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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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Applecroft B&B named in Ireland’s Top 10

By Michelle Crean What a better way for a local business to celebrate its silver jubilee than to be named in the Top 10 places to stay in Ireland especially as they prepare to reopen after the pandemic. Owners Kathy and Don Brosnan, who run Applecroft House in Woodlawn, were named number 6 in Ireland’s […]

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By Michelle Crean

What a better way for a local business to celebrate its silver jubilee than to be named in the Top 10 places to stay in Ireland especially as they prepare to reopen after the pandemic.

Owners Kathy and Don Brosnan, who run Applecroft House in Woodlawn, were named number 6 in Ireland’s Top 10 B&Bs for 2022 by the Irish Independent ‘Reader Travel Awards’ while Ireland’s Best B&B was named as Dingle’s Pax House.

The couple began their business in 1997 and are very happy with the feedback from visitors who voted for their B&B, especially after two difficult years.

“I’m thrilled, especially as we’re celebrating our silver jubilee this year,” Kathy told the Killarney Advertiser.

The couple built their house in the early ’80s and aptly named it ‘Applecroft’ as it was built in a field which has an orchard.

In the late ’90s they opened five spacious rooms up, each with its own theme; 
‘Poet’s Corner’, ‘Past Times’, ‘The 19th Green’, ‘The Race-goer’s Club’ and ‘The Kerry Way’, for guests as Kathy, who worked in The Europe Hotel and the Great Southern Killarney for many years, had a passion to bring a great stay experience to guests visiting Killarney. They kept themselves busy planting in their two acre garden during the pandemic.

They have won numerous awards over the years and have had film crews in but this latest award is the icing on the cake for the couple who are looking forward to reopening in late March.

“It’s amazing, and a bonus especially with the two years we’ve had. We’ve never experienced anything like that. It was “wow” – we were preparing to reopen on St Patrick’s Day that year and all of a sudden everything closed down on the 16. It was a big shock.”

Don creates amazing bread and scones which guests rave about, she added.

“I was delighted as we came tenth for breakfast and sixth for the B&B.”

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Tributes paid to life-long Legion supporter

By Sean Moriarty Legion GAA Club has led tributes to one of their most ‘fervent’ supporters who passed away on Tuesday. Described as one of the town’s ‘old stock’, Tim Looney from Coolgraine Park and late of Daltons Avenue, was a central part of Killarney’s rich sporting heritage. As well as a life-long supporter of […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Legion GAA Club has led tributes to one of their most ‘fervent’ supporters who passed away on Tuesday.

Described as one of the town’s ‘old stock’, Tim Looney from Coolgraine Park and late of Daltons Avenue, was a central part of Killarney’s rich sporting heritage.

As well as a life-long supporter of Legion, he played basketball in the famous town leagues of the 1970s and the seven-a-side soccer ‘Wipeouts’ competitions.

“He was a very proud Legion man and always flew the green and white flag out his window whenever the club was playing in a big game,” PRO Enda Walshe told the Killarney Advertiser. “He was a fervent loyal club supporter but was also one of the characters of the winter basketball leagues.”

Tim was also a regular participant in Dart Pub Leagues back in the 1970s and 1980s.

Tim’s funeral took place today (Friday). He was laid to rest at Killarney Burial Ground after 10am Mass St Mary’s Cathedral.

Tim is survived by his wife Nuala, his children Joanne, Paudie and Timmy, and was a much loved grandfather to Stephen, Makaela, Chloe, Padraic, Keelan, Alex and the late Lorna. He will also be sadly missed by his daughters-in-law Margaret and Sharon, son-in-law Tony, sisters Kathleen, Sheila and Ann, brothers Lewis-John and Paddy, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews, relatives, neighbours and many great friends.

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