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ISK girls on brink of All-Ireland glory

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Lidl PPS Junior A Final
IS Killorglin v Loreto Cavan
Friday at 1pm
(Offaly)

Between 1996 and 2007, Kerry teams contested eleven All Ireland Junior A finals, with IS Killorglin and Colaiste na Sceilge winning three in a row each. IS Killorglin added another title in 2005 and lost the 2007 final, but no Kerry team has been there since. The seeds have continued to be sown, however, most notably when IS Killorglin beat Tuam to claim the All Ireland Junior B title in 2016. The present year has been a good one for Ladies GAA in the colleges,and IS Killorglin have been the leading light.

They opened their Junior A campaign with convincing wins over Christ the King and Loreto Fermoy to top their group and qualify for the knockout stages. John the Baptist was a tougher proposition in the Munster semi-final, but a well-drilled ISK showed their class to emerge with a bit to spare.

Loreto Clonmel had ended their Senior A campaign just two weeks earlier (Clonmel are now in the All Ireland Final). IS Killorglin had learned lessons from that defeat, though, and this time a great team performance saw them win out in extra-time after a great game. The next one was even harder, as the All Ireland semi-final against Loreto Navan was re-fixed because of the snow. That didn't deter ISK, who were able to switch on to a higher gear when needed and won out a tough battle.

IS Killorglin don't rely on star players – their best asset is undoubtedly their cohesion and speed at the basic skills – but the positional sense and composure of sweeping linchpin Mairín Duffy, the industrial verve of team captain Cora Joy, and the razor sharp-shooting of Roisín Griffin in particular are stand-outs.

The management are very quick to heap praise on this teams attitude, application and work rate. A very determined and talented bunch of young ladies who will be looking forward to getting the chance playing in the decider of the top level of junior PPS football.

The panel is made up of girls from 1st to 4th year and includes club players from Laune Rangers, Cromane, Beaufort, Fossa, Kilcummin, and even 2 sisters from Chorca Dhuibhne.

IS Killorglin: Claire Fealey, Andrea Nolan, Eimear O'Connor, Kayleigh McGlashan, Shannon Foley, Beibhinn Brosnan, Orla Dunphy, Rachel Evans, Ailbhe Clifford, Nicole Moriarty, Cora Joy (captain), Eimear Burke, Mairín Duffy, Roisín Griffin, Fodhla Houlihan, Caitlin McMahon, Leanne Hayes, Nicole Moriarty, Tara Clifford, Sinead O'Neill, Amy Dunphy, Christina O'Brien, Hannah McGeever, Nessa Healy, Melanie Sugrue, Maeve Bellew, Grainne O'Connor, Holly Clifford, Aoife Nash Freeman, Orla O'Brien, Ailbhe Brosnan and Laura Leslie.

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Future Kerry railway plans revealed

By Sean Moriarty Elected members of Kerry County Council have led calls for Iarnród Éireann’s timetable to fall into line with airline schedule at Kerry Airport. On Monday of this week Barry Kenny of Iarnród Éireann gave a presentation to elected members of the council. During the meeting he outlined some of the railway company’s plans […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Elected members of Kerry County Council have led calls for Iarnród Éireann’s timetable to fall into line with airline schedule at Kerry Airport.

On Monday of this week Barry Kenny of Iarnród Éireann gave a presentation to elected members of the council.

During the meeting he outlined some of the railway company’s plans and ambitions from now until 2027.

These include an increase in frequency on the Tralee to Mallow line.

It is hoped to have one train an hour operating on the line at peak times and two-hourly off-peak.

In a perfect world, the rail station at Farranfore would be placed across the road from the airport and not a 1km walk away but such a move is not likely to happen.

Cllr Norma Moriarty, of the Kenmare Municipal District explained how she was on trip to Yorkshire a few years ago.

“I flew from Kerry to Manchester and was able to get a connecting train to Yorkshire without ever leaving the airport building,” she said. “The people I was visiting were very surprised to hear me talk about this so much – it is normal to them.”

Under the Strategy 2027 plan Killarney rail station will get repainted and new signs will be put in place during 2022.

Additional parking spaces will be created at Farranfore Railway station and this lead to calls for a similar expansion at Rathmore.

“A lot of people from South Kerry use Rathmore railway station,” said local councillor Niall Kelleher. “They drive up from Kenmare and cut across by Glenflesk.”

Mr Kenny said he would take the Rathmore comments back to the Iarnród Éireann engineer in charge of parking strategy.

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Walking and cycling projects set for upgrade 

Commuters and nature enthusiasts will benefit from €4.13m in funding allocated to Kerry County Council for walking and cycling projects. €350,000 has been allocated for Transport/Mobility Plans for Killarney, Tralee and Listowel. Locally €704,835 is being given towards an interconnected network of cycleways on Rock Road, while there’s €70,000 funding for the Deerpark Road/Gealscoil Junction to include […]

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Commuters and nature enthusiasts will benefit from €4.13m in funding allocated to Kerry County Council for walking and cycling projects.

€350,000 has been allocated for Transport/Mobility Plans for Killarney, Tralee and Listowel.

Locally €704,835 is being given towards an interconnected network of cycleways on Rock Road, while there’s €70,000 funding for the Deerpark Road/Gealscoil Junction to include an interconnected network of cycleways. €300,000 is planned for an interconnected network of cycleways for the Gaelscoil Road/Chestnut Drive area, while The Flesk Walkway and Cycleway, Killarney is to get €123,866, as well as a further €186,527 for Rock Road.

Deputy Government Chief Whip, Brendan Griffin TD has said the funding from the National Transport Authority (NTA) will deliver high quality upgrades to walking and cycling infrastructure, with sustainable transport modes vital as the county emerges from the pandemic.

“I am pleased that Kerry County Council has been awarded funding which is part of an overall total of €289 million for approximately 1,200 Active Travel projects across the country,” Deputy Griffin said.

“Ensuring we have a good and efficient transport system in Kerry is essential for the future as we aim to make our communities and town centres more vibrant, in addition to making commuting to work and school safer and easier. Over the past two years we have spent more time enjoying our outdoor amenities and investing in active travel will also help us to meet our climate change obligations.”

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