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Five-in-a-row beckons for Keane’s minors

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The elusive five in a row of All-Ireland minor football titles beckons for Peter Keane and his charges after a pulsating semi-final at Croke Park on Sunday last, where Kerry just edged out Monaghan 1-16 to 2-11.

Kerry have won the minor titles for the past four years and the U-18 age group has been changed to U-17 this year. Kerry are odds on to lift the crown. Their opponents in the decider will be Galway, who defeated Meath  3-13 to 2-9 in the other semi.

Kerry led by 9 points at one stage but even with such a lead Peter Keane admitted that he expected a fight back from Monaghan. “We were in a similar situation against Cork down in Tralee when they came at us,” he said. They edged out Cork by a single point on that occasion.

“Funnily enough, even at 9 points, I didn't feel comfortable,” he continued. “You might say to me, ‘but God how could you not be comfortable?’ There was a skid on the ball and there was a bit of rain there.”

Kerry were leading by seven points at the three-quarter stage and going well when the game was turned on its head. Kerry were reduced to 14 men when Conor Flannery picked up a yellow card and a black card resulting in a red card. Monaghan made full use of the extra man and scored 2-5 in the subsequent period. Dan Murphy had a great chance of a goal but he pulled his shot wide.

Fair dues to Kerry they battled back to score after Swinburne pointed to put Monaghan ahead. Jack Kennelly and Paul Walsh came to the rescue with match-winning points in injury time.

Kerry brought on Ruairí ó Beaglaioch in the 63rd minute and he won a great ball which Walsh converted. Ruairí was black carded shortly after that.

Kerry's outstanding forward was Dylan Geaney, brother of Conor who played such a pivotal role in the 2015 final. Dylan scored five points, three of these from play.

Monaghan boss Séamus McEneaney was very disappointed, especially when they went ahead in injury time, but he was magnanimous in defeat. “We coughed up  one or two balls at crucial times in that last four or five-minute period and Kerry will always punish you,” he said.

Peter Keane is building up a successful managerial portfolio which will stand him in good stead when the Kerry senior manager job will be filled.

Killarney scratch cup

John Murphy from Cork was a runaway winner in the Killarney Scratch Cup. It was his first such title and he did it in style. The +4 handicapper shared the lead with a 68 on Mahony’s Point. He really turned on the style on the Killeen Course where he shot a remarkable 66 giving him a 15-stroke win. His handicap now goes out to plus 5.

Kerry Ladies

No joy for the Kerry senior ladies footballers. They were well beaten by Dublin 3-19 to 1-7 in the TG4 All-Ireland quarter-final in Roscommon.

Kerry SHC semi-finals

Two nail-biting finishes in the Kerry senior hurling championship semi-finals in Tralee. Kerry star Shane Conway shot 1-14 for Lixnaw in their 1-17 win over Causeway while Ballyduff lost their crown to Kilmoyley in a tense 20 points to 19 tie.

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Valuable role of Kerry cancer support charity recognised nationally

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Cancer support charity Recovery Haven Kerry has been recognised for its vital role in supporting cancer patients and their families at a national ceremony in Dublin.

The renowned cancer support house was one of 16 such centres across Ireland that were presented with plaques to acknowledge their full membership of the National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP) Alliance – a group made up of voluntary and charity organisations delivering support services directly to cancer patients and their families. An additional 10 associate member charities were also honoured, including Kerry Cancer Support Group.

The Alliance advocates for, and supports, the development of integrated pathways between the cancer centres, acute hospitals, community cancer support services and primary care services. All members’ development is in line with the values of Sláintecare, seeking to provide assurance to healthcare professionals that these organisations are working to an agreed standard as set out in Best Practice Guidance published by the NCCP. 

Speaking after the ceremony, which was held at Dublin’s Farmleigh Estate, Recovery Haven Kerry Chairman, Tim McSwiney, explained that being compliant with the Best Practice Guidance for Community Cancer Support Centres is a true mark of quality. 

“It offers us a yardstick to measure what we are doing against the standards required. As a result, healthcare professionals have more confidence in referring people to our services. We are very proud to be a member of the Alliance,” he said.

Recovery Haven Kerry was represented at the event by centre manager, Gemma Fort and Client Services Co-Ordinator, Siobhan MacSweeney and were presented with their plaque by NCCP Lead for Cancer Survivorship, Louise Mullen, Clinical Lead for Psycho-Oncology Dr Helen Greally, and Minister of State at the Department of Health, Colm Burke. 

The event was also used as an opportunity to announce funding of €3m for the NCCP’s Alliance of Community Cancer Support Centres and Services through Budget 2024. The NCCP is currently in the process of distributing these funds which will directly and positively impact the delivery of services for patients and families nationally.

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‘More Precious Than Gold’ book launch

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At the official book launch of ‘More Precious Than Gold: My enduring connection with John McShain – the man who built Washington’ by Alice O’Neill-McLoughlin at Killarney House, was Minister of State for Nature, Heritage and Electoral Reform, Malcolm Noonan, T.D.

Alice was born the eldest of eleven children into an Irish farming family in Rosbercon, New Ross, County Wexford. In 1978, she was awarded a scholarship from John McShain- the iconic builder, philanthropist, devout Catholic with Derry ancestry, responsible for many famous American landmarks, including the Jefferson Memorial and the Pentagon.

Her book records the lifelong personal correspondence Alice exchanged with ‘The Man Who Built Washington.’ His philanthropy extended to the Irish people in the bequeathing to the State of Killarney House and the surrounding thousands of acres incorporating the Lakes, Ross Castle, and Innisfallen Island. In 2019, Alice had the honour of inducting John McShain into the Irish America Hall of Fame in her home town of New Ross in the presence of his relatives from Philadelphia and Derry. This is a tale of altruism, of gratitude, of faith and of a life lived in the pursuit of excellence.

Alice also donated her treasured correspondence of letters from John McShain for the archive at Killarney House. Also in attendance were Members of the Ignatius A. O’Shaughnessy family, who was founder of The Globe Oil and Refining Company – and part of a consortium of wealthy American businessmen who were going to purchase the lakes of Killarney as a Country Club in the 1950’s.

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