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Kealy: GAA ‘trying everything’ to make keepers go long



Kerry goalkeeping coach Brendan Kealy has questioned the need for the new backpass ban, stating his belief that the GAA are “trying everything” to make keepers kick the ball out long.

Goalkeepers are to be prohibited from receiving a backpass directly from a kickout after a contentious motion by the Raheens club in Kildare passed by a margin of 2% at GAA Congress last Friday.

The new rule will be in place for this year’s provincial and All-Ireland championships and is also expected come into effect for clubs later this month.

Speaking exclusively to the Killarney Advertiser, Kealy, who won seven Munster titles and an All-Ireland with his county, said he doesn’t feel as though the backpass ban is necessary.

“We all like to have a mix of kickouts in our locker,” the Kilcummin No. 1 said. “[Taking a backpass from a short kickout] is one that every goalkeeper and every team has used at times. You give it and if it’s not on for the defender to go himself, he turns back to the keeper. I don’t see what the problem is with that – I thought it was an enjoyable part of the game.

“I don’t think [the new rule] is necessary.”

The 2015 All-Star also questioned the timing of the change. The new rule will come into effect a month from congress, despite not being trialled.

“Bringing it in as club football is just getting underway and just before championship… I don’t know if that would happen in any other sport,” he added. “Fundamental changes are made to rules and all of a sudden they’re brought in without any bedding in period.

“You’d love to know who’s making these decisions and how closely connected they are to coaching and playing the game nowadays.Teams are so fine-tuned now and preparation is so intricate, everything is down to the finest detail, and then you’ve got these people making decisions and things change overnight.”

[caption id="attachment_30473" align="alignnone" width="735"] Kealy in action for East Kerry in 2018. Pic: Séamus Healy.[/caption]


So what about the players currently under Kealy’s tutelage? Will it be difficult for Kerry goalies Shane Ryan and Brian Kelly to adapt to the rule change in between the league and championship?

“I don’t think it’ll be difficult, no,” their coach insisted. “It’s not like we were really working on doing this one-two type kickout short to the full back. It’s just something you need to be mindful of. Your instinct is to make yourself an option when you give a short kickout to a defender, just in case he gets bottled up, so you make an angle.

“You’re not going to be able to do that now, but it’s not going to take a huge amount of getting used to. I don’t think it’s going to be hard for the lads.”

The new rule is just the latest in a string of modifications to the kickout and Kealy believes that the GAA only have one thing in mind.

“They might as well just say that they want the goalkeepers kicking the ball long up the middle of the field, because they’ve been trying everything over the last few years to make that happen. They don’t want the keepers going short.

“In my opinion, kickouts have never been as good in the game. There’s a variety of everything: lads are picking teammates short, they’re picking fellas long, they’re hitting runners in the pockets, they’re putting it up for contests.

“We’ve got the most variety and the best kickers there has ever been in the game, and they want to take all that away and just have keepers lumping it out 70 yards for contests.”

“Gaelic football seems to be the only sport in which the people involved want every team to play the same way with the same tactics. The intrigue of most other sports is one style of play coming up against another style of play. Different philosophies. For example in soccer, one team might like to play out from the back and one team might like to go long.

“In Gaelic football they seem to want everyone to kick the ball out long, catch it in the middle of the field, turn around, kick it long into the full forward line, big catch… And that’s just not going to happen. The game is gone beyond that I think. Teams are going to play to their strengths.

“I think you should let teams go at it however they feel appropriate.”

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Is it a good time to sell your property?

By Ted Healy of DNG TED HEALY Recently published property outlooks are suggesting single digit growth in prices this year. The quarterly report found the market had held up […]




By Ted Healy of DNG TED HEALY

Recently published property outlooks are suggesting single digit growth in prices this year.

The quarterly report found the market had held up better than evidence had suggested in 2022. The number of vendors cutting asking prices remained at low levels, while many house prices were being settled above asking prices.

However, the report warned that the resilience of the housing marking is set to be tested this year. It found annual asking price inflation slowed to six percent nationwide, meaning the asking price for the average home in Ireland is now €330,000.

There were 15,000 available properties for sale on in the fourth quarter of the year – an improvement on the same time last year but still below pre-pandemic levels.

Average time to sale agreed was 2.7 months nationwide which the report said is indicative of a very tight housing market.

The report said it expects to see 28,400 house completions in 2022, exceeding its previous forecast of 26,500 finished units.

The author of the report, Conall MacCoille, Chief Economist at stockbrokers Davy, said it appeared the market had held up better than evidence had suggested.

“The number of vendors cutting their asking prices is still at low levels. Also, transactions in Q4 were still being settled above asking prices, indicative of a tight market,” he said.

Recent months had seen worrying trends in the homebuilding sector, with housing starts slowing, and the construction PMI survey pointing to the flow of new development drying up.

“We still expect housing completions will pick up to 28,400 in 2022 and 27,000 in 2023. However, the outlook for 2024 is far more uncertain. The Government’s ambitious plans to expedite planning processes are welcome although, as ever, the proof will be in the pudding,” he added.

Locally, and unsurprisingly, the lack of supply of new and second-hand properties remains the dominant issue. There has been very little new construction due largely to the rising cost of construction, labour, materials and utilities which in turn is putting pressure on the second hand market.

This market proved particularly strong in 2022 with active bidding experienced on the majority of house sales and a large proportion of guide prices being generally exceeded.

The detached family home end of the market is particularly strong with increased competition for a limited number of available well located family homes.

So, what lies ahead and is it a good time to sell your property?

The answer is a tight market with scarcity of supply being a factor. If selling now you will benefit greatly from a lack of supply of available homes (therefore less competition) provided your property is marketed correctly of course!

For anyone considering placing their property on the market, contact DNG Ted Healy 064 6639000 for genuine honest advice on how to achieve the best possible price for your home.

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Tourism VAT rate should be “continued indefinitely”

A Kerry Fianna Fáil Councillor believes the current 9% tourism VAT rate should be continued indefinitely despite “the allegation that some hotels were not passing on the saving to its […]




A Kerry Fianna Fáil Councillor believes the current 9% tourism VAT rate should be continued indefinitely despite “the allegation that some hotels were not passing on the saving to its customers”.

The reduced VAT rate of 9% was introduced by the Government in response to the challenges posed by COVID-19 to the hospitality sector.

“I believe a return to a 13.5% Tourism VAT rate would be counterproductive at this stage, to small and medium businesses that welcome visitors to our country and our county,” Councillor Michael Cahill said.

“Catered food is already charged at 13.5%, alcohol at 23% and accommodation presently at 9%. This sector is providing pretty decent returns to the Exchequer and should be supported. All parties in this debate, including the Government and accommodation providers, should review their position and ensure their actions do not contribute to ‘killing the Goose that laid the Golden Egg’.”

He explained that the tourism industry is “in a very volatile market”, as can be seen by the enormous challenges “posed by COVID-19 in recent years”.

“A grain of rice could tip the balance either way and great care must be taken not to damage it irreparably. We are all aware that the next six to 12 months will be extremely difficult for many businesses with the increase in the cost of oil and gas, etc,, and a return to the 13.5% VAT rate will, in my opinion, close many doors. If a minority are ‘price gouging’, then it should be possible to penalise them and continue to support the majority who offer value for money to our visitors.”

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