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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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Replacement carrier could be in place by the end of July

By Michelle Crean   Ministers Ryan and Naughton briefed the cabinet on the plans this morning (Tuesday). The move comes after the news on Sunday that Stobart Air, which operated the Kerry-Dublin service, was to cease trading with immediate effect.  The Department today said that it will issue a request for quotes directly to airlines in the coming […]

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By Michelle Crean 
 

Ministers Ryan and Naughton briefed the cabinet on the plans this morning (Tuesday).

The move comes after the news on Sunday that Stobart Air, which operated the Kerry-Dublin service, was to cease trading with immediate effect. 

The Department today said that it will issue a request for quotes directly to airlines in the coming days, in accordance with applicable EU rules on air service Public Service Obligations (PSOs), and taking account of legal advice. It is anticipated that the emergency procurement process will be completed by early July, with a view to services being restarted by the new operator(s) as soon as possible thereafter. The contract will be subject to a maximum term of seven months and will operate in accordance with EU law.

PROCUREMENT PROCESS

In tandem, the Department will launch a procurement process for a maximum of four years for the continued provision of the services, which will apply after the temporary contract has expired. This will mitigate against any disruption to these services once the emergency contract expires.

The Department recognises the importance of restoring regional connectivity to these airports in advance of the reopening of international travel on July 19 and continues to engage closely with aviation stakeholders in this regard.

Education Minister and Fianna Fáil TD for Kerry, Norma Foley, has welcomed today’s Cabinet commitment to make the Kerry Dublin PSO route a priority.

“The restoration of our regional connectivity is of critical importance to the people of Kerry,” Minister Foley said.

“Transport Minister Eamon Ryan confirmed to me his intentions to seek an expedited tendering process which aims to have a replacement carrier in place by mid-end of July.

“I am confident Government will continue to engage as a priority with relevant stakeholders until a suitable resolution is reached for the benefit of Kerry and the south-west region.”

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Free career webinar for parents of Leaving Cert students

  A free webinar takes place online tomorrow (Wednesday) for parents of Leaving Cert students to best advise them with CAO choices. Niamh Dwyer, Guidance Counsellor and Careers Advisor at My Career Plan, will advise ‘How to help your teen with the CAO Change of Mind & Career Decisions’ at 7pm. This webinar will highlight and explain the […]

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A free webinar takes place online tomorrow (Wednesday) for parents of Leaving Cert students to best advise them with CAO choices.

Niamh Dwyer, Guidance Counsellor and Careers Advisor at My Career Plan, will advise ‘How to help your teen with the CAO Change of Mind & Career Decisions’ at 7pm.

This webinar will highlight and explain the important things that parents need to know to help their son/daughter use the CAO Change of Mind facility correctly ahead of the final deadline on July 1 at 5.15pm and to explore the many career options open to them after Leaving Cert.

“This is a very stressful time for Leaving Cert students and parents, and the main focus right now is on getting through the exams after a challenging two years,” Niamh said. “The final deadline for CAO is approaching and it is essential that students have finalised their course choices – knowing what to do is critical, that’s where I can help!

“In this one hour webinar I am going to walk through the steps of how the CAO Change of Mind facility works, what happens at the CAO Offer stage, what students need to do to make sure that they have the best chance to secure a college place in autumn 2021, and the common mistakes to avoid when using the CAO Change of Mind. I will also highlight the many other options that are available outside of CAO.”
 

This training is for parents of Leaving Cert students who:

Are confused and want to learn about how the CAO system works.

Are worried that their son/daughter will make a mistake with filling up the CAO Change of Mind facility.

Want to reduce the stress their son/daughter is feeling right now and support them in making this very important career decision.

Are worried that their son/daughter may not get the course they want.

Want to know about career options outside of CAO.

To join the webinar go to: 
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/5316227987750/WN_t7NhIRaFSc-GU6ycjdAyRA

For further details or clarification contact Niamh Dwyer on 087 9801105 or info@mycareerplan.ie.

Check updates on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @mycareerplan1, or go to www.mycareerplan.ie.

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Darren completes epic run for Crumlin

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By Grigoriy Geniyevskiy

A senior player and coach with Killarney Athletic has completed an epic challenge for Crumlin Children’s Hospital.

Darren O’Sullivan ran four miles every four hours for 48 hours over the long weekend to raise the funds.

He completed his final run from Port Road and made his way onto Countess Road and Rookery Road before finishing by Woodlawn Road. Darren started his run on Saturday at 4pm and completed his run on Monday at 4pm – and has raised a total of €953.

Darren said that he was raising money for the Children’s Health Foundation Crumlin as it is close to his heart because he has seen them help so many children and their families.

Darren had been training for three weeks to be able to complete the run.

“Getting up in the morning and starting the run was the hardest part,” he said.

“I would like to thank Killarney Athletic for supporting me. Thank you to those who donated and I was also thinking of doing something similar next year, I’d love to do it again.”

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