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Kerry footballers get new season off to a flying start

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KERRY, who fielded a side drawn entirely from their Under 21 squad and managed by Jack O’Connor and the Under 21 management team, had little difficulty in disposing of a weakened Tipperary fifteen in the opening round of the McGrath Cup before a surprisingly large attendance of over 1,500 people at Tralee’s Austin Stack Park on Sunday last.

Jack will be happy with this display ahead of the Under 21 championship campaign which gets underway with a game against Clare at the Austin Stack Park venue on March 8 but given the strength of the opposition the last day, he is hardly going to get carried away with the 3-11 to 1-3 victory. St Michaels-Foilmore clubman Matthew O’Sullivan who played two games for the Under 21s last year before being ruled out of the Munster Final against Cork due to injury, helped himself to two of those goals as Kerry displayed a refreshing appetite for the task in hand running out easy winners in the end having led by 1-8 to 1-2 at the break. It was interesting to see that the new “mark” rule had very little impact on proceedings on Sunday last but no doubt managers are sure to use it to their advantage as the season progresses.

So Kerry, with Eamonn Fitzmaurice in charge of the senior panel this time, head to Mallow for their second game on Sunday next against Cork knowing that a win there will earn them a place in the McGrath Cup final on January 22. Cork open their campaign midweek on this Wednesday evening away to Tipperary and on the same evening Clare are away to Limerick where a win for the Bannermen would secure them a final place. At a recent press briefing Eamonn Fitzmaurice gave an up-date on the current situation with regard to player availability for the foreseeable future – and one man who will not be part of the panel this year is Padraig O’Connor of Legion who has emigrated to America. Kerry will be without players from Dr Crokes, Kenmare and Glenbeigh-Glencar until their respective club championship campaigns have finished and the likes of Gavin Crowley (Templenoe), Jack Savage (O’Rahillys), Ronan Shanahan (Austin Stacks), Kevin McCarthy (Kilcummin) and Shane Murphy (Dr Crokes), once his club championship commitments come to an end will be in training with the senior panel.

Neither Aidan O’Mahony nor Kieran Donaghy have yet committed for the coming year but they are expected to make a decision on their futures in the green and gold jersey in the coming weeks as is Colm Cooper once his club championship Commitments have finished. Following the retirement of Marc Ó Sé, Kerry will also of course have to plan without a member of that family in the side for the first time since the late Paidi made his debut as a Minor way back in 1971.

Kerry returned to training on Tuesday of last week and apart from a slight injury being carried by Anthony Maher they are relatively injury free for the Cork fixture which throws in at the Mallow GAA complex at 2pm.

Incidentally, the situation with regard to the Kerry senior captaincy for the coming year is that Dr Crokes, as county champions, have the honour of naming the new Kerry senior football captain but they have chosen to delay that announcement until their Club Championship campaign has been completed. Until then, Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice will appoint an interim captain.
 


 
Above: Kerry captain Matthew O’Sullivan and Tipperary captain Martin Dunne exchange greetings before the McGrath Cup game at Austin Stack Park on Sunday last. In the centre is referee Conor Lane (Cork). PICTURE: PADDY WHITE

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Who’s in your circle?

    Are you happy and where you want to be with your health, where you want to be financially or are you going through the motions each day, unsure of your purpose? Are you supported by others when you’re struggling or only supported by others when things are going well?Are you looking forward to […]

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Are you happy and where you want to be with your health, where you want to be financially or are you going through the motions each day, unsure of your purpose?

Are you supported by others when you’re struggling or only supported by others when things are going well?
Are you looking forward to the next five, 10, 20 years of your life?

If you answered “no” to any of these questions, I encourage you to look around at the people you spend your time with. Your time is your most expensive asset. Your mind is your most expensive real estate.

With whom you spend your time, and those that you permit to impact your thoughts and decisions will have a great impact on your life.

From the outside looking in, our gym culture is the most difficult health benefit for others to understand.
Now more than ever all our brains are fed is chaos, division, selfishness and negativity. We can’t have that here. Those that thrive in that environment aren’t a good fit for us, and they won’t last long here. Either they’ll leave on their own, or we’ll tell them it’s time to go.

Years ago, when I was struggling with some people decisions (personally and business); one of my mentors told me something that continues to stick with me. It’s since been something I have said to people many times;
“The people that have helped you get to where you are may not be the same people that can help you get to where you want to go.”

Ask yourself these three questions;

* Who’s in your circle?
* Who do you need to start spending less time with?
* In order to get where you want to be, what kind of people do you need to start spending more of your time with?

Now it’s time to get to work. Start spending less time with those dragging you down. Start surrounding yourself with the people that won’t condone your behaviours that aren’t consistent with your goals, support your work ethic, help you to learn from your failures and will be excited to celebrate your successes.

When you are ready, we are here to help. Book your complimentary consultation by visiting our website www.activate.ie.

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Get on your bike from The Rose Hotel!

  There’s an energetic way to explore Tralee and its surrounds this summer as a new bike rental company has teamed up with The Rose Hotel. Tralee Bike Rental have opened a new bike kiosk located at the hotel where visitors and locals can now hire a bike. “This is a fantastic service for our […]

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There’s an energetic way to explore Tralee and its surrounds this summer as a new bike rental company has teamed up with The Rose Hotel.

Tralee Bike Rental have opened a new bike kiosk located at the hotel where visitors and locals can now hire a bike.

“This is a fantastic service for our customers and we are thrilled to be part of this new collaboration with Tralee Bike Rental. We wish Maurice and his team the very best of luck, and I know all our guests and visitors to Tralee are going to really enjoy this new service exploring Tralee and its surrounds,” Mark Sullivan, General Manager, The Rose Hotel, said.

Tralee Bike Rental have a fleet of comfortable, top quality Hybrid Bikes – ideal for a leisurely cycle, and power assisted eBikes. For families, child seats or trailer for the little legs that can’t cycle yet can be provided!

“We are thrilled to have our new business, Tralee Bike Rental, located on the grounds of The Rose Hotel,” Maurice Whelan, Tralee Bike Rental, said.

“With so many visitors coming to Tralee, we feel this will be a fantastic service and partnership. Included in the bike rental is access to a self-guided tour via our App, which has preloaded moderate and more energetic cycling tours of Tralee.”

The Rose Hotel have a new package, Tralee Activity Break, with bike hire included. You can book this package online at www.therosehotel.com or call 066 7199100.

To contact Tralee Bike Rental, visit www.traleebikerental.ie or call 085 2605817.

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Currow kids go toddling to raise vital funds

  70 toddlers from Currow Play School have become Ireland’s littlest fundraisers as they stepped out to raise vital funds for vulnerable children. They took part in the Barnardos Big Toddle which this year has the theme of ’Community Helpers’. Barnardos currently works with just under 18,000 children and families across Ireland and the funds raised will support Barnardos Early Years […]

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70 toddlers from Currow Play School have become Ireland’s littlest fundraisers as they stepped out to raise vital funds for vulnerable children.

They took part in the Barnardos Big Toddle which this year has the theme of ’Community Helpers’.

Barnardos currently works with just under 18,000 children and families across Ireland and the funds raised will support Barnardos Early Years services.

“This year, Currow Play School turns 25 and we have been taking part in Barnardos Big Toddle since 2006, which is 18 years of toddling in aid of vulnerable children,” Catherine Fleming form Currow Play School said.
“Our toddle is a highlight for the children and the team every year. It’s fantastic to get the little ones involved in something so worthwhile at a young age, it’s always a great day of fun. Barnardos provides a huge number of services in communities across Ireland, but these can only continue with help from the public. The toddle runs throughout June so I would implore anyone with toddlers or wobblers at home to sign up for Barnardos Big Toddle supported by Pipin Pear today.”

Anyone wishing to take part can register today at www.barnardos.ie/bigtoddle.  

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