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Late Finbarr Murphy leveller keeps Legion alive

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Club Championship (Round 1)
Legion 2-14
Dingle 2-14 (AET)

YOUNGSTER Finbarr Murphy was the hero in Derreen on Sunday last as he earned Legion a replay with the very last kick of the game.

Murphy had only been introduced in extra time and was yet to get his hands on the ball when his side were awarded a free around 45 yards from goal. There were more experienced free-takers on the pitch but Murphy insisted upon taking it. He duly converted with his first and only touch and Legion live to fight another day.

It was a really competitive game that ebbed and flowed and in the end a draw was probably a fair result.

Legion got off to the perfect start when James O’Donoghue found the back of the net early on but his Kerry teammate Paul Geaney cancelled it out moments later with a goal of his own.

Conor Geaney got the game’s first point with a free before Tom Moriarty equalised and Legion went on to kick the next three scores, Donal Lyne, O’Donoghue and Conor Keane all finding the target to give Legion an early three-point lead.

Paul Geaney, who was shadowed by Danny Sheahan for the duration, was on top form and kicked three unanswered points to close the gap. When Tomás Sheehy opened his account with a well-taken score in the 22nd minute, Dingle were ahead.

Two more from Geaney, both with his “weaker” left foot, pushed the lead out to three and James O’Donoghue kicked the last point of the half to make it 1-5 to 1-7 at the break.

There was a strange lull at the beginning of the second period as both sides failed to register a score for 13 minutes, but the game burst back into life when Sheehy stole in for the third goal of the day.

A brace from Conor Keane and another O’Donoghue free narrowed the gap to three with ten minutes to play, but you felt Legion might need a goal if they were to get anything out of this one.

They were handed a golden opportunity when Danny Sheahan went on an uncharacteristic foray forward before being hauled down inside the area. Up stepped James O’Donoghue to fire beyond Gavin Curran in the Dingle goal and tie things up.

In a frantic final spell, Paul Geaney restored Dingle’s lead, Conor Keane equalised, Tom Moriarty put Legion ahead and Geaney brought Dingle level once more.

Legion thought they won it when Danny Sheahan broke forward again and punted over an inspirational stoppage time point, but there was time for one final twist.

Deep into additional time, Dingle broke forward and were given what was, in my admittedly biased opinion, a very, very soft free. From there they worked it well to Mikey Geaney who kicked a superb point to send the game to extra time.

The visitors put themselves in a great position by outscoring Legion 0-2 to 0-0 in the opening period of extra time, but Legion fought back well and points from Denis Sheahan and James O’Donoghue levelled the game for what seemed like the hundredth time.

Lads were out on their feet at this stage and Paul Geaney must have felt that he had clinched the victory for Dingle when he kicked a massive point with just a couple of minutes to play. It was a typically classy score that brought his tally for the day to 1-9 (1-6 from play). It sounds strange but Danny Sheahan actually did well on him. Geaney is basically unmarkable.

With 83 minutes on the clock it looked for all the world as though Legion were on their way out of the Club Championship but they managed to win a free 45 yards out to the left of the posts.

Murphy confidently took the ball, placed it on the ground and split the uprights with a superb kick that had ten yards to spare.

It was no more than Legion deserved as they put in another impressive shift. Sunday’s replay in Páirc an Ághasaigh will be a big test but they should take heart from this result, coming as it does against one of the premier club teams in the county.

Legion scorers: James O’Donoghue (2-4, 1 pen, 0-2f), Conor Keane (0-4, 0-2f), Tom Moriarty (0-2), Denis Sheahan (0-1), Donal Lyne (0-1), Danny Sheahan (0-1) and Finbarr Murphy (0-1f).

Dingle scorers: Paul Geaney (1-9, 0-3f), Tomás Sheehy (1-1), Conor Geaney (0-2), Mikey Geaney (0-1) and Matthew Flaherty (0-1).
 


 
Above: Legion's James O'Donoghue places his penalty beyond the reach of Dingle keeper Gavin Curran. O'Donoghue finished with 2-4. Pic: Eamonn Keogh.

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Weird and wonderful insurance policies

As it is January I thought I would start the year on a light hearted note. Lloyds of London is an insurance marketplace founded in a London coffee shop over 300 years ago. Today it is the world’s leading market for specialist insurance, from large maritime risks to space satellites. Here are some of the […]

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As it is January I thought I would start the year on a light hearted note.

Lloyds of London is an insurance marketplace founded in a London coffee shop over 300 years ago. Today it is the world’s leading market for specialist insurance, from large maritime risks to space satellites.

Here are some of the more interesting and obscure insurance policies put in place over the years.
· David Beckham insured his legs with Lloyds for £100m in 2006

· Dolly Parton has insured her 40dd breasts for £3.8m

· Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards hands are insured for $1.6m

· Michael Flatleys legs were insured for $47 Million. The policy was only in effect when he was touring and forbade him from dancing except on stage.

· James Dean took out a life policy for $100,000 just a week before his tragic death at the age of 25

· The actor Richard Burton purchased a 69.42 carat diamond from Cartier for $1.1 Million in 1969 as a gift for Elizabeth Taylor. It was the world’s most expensive diamond at the time. Once Lloyds had insured the diamond they specified that Taylor should wear it in public for only 30 days a year and even then be protected by security guards. The diamond was sold in 1978 for an estimated $5 Million which would equate to roughly $19 Million today.

· According to novelist and inventor Arthur C Clarke, director Stanley Kubrick wanted to take out insurance with Lloyds to protect himself against losses in the event that extra-terrestrial intelligence was discovered before his movie, ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ was released. Lloyds refused to quote for this one.

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Kerry to feature in new TG4 documentary on Wild Atlantic Way

Three episodes of a new ten-part TG4 series on the Wild Atlantic Way were filmed in County Kerry. The series, which started last Wednesday night this week, and continues every Wednesday for the next nine weeks, follows the Wild Atlantic Way from Donegal to Kerry. In this series ‘An Cósta Thiar’, presenter Áine Ní Bhreisleáin gains […]

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Three episodes of a new ten-part TG4 series on the Wild Atlantic Way were filmed in County Kerry.

The series, which started last Wednesday night this week, and continues every Wednesday for the next nine weeks, follows the Wild Atlantic Way from Donegal to Kerry.

In this series ‘An Cósta Thiar’, presenter Áine Ní Bhreisleáin gains an insight into the culture, challenges and benefits of living by the Atlantic and to find out if seawater still flows through the veins of its coastal communities.

On her travels, Áine will meet with the people of the coast, both young and old. She will spend time in the company of people who live and work by the sea, learning more about the attraction of these areas, and this life, through their eyes, stories and experiences. She will meet those communities and people who have a strong affinity with the coast and the sea, through new businesses, traditional livelihoods, recreational activities, ecology, birdwatching, eco-tours, swimming, boats (of all kinds) and more.

Áine began her journey at home in Gaoth Dobhair and heads to the wilds of Árainn Mhóir on the second leg of journey.
The third show platforms south Donegal while in week 4, Áine heads to the beautiful Achill Island.

Half way through her journey from Donegal to Kerry, Áine is in Carna in Conamara while in the the sixth programme, Áine continues her journey on the Galway coast, this time in Cois Fharraige

Áine visits Inis Oírr in the seventh programme, the smallest of the three Oileán Árainn, to explore how life has changed for islanders in recent generations through fishing, farming, tourism and sport.

In programme eight, Áine continues her journey, heading for the West Kerry coastline this time around, rowing with a local musician, Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich, a boatbuilder Eddie Hutch and even All-Ireland champions in Cumann Rámhaíochta an Daingin. She investigates the attraction of sea swimming for local women with local group ‘Snámh for the Soul’ goes foraging and paddleboarding with a woman who lives and breathes the sea and all it has to offer, Susan Feirtéar.

In the penultimate programme, Áine continues on her journey around the Corca Dhuibhne coast, exploring the history of trade in An Daingean with Brenda Uí Shúilleabháin and how the coast inspires artists with the talented Tomáisín Ó Cíobháin. She takes a class with local yoga instructor, Ails Ní Chonchúir and heads out to sea with local guide, Eoghan Ó Slatara, to learn about the islands on the west Kerry coast and she tastes some local seafood but she has to cook it first at the Dingle Cookery School.

Áine ends her journey in Uíbh Ráthach, in South Kerry. She gains a different perspective on the sea while snorkling with Gráinne Ní Ailín from Sea Synergy and surfing with Cian O’Connor, explores the long history of this coastal community from the time of the Milesians with poet and historian, Paddy Bushe, and learns about the Seine boat with a local TikToker, Séaghan Ó Suilleabháin, better known as The Kerry Cowboy, and is there a better way to finish her journey than a first visit to the majestic Sceilg islands?

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