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It’s business time in the Kerry Senior Football Championship

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by Adam Moynihan

The Kerry Senior Football Championship is expected to burst into life this weekend as eight teams enter the knockout phase of the county’s most prestigious sporting competition.

Three of the four quarter-final ties take place in Killarney with the other game fixed for Tralee.

Let’s start with the champions.

East Kerry v St Kieran’s

Saturday 4.30pm

Austin Stack Park

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The holders, East Kerry, made light work of Group 1 and comfortable enough wins over South Kerry, West Kerry and Templenoe saw them clinch the top seed with plenty to spare.

That achievement is admirable enough but the fact that they managed it without several of the stars who fired them to glory in 2022 makes it even more remarkable. Most notably, the Clifford brothers were rested for the first two group games and they only played a few brief minutes at the end of the Templenoe match a fortnight ago.

With the safety net no longer in place – this is now knockout football - the Fossa duo will surely return to the starting lineup against St Kieran’s.

Draws against Rathmore and Kenmare and an easy victory over Feale Rangers saw Kieran’s advance from their pool as group runners up. Brosna man Paul Walsh (2-5) was in his element as his side dismantled Rangers.

The East Kerry machine will be much harder to take down.

VERDICT: East Kerry by five.

Rathmore v Spa

Saturday 2.30pm

Fitzgerald Stadium

Live on Clubber

All-Ireland Intermediate champions Rathmore have been something of a surprise package in this year’s championship. Their impressive win away to Kenmare Shamrocks two weeks ago earned them a deserved spot on the group winners’ side of the draw, and they will be full of confidence ahead of Saturday’s match against Spa.

Tricky corner forward John Moynihan pulled off two outrageous goals in the group phase, and the powerful Ryan brothers (Cathal, Mark and Shane) have also caught the eye.

For their part, Spa have staked their claim as the top team in Killarney so far this year by making it past the group stage and they will have been happy to have avoided East Kerry and Dingle in the draw. Victories over Kerins O’Rahillys and Shannon Rangers saw them through to the last eight.

If key players Dara Moynihan, Evan Cronin and Dan O'Donoghue are at their best, they will put it up to an in-form Rathmore side. This one could go down to the wire.

VERDICT: Rathmore by one.

Dingle v Templenoe

Sunday 1.30pm

Fitzgerald Stadium

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Since losing to Dr Crokes in the Club Championship group stage on August 12, Dingle have embarked on a whirlwind, seven-game winning streak that has without question established them as the main candidates to dethrone the favourites, East Kerry.

Much has been made of their attacking prowess – in particular Conor and Paul Geaney, who have been superb – but their success has been built on a miserly defence that has kept five clean sheets in their last six outings.

Templenoe are blessed with intercounty talent like Tadhg Morley and Killian Spillane, but Adrian Spillane has been out since limping off against West Kerry four weeks ago.

They are undoubtedly a solid outfit with good character but all the signs point towards a Dingle win.

VERDICT: Dingle by four.

Mid Kerry v Na Gaeil

Sunday at 3.30pm

Fitzgerald Stadium

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Despite their recent five-point defeat to Dingle, which consigned them to the runners-up spot in Group 4, newcomers Na Gaeil can be proud of their efforts to date.

Beating Dr Crokes was a massive result and an opening day victory over their divisional neighbours, St Brendan’s, also went down well in Killeen.

Mid Kerry will be a very different prospect, though. They have real County Championship knockout experience having reached two of the last three finals, and they should realistically have enough about them to progress to the last four.

Jack O'Connor will be watching this one with great interest. Stefan Okunbor was Man of the Match against Crokes and if he can stay fit and maintain that kind of form, he will certainly be an option for Kerry in the New Year. O'Connor's two starting midfielders, Jack Barry and Diarmuid O'Connor, will also line out for Na Gaeil.

Cillian Burke of Mid Kerry is a promising young player who could potentially earn a call-up if he carries on playing the way he has been for club and district.

VERDICT: Mid Kerry by four.

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Roger and Brendan really into the SWING of things

A Killarney man who has been living in the US for over 30 years has maintained a very strong connection with his hometown through a novel golfing tournament which involves […]

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A Killarney man who has been living in the US for over 30 years has maintained a very strong connection with his hometown through a novel golfing tournament which involves a regular challenge against local players.

Roger O’Sullivan, originally from Loreto Road and a member of the Rainier Golf and Country Club in Seattle, has linked up with another Killarney man, Brendan Keogh of SWING Golf, on several occasions to bring a group of golfers from the Seattle club to play a number of Kerry and Irish courses.

They compete for the Cider Cup which is their own unique take on the Ryder Cup.

In 2010 Roger led a group of 18 golfers from the US to play in Ireland and they repeated the journey and the adventure again in 2012, 2014 and 2017.

They had another trip planned in 2020 but that was cancelled due to Covid but they returned again in 2022 and a group of 44 golfers were back in Killarney in recent weeks to test their skills on the Kerry courses and against local players.

“Since we first started doing this in 2010 we have had 102 different golfers travel from Seattle,” Roger explained.
“I met Brendan Keogh on one of my visits home and he travelled to Seattle, at my request, and organised sponsorship at my golf club.

“Since then our trips have been expertly organised by SWING Golf who book us preferential tee-times, set up the schedule and coordinate our bus drivers. We have never had an issue or anything to worry about. Being friendly with Maurice O’Donoghue, we have always stayed at Scott’s Hotel,” he added.

The US visitors take on local players when in Killarney and this year there was 100 golfers playing on the Killeen course on the first day of their visit.

“The support of the locals has been incredible and I wouldn’t do this without them,” said Roger.
“There have been numerous friendships made over the last 14 years. We have supported a local charity on every trip and for the last two it has been the palliative care unit at University Hospital Kerry. This year we raised €5,100,” he said.

A former student at St Brendan’s College, Roger’s parents were Tony and Juliette O’Sullivan and his father was the head chef in the Gleneagle Hotel for over 20 years before the family purchased Danesfort Lodge at Woodlawn Cross on the Muckross Road.

Roger has been married for 20 years to Amy from Tampa, Florida and they have one daughter, Gracie.
Brendan Keogh joined SWING in the early days of its operation as financial operations manager, working alongside the late Paddy O’Looney.

A member of Killarney Golf and Fishing Club for 40 years, he is the current CEO and he will have served 33 years next September.

SWING, the brainchild of former Kerry Group chief, Denis Brosnan, markets and promotes the premier golf clubs in the south west and also runs an incoming golf agency.

Records show that the company has booked over 350,000 rounds of golf in the south west alone but it also facilitates golfers wanting to play elsewhere in the country.

The company’s senior team of Brendan, Eileen O’Sullivan and Tommy Pierce have 60 years of experience bringing golfers to these shores.

Killarney has been a huge beneficiary as it is a base for most visiting golfers while on the Kerry part of their trip. The locals like seeing the high spending golfers arrive in April for a season than runs until mid October.
2024 is busy and it is also looking positive for 2025.

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Killarney Toastmasters Celebrates 20 Years

Killarney Toastmasters Celebrates 20 Years

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Over 30 members, past and present, gathered last Tuesday in The Dromhall Hotel to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the founding of Killarney Toastmasters club.

Several founder members were present including Frank O’Sullivan and Bernadette Noonan, who are still current members of the club.
Members embrace the core values of Toastmasters International which are “respect, integrity, service and excellence”.
This year Killarney Toastmasters welcomed eight new members of various nationalities, who have brought many talents with them to this international club.
Outgoing president Anthony Walsh said: “I am heartened by the progress of new members and, following the success of the current year, I am looking forward to a bright future for the club.”
Anthony passed the chain of office on to incoming President Ann Hannan, who is very excited about leading the club in the year that Toastmasters International celebrates its 100th Anniversary.

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