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Legion and Crokes clear the first hurdle

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Championship season got off to a winning start for the Killarney clubs last weekend as the Legion and the Crokes both overcame stern tests to advance unscathed to the winners’ round.

I’m only back in the Legion squad myself but I know Rathmore had a bit of a run going against us so it was nice to beat them out in Rathbeg. The first half was even enough and a cracking goal by James O’Donoghue was all that separated the sides at the break. The hosts started the second half at an unmerciful pace, however, and when Shane Ryan netted four minutes after the restart, they led by two.

The game swung back in our favour shortly after when Pádraig Lucey was in the right place at the right time to gather a rebound and tap home from close range. Our backs managed to get a handle on Rathmore’s skilful forwards thereafter and Jamie O’Sullivan kept the scoreboard ticking over at the other end with a string of frees.

We led by five, 2-13 to 1-11, with just three minutes to go and appeared to be in control of the situation but there was still time for another dramatic twist. John Moynihan did well to evade two defenders on the end line before teeing up Eoin Lawlor and the diminutive forward applied the finish to make it a two-point game with the clock winding down.

Shane Ryan kicked another point to cut the deficit to one but luckily the boys managed to weather the storm and James O’Donoghue had the final say when he fisted a score from a narrow angle. I thought it was a good team performance by the lads and in the end we were good value for our 2-14 to 2-12 win.

Dr Crokes also booked their place in Round 2A with a surprisingly narrow victory over St Kieran’s in Lewis Road. I predicted a comfortable 11-point victory for the Crokes last week but I was a bit off; Kieran’s actually led by a point with just five minutes to play and it took a grandstand finish to spare the home team’s blushes. Four straight points by Daithí Casey, Paul Clarke, Jordan Kiely and Johnny Buckley sealed the victory for the reigning champions, who are currently having to make do without key players like Gavin White and Tony Brosnan.

Elsewhere, Mid Kerry hammered An Ghaeltacht, South Kerry beat Kenmare and St Brendan’s got the better of West Kerry in Austin Stack Park. The latter result means that East Kerry will face Brendan’s in the first round this coming Saturday. East Kerry will be favourites to advance but with some exciting young talent on show on both sides, it should make for interesting viewing. Throw-in at Fitzgerald Stadium is at 5.30pm.

Remaining Round 1 fixtures:

All games on Saturday at 5.30pm

Austin Stacks             v          Kenmare District       (Connolly Park)

Dingle                         v          Shannon Rangers      (Páirc an Ághasaigh)

East Kerry                  v          St Brendan’s              (Fitzgerald Stadium)

Feale Rangers           v          Kerins O’Rahilly’s      (Listowel)

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The Michael Commins Country Shows are Killarney bound

The legendary Michael Commins Concert Shows are heading for the Gleneagle INEC on Monday and Tuesday night, August 29 and 30. For over a decade these shows have captivated audiences […]

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The legendary Michael Commins Concert Shows are heading for the Gleneagle INEC on Monday and Tuesday night, August 29 and 30.

For over a decade these shows have captivated audiences in Galway and Mayo and this marks the first time they have travelled outside the western province.

Well known promoter, Tom Kelly from Ballina, who was manager of Brendan Grace for 27 years, and who also promotes the concerts of Johnny McEvoy, Mike Denver, Isla Grant, Dan McCabe and others, noticed the market for these country shows in recent years.

“The response of audiences to the Michael Commins Shows in the Salthill and Clayton Hotels in Galway and also in Claremorris and Westport has been phenomenal and I realised right away that these shows would have huge appeal outside the province,” Tom Kelly said.

“Where better a place to start outside of Connacht than in the famous Gleneagle INEC, the heart of Irish tourism and a huge venue for Country Music down through the years. We are being inundated with requests for tickets for both shows with people travelling to Kerry from all 32 counties on the island of Ireland, with some making the journey from England and Scotland and America as well.”

Michael is a journalist, radio and TV presenter from Mayo who for four decades has been promoting traditional Country Music across the western province and around the country through his newspaper columns.

His songs have been recorded by numerous artists including his great and cherished friend, the late Big Tom, along with a host of Irish singers as well as Leona Williams (ex-wife of Merle Haggard) and John Rex Reeves, nephew of the legendary Jim Reeves.

His concert shows have been described by Waterford singer, Paddy O’Brien, as the “most unique, authentic, down-to-earth and homely” country shows on the island of Ireland. The Killarney nights look set to deliver in style on Paddy’s summation of these amazing shows.

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The show on Monday August 29, features Brendan Shine, Gerry Guthrie, Art Supple, Tony Kerr, Louise Morrissey, Lisa Stanley, PJ Murrihy, Matt Keane, Olivia Douglas, Aisling Rafferty, Ross Molloy, Paudie McAuliffe, Gavin Gribben, Noreen Ashe, and the Ryan Turner Band.

The Tuesday night sees another brilliant line-up featuring John Glenn, Declan Nerney, Sandy Kelly, Paddy O’Brien, Eddie Lee, Annmarie O’Riordan, Thomas McBride, Pat McKenna, Muriel O’Connor and Fran Curry, Mick Mulhern, Elle Marie O’Dwyer, Aoife Leonard, Matthew O’Donnell, Kevin Prendergast, Richard Mulligan, the Ryan Turner Band and Billy Condon.

Tickets are selling fast and are now available from the Gleneagle INEC box office (064 6671555), ticketmaster.ie, and from Patsy on 086 1551841.

And the Killarney Advertiser has two pairs of tickets for the Michael Commins Country Shows up for grabs.

To be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets just answer the following question in the comments section by heading over to our Facebook page:

Name one of the female artists on the Michael Commins Concert Shows?

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Beaufort GAA launch car raffle fundraiser

By Sean Moriarty Beaufort GAA is raffling a brand new Ford Focus to raise funds for a new winter training pitch. The club took delivery of the new car this […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Beaufort GAA is raffling a brand new Ford Focus to raise funds for a new winter training pitch.

The club took delivery of the new car this week and the first tickets for the raffle were sold at Puck Fair.

Tickets are available from any member of Beaufort GAA at a cost of €25 each or three for €60.

The growing club needs new winter training facilities for its men’s, ladies and juvenile teams.

“We found that our current pitch was getting badly cut up in the winter and autumn and felt this new all-weather was the way to go,” club chairman, Neil Doherty, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“We started selling this week at Puck and so far the response has been very good.”

Ticket will remain on sale until next year with a draw date set for around Easter time.

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