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Fáilte Legends go back-to-back

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The Fáilte Legends went back-to-back last week as they clinched their second consecutive Killarney Athletic Senior 7-a-side title. With a team made up predominantly of Killarney Celtic players, the Fáilte romped to a 5-2 victory over Liebherr in the final, despite going behind early on.

Derry Ahern gave the underdogs the lead in the first half but the defending champions reacted positively and led 2-1 by the break. They pushed on to add a further three after the interval, Martin Crowley adding a consolation goal for Liebherr. Wayne Sparling netted twice for the victors with Gary Keane, Paudie Clifford and Matt Keane completing the scoring.

Matt ran away with Golden Boot Award, registering an impressive tally of 14 goals over the course of the tournament. He walked away with a prize courtesy of sponsor Brian James. His teammate Chris O’Leary was presented with the Kieran Cahillane Trophy for Player of the Tournament. Soccer enthusiast John O’Brien was once again deservedly named Supporter of the Tournament.

A solitary goal from big Nick Murphy was enough to seal the Over 35 final for Leane’s Tool Hire as they beat Tim Jones & Sons in a keenly contested game.

Boru Barbers won the Battle of the Sick Fades as they defeated Steve’s Barbers in the Under 16 final. A brace from Terry Sparling propelled Boru to a 2-0 win, and the talented goalscorer was awarded the Johnny Heffernan Memorial Shield for Player of the Tournament. The award was presented by Sandra Heffernan.

In a statement, Killarney Athletic expressed their gratitude to players, organisers and sponsors.

“A big ‘thank you’ to all who participated, their sponsors and to the committee who worked very hard to ensure the continued success of this tournament.

“A special word of thanks to our sponsors the Killarney Credit Union for their continued sponsorship and to Stephen Darmody, Financial Coordinator, and Helen Courtney Power. A special mention also to Pat Delaney RIP, former Chairman of Killarney Credit Union. No night went by during the tournament that Pat’s name wasn’t mentioned. He was sorely missed this year at the 7-a-side but he will never be forgotten. Rest in Peace, Pat.”

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Fans return to Fitzgerald Stadium after eight months

By Sean Moriarty Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game. Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game.

Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the first game at the stadium since the 2020 Kerry Petroleum Intermediate Club Football Championship Quarter-Final when Glenbeigh-Glencar played Beaufort on October 4 last year.

Due to current restrictions only 200 fans were allowed attend Saturday’s big match. That will remain in place for Kerry’s opening Munster Championship tie with Clare on June 26.

“It had been more than eight months since Fitzgerald Stadium welcomed back fans to the venue,” stadium PRO Tatyana McGough told the Killarney Advertiser. “Everything went exceptionally well.”

She is hopeful that more restrictions will be eased on July 5, paving the way for an increase in capacity to 500 fans in time for the July 25 Munster Final.

“It is likely that from July 5 up to 500 spectators may be permitted to attend games. We hope this number will increase for the Munster Final. If it is a Cork versus Kerry Munster Final the game will be fixed for Sunday July 25 at 4pm in the Fitzgerald Stadium. The stadium’s staff are very confident in being able to host any number of fans that may be allowed.”

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Garda appeal to park legally at beaches and public amenities

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An Garda Siochana is appealing to the public to park legally in designated car parks and spaces when visiting beaches, beauty spots and other public amenities. 

The good weather has seen an increase in dangerous illegal parking at these locations across the country in recent weeks. An Garda Siochana wants people to enjoy the summer but do so safely.

Parking illegally can lead to unnecessary risk and dangers such as pedestrians being forced to walk along dangerous roads. It can also prevent emergency services from gaining access to these amenities a seaside locations which could lead to the loss of life. 

“We encourage the public to plan their journeys and think safety first when parking your vehicle,” the Gardai said in a statement. 

“The outcome of parking illegally could be far more serious than a FCPN or vehicle towing and puts others and your own life at risk. 

An Garda Siochana reminds and encourages the public to social distance and follow public health guidelines when attending these locations this Summer.

An Garda Siochana is also supporting National Water Safety Awareness Week (June 14th – 20th). Information on this campaign and general water safety can be found on Water Safety Irelands Website – www.watersafety.ie/national-water-safety-awareness-week/

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IFTA nomination for Jessie Buckley

By Michelle Crean  Killarney’s Jessie Buckley is up for an award as the 2021 Irish Film and Television Awards (IFTA) nominations were announced this week. Jessie has been nominated as Best Actress in a Lead Role Film category for her work in Charlie Kaufman’s surreal ‘I’m Thinking of Ending Things’. Winners will be announced at […]

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By Michelle Crean
 

Killarney’s Jessie Buckley is up for an award as the 2021 Irish Film and Television Awards (IFTA) nominations were announced this week.

Jessie has been nominated as Best Actress in a Lead Role Film category for her work in Charlie Kaufman’s surreal ‘I’m Thinking of Ending Things’. Winners will be announced at a virtual IFTA awards ceremony which will be broadcast on Virgin Media One on Sunday, July 4.

Other well-known Irish actors up for awards include Brendan Gleeson for ‘The Comey Rule’, Paul Mescal for ‘Normal People’, Dervla Kirwan ‘Smother’ and Gabriel Byrne for ‘Death of a Ladies Man’.

Over the past few months during lockdown, the Irish Academy Members have been busy viewing, deliberating, and shortlisting the very best work from across great Irish films, performances, and achievements.

Nominations have been shortlisted by Irish Academy members alongside a specialist jury panel of industry experts from around the world.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will be no physical IFTA Awards Ceremony until March 2022, in keeping with COVID guidelines and best international practice.

Further details about the show and the international guest participants will be announced shortly.

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