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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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Hike up Strickeen Mountain for air ambulance

  Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance. The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab. It […]

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Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance.

The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab.

It is expected that the 7.5km hike will take around three hours to complete and participants will benefit from the expertise of Krzysztof for a minimum donation €10 per person or €20 per family.

Strickeen Mountain is the eastern most peak of the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks and the hike will start from the Gap of Dunloe at 11am on the day.

As an added bonus fruit and water, donated by local supermarkets including Lidl, Aldi and Daly’s SuperValu, will be provided. The first 20 to register will receive a limited edition Irish Community Air Ambulance face covering snood.

“This is an ideal opportunity for someone who has never climbed this mountain, but wants to do it with the help of an experienced guide,” Donie Lucey, who is one of the Irish Community Air Ambulance’s chief fundraisers, said.

Further details are available from Donie on 086 854 5873 or from Krzysztof on 087 7589697 after 6pm.

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Golf club launches Summer Series competition

By Sean Moriarty Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality. The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer. Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality.

The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer.

Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at the famed Killeen course this coming Wednesday (June 23). This series will continue every Wednesday for eight weeks and top five scorers on each date will qualify for a Grand Final which is scheduled for Sunday, August 22.

“We are delighted to launch the ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series. This is a singles stableford event taking place on the Irish Open course, Killeen,” said the club’s marketing manager Meg Dalton. “With over €8,000 worth of prizes to be won, this is an event not to be missed. The first opportunity to qualify for the grand final is Wednesday.”

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Investigation continues into New St fire

  Killarney Gardai are continuing their investigation into the cause of a fire on New Street last week. The fire broke out at the Eviston House Hotel in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday (June 7). It started in a room just off the kitchen on the first floor and spread along the venting […]

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Killarney Gardai are continuing their investigation into the cause of a fire on New Street last week.

The fire broke out at the Eviston House Hotel in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday (June 7).

It started in a room just off the kitchen on the first floor and spread along the venting and ducting on the first, second and third floors. There was heavy smoke throughout the hotel but all guests were evacuated safely.

The landmark hotel, which also houses the famous Danny Mann pub, has not yet reopened, and local Gardai are still investigating its cause.

“The investigation is ongoing,” a Killarney Gardai Station spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser. “We are establishing the full facts in relation to the fire.”

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