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Dr Crokes bid for All Ireland club final spot

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THE AIB GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Club Championship Semi-Final between Corofin and Dr Crokes has been fixed for 4pm in the Gaelic Grounds Limerick tomorrow.

Corofin have won six Connacht titles, just one less than Roscommon’s Clanna Gael. Crokes have been the dominant team in Munster in the past two decades but Crossmaglen have sidelined their bid for All Ireland glory to add to their only All Ireland win in 1992. Now that that northern team is out of the reckoning Crokes will be very keen to win tomorrow to set up a final in Croke Park on St Patrick’s day. Under the guidance of the highly motivated Pat O Shea, Crokes have been impressive both in Kerry and in Munster.

DÁITHÍ CASEY
They blitzed The Nire in the Munster final. The game was over effectively by half time. Dáithí Casey, winner of the Munster Provincial club player of the year 2016, broke their hearts in the first half when he helped himself to a hat trick of goals. He is equally at home in most central positions at numbers 8, 11 and 14. Strong and speedy he is very good on the ball. He will probably be picked up by one of the Burkes or Ciarán McGrath. The Crokes have a lethal full forward line so the idea is to get the ball in fast to Colm Cooper, Kieran O'Leary and possibly Tony Brosnan. This is where the real scoring opportunities will emerge.

EOIN BROSNAN INJURED
Eoin Brosnan is a very doubtful starter and he would be a big loss to Crokes, if he has not recovered. Highly motivated and experienced he can play with equal effect anywhere in defence and also at midfield. Remember also that he starred as a goal getter at number 11 for Kerry. Crokes have a strong bench with plenty of options and the team management have had two weeks to prepare knowing that Brosnan will probably be unable to start.

Crokes are strong at midfield where Johnny Buckley will team up with the experienced Ambrose o Donavan. They have options of course where Buckley can move to wing forward and Casey can man the centre. The Croke defence is often maligned but they have done very well except for the Rathmore game. They will look to the experienced John Payne, Fionn Fitzgerald and Gavin White the real emerging star at wingback. Kerry under-21 star Mícheál Burns is certain to see action at some stage. He has a great engine and does very well when he enters the fray.

AWARD WINNERS
Corofin’s Ian Burke has won the AIB GAA Connacht Club Footballer of the Year 2016 for his performances with Corofin in the 2016 provincial club season. The national and regional sports media voted for the awards. The presentation of the award took place in Croke Park recently. He is a key man for Corofin tomorrow.

The Galway Sports Stars banquet took place in the Galway Bay Hotel recently where the Gaelic football award went to Corofin’s defensive dynamo Ciarán McGrath, while Ciarán's clubmate, Dáithí Burke, was honoured with a Special Achievement award.
 


 
Dr Crokes' Daithí Casey is pictured ahead of their clash in the AIB GAA Senior Football Club Championship Semi Final against Corofin on February 11.
PICTURE: RAMSEY CARDY/SPORTSFILE

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Prepare your skin for the party season

By Jill O’Donoghue from Killarney Toning and Beauty Studio With Christmas on the horizon, it’s time to get in the party mood! Prepare your skin for the party season and give your confidence a boost – it’s your best accessory for your favourite party dress! A CACI Synergy Non-Surgical Facial brings muscle toning to an […]

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By Jill O’Donoghue from Killarney Toning and Beauty Studio

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Shoebox appeal is biggest yet for Faha kids

By Michelle Crean It’s no wonder Faha pupils have a big smile on their faces as this year’s Team Hope Shoebox Appeal is their biggest yet! The children happily packed and wrapped 140 shoeboxes which will be sent to children in need throughout the world. The school has been doing the Team Hope Shoebox Appeal […]

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By Michelle Crean

It’s no wonder Faha pupils have a big smile on their faces as this year’s Team Hope Shoebox Appeal is their biggest yet!

The children happily packed and wrapped 140 shoeboxes which will be sent to children in need throughout the world.

The school has been doing the Team Hope Shoebox Appeal for approximately six years when parent, Margaret Scully, initially contacted one of the SNAs, Delia O’ Shea, wondering if they’d be interested in taking part. Since then the appeal has been wholeheartedly supported by the pupils, staff and extended Faha NS community.

“This year has been the biggest yet with 140 shoeboxes collected and many more donations online,” Jerry Fitzgerald, Principal of Faha NS, said. “It is a learning experience for the children to realise that there are children just like themselves who may not be so fortunate and they really enjoy being given the opportunity to help out. They have great suggestions as to what to put in the shoeboxes and really put a lot of thought into it. The boxes are wrapped in Christmas paper which is also very exciting both for the children doing the wrapping as well for the children receiving the boxes.” However, he added that last year the COVID-19 pandemic brought about big changes and the physical shoeboxes were not collected. “Instead the children were able to do virtual shoeboxes or donate money. This cloud had a silver lining as this year people have both options and it makes it easier than ever to donate. The shoebox appeal always marks the start of Christmas at Faha NS and we are delighted to be able to help out. We are already looking to smash our record next year! Thanks to everyone who donated. The staff and students of Faha NS would like to wish everyone a Happy Christmas and a safe New Year 2022.”

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