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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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Students awarded for their contribution to school life

By Michelle Crean Students were honoured for their contribution to school life this week during a special end of year awards ceremony. Held in the school gym on Wednesday afternoon, […]

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By Michelle Crean

Students were honoured for their contribution to school life this week during a special end of year awards ceremony.

Held in the school gym on Wednesday afternoon, the students from St Brigid’s Presentation were presented with a variety of awards from sport to science, music and visual art while Sixth Year student Saoirse Coffey received the Orla Benson Award.

“During this school year, our students have showcased their brilliance and extensive talents,” teacher Adrienne Brosnan, said.

“We are all so proud of these outstanding achievements across all aspects of school life. Awards day is a truly special occasion for all members of the St Brigid’s community and one which we relish the opportunity to celebrate. It is a time of anticipation, a time of excitement and a time of great joy. The awards that are presented are a testament to that dedication and we also acknowledge all the great work that is done by the teachers here in St Brigid’s.”

Sixth Year students also said their final goodbyes ahead of their State exams next month.

“We wish them the best of luck as they spread their wings and leave the shelter of St Brigid’s for the beginning of a new adventure.”

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Other awards winners were:

Anna Dunlea received the Contribution to Graphics award while Leah Vinluan got the Design and Communication Graphics award.

Clodagh O’Connor and Sarah O’Sullivan both received the Contribution to Visual Art award.

Abbie Finan was awarded Soccer: Player of the Year, Chloe Hue Senior Football: Player of the Year, Emily Buckley 1st Year Football: Player of the Year, Abbey Cronin 2nd Year Football: Player of the Year, and Andrea Murphy Junior Football; Player of the Year, Senior Basketball: Most Valued Player went to Tara Donnellan, the Minor Basketball: Most Valued Player was given to Ciara O’Sullivan and the Cadette Basketball: Most Valued Player went to Leah McMahon.

Kara Huggard earned herself the LCA Student of the Year, Sarah McGrath received the CEIST Award, Excellence in Science was awarded to Emma Myers and Jennie O’Mahony, while Rita Akhter received the Overall Contribution to STEM.

Bríd O’Connor who wrote the book Spark presented Saoirse O’Sullivan with the Outstanding Achievements in Music award.

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Businesses face closure due to staff shortages

Hospitality sector businesses might have to close a few days a week to off-set staff shortages. Fáilte Ireland last week launched a recruitment drive to attract part-time workers into hospitality […]

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Hospitality sector businesses might have to close a few days a week to off-set staff shortages.

Fáilte Ireland last week launched a recruitment drive to attract part-time workers into hospitality and tourism roles, where it is estimated that there is as much as a 40,000 shortage in such roles for the peak summer season.

Damien McCarthy of HR Consultancy firm HR Buddy, founded in Killarney but now based in the RDI Hub in Killorglin, said that workers are losing out due to a more cashless society.

“Hospitality businesses may have to consider shutting their doors or decreasing their operational hours during the peak summer season as many businesses such as bars, restaurants, cafes, B&Bs and hotels are struggling to find staff for the demand. The industry is suffering over these few current weeks in particular as many part-time student workers are not available due to college and Leaving Cert exams. This shows how dependant the industry has become on young student workers,” he said.

“Many service industry workers choose part-time or casual work in hospitality roles because of the tip bonus, but this has even been impacted negatively now as most tips are taxed because they are coming in electronically. The worker is losing out and this key attraction tool that existed when we were a more cash orientated society in pre-pandemic times, is now gone.”

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