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History-making minors do it the hard way

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Kerry created history in Croke Park on Sunday last when they won the All-Ireland minor football title defeating Galway by 0-21 to 1-14. They had to do it the hard way, which made victory all the sweeter for Peter Keane. At one stage Galway were leading by seven points and this looked like a winning margin. However, through this campaign Kerry have had some close calls and these experiences stood to them, as they fought back bravely and ended with a flurry of match-winning points.

No other team in any grade in hurling or in football have won five titles in a row and what’s more this was a brand new team this year with no players available from last year’s crop. What’s remarkable is that Kerry went through a very barren spell until Jack O’Connor managed the winning minor teams in 2004 and 2005. Peter Keane took over and stretched that winning run to three minor titles on the trot. Kerry have now gone 30 games unbeaten at minor level.

David Clifford was the stand out minor last year scoring a massive 4-4 against Derry in the final and he has graduated with ease on to the Kerry senior side. He was the only Kerry player to be named on the RTÉ Sunday Game Team of the Championship. The DNA is good as we witnessed in last Sunday’s minor victory. His first cousin Paul O’Shea did more than anyone to help Kerry’s revival when Galway went seven points ahead and looked to be motoring to an inevitable victory.

It was 1-9 to 0-8 at half-time and it could have an even bigger mountain for Kerry to climb because Galway were very wasteful. O’Shea starred when moved to midfield, an astute move by the Kerry selectors. Paul Walsh led the scoring with four points as Kerry chipped away at Galway’s lead. Dylan Geaney, Darragh O’Reilly and the impressive Ruaidhrí ó Beaglaioch lofted over some great points to turn the table on Galway. He’s a brother of senior Kerry player Brian.

Galway rallied and it was nip and tuck - the sides were level on four occasions as the clock ticked forward to normal full time. In time added on Kerry were magnificent and added four match-winning points for this historic victory.

Congratulations to Peter Keane and his management team. Donal Daly, the former Kerry senior player and Development Officer for underage football in the county who oversees the various development squads, has been doing great work co-ordinating the work of the underage coaches in the county. It proveides a great sense of satisfaction to see such positive results and the same kudos is extended to the club coaches of this record-beating team. Well done to Billy Doolan and his fellow helpers in the Kilcummin club who extended a great welcome home event in the clubhouse on Monday evening last.

Kerry: the history makers.

Kerry: M Kelliher (Glenflesk); C Moriarty (Annascaul), O Fitzgerald (Gneeveguilla), C Flannery (Dingle); D McCarthy (Kenmare), D Murphy (Rathmore), D Mangan (Laune Rangers); D Lyne (Legion), P O’Shea (Kilcummin); D Rahilly (Rathmore), P D’Arcy (Glenflesk), K Falvey (Annascaul); P Walsh (Brosna), M Lenihan (Dr Crokes), D Geaney (Dingle).

Subs: R ó Beaglaoích (An Ghaeltacht) for D’Arcy; K O’Donoghue (Legion) for Mangan; J Kennelly (Ballydonoghue) for Lenihan; J O’Connor (Beaufort) for Walsh.

Scorers: P Walsh (0-4, 1f), K Falvey (0-4), R ó Beaglaoich (0-3), D Rahilly (0-3), P O’Shea (0-2, 1f & 1 ‘45), D Geaney (0-2); J O’Connor (0-1f), D McCarthy (0-1) and M Lenihan (0-1).

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The Michael Commins Country Shows are Killarney bound

The legendary Michael Commins Concert Shows are heading for the Gleneagle INEC on Monday and Tuesday night, August 29 and 30. For over a decade these shows have captivated audiences […]

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The legendary Michael Commins Concert Shows are heading for the Gleneagle INEC on Monday and Tuesday night, August 29 and 30.

For over a decade these shows have captivated audiences in Galway and Mayo and this marks the first time they have travelled outside the western province.

Well known promoter, Tom Kelly from Ballina, who was manager of Brendan Grace for 27 years, and who also promotes the concerts of Johnny McEvoy, Mike Denver, Isla Grant, Dan McCabe and others, noticed the market for these country shows in recent years.

“The response of audiences to the Michael Commins Shows in the Salthill and Clayton Hotels in Galway and also in Claremorris and Westport has been phenomenal and I realised right away that these shows would have huge appeal outside the province,” Tom Kelly said.

“Where better a place to start outside of Connacht than in the famous Gleneagle INEC, the heart of Irish tourism and a huge venue for Country Music down through the years. We are being inundated with requests for tickets for both shows with people travelling to Kerry from all 32 counties on the island of Ireland, with some making the journey from England and Scotland and America as well.”

Michael is a journalist, radio and TV presenter from Mayo who for four decades has been promoting traditional Country Music across the western province and around the country through his newspaper columns.

His songs have been recorded by numerous artists including his great and cherished friend, the late Big Tom, along with a host of Irish singers as well as Leona Williams (ex-wife of Merle Haggard) and John Rex Reeves, nephew of the legendary Jim Reeves.

His concert shows have been described by Waterford singer, Paddy O’Brien, as the “most unique, authentic, down-to-earth and homely” country shows on the island of Ireland. The Killarney nights look set to deliver in style on Paddy’s summation of these amazing shows.

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The show on Monday August 29, features Brendan Shine, Gerry Guthrie, Art Supple, Tony Kerr, Louise Morrissey, Lisa Stanley, PJ Murrihy, Matt Keane, Olivia Douglas, Aisling Rafferty, Ross Molloy, Paudie McAuliffe, Gavin Gribben, Noreen Ashe, and the Ryan Turner Band.

The Tuesday night sees another brilliant line-up featuring John Glenn, Declan Nerney, Sandy Kelly, Paddy O’Brien, Eddie Lee, Annmarie O’Riordan, Thomas McBride, Pat McKenna, Muriel O’Connor and Fran Curry, Mick Mulhern, Elle Marie O’Dwyer, Aoife Leonard, Matthew O’Donnell, Kevin Prendergast, Richard Mulligan, the Ryan Turner Band and Billy Condon.

Tickets are selling fast and are now available from the Gleneagle INEC box office (064 6671555), ticketmaster.ie, and from Patsy on 086 1551841.

And the Killarney Advertiser has two pairs of tickets for the Michael Commins Country Shows up for grabs.

To be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets just answer the following question in the comments section by heading over to our Facebook page:

Name one of the female artists on the Michael Commins Concert Shows?

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Beaufort GAA launch car raffle fundraiser

By Sean Moriarty Beaufort GAA is raffling a brand new Ford Focus to raise funds for a new winter training pitch. The club took delivery of the new car this […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Beaufort GAA is raffling a brand new Ford Focus to raise funds for a new winter training pitch.

The club took delivery of the new car this week and the first tickets for the raffle were sold at Puck Fair.

Tickets are available from any member of Beaufort GAA at a cost of €25 each or three for €60.

The growing club needs new winter training facilities for its men’s, ladies and juvenile teams.

“We found that our current pitch was getting badly cut up in the winter and autumn and felt this new all-weather was the way to go,” club chairman, Neil Doherty, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“We started selling this week at Puck and so far the response has been very good.”

Ticket will remain on sale until next year with a draw date set for around Easter time.

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