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Kerry SFC Preview: Absence of Clifford and Brosnan could be real leveller



Killarney Advertiser Sports Editor Adam Moynihan previews this weekend's Kerry Senior Football Championship semi-finals.


Kerry SFC Semi-Final
East Kerry v St Brendan’s
Tonight at 7.30pm
Austin Stack Park
(LIVE on TG4)

The big news ahead of this evening's semi-final clash between East Kerry and St Brendan's is that East Kerry forward David Clifford is out after his one-match suspension was upheld at a disciplinary hearing on Wednesday night.

The Fossa man had hoped that the red card he picked up in the closing stages of the quarter-final clash against St Kieran’s would be rescinded on appeal. However, after reviewing the available evidence, the County Board backed referee Jonathan Griffin’s initial decision to send Clifford off for striking/attempting to strike with the leg.

This infringement carries an automatic one-game ban so if the defending champions are to navigate the challenge of St Brendan’s, they will have to do it without the services of their best player.

Clifford is naturally a massive loss. The Kerry captain was hugely influential in 2019 as East Kerry bridged a 20-year gap to raise the Bishop Moynihan trophy, perhaps most notably in the semi-final against tonight’s opponents when he kicked 0-9.

East Kerry’s talisman was the difference-maker that day last October, scoring seven marvelous points from play as Jerry O’Sullivan’s side ran out four-point winners.

His absence this time out will naturally come as a significant boost to St Brendan’s morale but if there’s anything East Kerry aren’t lacking, it’s strength in depth. With Darragh Roche, Evan Cronin and Paudie Clifford all capable of finding the target, Brendan’s will still have their hands full in Austin Stack Park this evening.

The divisional side from Tralee and its environs have plenty to offer going forward themselves. Midfielders Jack Barry and Diarmuid O’Connor both goaled in their last outing so Dan O'Brien and Ronan Buckley will need to be on their toes, and up front, free-scoring full forward Ivan Parker from Churchill can be a real menace on his day.

Jinky corner forward Alan O’Donoghue also impressed in the quarters and stylish goalkeeper Eoghan O’Brien is well capable of slotting 45s and long range frees when called upon.

There is a strong feeling that St Brendan’s are a team on the up and with intercounty calibre players like Clifford and Liam Kearney unavailable for East Kerry, Séamus Murphy’s side will surely attack this fixture with confidence.

Having said that, East Kerry have a ridiculously strong squad and if any club/divisional team can cope with losing the best forward in the country, it’s them.

Verdict: East Kerry by two.


Kerry SFC Semi-Final
Dr Crokes v Mid Kerry
Saturday at 7pm
Austin Stack Park
(LIVE on Kerry GAA)

As if it wasn’t bad enough that we won’t get to see David Clifford in action this weekend, the tournament’s top scorer is also out of contention.

Dr Crokes marksman Tony Brosnan was hospitalised this week after suffering a punctured lung in a training session last Friday night. It is believed that the severity of the injury was not immediately understood – in fact, Brosnan did not know how the freak injury had happened when he eventually sought medical attention – but it turned out to be quite serious and he will now be unavailable to Dr Crokes, and Kerry, for the rest of the season.

Brosnan had been playing great football and the news comes as a crushing blow to Dr Crokes’ championship prospects.

“He is a massive loss to us,” Dr Crokes chairman Patrick O’Sullivan told the Irish Examiner. “Everyone in the club wishes him the very best and a speedy recovery, but there’s no doubt it’s a huge blow for him and us as Tony has been in devastating form.”

Edmund O’Sullivan will now call on the likes of Kieran O’Leary, Chris Doncel and David Shaw (if fit) to do the damage close to goal. It will certainly take a big team effort to prosper without the services of their scorer in chief.

The form of Brian Looney and Gavin O’Shea has been a bonus for the Crokes, as has the return from injury of centre back and captain Gavin White, who scored a goal after coming on at half-time against Templenoe.

Mid Kerry have been the surprise package of the championship to date and after fine victories over Kilcummin and Kenmare, they have a nice bit of momentum on their side.

With experienced defenders Pa Kilkenny and Peter Crowley holding down the fort and skilful forwards Fiachra Clifford, Liam Carey and the excellent Gavan O’Grady looking dangerous in attack, the divisional outfit have the tools to cause the Crokes headaches all over the pitch.

Even without Brosnan, Crokes will be favourites but don’t be surprised if Mid Kerry push them all the way.

Verdict: Dr Crokes by one.


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Taking care of your skin at home

By Jill O’Donoghue from Killarney Toning and Beauty Studio In Part 2 of taking care of your skin at home it’s important to do the following steps after cleansing, toning […]




By Jill O’Donoghue from Killarney Toning and Beauty Studio

In Part 2 of taking care of your skin at home it’s important to do the following steps after cleansing, toning and exfoliating your face, neck and décolleté.

Serums, eye creams and moisturisers: Moisturising provides a protective layer to the skin that locks in moisture and keeps skin hydrated. This hydration is what gives your skin a smooth and luminous appearance. This is the step in your skincare routine you don’t want to skip. We always apply the serum closest to the skin as it’s water based and needs to be absorbed on the deepest layer of the skin; the basal layer which is the active layer. It’s where the collagen and elastin start to grow and move up towards the surface of the skin. The more hyaluronic acid, peptides, ribose, and active ingredients in your serums the better. We need to keep our fibroblasts, melanocytes healthy as they are the source of plump, juicy skin.

An eye cream to me is the most important cream as the eye area is a place that doesn’t have any sebaceous glands (oil gland). These glands help remove old skin cells, keep the skin lubricated and prevent tissues drying out. Therefore, for me, I always use an eyelid lifting serum, eye cream in the night time and eye roll-on gel in the morning. Our eyes can make us look older than we are so it’s important to look after them. It’s very important not to go too close to the eye when applying creams as the skin is very thin. A little bit often makes a big difference.

When applying your serum and cream rub upwards and outwards; be careful not to tug the delicate skin around the eyes.

Apply SPF all year round, it’s the most important step in preventing skin cancer and keeps your skin healthy as you age. Protecting your skin from the sun’s damaging UV rays helps maintain a healthy youthful visage. However, it’s important to remember the best form of sun block is to keep your face in the shade.

With all skincare routines, it’s important to keep it consistant. Do it twice a day every day and follow with monthly facials. Your skin is the largest organ on the body. This means that it’s important to take good care of it.

For more information, or to book a skin consultation or facial, call Jill on 064 6632966.

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What do we mean by ‘Employability’?

Niamh Dwyer is a Guidance Counsellor in Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra, Rathmore, a member of the Kerry Branch of IGC and a career consultant at Follow @mycareerplan on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.




By Niamh Dwyer, Guidance Counsellor

According to experts in the area of career development, the term ‘employability’ refers to a set of achievements that makes graduates more likely to gain employment and be successful in their chosen occupations.

This in turn benefits themselves, the workforce, the community and the economy. At this stage in the year Leaving Cert students are well into the process of trying to decide what step they want to take next. It is a daunting task for many of you because of the variety of choices available and the challenge for young people at 17 or 18 years of age to really know what career they might like. It is important to remember that you aren’t choosing a career for life, you are taking the next step and you will be building on that as your career develops. A big concern for many students and parents is whether they will get a job at the end of their chosen course or pathway. While we have some indications of where there will be skills shortages in the short to medium term, the jobs market is subject to change.


One thing we can be sure of is that, regardless of what pathway you take after the Leaving Cert, be that Further Education courses (FET), traineeships, apprenticeships or university courses, on completion of your training and education you will want to be ‘employable’. In simple terms ‘employability’ depends on your knowledge (what you know) your skills (what you do with what you know) and your attitude (how you approach things). As you research the various options open to you after you finish school, remember you are heading into a working world that values transferable skills which include specialist knowledge in the subject, field of study or technical area you have chosen to follow. It also places huge emphasis on having the ability to analyse, evaluate and use information effectively to problem-solve and to organise and communicate knowledge well. Furthermore, your personal qualities are a core part of your offering to a potential employer – your ability to work on your own initiative, to self-manage, to manage time and meet targets and deadlines. Central to all of this of course is the ability to collaborate, to work and study as part of a team.

If you are struggling to decide between courses or options, focus on finding an area that you really want to find out more about. You will develop a set of transferable skills which will give you flexibility and adaptability as you grow and develop in your career. All of the other things you do will add value to your degree/qualification and that is what will ensure your ‘employability’!

Niamh Dwyer is a Guidance Counsellor in Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra, Rathmore, a member of the Kerry Branch of IGC and a career consultant at Follow @mycareerplan on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.


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