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Kerry showing Middle Eastern promise

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The fledgling Kerry team is alive and growing in the Dubai region and tournaments are a huge attraction there with up to 1,000 players participating.

The Kerry Club was founded by members of the Middle East Kerry Society (MEKS) in May 2018. There are six players from Killarney: David Leacy, Jamie Wrenn, Galen Carroll, Billy Goulding, Frank McCarthy and Seán Corbett.

The club was affiliated to the Middle East GAA board as the 15th club in the region in August 2018 and it is the third club based in Dubai. Kerry are the first county club in the Middle East and 2018/2019 will be their first season. The inaugural training session was held on August 29 and 32 players showed up on the first night.

The club say their main aims are as follows: it is a welcoming and inclusive club for people of all backgrounds and skill levels and the focus is on the social aspect and enjoyment. They train and play “the Kerry way” with an emphasis on skill development and kicking. Players are asked to arrive 15 minutes before training to work on their kicking.

Since its inception, the club has worked tirelessly to stick to these ideals, promoting a low commitment of one night per week training policy. A “total football” approach is adopted to training. No exercises or drill is carried out without a ball, and there is supplementing training with plenty of challenge games against neighbouring clubs. In short, no laps, no wire to wires, just all ball work.

The club has been very successful at recruiting players who have not played Gaelic football for many years or those who had fallen out of love with the game due to the huge commitment involved back home. They have players from all four provinces, not just from Kerry. However, there is still a large Kerry presence, with approximately 20 players coming from the Kingdom. Peter Keane, the new Kerry boss, may be looking to this diaspora for players to be included in his panel. Three players in the club are novices to the game (one individual from Texas, USA and two Welsh lads).

Club Committee
Chairman: Jamie Wrenn (Killarney)
Vice Chairman: Seán Corbett (Ballyfinnane)
Secretary: Tim Sheahan (Glenbeigh)
PRO: Galen Carroll (Killarney)
Treasurer: Fergal Murphy (Castlegregory)

It is a very young committee and all committee members are players also. The head coach is Dean Cassidy, a PE teacher from Kenmare who is only 23 years of age. He also juggles playing senior football in the Middle East with Dubai Celts.

2018/19 Season So Far
The club has three adult men’s teams with over 60 registered players in total. Since it’s a new club, they had to start at the lowest grade – Junior B. The A and B team play in the Junior B league, and the 3rd team (Social) play in dedicated social competitions. Social level is not part of a league structure.

The A team is currently top of the Junior B league after two tournaments. With one more tournament to go in February, they are on track for promotion to Junior A next season. The B team is mid-table in the Junior B league, but they won the plate competition at the Dubai games in October. They are hoping to finish as high up the table as possible by the end of the season. The Social team won the Bahrain tournament competition in November.

Future Plans
Looking to the future, the club has ambitions for its teams to move up the grades, with the ultimate goal of competing at senior level in the Middle East GAA Leagues.

Next year, the club will launch its five-year plan in an effort to achieve both its on-field and off-field goals, ensuring a strong footing for the organisation in the years ahead. The initial successes of the club could not have been achieved without the support of the Kerry County Board (Tim Murphy and Maurice O’Meara) – who met with founding members of the club during the summer at the Centre of Excellence in Currans – the Middle East County Board and also sponsors, Kibsons International and Premier Brands International.

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Picture This announce Killarney gigs

Following on from being the fastest act ever to sell out the Gleneagle INEC Arena, with tickets going in under five minutes, Picture This have announced their only Irish shows of 2021 with a three-night run at the Killarney venue on December 16 -18. These exclusive gigs coincide with the release of their brand-new album […]

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Following on from being the fastest act ever to sell out the Gleneagle INEC Arena, with tickets going in under five minutes, Picture This have announced their only Irish shows of 2021 with a three-night run at the Killarney venue on December 16 -18.

These exclusive gigs coincide with the release of their brand-new album ‘Life in Colour’ set to be released June 25 via Republic Records.

“We are so excited to be playing at the INEC Arena this December,” Picture This frontman, Ryan Hennessy said.

“It is a place that holds many fond memories for us from starting out in the Acoustic Club to selling out the arena in record time. We have missed the atmosphere and the people so much and can’t wait to be reunited!”

Representing music’s biggest global underdog story, Picture This have unassumingly captivated listeners in every corner of the world, amassing nearly 300 million total streams, selling out stadiums, and inspiring praise from Billboard, ThisSongIsSick, and many more.

Their new album ‘Life in Colour’ boasts hits such as ‘Things Are Different’, ‘LA House Party’ and ‘Unconditional’. Thus far, tracks from the record have already gathered over 25 million total streams and counting prior to its arrival.

Tickets from €49.90 plus booking fees for these exclusive shows go on sale this Friday at 9am www.inec.ie and www.ticketmaster.ie.

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Renowned chef to host men’s charity cookery demo

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To celebrate International Men’s Health Week, cancer support charity Recovery Haven Kerry has organised a live cookery demonstration with renowned chef, Mark Doe.

It takes place on Tuesday next, June 15.

Open to all men dealing with cancer, the free Zoom cook-along event will take place from 6.30pm to 7.30pm, where the famous Just Cooking cookery school founder will share some of his expertise with participants.

Mark has chosen a simple marinated chicken in pitta bread with wedges and coleslaw as his dish of choice for the evening, and will be taking participants through the steps to create their very own meal via this live cook-along event.

“We wanted to do something special to mark International Men’s Health Week and we are honoured that Mark has agreed to come on board to host this exciting event,” Recovery Haven manager Siobhan MacSweeney said.

“The free event is open to all men who are dealing with cancer, not just our own clients, so we are encouraging as many men as possible to sign up for what promises to be a great, fun evening.”

Anyone interested in taking part is required to register in advance by phoning Recovery Haven Kerry on 066 7192122.

Once registered you will receive a Zoom link to join the cook-along on the evening as well as the list of ingredients you will need.

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Loss of Kerry to Dublin route a “severe blow” 

  Ths loss of the Stobart Air Kerry to Dublin routes – which was announced yesterday (Sunday) that it’s to cease trading with immediate effect – will have a serious impact on the county, in particular the tourism and hospitality industry. Kerry Tourism Industry Federation (KTIF) is urgently requesting the Government act quickly on the collapse of the […]

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Ths loss of the Stobart Air Kerry to Dublin routes – which was announced yesterday (Sunday) that it’s to cease trading with immediate effect – will have a serious impact on the county, in particular the tourism and hospitality industry.

Kerry Tourism Industry Federation (KTIF) is urgently requesting the Government act quickly on the collapse of the airline and appoint a replacement.

The tourism group said that the loss of the routes is “such a severe blow to an industry that has been the most impacted by COVID for over 15 months and will take years to recover”.
 
Passengers affected are advised not to travel to the airport and to check the Aer Lingus website for updated information.

The Department of Transport is currently examining the implications of the announcement while Kerry County Council said it has full confidence in the future of Kerry Airport and will work closely with airport management to ensure the quick restoration of this key route and the future development of further air traffic routes into the county.

Minister for Education and Kerry TD Norma Foley said that she was “saddened to hear the announcement”.

“I have spoken directly on the issue with Kerry Airport and Minister Eamon Ryan and officials regarding the importance of the restoration of services, including the Dublin/Kerry route which is vital to the region. We are all committed to finding a pathway forward for the restoration of connectivity as a matter of urgency.”

The Government is acutely aware of the devastating impact that COVID-19 restrictions are having on the aviation sector.

By the end of June, the sector will have received approx. €300 million in State funding spanning employment supports, waiver of commercial rates and deferral of taxes. The bulk of the support to airlines is through the TWSS/EWSS wage subsidy schemes which were specifically designed to maintain the link between employers and employees. Liquidity support has also been made available by ISIF to large aviation enterprises.

This is in addition to PSO support of approximately €7 million per annum for the affected routes.

LIFEBLOOD

Tourism in Kerry generates €661 million annually, employing some 14,000 people. COVID-19 has forced 82% out of the workforce into unemployment. Tourism supply and support businesses have also been severely affected with thousands of employees out of work and companies struggling to survive.

“Connectivity and transport is the lifeblood to rebuilding tourism,” Pat O’Leary, Chairman of KTIF said. “The tourism and aviation sector is critical to the economy and viability of life in Kerry, it impacts on every household. It was the first industry to feel the economic devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic and the last to recover. The Government can save vital tourism and businesses connectivity by moving swiftly and confidently appointing a replacement to service these crucial routes. Our thoughts are with the employees at Stobart Air, our colleagues in Kerry Airport and the tourism and aviation industry who are all working so hard on recovery and reopening plans.”

Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce said that Stobart operated the Kerry-Dublin service with great professionalism and customer care was always a priority, and that they wish them well as the face a very difficult time.

“Killarney Chamber won’t be found wanting in its commitment to support Kerry Airport and we have every confidence that John Mulhern and his team possess the ability, the knowledge and the determination to bring about the restoration of the service,” Niall Kelleher, President, Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce, said. 

“Going forward, Kerry Airport will be critical to reopening the Kerry economy and we must all work to build on any opportunities that arise to provide greater access into the county. Killarney Chamber of Tourism and Commerce is fully committed to help find a pathway forward for the restoration of connectivity.”

 

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