from England, Scotland and Wales.

The Home International Regatta will be held on Saturday, July 27 in Strathclyde, Scotland.

All six Muckross rowers have earned their green jerseys following a lengthy and testing trial series on land and water which began in Autumn 2023 and culminated in final water trials at the end of June.

“Muckross Rowing Club sends its best wishes to the very talented Muckross oarsmen and women and all their crewmates as they fly the flag for Ireland this summer. The talented group build on a successful record in the sport,” said club PRO Tim O’Shea.

Niamh Coffey is a multiple Irish and University Championship winner and has previously represented Ireland in the Under 23 European Championships.

In 2022, O’Neill rowed at Junior level at the Home International event and won a gold medal as part of the Irish quadruple scull crew in the 500m sprint event.

Both Buckley and O’Sullivan continue to compete at the highest level nationally with the University of Limerick Rowing Club,  and join the Irish squad for the first time this year.

The international selections come at an exciting time before the Olympic Regatta in Paris, where Zoe Hyde (Tralee Rowing Club) will be among the largest Irish rowing contingent of 16 rowers to contest an Olympic Games.

Killorglin native Zoe has previously rowed for both Killorglin and Muckross rowing clubs and will race the Women’s Double event for Ireland with Alison Bergin (Fermoy Rowing Club) in Paris.


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Valuable role of Kerry cancer support charity recognised nationally



Cancer support charity Recovery Haven Kerry has been recognised for its vital role in supporting cancer patients and their families at a national ceremony in Dublin.

The renowned cancer support house was one of 16 such centres across Ireland that were presented with plaques to acknowledge their full membership of the National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP) Alliance – a group made up of voluntary and charity organisations delivering support services directly to cancer patients and their families. An additional 10 associate member charities were also honoured, including Kerry Cancer Support Group.

The Alliance advocates for, and supports, the development of integrated pathways between the cancer centres, acute hospitals, community cancer support services and primary care services. All members’ development is in line with the values of Sláintecare, seeking to provide assurance to healthcare professionals that these organisations are working to an agreed standard as set out in Best Practice Guidance published by the NCCP. 

Speaking after the ceremony, which was held at Dublin’s Farmleigh Estate, Recovery Haven Kerry Chairman, Tim McSwiney, explained that being compliant with the Best Practice Guidance for Community Cancer Support Centres is a true mark of quality. 

“It offers us a yardstick to measure what we are doing against the standards required. As a result, healthcare professionals have more confidence in referring people to our services. We are very proud to be a member of the Alliance,” he said.

Recovery Haven Kerry was represented at the event by centre manager, Gemma Fort and Client Services Co-Ordinator, Siobhan MacSweeney and were presented with their plaque by NCCP Lead for Cancer Survivorship, Louise Mullen, Clinical Lead for Psycho-Oncology Dr Helen Greally, and Minister of State at the Department of Health, Colm Burke. 

The event was also used as an opportunity to announce funding of €3m for the NCCP’s Alliance of Community Cancer Support Centres and Services through Budget 2024. The NCCP is currently in the process of distributing these funds which will directly and positively impact the delivery of services for patients and families nationally.

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