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Legion and Dr Crokes face potential relegation play off

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By Sean Moriarty

An unprecedented run of events on local Gaelic Football pitches is set to divide the entire town.

Gearoid Nagle and Paudie O'Callaghan from the Fáilte Hotel.

The town’s two biggest senior football clubs could face each other in a relegation playoff that could condemn one of them to intermediate club football next season.

The playoff match, which cannot be played until after the County Championship ends later this month or in early November, will spark intense rivalry across the entire town.

Both teams finished bottom of their respective Club Championship groups. The relegation playoff will be played once both teams are eliminated from the separate County Championship.

“Crokes getting relegated would be one of the biggest shocks in living memory, they have seven County Championship titles between 2010 and 2018, plus an All-Ireland [club title] in 2017,” said the Killarney Advertiser's Sports Editor Adam Moynihan. “Legion have been senior since 2006 so their relegation would also be unexpected. The match also raises the prospect of Crokes or Legion joining East Kerry for the 2022 championship. Some people already think East Kerry are too strong.”

However, there is a chance that the match won't be played at all. If either team reaches the final of the County Championship, the other will be relegated automatically. County Championship finalists are exempt from relegation but this exerts even greater pressure on both sides to reach the County Championship final.

Street banter has already started

Fans of each club have already taken aim at their cross-town rivals as our roving reporter Grigoriy Geniyevskiy found out on this travels this week.

Paudie O'Callaghan from the Fáilte Hotel, a Dr Crokes supporter said: "I'm slightly worried because a derby is always a tough game. I'm also slightly confident. It will be a huge setback if we get relegated. It will be a good match to look forward to for both teams."

Meanwhile Gearoid Nagle who works in the Fáilte is a Legion supporter.

"I am extremely confident and not in the least bit worried," Gearoid told the Killarney Advertiser.

"It'll be a blow if Crokes knock us down, but that goes for both ways. Niall 'Botty' will be looking to get a green and white jersey."

Meanwhile in the Sportsmans Bar on High St, most of the locals hoped Dr Crokes would be the winning team.

"Crokes will win," said Max McCarthy.

"Legion still have a chance. It'll be a tough game," said Paudie Dwyer.

"Crokes to beat Legion by 10 points," added Declan O'Riordan.

However, John Cronin, the owner of Sportsmans remained coy. "Good luck to both sides," he said.

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Kerry base confirmed for Rás Mumhan

By Sean Moriarty Preliminary details of the Rás Mumhan have been announced by Cycling Munster. The four-day international cycle race will, once again, be based at the Riverisland Hotel in […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Preliminary details of the Rás Mumhan have been announced by Cycling Munster.

The four-day international cycle race will, once again, be based at the Riverisland Hotel in Castleisland and will run from Good Friday until Easter Monday.

The final route has not yet been revealed but it is expected to follow a similar path to the 2022 edition.

Last year, due to organisational difficulties, the Rás Mumhan committee asked local clubs to take charge of each day of the race.

Killarney Cycling Club hosted the Easter Saturday leg of the race, including managing the stage start in the town centre, the Category One mountain climb at Bealach Oisin Pass and the stage finish in Sneem.

“We are looking forward to seeing everyone at Easter and we wish all the riders the best of luck in their preparations for the event. Further details to follow as they are confirmed,” said Race Secretary Sinéad Moriarty.

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Showcasing Killarney to an influential audience

Kerry’s hospitality professionals turned out in style for the Skal President’s Dinner on Saturday night. It’s the social highlight of the year for professional tourism and travel organisations and it […]

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Kerry’s hospitality professionals turned out in style for the Skal President’s Dinner on Saturday night.

It’s the social highlight of the year for professional tourism and travel organisations and it was also a perfect opportunity to show the best of Killarney. Held in the Plaza Hotel, it was hosted by Kerry Skal President Michelle Rosney who used the occasion to highlight the best of Killarney’s performing arts talent, cuisine and locally produced drinks. There were special performances on the night by singers and dancers from St Brigid’s Presentation Secondary School and the West End House School of Arts who brought The Liberator, Daniel O’Connell, back to life for one night only to deliver a passionate dramatisation of a famous speech. Skal is the largest international hospitality networking organisation in the world with 13,000 members in 308 clubs in almost 90 countries. Fáilte Ireland Chairman Paul Carty said in his speech that the contribution Killarney has made to the Irish tourism industry should not be underestimated. He added that the tourism industry supports over 3,500 jobs in Killarney and over 7,000 in the rest of Kerry. He said the hard work put in by tourism professionals in Killarney over the years is paying off and when Fáilte Ireland surveyed hundreds of domestic and international tourists, at the height of the season last August, they couldn’t speak highly enough of their experience with 97 percent saying they were very satisfied. “The national figure is 90 percent so Killarney is actually seven percent higher than the national average and that’s truly exceptional,” he said. Over 55 percent of visitors to Killarney also spend time in other parts of Kerry and towns, like Dingle, Kenmare and Tralee, and really benefit from the spin-off.

INDUSTRY CHALLENGES

The Fáilte Ireland chairman said his organisation is acutely aware what Killarney has faced in recent years and the challenges it currently faces and every support possible will be provided to help.

Mr Carty said Fáilte Ireland last year launched a destination experience and development plan for Killarney and that will see the town reach its full potential through sustainability and the development of year-round tourist attractions.

He said costs were also a big concern with energy bills, in particular, going through the roof and putting businesses under serious pressure.

Staffing was another serious problem for the industry as so much talent was lost during the pandemic.

“An awful lot of great people left our industry and they’re not coming back, so there is a great shortage,” he said, adding that Fáilte Ireland was working hard to overcome the difficulties being experienced.

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