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Final spots up for grabs in Club Championship

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The group phase of the Club Championship reaches its conclusion this weekend with places in the finals – and relegation playoffs – on the line.

In Group 1 of the Senior Club Championship, it’s all fairly straightforward as Dr Crokes go head-to-head with Austin Stacks in a straight shoot out for the top spot. Both sides have won their first two games and so find themselves joint top on four points heading into the deciding fixture. Crokes just about came out the right side of a close one in Strand Road last weekend and will be favourites to advance to another final, although it has to be said that Stacks’ championship form so far belies their newfound Division 2 status.

At the foot of the table, winless Kerins O’Rahilly’s and An Ghaeltacht face a playoff to avoid a playoff when they meet in Gallarus. The loser will play the bottom placed team from Group 2 to see who will be relegated to intermediate level.

In the event of a draw in either game, points difference will need to be used to decide the final standings. (The primary tie-breaking method is the outcome of the game between the two teams in question, but naturally that won’t work in the case of a draw).

That means a draw will be enough to see Crokes through to the final (+16 compared to Stacks’ +8), and a draw against Rahilly’s will condemn An Ghaeltacht to a relegation playoff (-17 versus -7).

Things are even more complicated in Group 2. Dingle currently lead the way on four points so victory over Legion in Páirc an Ághasaigh will make it three from three and confirm their spot in the final. If Legion win, however, they will join Dingle on four points and top the group on head-to-head – but only if Rathmore fail to beat Kenmare.

If that happens, Rathmore would be joint bottom with Kenmare and actually finish fourth on head-to-head.

If Rathmore and Legion win (sorry, I’m even giving myself a headache here), then Dingle, Legion and Rathmore will all have four points and it will come down to points difference. Dingle are currently far better off in this regard so Legion would need to win by twelve or more to top the group. Rathmore would also need to win by at least eleven.

Long story short, Dingle are firm favourites to finish first and Kenmare need to beat Rathmore to have any hope.

In the Intermediate, Kilcummin and Spa can top their groups and book a place in the semi-finals with victory in their final group games against Brosna and Templenoe respectively. Glenflesk and St Mary’s, meanwhile, are already through to the last four.

Down in the Junior Premier, Beaufort and Fossa have already confirmed their places in the semi-finals thanks to favourable results in Round 2. (For more on Fossa’s David Clifford-inspired victory over St Michael’s-Foilmore, see Sport p5.)

 

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Killarney centre stage for Pride Festival

The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage. Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July […]

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The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage.

Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July 17 to 21.

The organisation’s flagship Party in the Park event will be held again in Killarney House and Gardens, following the Pride march in the town centre on July 20.

This year, in solidarity with the people of Palestine, Kingdom Pride in Kerry is inviting the people of Kerry to come to show their unity by bringing Palestinian flags and kites to the march, and to the Party in the Park.

“Pride is a protest for human rights all over the world. Here in the Kingdom, we have been so lucky to receive tremendous community support from our allies and supporters, and we see the struggle for liberation of all peoples as a united cause,” said Daniel Quirke, chairperson of the organising committee.

“Our events have always welcomed everyone, regardless of gender, orientation, religion, or nationality. We truly believe that together we can create positive change through caring for and loving one another. This year is no exception, and we look forward to helping to highlight the Palestinian cause, and to bringing people together to keep generating positive change for all people.”

Events will take place in Cahersiveen, Listowel, Killorglin, Tralee and Dingle, and include an Irish comedy night with Áine Gallagher, an Irish-language movie screening, yoga, sea swimming, poetry and storytelling, bowling, pitch and putt, a lively drag night at the INEC, and plenty more for people of all ages.

“We do our best to keep tickets as low-cost as possible, and we have lots of events that are totally free to attend. It is important to us that people can share Pride with us, regardless of income. Especially with the rise of the cost of living putting a strain on people’s pockets.” added the chairperson.

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A weekend of Live Music, Fun and Entertainment, at FleskFest 2024

The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event. “It promises to be […]

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The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event.

“It promises to be the festival weekend of the summer, an event you don’t want to miss out on. Last year’s Festival was a fantastic memorable experience for our community, a time to get together and celebrate,” said festival PRO Seán Daly.

Organised by Glenflesk GAA, FleskFest 24 will take place at the Barraduff Community Field next week.
There will be a fully licensed bar in the Fest Marquee, some amazing live music on The Big Stage, food trucks and much more.
Glenflesk GAA club’s biggest fundraiser of the year includes a new-for-2024 Texas Holdem Poker Tournament on Thursday night.
Weekend highlights include old-time waltzing, jiving and polka sets with Paudie McAuliffe and Paudie Coffey Band on Friday,
On Saturday, the new Well Flesk event will take place.
“A morning of self-care and wellness at Flesk Fest featuring masterclasses in yoga, pilates, mindfulness, spinning, fitness sessions, workouts, firewood sauna and ice pods with a range of experienced and qualified instructors,” added Daly.
Leading local musician Johnny Courtney and Friends, Sam and Ina, The O’Donoghue Sisters, Reigning All Ireland Champions Glenflesk Ballad Group, and The Border Boys will take to the Big Stage over the weekend.
Sunday is Family Fun Day with children’s entertainment and disco and the All-Ireland Hurling Final Live on the Big screen followed by music with Thingamajig.
The festival will finish with a Sunday evening session with the Meadhbh Walsh Band.

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