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Legion impress, Spa and Crokes win big

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Legion got their Club Championship campaign off to a flying start as they defeated Kenmare Shamrocks in the Fitzgerald Stadium on Sunday. Jamie O’Sullivan was the undoubted star of the show as he put on an exhibition of kicking, especially in the first half when he registered an impressive 1-9. The majority were from placed balls but they certainly weren’t handy frees; he even managed one with his weaker left foot.

The Killarney side took full advantage of the wind in the first half and led by seven, 1-13 to 2-3, at the break. Kenmare started the second half strongly, however, and by the midway point in the period they had cut the deficit to a single point. Jack O’Neill netted a crucial goal in the 46th minute to re-establish Legion’s dominance and a couple of more frees from O’Sullivan helped them over the line.

It was a massive result for Legion who were without the services of the injured James O’Donoghue and Shaun Keane. They showed savage intensity in defending from the front and forced a lot of mistakes from their opponents, and their back six is looking very strong as well. James O’Sullivan’s side will now surely fancy their chances of advancing to the next phase of the competition.

Their next opponents, Rathmore, were missing a number of key players in their Group 2 opener against Dingle and Kerry star Paul Geaney really put them to the sword as he racked up 3-5 in an eight-point win. With the bottom placed teams from each group facing a relegation playoff, Sunday’s clash between Legion and Rathmore in Derreen is almost a must-win for Paul Murphy and co. Kenmare host Dingle in the other fixture on Sunday.

In Group 2, Dr Crokes had a very comfortable win over An Ghaeltacht in Tralee. Playing with a strong breeze, Pat O’Shea’s side raced into a 1-4 to no score lead and led by 11 points, 1-10 to 0-3, by half time. They registered seven points in the second and that was more than enough as An Ghaeltacht only managed three more scores with the wind at their backs.

Division 2 outfit Austin Stacks won their derby with Kerins O’Rahilly’s by 1-15 to 0-13 on Saturday. David Mannix top scored for Stacks with 1-5 (two frees), Ferdia O’Brien added three points and centre back Jack O’Shea chipped win with a brace. Stacks will be hoping to make it two from two when they host An Ghaeltacht this weekend, as will Crokes as they travel to Strand Road to play Rahilly’s.

In the Intermediate, Spa continued their good run of form with a solid victory over Gneeveguilla, Glenflesk defeated Castleisland Desmonds and Kilcummin had a narrow one-point win over Glenbeigh-Glencar. Fossa also got their championship off to a winning start as they overcame Keel in Killorglin.

All in all, it was an excellent weekend of club football for Killarney and the surrounding parishes. Let’s hope for more of the same this time around.

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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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