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Killarney Advertiser fantasy football league up and running

WITH over 130 entrants so far – and cash prizes to be won every month – Killarney Advertiser’s own fantasy football league is sure to provide plenty of entertainment.

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WITH over 130 entrants so far – and cash prizes to be won every month – Killarney Advertiser’s own fantasy football league is sure to provide plenty of entertainment.

The quest to find Killarney’s top fantasy football manager is under way as the best wheelers and dealers in town go head to head in the league.

All of our managers will put their football knowledge to the test every week by carefully selecting their team of Premier League stars. If the players they select perform well enough they could be in with a chance of scooping a Manager of the Month award, or even the grand prize in May.

At the end of every month, the manager with the best record over that four-week period will walk away with €50. That means it’s never too late to join; although you might be playing catch-up in the overall tournament, you still have multiple chances to win our Manager of the Month prize.

The grand prize (which will be announced shortly) will be handed out in May.

To join, simply visit fantasy.premierleague.com, set up your team (if you haven’t already done so), go to ‘join new leagues’ and enter the code 3362128-949534.

The forthcoming set of midweek fixtures signals the final Gameweek in January and there are plenty of mangers still in with a great chance of claiming the money.

The absence and subsequent return of Chelsea’s Diego Costa was a potential game changer but seasoned fantasy manager Conor Healy did just fine without him. Defender Marcos Alonso’s huge score of 21 two weeks ago and his bold selection of Andy Carroll, who has three goals in two games, both pivotal in sending Healy ten points clear at the top of the hilariously named Serie A-dvertiser.

Jack O’Connor and Damien McCormick are both ten points behind and they, along with the rest of the chasing pack, will have to choose their captains carefully if they want to go get their hands on the cash.

Elsewhere, Shane Doolan has propelled himself well up the table with the highest score of Gameweek 22. He triple-captained Alexis Sánchez which earned him 24 points and an overall score of 80. He’s now 21 points behind the leader.

Honourable mention, too, to Conor Magill who has the best team name in the league. Unfortunately for him, you don’t get points for being gas in Serie A-dvertiser and Fiorentina Turner are currently 127th.

After a decent enough week I’ve managed to climb up to 12th but with 25 points to make up I’m unlikely to challenge this month. I suppose it would be a bit shady if I were winning prizes in a competition I set up myself so in the unlikely event that I finish top on any given month (and trust me, given my record in fantasy football this is very, very unlikely), the €50 will go to a random manager in the league.

And in the even more unlikely event of me winning the competition outright (again I can’t stress enough how improbable this is), the grand prize will go to whoever finishes second.

So best of luck to all of our managers and stay tuned for more updates.

Current league table:

1. Conor Healy – 172
2. Jack O’Connor – 162

2. Damien McCormick – 162

4. Kieran Costello – 159

5. Parick O’Connor – 158

6. Niall McCarthy – 156

7. Jerry O’Shea – 153

8. Shane Doolan – 151

8. Pádraig McAllister – 151

10. Cormac Foley – 150

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Go on…put the kettle on to help a good cause!

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TEA TIME: Nora Murphy, Mary Lehane and Betty Carmody, drinking a cuppa as they raise awareness about this year’s Virtual Tea for Motor Neurone Disease which takes place on June 21.

By Michelle Crean

June 21 is Global Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Awareness Day and one local group is calling for participants to get involved.

Christy Lehane, Chairman of Kerry Friends of Motor Neurone and Ambassador for the IMNDA, will take part in the Virtual Tea for MND fundraiser and awareness event.

“We never thought this time last year that 12 months later we would be doing Virtual Tea for MND,” Christy told the Killarney Advertiser.

“In these COVID times our fundraising efforts have all ceased, but sadly there is no slowing down of Motor Neurone Disease. Providing the support and services to our Motor Neurone sufferers is now more important than ever before. I am now appealing to all you good people and friends who have supported us in the past to please hear my plea. I myself will drink Virtual Tea for MND again this year. So go on, put on the kettle and take out the china tea pot and get family and friends around to the garden for a brew and a catchup for a great cause. If you do not feel comfortable with having people around, you can go very modern and go Zooming and encourage your friends to do so also. I am aware that some of our MND sufferers are themselves organising Virtual Tea Drinking get togethers.”

Participating SuperValu stores are on board again this year providing tea bags etc. to raise awareness of MND, and staff will be asking shoppers for donations for the IMNDA starting on June 7 to 21.

“I seldom seek donations and financial support, but perhaps in these COVID times when our need is greatest you might be moved to help us.”

Every year MND Associations across the globe mark June 21 as a special day of recognition where the International Alliance of ALS/MND Associations across the world undertake a range of activities to raise awareness and keep focused on the search for the cause, treatment and eventual cure for this terrible disease.

You can donate to www.imnda.ie or if you can contact Christy Lehane Chairman of Kerry Friends of Motor Neurone and Ambassador for the IMNDA on 087 9671011.

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Laura’s new look for Leaving Cert

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NEW LOOK: Laura Cronin, who is currently sitting her Leaving Cert, cut 14 inches off her hair for The Rapunzel Foundation.

By Michelle Crean

Rathmore’s Laura Cronin headed into her Leaving Cert exams this week with a whole new look after transforming her hairstyle for charity.

Laura, daughter of Una and Donal from Rathbeg, cut 14 inches off her hair for The Rapunzel Foundation.

As her long locks didn’t get cut over the last year Laura decided to get a good chop in Katelynn’s Hair Design in Rathmore instead, and use the left over hair to create wigs for sick children.

“I thought, rather than trim it I’d cut a lot off,” Laura, who hopes to study pharmacy in college, told the Killarney Advertiser. “I wanted to cut off a lot of it, I was sick of long hair. I said that if there’d be enough I’d donate it as it’d be a shame to see it on the floor.”

Laura said that hopefully it can make a child happy if it allows them to receive a specially made wig for their First Holy Communion, or a similar occasion.

“I’d encourage anyone who has long hair to think about what they could do with it.”

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€1m upgrade for Killarney store

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INVESTMENT: DV8 have invested €1m to update their store in the Killarney Outlet Centre. Pictured at the reopening were staff members: Clodagh McCarthy (Store Manager), Lorraine McGough (Assistant Manager), Anuka Altanson and Sarah Murphy. Photo: Don MacMonagle

A popular Killarney fashion shop, which reopened last week, securing up to 15 jobs, has had a facelift after a €1 million investment.

Leading fashion retailer DV8, which has a network of over 50 stores across Ireland, reopened its 4,000 square feet store in the Killarney Outlet Centre.

And customers admired the new look.

DV8 sells over 40 top fashion clothing brands as well as footwear and accessories in its stores and online at www.dv8fashion.com. The hip fashion house is well-known for its uber cool shop interiors and has dedicated customers across Ireland and the UK.

“We are delighted to be reopening our new store in Killarney and confident it will compliment the existing retail offering in the town, with DV8’s unique range of male and female clothing and footwear,” David Scott from DV8 said.

“We think local shoppers will enjoy the DV8 experience, including the top fashion brands and excellent customer service.”

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