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Killarney Celtic all set for historic FAI Cup bow

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KILLARNEY CELTIC will make the relatively short trip down to south Cork to face Cobh Wanderers in the opening round proper of the FAI Cup tomorrow. The FAI Cup first-round game takes place at 4pm at Old Church Park, Cobh.

The Hoops earned their place in the prestigious competition thanks to their remarkable run to the last four of the FAI Junior Cup and subsequent qualifier victory over Boyle Celtic of Roscommon.

The club would have been hoping for a home draw against a League of Ireland side like Dundalk, Cork City or Shamrock Rovers but for that kind of dream tie to materialise now, they’ll have to see off Cobh first. Eoin Donnellan’s men will be well aware that they’ll have their work cut for them.

Cobh Wanderers currently operate in the Munster Senior League where they were runners up in the 2016/17 campaign. They also reached the final of the FAI Intermediate Cup and were unlucky to lose out to Liffey Wanderers (Dublin) in a penalty shoot-out.

They have a number of ex-League of Ireland players in their ranks and there will be at least one familiar face in their line-up: former Tralee Dynamos star Brian Fitzgerald is likely to feature in defence.

Celtic will be underdogs but that tag has suited them all year, and captain John McDonagh is confident that his team are ready to do battle. They’ll have to do it without their skipper, however, as he serves a one-match ban following his red card against Boyle.

“Preparations have been going well enough,” he said. “There are good numbers at training. It’s kind of hard because we only finished the season three weeks ago but it has been going well. I’m suspended but everyone else should be available.”

“It’s a massive game,” he continued. “It’s a League of Ireland cup and it’s a competition the club has never played in, so it’d be nice to get to the next round.”

The team has had great travelling support all year and McDonagh is hoping that the green and white faithful can help them to another famous win on Saturday.

“They have a supporters bus organised and there’s only a few seats left so that’s good to hear. It helps when you’re playing away. It makes a big difference when you get people up watching it. Hopefully we get the same support the next day.”
 


 
Above: Killarney Celtic striker Cathal O’Shea in action against Killarney Athletic in the Kerry District League Final last month. PICTURE: PAUDIE HEALY

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Green light for teen accommodation

By Michelle Crean  Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead. An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment. The teens living within the premises […]

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By Michelle Crean
 

Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead.

An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment.

The teens living within the premises will be supervised by applicant Eileen O’Brien who will live on the ground floor of the premises.

The two one-bed apartments on the second floor would either be rented out or used for independent living for the teenagers as they reach adulthood.

The two-bed apartment will be on the third floor. There are also plans for balconies at second and third floor levels.

The proposed apartment building is contemporary in design with a mix of stone and render finish on the lower floors and synthetic burned timber finish on the upper floors. The second floor is recessed at the front and the third floor is recessed at the front and the rear with a decorative feature on the front elevation comprising dark grey timber steel poles. The building will also have a flat roof.

Planning permission was granted subject to 14 conditions including a two-metre high boundary wall to be constructed on south, south-western boundaries of the site and there’s to be no overnight commercial guest accommodation.

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Fans return to Fitzgerald Stadium after eight months

By Sean Moriarty Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game. Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game.

Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the first game at the stadium since the 2020 Kerry Petroleum Intermediate Club Football Championship Quarter-Final when Glenbeigh-Glencar played Beaufort on October 4 last year.

Due to current restrictions only 200 fans were allowed attend Saturday’s big match. That will remain in place for Kerry’s opening Munster Championship tie with Clare on June 26.

“It had been more than eight months since Fitzgerald Stadium welcomed back fans to the venue,” stadium PRO Tatyana McGough told the Killarney Advertiser. “Everything went exceptionally well.”

She is hopeful that more restrictions will be eased on July 5, paving the way for an increase in capacity to 500 fans in time for the July 25 Munster Final.

“It is likely that from July 5 up to 500 spectators may be permitted to attend games. We hope this number will increase for the Munster Final. If it is a Cork versus Kerry Munster Final the game will be fixed for Sunday July 25 at 4pm in the Fitzgerald Stadium. The stadium’s staff are very confident in being able to host any number of fans that may be allowed.”

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Garda appeal to park legally at beaches and public amenities

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An Garda Siochana is appealing to the public to park legally in designated car parks and spaces when visiting beaches, beauty spots and other public amenities. 

The good weather has seen an increase in dangerous illegal parking at these locations across the country in recent weeks. An Garda Siochana wants people to enjoy the summer but do so safely.

Parking illegally can lead to unnecessary risk and dangers such as pedestrians being forced to walk along dangerous roads. It can also prevent emergency services from gaining access to these amenities a seaside locations which could lead to the loss of life. 

“We encourage the public to plan their journeys and think safety first when parking your vehicle,” the Gardai said in a statement. 

“The outcome of parking illegally could be far more serious than a FCPN or vehicle towing and puts others and your own life at risk. 

An Garda Siochana reminds and encourages the public to social distance and follow public health guidelines when attending these locations this Summer.

An Garda Siochana is also supporting National Water Safety Awareness Week (June 14th – 20th). Information on this campaign and general water safety can be found on Water Safety Irelands Website – www.watersafety.ie/national-water-safety-awareness-week/

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