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In-form Celts heading to Laois for big FAI Junior Cup tie

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FAI Junior Cup: Last 16
Crettyard United v Killarney Celtic
Sunday at 2pm
Laois

Killarney Celtic will be hoping to move one step closer to their ultimate goal when they travel to Laois on Sunday to take on Crettyard United in the last 16 of the FAI Junior Cup.

Claiming the biggest trophy in Irish junior soccer has been very high on Celtic’s agenda in recent years and they have frequently reached the latter stages, perhaps most notably in 2017 when they suffered an agonising semi-final defeat at the hands of Sheriff YC of Dublin.

Domestic trophies have been plentiful in the past two seasons and Brian Spillane’s side are fancied by many to defend their Kerry league and cup titles again in 2020. The FAI is the one the Hoops really want, however, and their minds will be fully focused ahead of Sunday’s trip to the midlands.

OPPOSITION

There’s no such thing as an easy route to the last 16 of the FAI Junior Cup and Crettyard United have already overcome some tough opposition in this season’s competition. They needed penalties to see off Freebooters of Kilkenny in Round 4 and in Round 5 they defeated Mullingar Town after extra time.

United were handed a potentially difficult draw against Glenthorn Celtic in the last 32 but second-half goals from Bobby Dowling, Lee Salter and Colin Osborne propelled them to an impressive 3-0 win.

Crettyard also reached the last 16 in 2019 but they were defeated 3-1 at home by Glengad from Donegal.

They are currently third in the Carlow and District Football League Premier Division, a point behind joint leaders Hanover Harps and Slaney Rovers with two games in hand.

GOALS

Celtic have been in terrific form all season, particularly in attack with the pacey Danny Roche and in-form striker Stephen McCarthy scoring goals for fun.

Led by experienced players like John McDonagh, Stephen O’Mahony, Podge O’Connor and Gary Keane, and with Matt Keane pulling the strings in midfield, the Killarney side will head to Laois full of confidence.

 

Paths to the Last 16

Killarney Celtic

Round 2: Killarney Celtic 11-0 Shannonside (Desmond)

Round 3: Killarney Celtic 5-0 Coole (Clare)

Round 4: Grannagh Utd (Desmond) 1-3 Killarney Celtic

Round 5: Killarney Celtic 4-1 St Kevin’s Boys (LSL)

Round 6: Buncranna Hearts (Inishowen) 1-4 Killarney Celtic

 

Crettyard United

Round 3: Crettyard United 2-1 Corach Ramblers (Wexford)

Round 4: Freebooters (Kilkenny) 1-1 Crettyard United (Crettyard won on pens)

Round 5: Mullingar Town (Westmeath) 3-4 Crettyard United (AET)

Round 6: Crettyard United 3-0 Glenthorn Celtic (Cork AUL)

 

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Family to run in memory of the late Linda Eviston

By Sean Moriarty The family of a much-loved Killarney woman who passed away from cancer almost a year ago plan to run a marathon past her favourite local landmarks in her memory. Linda Eviston died on October 10 last after a long battle with cancer. Her husband Patrick and son Erik, with the support of […]

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The family of a much-loved Killarney woman who passed away from cancer almost a year ago plan to run a marathon past her favourite local landmarks in her memory.

Linda Eviston died on October 10 last after a long battle with cancer.

Her husband Patrick and son Erik, with the support of her daughter Alannah, will run a 42.2km course, on the day before her anniversary to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society.

The route will be based on landmarks that were an important part of Linda’s life. Starting from the family home in Dromkerry, before heading for the town centre and passing the Eviston House Hotel, Linda’s grandmother’s home at Park Road, Linda’s childhood home and national school in Glenflesk, Loreto where Linda attended secondary school, back to Killarney and finishing at Linda’s pride and joy – Brook Lodge Hotel.

“It is tough but we wanted to do something in Linda’s memory and help other people who might find themselves in similar circumstances,” Pat told the Killarney Advertiser. “We originally hoped to do the Dublin City Marathon but that got cancelled. This route is much better, but much tougher as it’s more hilly.”

All proceeds will be donated to the Irish Cancer Society and donations can be made via: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/inhonouroflinda.

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Women bravely bare all for Kerry’s first ‘Dip in the Nip’

By Michelle Crean  It really was girl power at its finest – as 170 women of all ages braved the elements on Sunday to bare all for charity at the weekend. Shore Acre in Camp was the location which was only revealed to the participants for Kerry’s first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’. And amongst […]

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By Michelle Crean
 

It really was girl power at its finest – as 170 women of all ages braved the elements on Sunday to bare all for charity at the weekend.

Shore Acre in Camp was the location which was only revealed to the participants for Kerry’s first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’. And amongst the all female grouping were some Killarney ladies who joined in the empowering adventure for what was described as “a special and unforgettable morning” all in aid of Recovery Haven Kerry.

According to Marisa Reidy from Recovery Haven, the women were of all ages and all walks of life who came together for so many personal reasons.

“Some were still on their own cancer journey, some were celebrating coming out the other side and of course, many were there to honour friends and loved ones who they had lost to cancer, but we were all equal on the day – flaws and all,” Marisa, who also took part in the event, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was a truly uplifting and exhilarating experience and we are so, so grateful to each and every lady who joined us for a morning we will never forget. One woman described it as ‘companionship among strangers’ and that really sums it up perfectly. It was emotional, there were some tears, but lots of laughter and we couldn’t have asked for anything more. When the ladies hit the water, they all formed a circle and held hands in a gesture that was totally unplanned – it just happened organically and it was quite overwhelming.”

She added that a very special mention has to be made to Michaela and John Edwards and their team from Wild Water Adventures for their support and expertise in ensuring no stone was left unturned in making it a fabulous, safe event.

“It was an all-female team from beginning to end, from our own volunteers, stewards, registration, Gardai, teas and coffees, lifeguards, sea rescue – girl power at its finest! Now all that’s left to do is start planning for 2022!”

Donations are still being taken via the link on the Recovery Haven Kerry Facebook page.

“So far we are close on €9,000 which is just fabulous.”

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