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Major changes for this year’s 7-a-side 




Killarney Athletic have announced a number of exciting new changes for next month’s Senior 7-a-side, including rolling subs, great prizes for the top performers and American style run-up penalties. There are also plans to have a nightly crossbar challenge, which will see spectators brought from the crowd to compete for prizes. The length of the final, meanwhile, has been reduced from 30 minutes a half to 20.

Tournament organisers met with players and the club executive this week to hash out the new additions, all of which are aimed at improving the overall experience for players and spectators alike.

Unlimited substitutions have been a successful feature of the Over 35 competition for a number of years and it is hoped that its introduction at Senior level will lead to more exciting, higher-paced games. It will also give all players a more even share of the minutes.

Replacing the traditional penalty shootouts with American style run-up penalties is sure to be a popular move. The variation was first introduced by the North American Soccer League in the 1970s and 1980s and the MLS repeated the practice during its first four seasons between 1996 and 1999. Last year, FIFA revealed that they were considering bringing run-up penalties back for the 2026 World Cup.

The penalty taker starts 35 yards from goal and has five seconds to score. He can dribble wherever he wants and shoot from wherever he wants. The goalkeeper can also come off his line as far as he likes. Teams will still have five penalties each. If you haven’t seen one of these shootouts, be sure to check out the Killarney Advertiser Twitter page (@AdvertiserSport). They are very entertaining and well worth a watch.

There will be no extra time: drawn knockout games will go straight to penalties.

Organisers have also decided to bring back the Golden Boot Award for the top goalscorer in the Premier and the Reserve, while the Senior and Reserve Player of the Tournament Awards will be presented, as always, to the top footballers in each competition. This year, the winners of individual gongs will receive a voucher for their troubles. The Senior champions will earn free entry to next year’s 7-a-side.

The games will commence on Monday, June 25 at the club’s grounds in Woodlawn.  Application forms are available from the Beech Road and Park Road branches of Killarney Credit Union and online at The entry fee is €200 for the senior men’s tournament, €150 for over 35s and ladies and €100 for U-14s and U-16s. Entry for U-10 and U-12 teams is €75.

The closing date for senior entries (to be returned to the Credit Union) is Saturday, June 9 before 12 noon. The draw will take place on Wednesday, June 13 in Scotts Bar at 9pm. The closing date for entry to the underage tournaments will be announced shortly.

With all of these exciting new changes, this year’s 7-a-side is shaping up to be one of the greats. Be sure to get your team together and your entry forms in as soon as possible.






Donie McCarthy to be remembered by Firies GAA with golf classic

On the approach of the second anniversary of his passing, Firies GAA have taken the opportunity to both acknowledge and pay tribute to the late Donie McCarthy by organising a […]




On the approach of the second anniversary of his passing, Firies GAA have taken the opportunity to both acknowledge and pay tribute to the late Donie McCarthy by organising a golf classic in his name. Donie was a key figure; player, coach, mentor and officer in the club for many years.

Michael Quirke, former team mate and part of the events’ committee, outlined the significance of remembering and acknowledging the legacy that Donie left to his beloved club. “Donie exemplified the concept of a club stalwart, his love of both the game and the development of the club was boundless. His energy towards the development of young players is truly visible today in Firies. Donie got great satisfaction from seeing young players improve, and as they got older and achieve success with Firies. During his successful playing days, he helped lead Firies to secure the O’Sullivan Cup title in 1979 and went onto manage and coach many Firies teams down through the years. Since his untimely passing in November 2022, the club has aspired to acknowledge his legacy.”

Final preparations are being put in place for the classic which takes place on Saturday, July 13, in Maine Valley Members Golf Club, Killorglin. The classic, which includes GUI handicap applied with a maximum adjusted handicap of 24 for men and 36 for ladies, promises to be a great day celebrating Donie, with top team, nearest the pin, and longest drive prizes.

Family, friends and former club mates of Donie gathered to officially launch the golf classic in Pairc Eamonn, along with Kerry Senior Footballer; Dara Moynihan to lend his support the event. The Firies GAA Club were eager to recognise L. & M. Construction, of New York City for their generous contribution towards The Donie McCarthy Memorial Golf Classic. The American company, has strong club connections and supports many of the club events. “Without this support, we would be unable to organise such events. The Club would also like to acknowledge the members who attended the launch today from young to old to recognise Donies’ contribution”. A club spokesperson said this week.

If you or your club are interested in submitting a team of four at €200 per team, you can contact Brendan Quirke 087-9172854, Dermot O’Connor 087-6958610, Michael Quirke 087-6683699 or Maine Valley Members Golf Club 066-9761979. Likewise, sponsored tee boxes are available for €50.

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Muckross Lottery goes online

Muckross Community Association has announced the launch of its new online facility for playing the Muckross Lottery. The Muckross Lottery community fundraiser has operated since 1995, raising thousands of euro […]




Muckross Community Association has announced the launch of its new online facility for playing the Muckross Lottery.

The Muckross Lottery community fundraiser has operated since 1995, raising thousands of euro for the benefit of local community groups and bodies including Loughquittane National School, Muckross ICA and Muckross Rowing Club among others.

Over the years, countless prize winners have also benefited in the share of jackpot and Match 3 prize wins.

The first Muckross Lottery draw was held in the summer of 1995, a year which also saw the opening of the Muckross Community Centre.
At the time, the lottery draw was a first of its kind in Killarney and was to set a fine example for the many other sports club and community lotteries that were later established in the town.

The community fundraiser has continued to be a vital support, initially securing the completion of the Muckross Community Centre and over time generating funds for the development of school, community and sporting facilities in the Muckross area.

Since 1995, the lottery has been sustained by the unwavering commitment of local sellers and a dedicated committee within the community association.

A number of the lottery’s founding members continue to sell weekly tickets to this day in support of local causes.

In a move with the times and ahead of the 30th anniversary of the Muckross Lottery, the association is now building for the future and launching its new online lottery facility.

Ahead of the online launch this month, the Association has collaborated with Irish company ClubForce, a leading provider of online lottery systems, to develop the secure online system.

It is hoped the new online facility will generate new lottery sales, extend the lottery’s reach to those living abroad and sustain the community fundraiser long into the future.

Existing lottery supporters who avail of the online option can also enjoy the benefits of new features including a weekly results email, ticket auto renewal and access to ticket purchase history. The Association are also keen to highlight that existing hard copy tickets will continue to be available and sold as normal.

The Community Association is seeking the support of all residents of the Muckross area and all those with a connection to the community, to spread the word and get behind the new online lottery.

Online tickets can now be purchased ahead of the weekly draws on June 22, June 29 and throughout July.

The jackpot for June 22 stands at €5,050 with a rollover each week if the jackpot is not won. Online lottery tickets can be purchased each week (3 tickets for €5). A single €2 ticket can also be purchased for multiple draws. The lottery’s annual ‘green’ ticket is also available online for €100 and continues to include two free draws.

Link to Muckross Lottery online.

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