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Killarney Celtic FC increasing its visibility



CELTIC GIRLS: Pictured are: Cliona Moynihan, Eva O'Shea Zoe and Counihan Kate Healy.


When Killarney Celtic FC look back on 2020 there will be many things they will not want to remember - but from a sporting point of view one of the success stories is the 20x20 ‘If She Can’t See It She Can’t Be It’ Club Charter.


Sports clubs have never been more important than they are at present and Killarney Celtic is one of a number of Kerry Schoolboys Girls League clubs that signed up to the 20x20 Charter. They join over 300 clubs in 23 sports who have signed up.

The club will now proudly fly the 20x20 member flag at all events at its grounds in Dirreen while the Charter will be displayed in the clubhouse and the logo will appear on the club’s social media sites.


There are three pillars to the 20x20 Charter which are to increase the visibility of and the participation of both players and coaches in the female section of the club by 20 percent during the year and actively promote and increase the attendance for the female teams in the club.

Killarney Celtic is proud of its long history of giving the same opportunities to play soccer at all ages from its Academy onwards.

Club Chairman Paul Sherry said that Killarney Celtic is very proud that almost 30 percent of the playing membership of the club is in the female section and the club now plan to continue to grow this section over the coming years.

“Our girls start in the ‘Soccer Tots’ programme along with the boys ages four to six, and then we have 17 girls in our Academy, 111 girls on our teams from U10/11s to 17s as well as having 10 girls in our ‘Football for All’ section,” he said.
“The club also has a number of very dedicated coaches who work with the girls to ensure that they both enjoy and learn the game and are given the opportunity to play at their highest level. The coaches are fully Garda vetted and qualified to various levels on the FAI Coach Education pathway.

“On the competitive side one of our greatest days came in 2013 when in early December our U14s were crowned Women’s FAI Munster Champions defeating Holly Hill from Cork 3-1. For the record Hannah O’Donoghue, who went on to play with Cork City Women, scored a hat-trick in a Player of the Match performance. We also reached the National U12 Girls Cup final in 2018 losing out to Mervue United from Galway by a last minute goal.


“The club has built up a very good relationship with Cork City Women’s side and they have visited us on a number of occasions where they have conducted training sessions for our girls. As well as this a number of our players train with their academy and we also have girls in the FAI Regional Centre of Excellence in Limerick. The club also provides players and coaches to the KSBGL for its Inter League competitions including the prestigious Gaynor Cup.

“But like our boys section while the club and our coaches are delighted when our girl’s teams are successful this is not the most important thing. Our main focus is on developing the girls by teaching them the skills of the game and the enjoyment that can be found by being part of a team.”

Killarney Celtic is ideally placed to welcome new girls to the club with training taking place on its All Weather pitches. The club invites parents and girls of all ages to come along to training and try out the beautiful game. Training times are on the club’s social media pages or you can leave a message on 083 8392059 with your query.

[caption id="attachment_34629" align="alignleft" width="1024"] Ella O'Connor, Anna O'Shea, Clodagh Daly, Michella Mulry, Ellie O'Shea and Eimear Furlong.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_34628" align="alignleft" width="1024"] Yelizaveta Malberg, Kaysey O'Connor, Anne O'Shaughnessy and Niamh Brosnan.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_34627" align="alignleft" width="1024"] Hannah Casey, Bethany Moynihan, Grainne O'Leary and Emma Daly.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_34626" align="alignleft" width="1024"] Cora O'Donovan, Clodagh Clancy, Caoimhe O'Sullivan and Grainne Kelliher.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_34625" align="alignleft" width="1024"] Amelia Carroll, Kelly Grace, Cox Caoimhe Cronin and Sarah Warren.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_34624" align="alignleft" width="1024"] Louise O'Donoghue, Ali Bowler, Jodie Barton and Tara Cronin.[/caption]


[caption id="attachment_34630" align="alignleft" width="1024"] Megan Sheehan, Kate Forde, Maggie Hickey, Emily Buckley, AnnaKate Daly and Liadh Forde.[/caption]




Killarney centre stage for Pride Festival

The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage. Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July […]




The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage.

Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July 17 to 21.

The organisation’s flagship Party in the Park event will be held again in Killarney House and Gardens, following the Pride march in the town centre on July 20.

This year, in solidarity with the people of Palestine, Kingdom Pride in Kerry is inviting the people of Kerry to come to show their unity by bringing Palestinian flags and kites to the march, and to the Party in the Park.

“Pride is a protest for human rights all over the world. Here in the Kingdom, we have been so lucky to receive tremendous community support from our allies and supporters, and we see the struggle for liberation of all peoples as a united cause,” said Daniel Quirke, chairperson of the organising committee.

“Our events have always welcomed everyone, regardless of gender, orientation, religion, or nationality. We truly believe that together we can create positive change through caring for and loving one another. This year is no exception, and we look forward to helping to highlight the Palestinian cause, and to bringing people together to keep generating positive change for all people.”

Events will take place in Cahersiveen, Listowel, Killorglin, Tralee and Dingle, and include an Irish comedy night with Áine Gallagher, an Irish-language movie screening, yoga, sea swimming, poetry and storytelling, bowling, pitch and putt, a lively drag night at the INEC, and plenty more for people of all ages.

“We do our best to keep tickets as low-cost as possible, and we have lots of events that are totally free to attend. It is important to us that people can share Pride with us, regardless of income. Especially with the rise of the cost of living putting a strain on people’s pockets.” added the chairperson.


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A weekend of Live Music, Fun and Entertainment, at FleskFest 2024

The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event. “It promises to be […]




The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event.

“It promises to be the festival weekend of the summer, an event you don’t want to miss out on. Last year’s Festival was a fantastic memorable experience for our community, a time to get together and celebrate,” said festival PRO Seán Daly.

Organised by Glenflesk GAA, FleskFest 24 will take place at the Barraduff Community Field next week.
There will be a fully licensed bar in the Fest Marquee, some amazing live music on The Big Stage, food trucks and much more.
Glenflesk GAA club’s biggest fundraiser of the year includes a new-for-2024 Texas Holdem Poker Tournament on Thursday night.
Weekend highlights include old-time waltzing, jiving and polka sets with Paudie McAuliffe and Paudie Coffey Band on Friday,
On Saturday, the new Well Flesk event will take place.
“A morning of self-care and wellness at Flesk Fest featuring masterclasses in yoga, pilates, mindfulness, spinning, fitness sessions, workouts, firewood sauna and ice pods with a range of experienced and qualified instructors,” added Daly.
Leading local musician Johnny Courtney and Friends, Sam and Ina, The O’Donoghue Sisters, Reigning All Ireland Champions Glenflesk Ballad Group, and The Border Boys will take to the Big Stage over the weekend.
Sunday is Family Fun Day with children’s entertainment and disco and the All-Ireland Hurling Final Live on the Big screen followed by music with Thingamajig.
The festival will finish with a Sunday evening session with the Meadhbh Walsh Band.

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