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Killarney Derby Preview: New look Blues aiming for second



Premier A
Killarney Celtic v Killarney Athletic
Sunday at 11.30am
Celtic Park

The Killarney Derby has thrown up some real classics over the past few years (league finals aside) so anticipation is high ahead of the latest instalment on Sunday.

League leaders Celtic will host near neighbours Athletic at Celtic Park and anything other than a full-blooded, high-intensity encounter would be a major surprise. Derbies are always tough to call but this season things are even more unpredictable as both teams are markedly different from the ones who duked it out for league and cup silverware between 2016 and 2018.

In their quest for continued domestic and national success, Celtic have enlisted the services of a number of players, perhaps most notably Stevie O’Mahony and Seán Moloney from Tralee. Both are expected to play on Sunday.

It’s difficult to guess how they’ll line out besides that and there are certainly no clues forthcoming from within the camp; Celtic’s management chose not to release a player for interview ahead of the big game.

One thing we know for sure is that tough-tackling full-back Chris O’Leary and creative midfielder Matt Keane will be unavailable for selection as they will both be in action for Kilcummin in the All-Ireland Intermediate semi-final, which takes place in the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick at 2pm. On the injury front, key players John McDonagh and Gary Keane have been out of action in recent weeks and may not be ready to feature.

The player turnover has been even more noticeable in the blue half of Killarney. In a recent game against Mitchels Avenue, just three of the starting 11 were regulars last season (Seán Cournane, Cillian O’Regan and Will Courtney). Older heads like Paudie O’Connor and Éanna Kavanagh have stepped away from the set-up, keeper Brian O’Connor has relocated to Limerick, Shane Lynch is recovering from a cruciate injury, and others are focussing on football.

Manager Stuart Templeman has been forced to inject a lot of youth into the team and you’d have to say that he has managed a difficult situation quite well. Some of the club’s young stars have impressed in their debut seasons and Athletic are currently joint second with Castleisland on 17 points. As always, first and second will qualify for the league final at the end of the campaign.

Athletic may be a team in transition but captain Cillian O’Regan says the aim remains the same: to finish in the top two and reclaim the title the club won for the first time in 2017.

“At the start of the season, a few of us came together and put down some goals for the year and trying to be up there challenging for a spot in the league final was number one our list” O’Regan said. “It has been difficult at times because some of our younger guys are still learning, but we’re playing decent ball and things are looking good.

“Tadhg Doolan is playing great, Eoin Moynihan is super and we had Owen Benson for a couple games and he has been fantastic as well. Darren Mulcahy has been around for the last couple of years but he has really stepped up for us this season as well.”

Celtic are currently well out in front but the Athletic skipper knows that if they get there, anything can happen in a final

“In a once off game you’d never know who might win,” he said. “We’re just aiming for second at the moment. Celtic are still a bit ahead but we’ll take each game as it comes. A win on Sunday would be massive for us.”

Athletic will undoubtedly be underdogs against the runaway leaders but as we’ve seen in the past, anything can happen in the Killarney Derby.

Pic: Konrad Paprocki.


Kodaline to play stripped down Killarney gig



By Michelle Crean

One of Ireland’s best known bands – who have had their recently released studio album streamed more than 60 million times – as well as reached 100 million YouTube views – are set to come to Killarney.

Kodaline will play their first ever stripped down fully acoustic tour on December 4 in the Gleneagle INEC Arena, which is part of a nationwide tour across the country.

Tickets went on sale yesterday (Friday) from the

‘One Day At A Time’ is the band’s fourth album, and adds a new chapter to a career that has already encompassed three number 1 albums in Ireland, two Top 5 albums in the UK, and more than a billion streams at Spotify. Kodaline approached the album with a streamlined process that took them back to their roots. The majority of the sessions revolved around the four band members alone in their modest recording space in Dublin, with bassist Jason Boland leading the production side of things.


In 2019, Kodaline played some of the biggest shows of their career. At home in Dublin they sold-out two huge outdoor shows at St Anne’s Park, while a 10-date UK tour culminated with a packed show at London’s historic Roundhouse. Further afield, they hit festivals including Lollapalooza, Benicàssim and Open’er before becoming the first Irish band to headline the massive NH7 Weekender in Pune, India. Their extensive touring throughout Asia also included a headline set at Monsoon Music Festival in Vietnam plus dates in China, Japan, South Korea, The Phillippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Taiwan and Singapore.

“We’re excited to do our first ever stripped down fully acoustic tour, it’s something we’ve wanted to do for a long time and something that’s gonna be very special for us. Hope to see you guys there,” the band said.

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Relief for students as State exams finally begin



Kayleigh O’Connor and Bethany Kelly pictured ahead of their Home Economics exam on Wednesday afternoon.

By Michelle Crean and Grigoriy Geniyevskiy

Although it was a Leaving Cert like no other – that didn’t stop some students from feeling nerves and others relief – as they finally began their State exams on Wednesday morning.

After a mix of homeschooling due to the COVID lockdowns, it was a tough final year for the Sixth Years who at times had no idea if they final school exams would even go ahead.

Some have opted for no exams, while others want a mixture of Accredited Grades combined with the option to sit the exams.

And it all began on Wednesday morning as English Paper 1 was first up followed by Home Economics in the afternoon.


For Killian O’Brien, a student in St Brendan’s College, he said that there was no stress as he headed in.
“I’m grand out, not stressed at all.”

George Griffin, also a student in St Brendan’s College was glad to begin the final leg of his school journey and said he too felt grand about it.

“Predictable grades are a good backing to it, it levels out the stress.”

His classmate Darren Counihan was “not too worried” about what was ahead of him.

“You can only go up in points, not down thanks to accredited points.”

Luke Tindall, also a student in the school said he was alright and “not too stressed”

For Adam O’Connor there was some nerves.
“I’m feeling a bit of everything, but mostly stressed,” he said. “I’m just waiting to get it done and over with.”

In Killarney Community College Oliwia Bielanska spoke to the Killarney Advertiser after coming out of her first State exam.

“I was nervous at first, but once I started writing it was all good.”

Aoife O’Brien from the same school said she was “kind of nervous” but that “it was fine”.

“It wasn’t too bad.”

Stefan Lajdar, also a student in Killarney Community College said it went “alright”.

“I finished a bit earlier. I was a bit under pressure before the exam, but it was easy enough. We have a backup with the predicted grades so it was fine.”

A turbulent year

Principal of Killarney Community College, Stella Loughnane, acknowledged the uniqueness of this year. “This year has been a turbulent and emotional year for this particular Leaving Cert group. Thankfully, all of our students sitting these exams have the security of knowing they already have an accredited grade from their subject teacher and can really try to improve on that when sitting their chosen exams. I think this is of great comfort to students and will ease some of their nerves.The majority of our students have embraced this challenge and chosen to sit their exams.”

She added that also this year there are a lot more COVID guidelines from both the Department of Health and the Department of Education that both the school and students must adhere to.

“This year has shown how adaptable our students are, therefore I don’t believe they will cause too much fuss. However, like every other year, our students arrived with the age old butterflies in their stomachs but a willingness to begin their exams.”

Sean Coffey, Principal of St Brendan’s College said it was great to see the exams finally underway.

“It has been the most incredible two years for the students. This is as fair as you can get really. I would say the Sixth Years had a less disruptive year than other students as they had their eye on the prise and could see the finish line in sight.”

Killarney Community College student Stefan Lajdar said it was easy enough once he got going.
Aoife O’Brien student of Killarney Community College said the first exam wasn’t too bad.
Bharragh O’Shea from Killarney Community College felt his first exam went pretty well. “I thought it was easy.”
Happy to get it over and done with was Adam O’Connor from The Sem.
George Griffin from St Brendan’s College pictured before Wednesday’s English exam.
Darren Counihan student from St Brendan’s College said that he was not too worried ahead of the first exam on Wednesday.
Killian O’Brien from St Brendan’s College said he wasn’t feeling stressed before the first exam on Wednesday morning.
Katerina Polyakova and Maryia Casey from Killarney Community College pictured cramming in some last minute revision before Wednesday’s Home Ec exam.
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Lucky local wins dream Barraduff home



WIN A HOUSE: Barraduff Community Field Organisation fundraiser sub-committee members: Derry Healy, Michael O’Keeffe, Cathy Somers, Linda Dennehy, John Culloty and Rory D’Arcy pictured in the INEC on Sunday evening during the ‘Win A Dream Kerry Home’ draw.

By Michelle Crean

It has been seven months in the making but it was one lucky local who claimed the top prize – a 𝟯-𝗕𝗲𝗱 d𝗲𝘁𝗮𝗰𝗵𝗲𝗱 h𝗼𝘂𝘀𝗲 𝗶𝗻 𝗕𝗮𝗿𝗿𝗮𝗱𝘂𝗳𝗳.

Ticket no. 17033 owned by Catriona Moriarty was the winner, chosen on Sunday evening in the ‘Win A Dream Kerry Home’ fundraiser prize draw live streamed on Facebook and the website from the INEC Arena, Killarney.

The MC for the evenings event was Rory D’Arcy, fundraiser committee member.

Committee member, Liam Warren, joined Rory to speak about the history and aims of the Barraduff Community Field Organisation since its inception in 1977. It was then time for the prize draw, with the combined value of all prizes in excess of €300,000. Rory introduced the independent adjudicating team of Peter Malone, Solicitor, Malone Hegarty Solicitors, and Denis Murphy, Auditor, Moriarty & Murphy Accountants.

It was certainly a night to remember for all prize winners, particularly Catriona Moriarty who will soon be receiving the keys to her new home.

“The Barraduff Community Field Organisation are forever grateful to all who supported this fundraiser, through purchasing of ticket(s) and sponsoring of prizes, to assist us in realising the vision of our local community. This is only the end of the beginning of another chapter!” Michael O’Keeffe said.

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