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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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Future Kerry railway plans revealed

By Sean Moriarty Elected members of Kerry County Council have led calls for Iarnród Éireann’s timetable to fall into line with airline schedule at Kerry Airport. On Monday of this week Barry Kenny of Iarnród Éireann gave a presentation to elected members of the council. During the meeting he outlined some of the railway company’s plans […]

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Elected members of Kerry County Council have led calls for Iarnród Éireann’s timetable to fall into line with airline schedule at Kerry Airport.

On Monday of this week Barry Kenny of Iarnród Éireann gave a presentation to elected members of the council.

During the meeting he outlined some of the railway company’s plans and ambitions from now until 2027.

These include an increase in frequency on the Tralee to Mallow line.

It is hoped to have one train an hour operating on the line at peak times and two-hourly off-peak.

In a perfect world, the rail station at Farranfore would be placed across the road from the airport and not a 1km walk away but such a move is not likely to happen.

Cllr Norma Moriarty, of the Kenmare Municipal District explained how she was on trip to Yorkshire a few years ago.

“I flew from Kerry to Manchester and was able to get a connecting train to Yorkshire without ever leaving the airport building,” she said. “The people I was visiting were very surprised to hear me talk about this so much – it is normal to them.”

Under the Strategy 2027 plan Killarney rail station will get repainted and new signs will be put in place during 2022.

Additional parking spaces will be created at Farranfore Railway station and this lead to calls for a similar expansion at Rathmore.

“A lot of people from South Kerry use Rathmore railway station,” said local councillor Niall Kelleher. “They drive up from Kenmare and cut across by Glenflesk.”

Mr Kenny said he would take the Rathmore comments back to the Iarnród Éireann engineer in charge of parking strategy.

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Walking and cycling projects set for upgrade 

Commuters and nature enthusiasts will benefit from €4.13m in funding allocated to Kerry County Council for walking and cycling projects. €350,000 has been allocated for Transport/Mobility Plans for Killarney, Tralee and Listowel. Locally €704,835 is being given towards an interconnected network of cycleways on Rock Road, while there’s €70,000 funding for the Deerpark Road/Gealscoil Junction to include […]

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Commuters and nature enthusiasts will benefit from €4.13m in funding allocated to Kerry County Council for walking and cycling projects.

€350,000 has been allocated for Transport/Mobility Plans for Killarney, Tralee and Listowel.

Locally €704,835 is being given towards an interconnected network of cycleways on Rock Road, while there’s €70,000 funding for the Deerpark Road/Gealscoil Junction to include an interconnected network of cycleways. €300,000 is planned for an interconnected network of cycleways for the Gaelscoil Road/Chestnut Drive area, while The Flesk Walkway and Cycleway, Killarney is to get €123,866, as well as a further €186,527 for Rock Road.

Deputy Government Chief Whip, Brendan Griffin TD has said the funding from the National Transport Authority (NTA) will deliver high quality upgrades to walking and cycling infrastructure, with sustainable transport modes vital as the county emerges from the pandemic.

“I am pleased that Kerry County Council has been awarded funding which is part of an overall total of €289 million for approximately 1,200 Active Travel projects across the country,” Deputy Griffin said.

“Ensuring we have a good and efficient transport system in Kerry is essential for the future as we aim to make our communities and town centres more vibrant, in addition to making commuting to work and school safer and easier. Over the past two years we have spent more time enjoying our outdoor amenities and investing in active travel will also help us to meet our climate change obligations.”

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