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‘Extremely good value for money’ – Kerry GAA defend cost of live stream weekend pass

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Kerry GAA have defended the cost of their Senior Football Championship live streams after supporters criticised their pricing policy online.

With spectators unable to attend sporting events due to COVID-19 restrictions, the County Board have been streaming matches via third party websites at a cost of €5 per game.

This weekend, all four Kerry SFC quarter-finals are being streamed by Kerry GAA, but some supporters have taken issue with the price of the newly introduced day and weekend passes that are being marketed by the County Board.

Day passes for Saturday or Sunday, covering two matches each, can be purchased for €10. A weekend pass costs €20.

 

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Clearly, this does not represent a discount but speaking to the Killarney Advertiser today, Kerry GAA PRO Leona Twiss says it was never marketed as such.

“With the weekend pass, it was never even suggested that it was a discounted price,” she said. “It wasn’t at all. It was to ease the work involved in making the transaction.

“We received a lot of comments over the last couple of weeks from people who didn’t want to be putting in their details multiple times for three or four games per weekend.

“We’re trying to simplify the system so if you want to watch four games, it’s just a quick transaction – you don’t have to put in your card details each time.

“The pass was never advertised or marketed in such a way that it would save money.”

Some supporters also raised concerns about the packaging of fixtures in pairs, which means that it is no longer possible to purchase one individual match for €5.

Fans must now buy either a day pass for €10 or a weekend pass for €20, regardless of how many matches they want to watch.

“If you were going to a double-header in Tralee or in Killarney, you would pay a double-header price,” Twiss said. “You couldn’t pay to go into one game and then come out.

“It’s the same reasoning here.”

When it was put to her that selling individual tickets for double-header games would pose logistical problems in real life, and those same problems do not exist online, the Kerry GAA PRO explained that this weekend’s double-headers are actually two streams as opposed to four.

“We’ve bought that period of time (the duration of the two matches plus the break in between) from the streaming company. It is substantially more expensive for us to shut it down and restart a new stream.

“There’s an awful lot of money in that.”

Twiss also defended the pricing of Kerry GAA live streams in general, describing the service as “extremely good value for money”.

“It’s rare that you see a quarter-final of a County Championship for €5. Cork, I know, are free to air, but we’re very competitive in terms of price point and in terms of value. If there was a way of reducing the price, we would certainly look at that.

“And you are talking about multiple members of a household watching it together on a device, whereas if they were going to the game it would be substantially more expensive.

“We would certainly be of the opinion that it is providing value for money.

“Tim Murphy has been clear from the start: this was never run as a money-making initiative. We really just wanted to cover the cost in such a way that we could provide the games for as big an audience as possible.

“It would be impossible for us to stream the games for less than €5 per game. It is a costly operation.”

Will Kerry GAA make a profit out of it?

“It’s very hard to know. This weekend, for example, we have paid for a higher spec package and it will cost us substantially more than previous weekends. We are now incorporating interviews before the game, action replays and multiple camera angles. We got equipment flown in from London last Tuesday that will stabilise the images even more.

“Each weekend we have taken the initiative to invest more money to improve the quality of the product. Each stage has cost more but we have never increased the price point.”

Meanwhile, a number of season ticket holders have complained that they have to pay for the live streams in the first place. They feel as though the streams should be covered by their annual passes, which, under normal circumstances, would have granted them free admission to any club matches they wished to attend.

Twiss said she was unsure if it was “feasible” to give season ticket holders the streams for free, but she added that the County Board will be taking their concerns into consideration.

“We are barely covering our costs at the moment. This weekend we might not even reach that point because of the equipment we got sent in from England. If we were to give the stream out for free to [season ticket holders], would that be feasible to run? I don’t know.

“That is a question for the finance committee and it’s certainly something that’s going to be on the agenda at next week’s finance committee meeting.”

Killarney Legion take on St Brendan’s at 5pm in the first of today’s Kerry SFC quarter-finals with champions East Kerry playing St Kieran’s at 7.15pm.

Tomorrow, Dr Crokes go up against Templenoe at 2pm followed by Kenmare Shamrocks versus Mid Kerry at 4pm.

 

 

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NPWS survey to find out impact of fires

By Michelle Crean The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has commissioned a comprehensive survey on the impact of fires over the past four decades – in particular Killarney National Park in April. The tender, worth €300,000, and named ‘Study on the Impact of Fires On The Biodiversity of Killarney National Park’, seeks to find […]

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The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has commissioned a comprehensive survey on the impact of fires over the past four decades – in particular Killarney National Park in April.

The tender, worth €300,000, and named ‘Study on the Impact of Fires On The Biodiversity of Killarney National Park’, seeks to find out the biological impacts of the fires in the 26,000 acre park.

The fires in April burned from Friday night on April 23 until around 12pm the following Monday when they were finally brought under control.

Parts of the Park were scorched resulting in flora and fauna being wiped out. Some fires came as close as 10 metres to a church and school in the Black Valley area.

Fires raged near Tomies Wood and fire crews from five different districts quenched fires near the properties under threat. A real threat was for The Oak Woods but fire fighters managed to avert danger.

The fire is believed to have begun on the Kenmare Road area escalated by the strong winds.

“The purpose of this tender is to commission a comprehensive survey of the impacts, and the chrono-sequence of fire recovery or otherwise, on lands burned over the past four decades, as well as surveys in unburned areas, in order to assess the biological impacts of the fires, in particular the fire of April 2021, on the biodiversity of Killarney National Park,” an NPWS spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser.

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Killarney spin will bring comfort to patients

By Michelle Crean Ahead of this year’s ladies only 54321 Challenge a number of spinathons are taking place, including in Killarney town. Sunday, August 15 a group of 10 ladies plan a spinathon day in Killarney ahead of their four day epic adventure from Thursday, August 19 to Sunday 22. This year due to COVID […]

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Ahead of this year’s ladies only 54321 Challenge a number of spinathons are taking place, including in Killarney town.

Sunday, August 15 a group of 10 ladies plan a spinathon day in Killarney ahead of their four day epic adventure from Thursday, August 19 to Sunday 22.

This year due to COVID restrictions the 54321 team will run with two teams of five people, all female – who are raising funds for one single charity – Comfort for Chemo Kerry.

Their four day challenge will include a cycle the Ring of Kerry on day one (Thursday 19), a climb up Carrantuohil on day two (Friday 20), a cycle from Killarney to the foot of Cnoc Na Tobair and then climb Cnoc Na Tobair on day three (Saturday 21) finishing off with a cycle of the Skellig Ring on day four (Sunday 22).

In advance of the ninth annual challenge they will first participate in the spinathons at various locations to help raise much needed funds for this year’s chosen charity.

The first of the spinathons will take place on Saturday, July 31 in Listowel, Killorglin, Dingle, Cahersiveen. On the day volunteers will take to the spinning bikes from 10am to 5pm in different locations around these towns.
This will be followed by Killarney on Sunday, August 15, and Tralee on Saturday, August 28.

When choosing this year’s charity, organisers contacted a past participant and a dear friend, Mairead Dunphy from Glencar who is currently on her own journey with cancer.

“We wanted to show our support to Mairead and knowing that she would like to support those who have supported her on her journey so far, she had already being looking at ideas to raise much needed funds for Comfort for Chemo Kerry,” TJ O’Connor said.

“Please support Comfort for Chemo Kerry by giving what you can.”

For more information about the spinathons go to www.54321challenge.org or the Comfort for Chemo Kerry Facebook page for online donation information.

There’s also a GoFundMe page: ‘Comfort for Chemo Kerry – 54321 Challenge 2021’ which has a €20,000 target set up.

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