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Legion face old enemy Dr Crokes in tantalising O’Donoghue Cup final

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East Kerry Championship Final

Killarney Legion v Dr Crokes

Sunday at 2pm

Fitzgerald Stadium

Fierce town rivals Killarney Legion and Dr Crokes meet on Sunday with the Dr O’Donoghue Cup and, perhaps more importantly, local bragging rights on the line.

Legion were the victors the last time these sides met in the East Kerry final when Stephen Stack led the club from Derreen to glory in 2019. Crokes have bounced back in style, however, exerting their dominance in 2020 and 2022 to clinch back-to-back titles via final wins over Spa. (The tournament was not played in 2021 due to the pandemic.)

Peter Keane is now at the helm for the Legion and how he would love to sign off on the 2023 season on a positive note. It doesn’t get more positive than beating your near neighbours in a final.

Crokes will be plenty motivated too, though. Brian McMahon’s charges have already secured one significant piece of silverware in the form of the County League Division 1 crown. Adding the O’Donoghue Cup to that would constitute a decent season as they continue to blood new players with the ultimate aim of challenging once again for the Kerry Club and County Championships.

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The Lewis Road club are coming into this final in imperious form having most recently overcome the challenge of Spa in last weekend’s semi-final. They made light work of that particular task as goals by Tony Brosnan, Kieran O’Leary and Micheál Burns propelled them to massive 3-14 to 1-6 win.

After a low-scoring first half, they were much the better team in the second period as they extended their lead from three to fourteen with relative ease.

One slight concern for the defending champions is the fact that Gavin White was subbed off early in the second period. The Kerry star has just returned following a hamstring injury so Crokes fans will be hoping that his withdrawal last weekend was more of a precaution than anything else.

As for Legion, they have also impressed en route to the final with professional performances against Listry, Fossa and Kilcummin under their belts. A brutal winter wind made life difficult for both Legion and Kilcummin in the semi-final but the town club managed it slightly better, picking off their scores with the wind in the final quarter to emerge victorious on a scoreline of 0-8 to 0-6.

They were solid at the back on the day with Man of the Match Peter O’Sullivan catching the eye. With the likes of Danny Sheahan, Darragh Doherty and Jonathan Lyne also providing defensive cover, this appears to be an area of strength for Keane’s side.

They will certainly need to be at their best on Sunday if they are to repel the attacking threat of Brosnan, Burns and co.

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Muckross Rowing Club members on Irish teams for two major regattas

  Six members of Muckross Rowing Club will compete for Ireland in two upcoming international events. Rowing Ireland this week announced the Irish squads for the Coupe de la Jeunesse […]

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Six members of Muckross Rowing Club will compete for Ireland in two upcoming international events.

Rowing Ireland this week announced the Irish squads for the Coupe de la Jeunesse Regatta.

Daniel Fleming and Ian Coffey have both been selected for the Under 19 Irish squad to race at the Coupe de la Jeunesse Regatta for European junior rowers. The Coupe de la Jeunesse Regatta, involving 16 European countries, will be held over from over three days, August 9-11 in Racice, Czechia.

Four Under 23 university rowers from the Muckross club have also been selected as part of the Senior Irish squad for the Home International Regatta this month.

Niamh Coffey (University of Limerick), Patrick Buckley (University of Limerick), Finn O’Sullivan (University of Limerick) and Ethan O’Neill (University College Cork Rowing Club) will take on the ‘Triple Crown’ event of rowing, competing for Ireland against crews from England, Scotland and Wales.

The Home International Regatta will be held on Saturday, July 27 in Strathclyde, Scotland.

All six Muckross rowers have earned their green jerseys following a lengthy and testing trial series on land and water which began in Autumn 2023 and culminated in final water trials at the end of June.

“Muckross Rowing Club sends its best wishes to the very talented Muckross oarsmen and women and all their crewmates as they fly the flag for Ireland this summer. The talented group build on a successful record in the sport,” said club PRO Tim O’Shea.

Niamh Coffey is a multiple Irish and University Championship winner and has previously represented Ireland in the Under 23 European Championships.

In 2022, O’Neill rowed at Junior level at the Home International event and won a gold medal as part of the Irish quadruple scull crew in the 500m sprint event.

Both Buckley and O’Sullivan continue to compete at the highest level nationally with the University of Limerick Rowing Club,  and join the Irish squad for the first time this year.

The international selections come at an exciting time before the Olympic Regatta in Paris, where Zoe Hyde (Tralee Rowing Club) will be among the largest Irish rowing contingent of 16 rowers to contest an Olympic Games.

Killorglin native Zoe has previously rowed for both Killorglin and Muckross rowing clubs and will race the Women’s Double event for Ireland with Alison Bergin (Fermoy Rowing Club) in Paris.

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Valuable role of Kerry cancer support charity recognised nationally

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Cancer support charity Recovery Haven Kerry has been recognised for its vital role in supporting cancer patients and their families at a national ceremony in Dublin.

The renowned cancer support house was one of 16 such centres across Ireland that were presented with plaques to acknowledge their full membership of the National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP) Alliance – a group made up of voluntary and charity organisations delivering support services directly to cancer patients and their families. An additional 10 associate member charities were also honoured, including Kerry Cancer Support Group.

The Alliance advocates for, and supports, the development of integrated pathways between the cancer centres, acute hospitals, community cancer support services and primary care services. All members’ development is in line with the values of Sláintecare, seeking to provide assurance to healthcare professionals that these organisations are working to an agreed standard as set out in Best Practice Guidance published by the NCCP. 

Speaking after the ceremony, which was held at Dublin’s Farmleigh Estate, Recovery Haven Kerry Chairman, Tim McSwiney, explained that being compliant with the Best Practice Guidance for Community Cancer Support Centres is a true mark of quality. 

“It offers us a yardstick to measure what we are doing against the standards required. As a result, healthcare professionals have more confidence in referring people to our services. We are very proud to be a member of the Alliance,” he said.

Recovery Haven Kerry was represented at the event by centre manager, Gemma Fort and Client Services Co-Ordinator, Siobhan MacSweeney and were presented with their plaque by NCCP Lead for Cancer Survivorship, Louise Mullen, Clinical Lead for Psycho-Oncology Dr Helen Greally, and Minister of State at the Department of Health, Colm Burke. 

The event was also used as an opportunity to announce funding of €3m for the NCCP’s Alliance of Community Cancer Support Centres and Services through Budget 2024. The NCCP is currently in the process of distributing these funds which will directly and positively impact the delivery of services for patients and families nationally.

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