Words: Eamonn Fitzgerald
Kerry begin the defence of their Munster SFC title on Sunday next in the Fitzgerald Stadium when they meet Clare with a throw-in time of 3.30pm. In the curtain-raiser at 1.30pm the Kerry ladies play Waterford.
The winners of the Kerry v Clare game will meet Cork in the Munster final. The Rebels scored a great victory over Tipperary last weekend and if Kerry win on Sunday, the Munster final will be played in the new Páirc Uí Chaoimh. It is a source of great satisfaction to Cork that they will be staging the Munster final in their magnificent new complex.
How good are Kerry? The team has not been announced as we go to press so Kerry fans will be hopeful of a home victory. I expect that Eamonn Fitzmaurice will start at least three newcomers to championship football. The defence has been causing some concern. Seasoned defenders Marc ó Sé and Aidan O’Mahony have retired and injury may rule out Shane Enright. The midfield, led by David Moran, is strong and there are plenty of options in the forward lines, even without Colm Cooper and Johnny Buckley who have retired from the inter-county scene. The pair will continue to play club football with Dr Crokes. Paul Geaney is the big hope here for scores and much will be expected of James O’Donoghue although he has played very little football for Kerry and for the Legion in the past 12 months.
Clare had a very inexperienced team out against Limerick but they still did the business, easily beating Limerick 1-23 to 0-14. Half of their team against Limerick were playing championship football for the first time and they acquitted themselves very well. These included a new goalkeeper in Eamonn Tubridy, full back Cillian Brennan, corner back Eoghan Collins, centre back Aaron Fitzgerald, as well as forwards Kieran Malone (who scored 1-3) and Eimhin Courtney.
Team manager Colm Collins was happy with their big win over Limerick but he was quick to temper that euphoria as they travel to meet Kerry in Killarney. “We have work to do and nobody is under any illusions about the size of the effort it will take to beat Kerry in Killarney,” he said.
Kerry will start as strong favourites and I expect them to win on home soil but Clare will not bend the knee that easily. In last year’s game, Kerry had to work very hard to fashion a 1-18 to 1-12 win. Kerry have won the last five Munster crowns in a row and after Sunday they should be on course for number six with, Cork waiting in the wings for a traditional Munster final clash.
Sport on TV
What a wonderful weekend we had to savour on TV. I expected Tipperary to push Cork in the Munster SHC and they did just that in a thriller, coming from nine points down to level the game in injury time 2-20 to 1-23. Luke Connolly played a blinder for the Cork footballers as did Colm O’Neill and Mark Collins.They scored 1-13 between them out of Cork’s total tally of 1-17.
Carlow were magnificent in their victory over a disappointing Kildare side and of course the Dubs were merciless, hammering Wicklow by 23 points.
Leinster continued on their winning ways defeating Scarlets 40-32 in the Guinness Pro14 final. Sexton was the big man in this win. I was disappointed in Liverpool, who made too many mistakes in the Champions League final and lost 3-1 to Real Madrid. Their case was not helped when Salah had to go off with a shoulder injury. He should recover to play with Egypt in this summer’s World Cup.
Rory Mcllroy lost his lead in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. His playing partner Molinari won by two shots with a last round of 68. There was real drama in the Rás Tailteann which was won by Luuc Bugter with literally one second to spare. You don’t get any closer than that.
Possible return to campus for college students
By Niamh Dwyer, Chairperson of the Kerry Branch of Guidance Counsellors
The announcement by the Department of Education this week, that the Leaving Cert results will be issued on Friday, September 3, was followed by confirmation from the Central Applications Office that CAO Round 1 offers will be issued online, four days later on Tuesday, September 7 at 2pm.
This is about three weeks later than normal, although it is earlier than the 2020 dates. Coinciding with the release of these dates comes the news from Minister for Further and Higher Education, Simon Harris, that it is the priority of Government to get college students back on campus for the 2021/2022 academic year. Because of the later issue of Leaving Cert results and CAO offers, this means that First Year students will start college a couple of weeks later than those who are returning to college in Second, Third and Fourth Year.
From the point of social distancing, the staggered start may be an advantage, as we will still be living with certain restrictions due to COVID-19. There are a number of contributing factors what will influence a safe and successful return to the college campus for students according to Minister Harris. They include the roll-out and take-up of vaccinations in the college-age cohort by September, the use of rapid testing on campus which has been run as a pilot in several universities this year, and a varied approach to face-to-face lectures. It is hoped that smaller classes, practicals and tutorials can be operated as before with social distancing while the larger lectures may need to be facilitated using a blended approach. It is also felt that if cafés, restaurants and bars are open everywhere else, there is no reason why they can’t open on campus. This of course is all based on vaccinations and public health guidelines.
A big concern for First Year students following the announcements is the fact that they will be looking for accommodation later than all other students. This is an issue every single year because when CAO offers are issued, many students get offers for colleges in locations where they have not secured accommodation. Naturally it is of particular concern to rural students and mirrors a greater societal shortage of accommodation. Minister Harris has also stated that he is bringing a proposal to Cabinet in the coming weeks to implement legislation which means that the owners of purpose-built student accommodation will only be allowed to charge rents a month in advance rather than insisting on payment of rent for half of the college year, something which has put enormous strain on students and their families over the years.
So, while any kind of certainty surrounding a return to ‘normal’ college life isn’t possible, it is both hopeful and exciting for new and returning college students to be able to look forward to the next college year with the prospect of getting to enjoy a real college experience and all that has to offer.
I will be hosting a free webinar for Leaving Cert parents on June 16 at 7pm on ‘How to help your son/daughter with CAO Change of Mind and other career options’ ahead of the CAO deadline on July 1.
To register see links on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram: @mycareerplan or email me on email@example.com.
Niamh Dwyer is a Guidance Counsellor in Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra, Rathmore, and Chairperson of the Kerry Branch of Guidance Counsellors. She is also a Career Consultant. For details see www.mycareerplan.ie or follow @mycareerplan on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.
Deadline for health and well-being fest fast approaching
Friday June 25, the closing date to register an interest in hosting an activity or event during the 2021 Kerry Mental Health and Well-being Fest, is fast approaching. This year’s #KerryMHWFest will run from October 9 to 16. It is held annually to highlight World Mental Health Day on October 10. Organised by an interagency […]
Friday June 25, the closing date to register an interest in hosting an activity or event during the 2021 Kerry Mental Health and Well-being Fest, is fast approaching.
This year’s #KerryMHWFest will run from October 9 to 16. It is held annually to highlight World Mental Health Day on October 10.
Organised by an interagency steering group, the key focus of the Kerry Mental Health and Well-being Fest is to promote mental health and well-being in Kerry through a fun and interactive programme of events.
“The Kerry Mental Health and Well-being Fest aims to create awareness of, and schedule events that empower people to engage with the Five Ways to Well-being – Connect | Give | Take Notice | Keep Learning | Be Active – as well as raising awareness of the available supports and services in the county,” Chair of the Steering Committee, Donagh Hennebry, said.
“The Fest has a wide reach across Kerry and we want to continue to build on its success in 2021. But we can’t do this without you! We are inviting anyone who is interested in helping us achieve our goal, by hosting an event(s) during #KerryMHWFest, to register online as soon as possible.”
The organising committee is a collaboration between Connecting for Life Kerry, Healthy Kerry, Kerry County Council, the HSE, NEWKD, SKDP, Kerry Mental Health Association, Jigsaw Kerry, Munster Technological University/Kerry, and Kerry Volunteer Centre.
To register your interest to host an event for the 2021 Kerry Mental Health and Well-being Fest, visit www.healthykerry.ie before close of business on Friday, June 25.
For more information about registration, promotion, or the Fest in general, please contact the interagency steering group at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free and subsidised higher education courses for Kerry
11 free and subsidised higher education places have been announced for Kerry under the Springboard+ 2021 and Human Capital Initiative (HCI) Pillar 1 initiatives. The courses, which open for applications today (Wednesday), will run at Munster Technological University Kerry. The courses on offer include a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy Management & Practice, a Certificate in […]
11 free and subsidised higher education places have been announced for Kerry under the Springboard+ 2021 and Human Capital Initiative (HCI) Pillar 1 initiatives. The courses, which open for applications today (Wednesday), will run at Munster Technological University Kerry.
The courses on offer include a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy Management & Practice, a Certificate in Retail Food Service Operations and a Postgraduate Diploma in Bioeconomy with Business.
Over 10,000 places are available across both programmes nationwide in 2021.
Springboard+ provides free courses for people who are unemployed, people who have taken time out of work or education to raise their families or care for loved ones, or people who want to upskill. Now in its 10th year, over 75,000 people have benefited from Springboard+ to date.
Courses under the HCI Pillar 1 programme are aimed at graduates and offer incentivised places for them to reskill in areas of skills shortage and emerging technologies. These are being run alongside, and complementary to, the Springboard+ offerings.
For those in employment, the Government will fund 90% of the cost of a Springboard+ or HCI Pillar 1 course. The programmes are managed by the Higher Education Authority on behalf of the Department of Education and Skills.
Launching the programme, Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris, TD said, “As we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, we will need to ensure that people have the skills they need”.
Candidates who wish to participate will find full details on the approved courses on www.springboardcourses.ie. Experienced guidance counsellors will be available to advise potential Springboard+ and HCI Pillar 1 participants on their options on the freephone Springboard+ helpline: 1800 303 523. The helpline is open from 9.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday.
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