In the wake of his side’s heartbreaking defeat to Corofin in the All-Ireland Club Final, experienced Dr Crokes forward Brian Looney has spoken of his admiration for the Galway champions and the style of football that they play.
Last Sunday’s decider in Croke Park had been billed as a dream final between two heavyweights of club football but Corofin completely dominated their Kerry counterparts en route to a 2-16 to 0-10 win.
Speaking exclusively to the Killarney Advertiser this week, Looney told of his frustration and disappointment that he and his teammates hadn’t played to their potential, but above all else he was full of praise for Corofin.
“It’s very difficult when you’re chasing a team who are playing really well and at the peak of their performance,” he said. “You can’t but be impressed with the type of football they play and the way they go about it.
“I knew myself that they were a good side but they proved that the last day. They played really, really well. They just didn’t allow us to get involved at all. I was saying it to someone there over the past couple of days: Croke Park is a lonely place when you feel like you’re chasing shadows.”
Crokes won’t have much time to lick their wounds. They’re back in action this and next weekend in the County League and then it’s the Club Championship in April. For Looney, that’s a good thing.
“Look, (the club schedule) is difficult. But it’ll be good to get back into it fairly soon rather than dwelling on what happened last Sunday. I think there has been a lot of talk about the All-Ireland Club Finals and when they’re on… In an ideal world they might be brought forward to give teams an opportunity to have a break after.
“I think the county set-up as it was last year, with the Club Championship being run off all in one month and the County League being played every couple of weeks, was a good format and it certainly helped. I suppose we had the dilemma of the fixtures because we were successful.
“But it won’t be a bad thing to be playing a bit of ball as soon as possible and get rid of the cobwebs from the performance last weekend.”
Looney is one of the veterans in this Dr Crokes squad – he played in his first County Final as an 18-year-old back in 2005 – and he’s one of a number of players with a lot of mileage on the clock. Do they ever find it hard to stay motivated, particularly after a defeat like this?
“I don’t think so,” Looney says. “At times you might feel like it’s hard but when you get a chance to reflect, you start to realise that we have a great group around us. Fellas are good to rally each other when we need to and there’s plenty at stake with the Club Championship and the league coming up, and then County Championship later in the year.
“I’m sure it’ll take a bit of time to get over the way the Corofin defeat happened, but we’ll regroup. Your career doesn’t go on forever. We just want to make the most of the successful spell that we’re having at the moment.”
One player who will not be lining out for the Crokes this weekend is Eoin Brosnan. The 38-year-old former Kerry senior, who was a second half substitute against Corofin on Sunday, has announced his retirement from club football with immediate effect. Looney wished his teammate well.
“To have Brossy around the dressing room and to play with him and learn from him… He has been a huge influence on all of us, myself included.
“I’m delighted for the man. He’s had a fantastic career and he owes nothing to the club or to the county after everything he’s given over the past number of years.”
For full reaction to the All-Ireland Club Final as well all the latest sporting news, pick up a copy of today’s Killarney Advertiser.
Pic: Eamonn Keogh.
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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.”
Investigation continues into New St fire
Killarney Gardai are continuing their investigation into the cause of a fire on New Street last week. The fire broke out at the Eviston House Hotel in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday (June 7). It started in a room just off the kitchen on the first floor and spread along the venting […]
Killarney Gardai are continuing their investigation into the cause of a fire on New Street last week.
The fire broke out at the Eviston House Hotel in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday (June 7).
It started in a room just off the kitchen on the first floor and spread along the venting and ducting on the first, second and third floors. There was heavy smoke throughout the hotel but all guests were evacuated safely.
The landmark hotel, which also houses the famous Danny Mann pub, has not yet reopened, and local Gardai are still investigating its cause.
“The investigation is ongoing,” a Killarney Gardai Station spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser. “We are establishing the full facts in relation to the fire.”
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