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Dr Crokes advance to Munster club final

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THE Dr Crokes senior team just continues winning. In home territory yesterday they brushed aside the challenge of newly crowned Clare champions Kilmurry-Ibrickane (KIB) to win this Munster Club SFC semi-final setting up a final date with Nemo Rangers. It was one-way traffic all the way in this 2-19 to 0-10 victory. Crokes have won 17 championship games and this is their 14th consecutive win in Munster. They have met the Clare men on four occasions in recent years and they have been victorious in all of the games.

On a splendidly prepared pitch and in front of a big attendance Crokes asserted superiority from the outset, especially at midfield where Johnny Buckley reigned supreme even against a third midfielder employed by the Clare side. Buckley won everything in the air, just not Shane Murphy’s kick-outs but also those by Ian McInerney from the Clare kick outs. Fittingly Buckley strode in to one of the Crokes attacks and scored the first goal of the game in the 16th minute.

Ambrose O’Donovan, his midfield partner, was deservedly black carded after 18 minutes and Tony Brosnan was his replacement. At half-time Crokes led 1-11 to 0-4, but this 10-point lead should have been much greater. They missed out on a further 2-4.

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David O’Leary and Gavin White were magnificent in defence confining KIB to a mere four points. Crokes ‘keeper Shane Murphy was taken off in the 27th minute after a dangerous high tackle from Keelan Sexton. He was replaced between the posts by Johnny O’Leary in a seamless transition. O’Leary did well when he came on. The contest was really over at half time and even with the aid of a strong wind blowing in to the town end Crokes responded well to the two early second half points by the Clare men. Colm Cooper kept kicking over those frees. In all he scored nine points, six from frees.
Kieran O’Leary was first to pounce on a ball that the KIB keeper failed to deal with. Another goal for Crokes. Time to empty the bench. Shane Doolan, Paul Clarke, Jonathan Lyne and the ageless veteran Eoin Brosnan came on for game time as Crokes cruised in to yet another Munster Club final. Full forward Mark McCarthy was the best of the loser’s side. They will meet Nemo Rangers their old Cork rivals in that final on Sunday, October 26. Nemo outclassed Adare 2-17 to 0-4 in their semi-final.

No rest for Crokes as they meet Legion their fellow town rivals on Sunday in the O’Donoghue Cup semi-final. The throw in time is 2pm. Rathmore have already qualified for the final just edging out Gneeveguilla in last Saturday’s semi-final. Scorers for Dr Crokes: C Cooper (0-9, 6 frees); K O’Leary (1-1); J Buckley (1-0); M Burns, G O’Shea (0-2 each); D O’Leary, G White, B Looney, D Casey, T Brosnan (0-1 each). Dr Crokes: S Murphy; J Payne, M Moloney, G White; L Quinn, F Fitzgerald, D O’Leary; J Buckley, A O’Donovan; M Burns, G O’Shea, B Looney; K O’Leary, D Casey, C Cooper; subs: T Brosnan for O’Donovan (18 minutes, black card); J O’Leary for Murphy (27, inj); S Doolan for Looney (46); P Clarke for K O’Leary (50); J Lyne for Quinn (52); E Brosnan for Cooper (55).
 


 
Above: Kieran O'Leary,Dr Crokes, breaks away from Martin McMahon, Kilmurry Ibrickane, in the Munster Club football semi-final at Lewis Road, Killarney on Sunday. Picture: Eamonn Keogh

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Future Kerry railway plans revealed

By Sean Moriarty Elected members of Kerry County Council have led calls for Iarnród Éireann’s timetable to fall into line with airline schedule at Kerry Airport. On Monday of this week Barry Kenny of Iarnród Éireann gave a presentation to elected members of the council. During the meeting he outlined some of the railway company’s plans […]

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Elected members of Kerry County Council have led calls for Iarnród Éireann’s timetable to fall into line with airline schedule at Kerry Airport.

On Monday of this week Barry Kenny of Iarnród Éireann gave a presentation to elected members of the council.

During the meeting he outlined some of the railway company’s plans and ambitions from now until 2027.

These include an increase in frequency on the Tralee to Mallow line.

It is hoped to have one train an hour operating on the line at peak times and two-hourly off-peak.

In a perfect world, the rail station at Farranfore would be placed across the road from the airport and not a 1km walk away but such a move is not likely to happen.

Cllr Norma Moriarty, of the Kenmare Municipal District explained how she was on trip to Yorkshire a few years ago.

“I flew from Kerry to Manchester and was able to get a connecting train to Yorkshire without ever leaving the airport building,” she said. “The people I was visiting were very surprised to hear me talk about this so much – it is normal to them.”

Under the Strategy 2027 plan Killarney rail station will get repainted and new signs will be put in place during 2022.

Additional parking spaces will be created at Farranfore Railway station and this lead to calls for a similar expansion at Rathmore.

“A lot of people from South Kerry use Rathmore railway station,” said local councillor Niall Kelleher. “They drive up from Kenmare and cut across by Glenflesk.”

Mr Kenny said he would take the Rathmore comments back to the Iarnród Éireann engineer in charge of parking strategy.

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Walking and cycling projects set for upgrade 

Commuters and nature enthusiasts will benefit from €4.13m in funding allocated to Kerry County Council for walking and cycling projects. €350,000 has been allocated for Transport/Mobility Plans for Killarney, Tralee and Listowel. Locally €704,835 is being given towards an interconnected network of cycleways on Rock Road, while there’s €70,000 funding for the Deerpark Road/Gealscoil Junction to include […]

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Commuters and nature enthusiasts will benefit from €4.13m in funding allocated to Kerry County Council for walking and cycling projects.

€350,000 has been allocated for Transport/Mobility Plans for Killarney, Tralee and Listowel.

Locally €704,835 is being given towards an interconnected network of cycleways on Rock Road, while there’s €70,000 funding for the Deerpark Road/Gealscoil Junction to include an interconnected network of cycleways. €300,000 is planned for an interconnected network of cycleways for the Gaelscoil Road/Chestnut Drive area, while The Flesk Walkway and Cycleway, Killarney is to get €123,866, as well as a further €186,527 for Rock Road.

Deputy Government Chief Whip, Brendan Griffin TD has said the funding from the National Transport Authority (NTA) will deliver high quality upgrades to walking and cycling infrastructure, with sustainable transport modes vital as the county emerges from the pandemic.

“I am pleased that Kerry County Council has been awarded funding which is part of an overall total of €289 million for approximately 1,200 Active Travel projects across the country,” Deputy Griffin said.

“Ensuring we have a good and efficient transport system in Kerry is essential for the future as we aim to make our communities and town centres more vibrant, in addition to making commuting to work and school safer and easier. Over the past two years we have spent more time enjoying our outdoor amenities and investing in active travel will also help us to meet our climate change obligations.”

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