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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.




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The Michael Commins Country Shows are Killarney bound

The legendary Michael Commins Concert Shows are heading for the Gleneagle INEC on Monday and Tuesday night, August 29 and 30. For over a decade these shows have captivated audiences […]




The legendary Michael Commins Concert Shows are heading for the Gleneagle INEC on Monday and Tuesday night, August 29 and 30.

For over a decade these shows have captivated audiences in Galway and Mayo and this marks the first time they have travelled outside the western province.

Well known promoter, Tom Kelly from Ballina, who was manager of Brendan Grace for 27 years, and who also promotes the concerts of Johnny McEvoy, Mike Denver, Isla Grant, Dan McCabe and others, noticed the market for these country shows in recent years.

“The response of audiences to the Michael Commins Shows in the Salthill and Clayton Hotels in Galway and also in Claremorris and Westport has been phenomenal and I realised right away that these shows would have huge appeal outside the province,” Tom Kelly said.

“Where better a place to start outside of Connacht than in the famous Gleneagle INEC, the heart of Irish tourism and a huge venue for Country Music down through the years. We are being inundated with requests for tickets for both shows with people travelling to Kerry from all 32 counties on the island of Ireland, with some making the journey from England and Scotland and America as well.”

Michael is a journalist, radio and TV presenter from Mayo who for four decades has been promoting traditional Country Music across the western province and around the country through his newspaper columns.

His songs have been recorded by numerous artists including his great and cherished friend, the late Big Tom, along with a host of Irish singers as well as Leona Williams (ex-wife of Merle Haggard) and John Rex Reeves, nephew of the legendary Jim Reeves.

His concert shows have been described by Waterford singer, Paddy O’Brien, as the “most unique, authentic, down-to-earth and homely” country shows on the island of Ireland. The Killarney nights look set to deliver in style on Paddy’s summation of these amazing shows.


The show on Monday August 29, features Brendan Shine, Gerry Guthrie, Art Supple, Tony Kerr, Louise Morrissey, Lisa Stanley, PJ Murrihy, Matt Keane, Olivia Douglas, Aisling Rafferty, Ross Molloy, Paudie McAuliffe, Gavin Gribben, Noreen Ashe, and the Ryan Turner Band.

The Tuesday night sees another brilliant line-up featuring John Glenn, Declan Nerney, Sandy Kelly, Paddy O’Brien, Eddie Lee, Annmarie O’Riordan, Thomas McBride, Pat McKenna, Muriel O’Connor and Fran Curry, Mick Mulhern, Elle Marie O’Dwyer, Aoife Leonard, Matthew O’Donnell, Kevin Prendergast, Richard Mulligan, the Ryan Turner Band and Billy Condon.

Tickets are selling fast and are now available from the Gleneagle INEC box office (064 6671555),, and from Patsy on 086 1551841.

And the Killarney Advertiser has two pairs of tickets for the Michael Commins Country Shows up for grabs.

To be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets just answer the following question in the comments section by heading over to our Facebook page:

Name one of the female artists on the Michael Commins Concert Shows?

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Beaufort GAA launch car raffle fundraiser

By Sean Moriarty Beaufort GAA is raffling a brand new Ford Focus to raise funds for a new winter training pitch. The club took delivery of the new car this […]




By Sean Moriarty

Beaufort GAA is raffling a brand new Ford Focus to raise funds for a new winter training pitch.

The club took delivery of the new car this week and the first tickets for the raffle were sold at Puck Fair.

Tickets are available from any member of Beaufort GAA at a cost of €25 each or three for €60.

The growing club needs new winter training facilities for its men’s, ladies and juvenile teams.

“We found that our current pitch was getting badly cut up in the winter and autumn and felt this new all-weather was the way to go,” club chairman, Neil Doherty, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“We started selling this week at Puck and so far the response has been very good.”

Ticket will remain on sale until next year with a draw date set for around Easter time.

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