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

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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

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Applecroft B&B named in Ireland’s Top 10

By Michelle Crean What a better way for a local business to celebrate its silver jubilee than to be named in the Top 10 places to stay in Ireland especially as they prepare to reopen after the pandemic. Owners Kathy and Don Brosnan, who run Applecroft House in Woodlawn, were named number 6 in Ireland’s […]

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By Michelle Crean

What a better way for a local business to celebrate its silver jubilee than to be named in the Top 10 places to stay in Ireland especially as they prepare to reopen after the pandemic.

Owners Kathy and Don Brosnan, who run Applecroft House in Woodlawn, were named number 6 in Ireland’s Top 10 B&Bs for 2022 by the Irish Independent ‘Reader Travel Awards’ while Ireland’s Best B&B was named as Dingle’s Pax House.

The couple began their business in 1997 and are very happy with the feedback from visitors who voted for their B&B, especially after two difficult years.

“I’m thrilled, especially as we’re celebrating our silver jubilee this year,” Kathy told the Killarney Advertiser.

The couple built their house in the early ’80s and aptly named it ‘Applecroft’ as it was built in a field which has an orchard.

In the late ’90s they opened five spacious rooms up, each with its own theme; 
‘Poet’s Corner’, ‘Past Times’, ‘The 19th Green’, ‘The Race-goer’s Club’ and ‘The Kerry Way’, for guests as Kathy, who worked in The Europe Hotel and the Great Southern Killarney for many years, had a passion to bring a great stay experience to guests visiting Killarney. They kept themselves busy planting in their two acre garden during the pandemic.

They have won numerous awards over the years and have had film crews in but this latest award is the icing on the cake for the couple who are looking forward to reopening in late March.

“It’s amazing, and a bonus especially with the two years we’ve had. We’ve never experienced anything like that. It was “wow” – we were preparing to reopen on St Patrick’s Day that year and all of a sudden everything closed down on the 16. It was a big shock.”

Don creates amazing bread and scones which guests rave about, she added.

“I was delighted as we came tenth for breakfast and sixth for the B&B.”

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Tributes paid to life-long Legion supporter

By Sean Moriarty Legion GAA Club has led tributes to one of their most ‘fervent’ supporters who passed away on Tuesday. Described as one of the town’s ‘old stock’, Tim Looney from Coolgraine Park and late of Daltons Avenue, was a central part of Killarney’s rich sporting heritage. As well as a life-long supporter of […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Legion GAA Club has led tributes to one of their most ‘fervent’ supporters who passed away on Tuesday.

Described as one of the town’s ‘old stock’, Tim Looney from Coolgraine Park and late of Daltons Avenue, was a central part of Killarney’s rich sporting heritage.

As well as a life-long supporter of Legion, he played basketball in the famous town leagues of the 1970s and the seven-a-side soccer ‘Wipeouts’ competitions.

“He was a very proud Legion man and always flew the green and white flag out his window whenever the club was playing in a big game,” PRO Enda Walshe told the Killarney Advertiser. “He was a fervent loyal club supporter but was also one of the characters of the winter basketball leagues.”

Tim was also a regular participant in Dart Pub Leagues back in the 1970s and 1980s.

Tim’s funeral took place today (Friday). He was laid to rest at Killarney Burial Ground after 10am Mass St Mary’s Cathedral.

Tim is survived by his wife Nuala, his children Joanne, Paudie and Timmy, and was a much loved grandfather to Stephen, Makaela, Chloe, Padraic, Keelan, Alex and the late Lorna. He will also be sadly missed by his daughters-in-law Margaret and Sharon, son-in-law Tony, sisters Kathleen, Sheila and Ann, brothers Lewis-John and Paddy, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews, relatives, neighbours and many great friends.

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