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Looney and McMahon shine as Celts beat Geeha

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Killarney Celtic 3-0 Mastergeeha
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Killarney Celtic extended their lead at the top of the Kerry U17 League with a solid win over Mastergeeha on Monday night, thanks in no small part to a midfield masterclass from dynamic duo Evan Looney and Cian McMahon.

Looney and McMahon lined out at centre mid for the Hoops and together with tricky No. 10 Cian McCarthy they dominated proceedings, featuring prominently in all three of their side’s well-taken goals.

The hosts took the lead in the 15th minute when Looney whipped in a delightful, left-footed cross from deep and winger Dylan O’Callaghan was on hand to direct an accurate header back across the goal and into the corner of the net.

Geeha, who are currently seventh in the league, were up against a strong Celtic team but to their great credit they dug in and made it to half-time just one goal in arrears.

The killer second goal arrived early in the second, however, and it was Looney again who did the damage, this time ghosting into the penalty area to apply a neat finish from 12 yards out. The visitors’ heads understandably dropped thereafter and with Pádraic Looney and Jack Cooper in control at the back, Celtic never really looked like conceding.

Looney and McMahon continued to pull the strings and the latter deservedly got his name on the scoresheet late on when he beat his man before rifling an unstoppable shot beyond the reach of the Geeha keeper from all of 22 yards.

Geeha fought manfully throughout but they just couldn’t fashion a clear-cut opportunity, despite threatening on the counter-attack on numerous occasions in the second half. The effort certainly wasn’t lacking, especially not from Daniel Herlihy, Cian Murphy and Phil O’Leary who battled hard to stem the tide.

All in all, coach Conor McCarthy will be pleased with Celtic’s showing in what was their penultimate game of the regular season. Their place in the league semi-finals is guaranteed and they now appear likely to finish first in Section B of the U17 League. They are currently five points clear of Ballyhar Dynamos in second and 12 points clear of Tralee Dynamos in third, although the latter have a couple of games in hand. Ballyhar can secure a top two finish by defeating Dynamos at home on Saturday.

First and second in Section B will play first and second in Section A in the league semi-finals at the end of the season. On the other side of the draw, Rattoo Rovers and Park are favourites to advance.

Man of the Match: Evan Looney/Cian McMahon. Both were excellent.

Celtic: A Carey, L O’Donoghue, P Looney, J Cooper, D Falvey, C McMahon, E Looney, D O’Callaghan, C McCarthy, G Osieba, A May Keane. Sub: P O’Sullivan.

Mastergeeha: C Fleming, D Brosnan, S Warren, D Herlihy, C Murphy, N McCarthy, P O’Leary, S Kennedy, C Moynihan, D O’Riordan, D Tangney. Sub: A O’Connor.

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Training day for junior rowers

By Michelle Crean Junior members of Muckross Rowing Club were delighted to take part in a training day recently to fine tune their skills for upcoming events. Beginner to Junior 18 members competed in 19 races. The 500m sprints were held in octuples, quads and doubles. “Taking part in this sprint regatta will help Junior […]

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By Michelle Crean

Junior members of Muckross Rowing Club were delighted to take part in a training day recently to fine tune their skills for upcoming events.

Beginner to Junior 18 members competed in 19 races. The 500m sprints were held in octuples, quads and doubles.

“Taking part in this sprint regatta will help Junior Members prepare for upcoming regattas which are hoped to take place this summer,” Shóna O’Sullivan said.

“Those racing were cheered on by their fellow team mates at the Garden Quays. The races were exciting to watch, especially the races that ended in a photo finish.”

The competitors refuelled with a barbecue cooked by Bernie and Seamus O’Sullivan, she added.

“Thanks to Bernie, Seamus, all coaches and committee members that helped this training session run successfully in accordance with COVID-19 guidelines.”

On the same day Seán Daly Chairperson of Muckross Rowing Club presented Jane and Lila Ryan with Honorary Associated Membership for their generous contribution of €500 to the club.

“Our rowing club are extremely grateful for their generosity.”

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Hike up Strickeen Mountain for air ambulance

  Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance. The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab. It […]

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Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance.

The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab.

It is expected that the 7.5km hike will take around three hours to complete and participants will benefit from the expertise of Krzysztof for a minimum donation €10 per person or €20 per family.

Strickeen Mountain is the eastern most peak of the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks and the hike will start from the Gap of Dunloe at 11am on the day.

As an added bonus fruit and water, donated by local supermarkets including Lidl, Aldi and Daly’s SuperValu, will be provided. The first 20 to register will receive a limited edition Irish Community Air Ambulance face covering snood.

“This is an ideal opportunity for someone who has never climbed this mountain, but wants to do it with the help of an experienced guide,” Donie Lucey, who is one of the Irish Community Air Ambulance’s chief fundraisers, said.

Further details are available from Donie on 086 854 5873 or from Krzysztof on 087 7589697 after 6pm.

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Golf club launches Summer Series competition

By Sean Moriarty Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality. The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer. Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality.

The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer.

Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at the famed Killeen course this coming Wednesday (June 23). This series will continue every Wednesday for eight weeks and top five scorers on each date will qualify for a Grand Final which is scheduled for Sunday, August 22.

“We are delighted to launch the ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series. This is a singles stableford event taking place on the Irish Open course, Killeen,” said the club’s marketing manager Meg Dalton. “With over €8,000 worth of prizes to be won, this is an event not to be missed. The first opportunity to qualify for the grand final is Wednesday.”

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