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Kerry v Donegal: 5 things to watch out for

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Sunday, January 28 at 2pm

National League: Division 1

Kerry v Donegal

(Fitzgerald Stadium)

 

  1. Clifford set to make his debut

There has surely never been a more hotly anticipated Kerry debut. David Clifford grabbed national headlines in 2017 with a string of remarkable outings with the Kerry minors, most notably his four-goal masterclass in the All-Ireland Final, and it now appears as though the prodigious youngster is all set to make his first ever appearance for the Kerry seniors. Not for the first time in his fledgling career, all eyes will be on Clifford

  1. New faces

At the end of last season, Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice was criticised in certain quarters for not introducing enough young talent to the fold. Only he will know if these complaints had any real effect on his thinking but there definitely seems to be a fresher look to the 2018 Kerry panel.

Apart from Clifford, Kenmare forward Seán O’Shea is also expected to feature prominently. A number of other stars from the successful minor and under 21 teams of the last few years are part of the set-up and some are likely to get their chance against Donegal.

With all the new faces in the squad, it’s very difficult to predict how Kerry will line out - and perform - on Sunday.

  1. Can Kerry retain their crown?

Last April’s superb league final victory over Dublin was the highlight of Kerry’s year and players and fans will be hoping for more of the same in 2018. Finally beating the Dubs was a real monkey off the back and, although the defeat to Mayo in the All-Ireland semi-final replay put a huge damper on things, more league success would set Kerry up well for the Championship. 

  1. How many Kerry fans will turn up?

It might sound like an unusual question but selector Mikey Sheehy was vocal in his criticism of Kerry fans in recent weeks, calling their support in last year’s semi-final replay “shocking”.

The spotlight will be on Kerry fans this year and it will be interesting to see how many people travel to games throughout the league campaign. Sunday’s match is at home in Killarney so a decent crowd, by league standards, is expected.

Kerry fans have a well-deserved reputation for only showing up to “big” games, there’s no doubt about that, but there is also an onus on the team to perform and get fans excited.

  1. Donegal hoping for an improved 2018

2017 came to an inauspicious end for Donegal when they crashed out in Round 4 of the qualifiers. The defeat to Galway in Markiewicz Park in July will have left a very sour taste in the mouth as the 2012 champions completely fell apart, eventually losing by a whopping 15-points (0-14 to 4-17).

This certainly seems to be a side in demise: last year was the first time they failed to make at least the Ulster Final and the quarter final of the All-Ireland since 2010.

Their form in last year’s league campaign had been more promising. They recovered from an opening day loss to Kerry in Letterkenny to finish joint second on eight points with Kerry, Monaghan and Mayo, the Kingdom advancing to the final thanks to their superior points difference.

The league will be a good platform to build momentum before the ultra-competitive Ulster Championship.

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Applecroft B&B named in Ireland’s Top 10

By Michelle Crean What a better way for a local business to celebrate its silver jubilee than to be named in the Top 10 places to stay in Ireland especially as they prepare to reopen after the pandemic. Owners Kathy and Don Brosnan, who run Applecroft House in Woodlawn, were named number 6 in Ireland’s […]

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By Michelle Crean

What a better way for a local business to celebrate its silver jubilee than to be named in the Top 10 places to stay in Ireland especially as they prepare to reopen after the pandemic.

Owners Kathy and Don Brosnan, who run Applecroft House in Woodlawn, were named number 6 in Ireland’s Top 10 B&Bs for 2022 by the Irish Independent ‘Reader Travel Awards’ while Ireland’s Best B&B was named as Dingle’s Pax House.

The couple began their business in 1997 and are very happy with the feedback from visitors who voted for their B&B, especially after two difficult years.

“I’m thrilled, especially as we’re celebrating our silver jubilee this year,” Kathy told the Killarney Advertiser.

The couple built their house in the early ’80s and aptly named it ‘Applecroft’ as it was built in a field which has an orchard.

In the late ’90s they opened five spacious rooms up, each with its own theme; 
‘Poet’s Corner’, ‘Past Times’, ‘The 19th Green’, ‘The Race-goer’s Club’ and ‘The Kerry Way’, for guests as Kathy, who worked in The Europe Hotel and the Great Southern Killarney for many years, had a passion to bring a great stay experience to guests visiting Killarney. They kept themselves busy planting in their two acre garden during the pandemic.

They have won numerous awards over the years and have had film crews in but this latest award is the icing on the cake for the couple who are looking forward to reopening in late March.

“It’s amazing, and a bonus especially with the two years we’ve had. We’ve never experienced anything like that. It was “wow” – we were preparing to reopen on St Patrick’s Day that year and all of a sudden everything closed down on the 16. It was a big shock.”

Don creates amazing bread and scones which guests rave about, she added.

“I was delighted as we came tenth for breakfast and sixth for the B&B.”

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Tributes paid to life-long Legion supporter

By Sean Moriarty Legion GAA Club has led tributes to one of their most ‘fervent’ supporters who passed away on Tuesday. Described as one of the town’s ‘old stock’, Tim Looney from Coolgraine Park and late of Daltons Avenue, was a central part of Killarney’s rich sporting heritage. As well as a life-long supporter of […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Legion GAA Club has led tributes to one of their most ‘fervent’ supporters who passed away on Tuesday.

Described as one of the town’s ‘old stock’, Tim Looney from Coolgraine Park and late of Daltons Avenue, was a central part of Killarney’s rich sporting heritage.

As well as a life-long supporter of Legion, he played basketball in the famous town leagues of the 1970s and the seven-a-side soccer ‘Wipeouts’ competitions.

“He was a very proud Legion man and always flew the green and white flag out his window whenever the club was playing in a big game,” PRO Enda Walshe told the Killarney Advertiser. “He was a fervent loyal club supporter but was also one of the characters of the winter basketball leagues.”

Tim was also a regular participant in Dart Pub Leagues back in the 1970s and 1980s.

Tim’s funeral took place today (Friday). He was laid to rest at Killarney Burial Ground after 10am Mass St Mary’s Cathedral.

Tim is survived by his wife Nuala, his children Joanne, Paudie and Timmy, and was a much loved grandfather to Stephen, Makaela, Chloe, Padraic, Keelan, Alex and the late Lorna. He will also be sadly missed by his daughters-in-law Margaret and Sharon, son-in-law Tony, sisters Kathleen, Sheila and Ann, brothers Lewis-John and Paddy, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews, relatives, neighbours and many great friends.

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