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All-Ireland Minor final: Five things to watch out for




THE All-Ireland Minor final takes place between Kerry and Derry this Sunday at 1.15pm. Here are five things to watch out for:

1. The Cliffy Show

Not for the first time in his fledgling career, all eyes will be on Kerry captain David Clifford as he looks to guide his team to another famous Croke Park win. The Fossa native has already had countless spectacular performances in HQ and the whole country will be hoping for another memorable display on Sunday.

If he can reach anything approaching his best then the Kingdom have an excellent chance of prevailing and Clifford will well and truly cement his status as one of the best Kerry minors of all time.

2. Plenty of Eastern promise

The future of East Kerry football is looking bright to say the least. In last month’s semi-final victory over Cavan, no fewer than nine of the starting 15 hailed from the East with a further two taking their place on the bench.

Six different East Kerry clubs were represented in the backs alone. Niall Donohue (Firies), Chris O’Donoghue (Glenflesk), Seán O’Leary (Kilcummin), Patrick Warren (Gneeveguilla), Michael Potts (Dr Crokes) and Cian Gammell (Legion) all played and gave a good account of themselves while Clifford (Fossa), Donnchadh O’Sullivan (Firies) and Brian Friel (Rathmore) have consistently made valuable contributions up front. Crokes’ Nelu Doherty is the sub goalkeeper while his clubmate Jack Griffin came on in the last game and scored 1-1.

With the Sem also dominating schools football in recent years, there certainly seems to be no shortage of young talent coming through the ranks in this particular corner of Kerry.

3. Will Kerry cope with the weight of expectations?

There’s no question that Kerry will be overwhelming favourites going into Sunday’s final. Their recent record in this competition speaks for itself and, with the incredible amount of talent currently at their disposal, Kerry supporters will be expecting another comfortable win and a record-breaking four-in-a-row.

With the senior team falling short once again this year, the spotlight will be very firmly on the minors and it will be interesting to see how these young stars deal with that kind of pressure.

4. A little piece of history

Of course, for many of the current players it will be their first All-Ireland Minor Final and the last three years will be of little consequence to them, but they will all be well aware of the bigger picture. Kerry (1931/32/33), Dublin (1954/55/56) and Cork (1967/68/69) are the only teams to previously win three times in a row. Victory on Sunday would see them surpass the remarkable records of those great sides.

This group have already made history by reaching a fourth consecutive All-Ireland Final but if they can go one step further and beat Derry, they will be forever remembered as the first ever minor team to win four-in-a-row.

5. Can Derry spoil the party?

Derry’s route to the final has been far less straightforward than Kerry’s and the Ulstermen will be hoping that extremely tough games against the likes of Tyrone, Sligo and Dublin will stand to them in the final.

They’re averaging 19.6 points in this year’s Championship which shows that they have the potential to rack up a good score, although Kerry’s average of 25 points per game is even more impressive.

The game could be won or lost in the goals department. Kerry have scored two goals in four of their five games while Derry have shipped just two goals all year, keeping three clean sheets in the process. They’ll probably need another one on Sunday to be in with a fighting chance of winning their first minor title since 2002.


Above: Kerry Minor captain David Clifford in action during the All-Ireland semi-final. Pic Don MacMonagle



Donie McCarthy to be remembered by Firies GAA with golf classic

On the approach of the second anniversary of his passing, Firies GAA have taken the opportunity to both acknowledge and pay tribute to the late Donie McCarthy by organising a […]




On the approach of the second anniversary of his passing, Firies GAA have taken the opportunity to both acknowledge and pay tribute to the late Donie McCarthy by organising a golf classic in his name. Donie was a key figure; player, coach, mentor and officer in the club for many years.

Michael Quirke, former team mate and part of the events’ committee, outlined the significance of remembering and acknowledging the legacy that Donie left to his beloved club. “Donie exemplified the concept of a club stalwart, his love of both the game and the development of the club was boundless. His energy towards the development of young players is truly visible today in Firies. Donie got great satisfaction from seeing young players improve, and as they got older and achieve success with Firies. During his successful playing days, he helped lead Firies to secure the O’Sullivan Cup title in 1979 and went onto manage and coach many Firies teams down through the years. Since his untimely passing in November 2022, the club has aspired to acknowledge his legacy.”

Final preparations are being put in place for the classic which takes place on Saturday, July 13, in Maine Valley Members Golf Club, Killorglin. The classic, which includes GUI handicap applied with a maximum adjusted handicap of 24 for men and 36 for ladies, promises to be a great day celebrating Donie, with top team, nearest the pin, and longest drive prizes.

Family, friends and former club mates of Donie gathered to officially launch the golf classic in Pairc Eamonn, along with Kerry Senior Footballer; Dara Moynihan to lend his support the event. The Firies GAA Club were eager to recognise L. & M. Construction, of New York City for their generous contribution towards The Donie McCarthy Memorial Golf Classic. The American company, has strong club connections and supports many of the club events. “Without this support, we would be unable to organise such events. The Club would also like to acknowledge the members who attended the launch today from young to old to recognise Donies’ contribution”. A club spokesperson said this week.

If you or your club are interested in submitting a team of four at €200 per team, you can contact Brendan Quirke 087-9172854, Dermot O’Connor 087-6958610, Michael Quirke 087-6683699 or Maine Valley Members Golf Club 066-9761979. Likewise, sponsored tee boxes are available for €50.

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Muckross Lottery goes online

Muckross Community Association has announced the launch of its new online facility for playing the Muckross Lottery. The Muckross Lottery community fundraiser has operated since 1995, raising thousands of euro […]




Muckross Community Association has announced the launch of its new online facility for playing the Muckross Lottery.

The Muckross Lottery community fundraiser has operated since 1995, raising thousands of euro for the benefit of local community groups and bodies including Loughquittane National School, Muckross ICA and Muckross Rowing Club among others.

Over the years, countless prize winners have also benefited in the share of jackpot and Match 3 prize wins.

The first Muckross Lottery draw was held in the summer of 1995, a year which also saw the opening of the Muckross Community Centre.
At the time, the lottery draw was a first of its kind in Killarney and was to set a fine example for the many other sports club and community lotteries that were later established in the town.

The community fundraiser has continued to be a vital support, initially securing the completion of the Muckross Community Centre and over time generating funds for the development of school, community and sporting facilities in the Muckross area.

Since 1995, the lottery has been sustained by the unwavering commitment of local sellers and a dedicated committee within the community association.

A number of the lottery’s founding members continue to sell weekly tickets to this day in support of local causes.

In a move with the times and ahead of the 30th anniversary of the Muckross Lottery, the association is now building for the future and launching its new online lottery facility.

Ahead of the online launch this month, the Association has collaborated with Irish company ClubForce, a leading provider of online lottery systems, to develop the secure online system.

It is hoped the new online facility will generate new lottery sales, extend the lottery’s reach to those living abroad and sustain the community fundraiser long into the future.

Existing lottery supporters who avail of the online option can also enjoy the benefits of new features including a weekly results email, ticket auto renewal and access to ticket purchase history. The Association are also keen to highlight that existing hard copy tickets will continue to be available and sold as normal.

The Community Association is seeking the support of all residents of the Muckross area and all those with a connection to the community, to spread the word and get behind the new online lottery.

Online tickets can now be purchased ahead of the weekly draws on June 22, June 29 and throughout July.

The jackpot for June 22 stands at €5,050 with a rollover each week if the jackpot is not won. Online lottery tickets can be purchased each week (3 tickets for €5). A single €2 ticket can also be purchased for multiple draws. The lottery’s annual ‘green’ ticket is also available online for €100 and continues to include two free draws.

Link to Muckross Lottery online.

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