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Killarney men line out for London County GAA team

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By Sean Moriarty

Two Killarney men played a key role in London’s opening two wins in the Allianz National League Division 4 title race.

Two weeks ago they took a dramatic win over Carlow in the opening round of the league. It was the first time that London won its opening league game since defeating Kilkenny in the same fixture in 2011. They came from 10 points behind to win on a score-line of 2-11 to 1-13 result at Dr Cullen Park.

Their victory was all the impressive as the London team had not played as a unit for over nearly years. They were unable to contest the last two National Leagues and All-Ireland championships as they were not allowed to travel during the pandemic.

Last weekend they overcame Waterford on a score-line of 1-12 to 2-08. It was the first time ever that the exiles won back-to-back league matches.

Former Spa player Matthew Moynihan and Conor O’Neill from Dr Crokes are amongst a group of six Kerry players on the London panel.

Moynihan, who plays his club football for Tir Chonail Gaels in London, played in the fullback position while O’Neill came on as sub – ironically to replace fellow Kerry man Thomas Lenihan from Churchill in the corner back position.

“There was great support from families from all over Ireland who came to support the exiles. You could hear them in the stands, it was a great atmosphere,” Moynihan told the Killarney Advertiser after the Carlow game.

He has been living in London, where he works as an accountant for an construction firm, since 2017.

He first made the London panel in 2019 but their 2020 campaign came to a sudden end when the pandemic forced travel restrictions just two or three games into the season.

The other Kerry players on the London panel were Cathal O Luing (An Ghaeltacht), Bobby O’Regan (Ardfert) and Chris Farley (Dromid Pearses).

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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