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Lakers impress as they score their best result of the season

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SCOTTS LAKERS claimed their biggest result of the season with a superb six-point win over Fr Mathews in the quarter final of the President's Cup at Coláiste Chríost Rí, Cork on Sunday, Fr Mathews, Cork 86, Scotts Lakers St Paul’s Killarney 92.

It was win achieved against all the odds considering that the Cork side had a comfortable win over the Lakers in the league the previous week and also due to the fact that the Killarney side were without three key players for the cup tie.

Coach Cormac O'Donoghue had to plan without the influential Mark Greene, who was ruled out through injury while Mihail Kapitanov picked up an injury in the league match last week and has returned to Bulgaria. Scotts Lakers were also without big Padraig Lucey due to football commitments.

Despite these setbacks, the Killarney side took the game to Fr Mathews from the start and subsequently gained control from an early stage and never looked back. Antuan Bootle was having one of his better games and with Dan Griffin and Andrew Fitzgerald also doing well, Scotts Lakers were 19-12 ahead at the end of the first quarter.

Team captain Philip O'Connor was outstanding in the point guard role while Justin Tuason and Cian Clernon also impressed and the Killarney side stayed in front to lead 40-34 at half-time.

The Lakers continued to dominate leading 46-38 at an early stage in the second half before enjoying a commanding 15-point lead, 82-67 with 1.37 left in the third quarter.

Fr Mathews had a late rally in the final quarter with American Marcus Thomas making the big scores as the gap was cut to five points entering the final two minutes. Veteran Shane Horgan was a calming influence for the Killarney side as he nailed seven free throws to keep the Lakers in front.

It was a superb all-round team performance from Cormac O'Donoghue's side with five players on double scoring figures. It was also a game that young players Paul Clarke and Mark O'Shea played a prominent role.
Scotts Lakers now go forward to play Ballincollig in the cup semi-final while Killorglin face Neptune in the other semi-final. These games will take place at the Neptune Stadium Cork in early January.

Scotts Lakers St Paul’s Killarney: Antuan Bootle 23, Dan Griffin 20,
Andrew Fitzgerald 13, Philip O'Connor 13, Justin Tuason 10, Shane
Horgan 7, Cian Clernon 6, Mark O'Shea, Paul Clarke, Billy Wiseman.
Fr Mathews: Marcus Thomas 29, Mike McGinn 18, Cillian Fahy 11
 


 
Above: Philip O'Connor, Scotts Lakers, is grounded as teammates Dan Griffin, Antuan Bootle and Andrew Fitzgerald challenge Paul O'Driscoll, Fr Mathews in the quarter final of the President's Cup at Coláiste Chríost Rí, Cork on Sunday. Pic: Pat Connolly

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Future Kerry railway plans revealed

By Sean Moriarty Elected members of Kerry County Council have led calls for Iarnród Éireann’s timetable to fall into line with airline schedule at Kerry Airport. On Monday of this week Barry Kenny of Iarnród Éireann gave a presentation to elected members of the council. During the meeting he outlined some of the railway company’s plans […]

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Elected members of Kerry County Council have led calls for Iarnród Éireann’s timetable to fall into line with airline schedule at Kerry Airport.

On Monday of this week Barry Kenny of Iarnród Éireann gave a presentation to elected members of the council.

During the meeting he outlined some of the railway company’s plans and ambitions from now until 2027.

These include an increase in frequency on the Tralee to Mallow line.

It is hoped to have one train an hour operating on the line at peak times and two-hourly off-peak.

In a perfect world, the rail station at Farranfore would be placed across the road from the airport and not a 1km walk away but such a move is not likely to happen.

Cllr Norma Moriarty, of the Kenmare Municipal District explained how she was on trip to Yorkshire a few years ago.

“I flew from Kerry to Manchester and was able to get a connecting train to Yorkshire without ever leaving the airport building,” she said. “The people I was visiting were very surprised to hear me talk about this so much – it is normal to them.”

Under the Strategy 2027 plan Killarney rail station will get repainted and new signs will be put in place during 2022.

Additional parking spaces will be created at Farranfore Railway station and this lead to calls for a similar expansion at Rathmore.

“A lot of people from South Kerry use Rathmore railway station,” said local councillor Niall Kelleher. “They drive up from Kenmare and cut across by Glenflesk.”

Mr Kenny said he would take the Rathmore comments back to the Iarnród Éireann engineer in charge of parking strategy.

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Walking and cycling projects set for upgrade 

Commuters and nature enthusiasts will benefit from €4.13m in funding allocated to Kerry County Council for walking and cycling projects. €350,000 has been allocated for Transport/Mobility Plans for Killarney, Tralee and Listowel. Locally €704,835 is being given towards an interconnected network of cycleways on Rock Road, while there’s €70,000 funding for the Deerpark Road/Gealscoil Junction to include […]

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Commuters and nature enthusiasts will benefit from €4.13m in funding allocated to Kerry County Council for walking and cycling projects.

€350,000 has been allocated for Transport/Mobility Plans for Killarney, Tralee and Listowel.

Locally €704,835 is being given towards an interconnected network of cycleways on Rock Road, while there’s €70,000 funding for the Deerpark Road/Gealscoil Junction to include an interconnected network of cycleways. €300,000 is planned for an interconnected network of cycleways for the Gaelscoil Road/Chestnut Drive area, while The Flesk Walkway and Cycleway, Killarney is to get €123,866, as well as a further €186,527 for Rock Road.

Deputy Government Chief Whip, Brendan Griffin TD has said the funding from the National Transport Authority (NTA) will deliver high quality upgrades to walking and cycling infrastructure, with sustainable transport modes vital as the county emerges from the pandemic.

“I am pleased that Kerry County Council has been awarded funding which is part of an overall total of €289 million for approximately 1,200 Active Travel projects across the country,” Deputy Griffin said.

“Ensuring we have a good and efficient transport system in Kerry is essential for the future as we aim to make our communities and town centres more vibrant, in addition to making commuting to work and school safer and easier. Over the past two years we have spent more time enjoying our outdoor amenities and investing in active travel will also help us to meet our climate change obligations.”

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