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Gala homecoming planned for Fitzgerald Stadium

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By Sean Moriarty

Win or lose on Sunday, the Kerry football team will be assured of a gala welcome home on Monday night.

A special homecoming event is being planned for Fitzgerald Stadium from around 9pm on Monday.

This is a break from tradition as previous homecomings took place in the Glebe Car Park on College St.

Staying with tradition, the team will visit the county town of Tralee first from around 6pm on Monday, where up to 10,000 people are expected on Denny St should Jack O’Connor’s men be successful against Galway on Sunday.

The Tralee event is expected to last until about 800pm when the team will be transferred by coach to Killarney.

The new venue, which includes the construction of a new stage for the occasion, will accommodate 40,000 fans according to GAA chiefs in the country.

The event will include live DJs and music ahead of the arrival of the team.

The Killarney Advertiser understands that the main reason the venue was changed was the unavailability of the Glebe car park.

This year’s All Ireland Football final is being played in July for the first time as opposed to the traditional September date.

The tourist season is in full flight, Bird’s Funfair are still in town and are in residence in the Fair Hill car park.

New health and safety regulations and connected red tape also forced the County Board’s hands when it came to planning the homecoming celebration.

“This could be the way forward,” county board chairman and Dr Crokes GAA club member Patrick ‘Tatler’ O’Sullivan told the Killarney Advertiser.

“[As a county board] our main priority was the needs of the team and players, a separate team are looking after the homecoming, they worked with the Gardai and did all the safety statements. Kerry is unusual in that we have to have two separate homecomings – one in Tralee and one in Killarney – and there is a lot of planning in deciding who gets where and at what time.”

Looking ahead to the big game Patrick said: “It is in the hands of the gods, hopefully they will be shining down on us on Sunday.”

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Man released without charge in murder case

The man in his 50s arrested in connection with the discovery of a body of a woman in her 70s in unexplained circumstances in Ardshanavooley has been released without charge […]

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The man in his 50s arrested in connection with the discovery of a body of a woman in her 70s in unexplained circumstances in Ardshanavooley has been released without charge in relation to this matter.

Miriam Burns was found in her home on Monday afternoon after family and neighbours became concerned about her welfare.

A file is now being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions and investigations are ongoing under the direction of a Senior Investigating Officer.

Gardaí are continuing to appeal to any persons who were in the Ardshanavooley area between 5pm on Friday and 1pm on Monday and observed any activity which drew their attention, to come forward.

Any road users who were travelling in the area at these times who may have camera footage (including dash-cam) are asked to make this footage available to Gardaí.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Killarney Garda Station on 064 6671160, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

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Plenty of music and entertainment to celebrate Kilcummin talent

The successes of the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadh’s were celebrated with Kilcummin CCÉ members, their families and friends in the clubhouse in Kilcummin on Sunday night. The talent within […]

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The successes of the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland Fleadh’s were celebrated with Kilcummin CCÉ members, their families and friends in the clubhouse in Kilcummin on Sunday night.

The talent within the branch was clearly evident with a packed trophies table. Indeed some of the successes over the last number of months were replayed in a relaxed, jovial atmosphere that meant that all attending had a great night’s entertainment.

“We had demonstrations of winning sets across all age groups and then we moved onto the musicians who pulled out all the stops to entertain the large crowd, packed into the clubhouse,” Derek O’Leary, Kilcummin CCÉ PRO, told the Killarney Advertiser.

John Moriarty, who has recently retired from his role of Supervisor with Kilcummin Rural Development was acknowledged with a presentation to reflect the outstanding work that he has done to enhance and grow Kilcummin Comhaltas over his 25 years in his role, he added.

“Much thanks and praise was also offered to Mary, Adrian and Conor Moriarty, all involved in the progression of dancing and music within the Kilcummin branch. The music and entertainment continued with Helen Kerins and Denis Crowley late into the night. We’re looking forward to next year already!”

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