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Leaders Celtic march on towards league final

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Killarney Celtic          7-1      Listowel Celtic

Peter McCarthy (2)

Danny Roche (2)

Wayne Sparling (2)

Michael Devlin

Killarney Celtic are one step closer to confirming their place in this year’s league final following another comfortable victory over Listowel in Celtic Park. Peter McCarthy, Danny Roche and Wayne Sparling put the visitors to the sword with two goals apiece as youngster Michael Devlin chipped in with one in a lopsided match.

Celtic are now nine points clear of Dingle in third with four games to play, so three points on Sunday against Mastergeeha will all but guarantee them a top-two finish. Realistically, they’re almost guaranteed to finish first at this stage so it’s more a case of seeing who’ll be joining them in the final.

We’ve had a few weeks off now again with Athletic so by the end of this week the top three will all have the same amount of games played. Dingle have their game in hand on Sunday against Castleisland and we’ll be keeping a close eye on that one. This is arguably Dingle’s toughest remaining fixture and if they were to drop points it would really play into our hands, but we’re working off the presumption that they’re going to win all their games and, therefore, so do we.

Looking at the run-in, Dingle have Tralee Dynamos at home and Fenit home and away, whereas we have Celtic away and Fenit and Dynamos at home. That Celtic game will be massive. Depending on when it takes place and how other results go, we might have to beat Celtic to get into a league final with Celtic. The way they’re going at the moment, it will be a big ask but we’ll just have to see how things pan out.

We have no fixture again this weekend so by the time we play again, we’ll have had four weeks off. This is the second time we’ve had a full month off in 2018. There’s a lot of football on at the moment, though, so maybe it suits us.

In other news, there will be two more Tralee clubs in the Premier A next season (although Dynamos could pass them on the way down). Tralee Celtic had already confirmed their pace in the league final and Mitchels Avenue also confirmed their promotion with a 3-2 victory over Classic last week. The top two contest the league final to see who wins the league but both go up regardless.

It’s great that teams like Athletic and Celtic are competing for the title but it’s nice to have a bit of rivalry with the Tralee clubs at the same time. Park’s demotion has taken away from the league a bit, and Dynamos are going through a rough patch, so Tralee Celtic and Mitchels Avenue joining the top flight can only be a good thing.

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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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