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YOUR HOST: RTÉ legend Marty Morrissey will commentate on Legion's County Championship which will be broadcast on RTÉ. Photo: RTÉ

 

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Crokes on TG4 – Legion on RTÉ

By Sean Moriarty

 

Football fans who are now prevented from attending their club’s 2020 Garvey’s Senior Football Championship opening round matches have been given some consolation as three out of four matches involving Killarney teams will be shown live on various platforms.

The 2020 Garvey’s Senior Football Championship gets underway this evening ( Friday) when Dr Crokes take on Austin Stacks in Austin Stack Park in Tralee, and that match will be broadcast on TG4 from 7.30pm.

On Saturday, Kilcummin face Mid-Kerry at Fitzgerald Stadium at 3pm and this match will be shown live on the Kerry GAA website in pay-per-view for €5 per game format that follows recent matches.

Killarney Legion’s match against Tralee side Kerins O'Rahillys will be broadcast live on RTÉ at 3.45pm from Fitzgerald Stadium. The national broadcaster has taken an increased interest in County Championship matches and this is the third time in recent years that a Legion match has been covered by RTÉ.

Broadcasting legend Marty Morrissey will provide the commentary.

Legion Chairman Fergal Moynihan said that while he welcomed the TV coverage he would still prefer to have the club’s supporters at the venue.

“It is a great honour for the club,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “It is a good thing for the wrong reasons.”

In a strange move, defending champions East Kerry’s tie with Feale Rangers in Listowel on Sunday evening will not be shown live on any platform.

All matches will have to produce a winner on the day and extra time will be played. In a straight knock-out, the winners of this weekend games go forward to the County quarter finals with no second chance ‘back door’ system in place this year due to the late start to the season.

All match programmes will be available to download from the Kerry GAA website and Radio Kerry will also provide regular updates of all games.

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County Board open to GAA museum proposals

By Sean Moriarty The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county. There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county.

There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built in their home town.

Before he retired from politics in April, Michael Gleeson was campaigning to build a GAA and cultural museum on the grounds of Fitzgerald Stadium.

His campaign goes back several years before the recession set in, with a €0.5 million bridging loan secured from Croke Park along with funding from Fáilte Ireland. That funding was lost with the onset of the recession before 2010.

Tim Murphy, the outgoing chairman of the Kerry County Board, has confirmed to the Killarney Advertiser that no approaches have been made to the County Board at executive level during his five year stint at the helm.

However, he said the Board would be open to such approaches provided there is sound financial planning behind the project in place.

“The first and most important aspect is the capital funding and my understanding is there needs to be Fáilte Ireland funding in place first,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “If it gets up and running, there needs to be very clear talks with all stakeholders so everyone knows each others expectations. A museum attracts footfall, but it costs a lot of money to run. We would offer an open door policy to all proposals but funding, first from a capital point of view and then from an operational point of view, will need to be in place.”

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Loreto pupils are happy to help save the planet

By Michelle Crean School pupils are fast becoming the next generation of environmentalists thanks to a brand new litter-picking campaign. Happy to help save the planet one bit of litter at a time are the children from Scoil Bhríde, Loreto NS, who are currently partaking in the Picker Pal Programme. It’s all about taking on […]

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By Michelle Crean

School pupils are fast becoming the next generation of environmentalists thanks to a brand new litter-picking campaign.

Happy to help save the planet one bit of litter at a time are the children from Scoil Bhríde, Loreto NS, who are currently partaking in the Picker Pal Programme.

It’s all about taking on a litter-picking adventure in their local area as well as learning songs, reading storybooks, filling in activity books while witnessing that their real-world actions are making a positive difference and inspiring others to join the movement.

Picker Pals is a unique primary school programme that gives children the tools and motivation to become the next generation of environmentalists, teacher Claire O’Meara explained.

“The Picker Pal Programme is a fantastic initiative and will go a long way to raise awareness of the impact litter has on our environment,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.

Real litter-picking is motivated by a Picker Pack made from upcycled dinghy sails and containing adult and child litter-picking tools, gloves, hi-vis vests and safety information.

“This pack is then taken home by a different pupil every week. That child takes their adult on a litter-picking adventure. The children then tell the story of their litter-picking adventures through art and writing. Raising awareness is an essential part of the solution to littering. Picker Pals gives young people the tools and positive motivation to steward their local environment and make the world a better place.”

The programme, run by environmental NGO VOICE Ireland, is funded by the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications and various local authorities across Ireland.

Now in its third year of operation, over one thousand schools all across Ireland will be taking part in the Picker Pals programme this year. In Kerry, 29 schools are taking part, and Scoil Bhríde, Loreto is delighted to be included, she added.

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