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Killarney Athletic/Killarney Credit Union seven-a-side tournament




THE knockout stages of the Killarney Athletic/Killarney Credit Union seven-a-side tournament began yesterday, while the under-14 and under-16 tournaments kick off this evening, at the Woodlawn venue.

This evening’s fixtures are as follows: Pitch 1, 6.20 U16 Dan Linehan's B & B V Yurventus, 6.45 U14 Omega Fitted Furniture V Bayern Neverloosin, 7.10 Playoff B (2) Cronin's Tyres Castlemaine V Celtic Steps, 7.35 U14 Omega Fitted Furniture V JR Spares, 8.00 U16 Dungers United V CRL Oil, 8.25 U14 Steve’s Barber FC V JR Spares, 8.50 U16 Dungers United V Expected Toulouse, Pitch 2, 6.20 U16 Fáilte Hotel V Pique Blinders, 6.45 U14 Steve’s Barber FC v Bombers, 7.10 U16 Dan Linehan's B & B V Fáilte Hotel, 7.35 U14 Bayern Neverloosin V Bombers, 8.00 U16 Expected Tolulouse V AFC Golly, 8.25 Last 16 MD O'Shea's Park Road V Fáilte Legends and 8.50 U16 CRL Oil V AFC Golly.

Last night's results are as follows: Monday, July 10, Playoff B (1) Tough Totts 2 Mackey’s Young Ones 0; Playoff B (3) Bousie Brigade 0 The Hobbits 3, Playoff B (5) Mackey's Crew 0 Flesk Restaurant 2, Playoff B (7) Tricel 2 MD O’Shea's Park Road 3, Over 35 Leanes Tool Hire 3 Kate Kearney's Cottage 1,
Pitch 2 Playoff A (2) Liebherr Container Cranes 0 Dunboy Construction 2, Playoff A (1) Morris Not So Minors 1 Cronin’s Tyres Castlemaine 2, Playoff B (4) Duncan Donuts 0 Mustang Sally’s 2, Playoff B (8) The Speakeasy 1 FC Killarinho 2.

Last week’s results: July 2, Senior Dyslexia Utined 3 MD O’ Shea Park Road 3; Senior The Flesk Restaurant 0 Tokey Badgers FC 2; Senior Mustang Sally’s 2 Cronin’s Tyres Castlemaine 1; Senior Tricel 0 Fáilte Legends 2; Over 35 Leanes Tool Hire 2 Tim Jones Butcher 1; Over 35 Kate Kearney’s Cottage 1 Charlie Foleys 2; Senior Bousie Brigade 1 Celtic Steps 1; Senior Dunboy Construction 0 Tatler Toffees 5; Senior Mackey’s Young Ones 0 Steve’s Barber 1; Senior The Flesk Restaurant 2 Tatler Toffees 2; Over 35 Mackey’s Crew 0 Mackey’s Crew II 2; Speakeasy 1 The Fáilte Bar 4; July 4, Senior Fáilte Legends 4 The Hobbits 0;
Senior FC Killarinho 3 The Hobbits 2; Senior Tru Pro 3 Duncan Donuts 2; Senior Mackey’s Young Ones 6 Morris Not So Minors 1; Over 35 Mackey’s Crew II 2 V Charlie Foleys 2; Senior Cronin’s Tyres Castlemaine 2 Morris Not So Minors 1; Senior Mackey’s Crew 0 Tim Jones & Sons 3; Over 35 Leanes Tool Hire 3 Mackey’s Crew 0; Over 35 Tim Jones Butchers 0 Kate Kearney’s Cottage 2; July 5, Senior Liebherr Container Cranes 2 Fáilte Legends 4; Senior Speakeasy 4 Tough Totts 2; Over 35 Mackey’s Crew 0 Kate Kearney’s Cottage 3; Senior Speakeasy 0 Dunloe Lodge 2; Celtic Steps 1 Dyslexia Utined 3; Senior Mustangs Sally’s 1 Steve’s Barber 2; Over 35 Leanes Tool Hire 2 Mackey’s Crew II 2; FC Killarinho 2 Tricel 3; Over 35 Tim Jones Butchers 1 Charlie Foleys 6.

The remaining fixtures for week three are as follows: Tuesday, July 11, Pitch 1, 6.20 U16 Junior B V Yurventus; 6.45 U14 Omega Fitted Furniture V Bayern Neverloosin; 7.10 Playoff B (2) Winners of A (1) V Celtic Steps; 7.35 U14 Omega Fitted Furniture V JR Spares; 8.00 U16 Dungers United V CRL Oil; 8.25 U14 Steve’s Barber FC V JR Spares; 8.50 U16 Dungers United V Expected Toulouse; Pitch 2, 6.20 U16 Fáilte Hotel V Pique Blinders; 6.45 U14 Steve’s Barber FC v Bombers; 7.10 U16 Junior B V Fáilte Hotel; 7.35 U14 Bayern Neverloosin V Bombers; 8.00 U16 Expected Tolulouse V AFC Golly; 8.25 Last 16 Winners B (7) V Fáilte Legends; 8.50 U16 CRL Oil V AFC Golly; Wednesday, July 12, Pitch 1, 6.45 Over 35 Leanes Tool Hire V Charlie Foley’s; 7.10 Last 16 Winner B (6) V The Fáilte Bar; 7.35 Last 16 Winners B (1) V Tim Jones & Sons; 8.00 Last 16 Winners B (4) V Tokey Badgers FC; 8.25 Last 16 Winners B (5) V Dyslexia Utined; Pitch 2, 6.45 Over 35 Mackey’s Crew II V Kate Kearney’s Cottage; 7.10 Last 16 Winners B (2) V Dunloe Lodge; 7.35 Last 16 Winners B (8) V Steve’s Barber; 8.00 Last 16 Winners B (3) V Tatler Toffees; Thursday, July 13, Pitch 1, 6.20 U14 Omega Fitted Furniture V Steve’s Barber FC;
6.45 U16 Junior B v Pique Blinders; 7.10 U14 Bayern Neverloosin V Steve’s Barber FC; 7.35 U16 Dungers United V AFC Golly; 8.00 U14 Omega Fitted Furniture V Bombers; 8.25 Over 35 Tim Jones Butchers V Mackey’s Crew II; Pitch 2, 6.20 U14 Bayern Neverloosin V JR Spares; 6.45 U16 Yurventus V Fáilte Hotel; 7.10 U14 Bombers V JR Spares; 7.35 U16 Yurventus V Pique Blinders; 8.00 U16 CRL Oil V Expected Toulouse.

Above: The Failte Legends team.



The same but different – A tribute to three great Irish musicians



Driving home from work last Friday, tributes for Shane McGowan were pouring out across the radio stations and while listening in, I got a strong sense of déjà vu.

It was only a few months earlier that we got the sad news that the talented Aslan front man Christy Dingham had passed away, and a short few weeks after that – Sinéad O’Connor.  The loss of three iconic Irish musicians that left music fans across the country reeling.

When I think about each artist individually, their personalities couldn’t be more different. Yet, for days after the passing of the Pogues frontman, I found myself wondering why I was so drawn to all three.

And then, over the weekend I stumbled across a completely unrelated article which led with a headline:

“In a year dominated by artificial intelligence, deepfakes, and disingenuity, “authentic” has somehow emerged as Merriam-Webster’s word for 2023.”

And there was my answer. The one characteristic that embodied all three of these great Irish musicians.

It was my mother that first introduced me to Aslan’s music. She grew up during their peak and loved all sorts of rock music. I regularly watch their Vicar Street performances back on YouTube and still get mesmerised by Christy’s intense stage presence. Using elaborate hand gestures to evoke a greater meaning behind the words, he always looked like he was away in his own world. Off stage, and particularly later in his career, I admired him for his honesty when talking about his struggles with addiction and mental health. He was talking openly about these issues long before it was the norm.

Sinéad O’Connor was another original soul who, because of her talent, was catapulted into a music industry consumed by artificiality; she was almost too pure for it all. I always admired her unwavering commitment to her beliefs. Her authenticity was evident in every aspect of her artistry. The way she unapologetically embraced her shaved head and boy-ish style, she challenged conventional opinions around beauty. Her music reflected her personal struggles and she never shied away from addressing issues of social injustice, religion, and gender equality. Her stances often drew criticism and controversy, but she always remained true to herself.

Shane MacGowan will always be remembered for his unfiltered nature, and while the lyrics of many songs were dark and gritty, there was also an element of empathy and compassion in what he wrote. Like Christy, he too struggled with addiction and mental health issues throughout his career. While his demons sometimes spilled over into the public eye, his honesty and vulnerability just endeared him even more to us Irish.

So isn’t it apt in a year we lost three great musicians, the word of 2023 happens to be the one undeniable trait that they all shared. Thank you Christy, Sinead and Shane for showing us that authenticity is not just about being different to everyone else; but also about possessing the courage to challenge the established, to question the norms, and to keep going, even when the going gets tough.


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Full employment, minimum wage set to rise, but locals still feeling the pinch!



Warning: This article does not come with the usual bells, whistles and Christmas cheer you would expect at this time of the year.

Last week we asked our readers to take part in our Killarney Town Pulse Survey. We wanted to get a better understanding of local consumer sentiment and to get an snapshot of other issues impacting our standard of living. See a summary of our findings below.


So, jobs are aplenty, the minimum wage is set to increase in 2024 and yet according to our findings, locals are not too optimistic about the year ahead.

Just 1 in 10 people reported that they are better off now than they were a year ago. Only 16% expect the economy to be in a better place this time next year and there seems to be widespread dissatisfaction with how the government are tackling key issues affecting our standard of living.

Hasn’t everything gone so expensive?

If I got a euro for every time I heard this the over the past 12 months I certainly wouldn’t be feeling the pinch myself! Generally speaking, people do not like to talk about their personal finances but people’s behaviour is changing under the current climate. We are so frustrated with the cost of everything we are venting at home, in the office, and even while out for dinner with friends. It is not a dig at local business, I know plenty of small businesses struggling to keep their heads above water too.

Inflation is a concern but the real worry is where prices will land

Consumers and businesses are dealing with higher interest rates that have come as a result of the Central Bank trying to tame inflation. Loan products such as mortgages and car loans are more expensive. The noise coming from these issues alone is enough to drown out any positive aspects of the economy.

Stubbornly high inflation is a concern for policy makers, but for the average Joe, we are more concerned about where prices will eventually fall back to. We can deal with some short term pain but with inflation stabilising and some early signs it may even be falling, a large percentage of our survey respondents expect prices to continue to rise. This is backed up by many economists predicting prices will never return to what they were.

It’s not clear how much wage increases have played into higher prices up to now but there is a general consensus that where business margins are tight, higher wages for workers will lead to sustained higher prices for consumers 

Government is failing on issues impacting our standard of living

Research published by the National Youth Council of Ireland last week showed that more than 7 in 10 young people aged 18-24 are considering moving abroad because they think they would enjoy a better quality of life elsewhere. We asked a similar question to locals in our survey and more than 50% of Killarney locals said that either they, or someone they know, is considering moving abroad. This is a sad indictment of our country today.

The pace of housing delivery is dampening young people’s hopes of owning their own home and is even making renting unaffordable. It is not just impacting the youth however, I know of business owners in Killarney where housing shortages are impacting their ability to attract and retain talent, Businesses can’t afford to pay them a wage that allows them to comfortably rent and live in Killarney.  

At the start of September we were reading about a major teacher shortage across the country. Graduate múinteoirí are now ditching Ireland for the Middle-East where their accommodation is often subsidised and their take-home-pay benefits from a largely tax-free society. 

This Wednesday we witnessed a staff walk out at UHK in protest of a recruitment ban in place by the HSE. Reports claim that there are over 90 clerical positions waiting to be filled at the hospital. It is no wonder with all of these added pressures that our nurses and doctors are heading Down Under for warmer weather and better pay and while you couldn’t begrudge them, the drain of health workers in Ireland is leaving those left behind working in stressful and sometimes dangerous conditions.  

It’s the uncertainty

The economy is in a strange place at the moment, we are not sure if it is growing, slowing or shrinking. It kind of feels like we are dangling off the edge of a cliff and one big gust of wind could  push us over the edge. The preferred outcome is that we will be pulled back to safer ground but can this government gets to grips with the major issues impacting our standard of living and get the cost of living down to a more tolerable level?


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