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MD O’Shea’s, Fáilte Legends and Speakeasy drawn in Group of Death

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It wouldn’t be summertime in Killarney without the annual 7-a-side soccer tournament and this year’s senior competition kicks off on Monday evening in Woodlawn.

This is the 42nd edition of Killarney Athletic’s popular event and with some exciting new changes and a host of very strong-looking teams, it promises to be one of the best yet. Organisers have been working tirelessly over the past few weeks and months to make sure the pitch is in the best possible condition and club officials and players have put their heads together to come up with a few new ideas to freshen things up.

For the first time ever there will be rolling subs in the senior competition and it’s hoped that this will lead to more exciting, high-tempo games. In the knockout stages, drawn games will go straight to American style penalties. If you haven’t seen this type of penalty shootout before, check it out on YouTube. Penalty takers start 30 yards from goal and have seven seconds to score past the goalkeeper, who can come off his line once the whistle is blown. They are highly entertaining and will surely prove to be a great addition to the 7-a-side.

There will also be prizes awarded to the Senior Player of the Tournament, Reserve Player of the Tournament and the Top Scorer. (The latter will be tracked on these pages throughout the competition.) As always, the winners of the senior will be granted free entry next year.

Who’s playing?

The draw has thrown up a couple of dingers, most notably Group 2 which has been dubbed the Group of Death by pundits and players alike. It includes my own team, the Speakeasy Bar, reigning champions the Fáilte Legends, MD O’Shea’s, Four Star Pizza and Inter My Van.

The Speak team will be made up by the likes of myself, serial tapper-inner Shane Lynch, Legion forward Conor Keane, Crokes back Buddy O’Leary and veteran netminder Pony ‘Gigi’ O’Riordan. We had a good side and a nice kit last year but half of us went on the beer when Athletic won the league and missed the first two games. This year we’ve been let down big time by Ryan O’Carroll who jumped ship at the last minute. Good riddance. Judas.

The Fáilte Legends are sure to be strong again with Celtic stars Gary Keane and Cathal O’Shea likely to feature. I suppose we’d all be strong if we started signing fellas from Tralee (dig!). MD O’Shea’s have three of Celtic’s back four (Smiley, Chris Brady and Brendan Falvey) but they’ll also have to carry Kevin Breen so you wouldn’t know how they might fare.

I’m led to believe that Four Star Pizza will have a number of Spa footballers, the likes of Shane Cronin et al, so they’ll be decent. At the time of going to print I still wasn’t able to figure out who Inter My Van are but, judging by their name, they’re a bunch of young fellas/deviants.

Two of the traditionally stronger teams, the Tatler Toffees and Charlie’s Angels, are in Group 1 along with the Fáilte Bar, Big Hitters FC and Cavemen Clothing. The Tatler, who lost last year’s final, are very Crokesy as usual and they’ll be good again this year. They’ll have Cian Tobin as well when he comes back from the Middle East, another guy who should be playing with the Speak. There’s no loyalty in the modern game.

In Group 3, Dennehy’s Bar (Glenflesk) and O’Riordan Sand & Gravel (Rathmore) will be favourites to advance. The latter have George O’Keeffe, Mark Reen and Shane Ryan in their ranks and they’ll be tough to beat in the group stage.

Group 4 looks to be fairly open, although the Lake Hotel, led by talented striker Vladimir Sirotiak, could be dangerous.

We’ll have to wait and see. Win, lose or draw, I’m sure everyone will enjoy themselves over the coming weeks.

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The secret is in the book!

By Michelle Crean  The secret to finding your true happiness is all in a new book which will guide readers to unlock their potential. Brazilian native Michelle Hadad, who moved to Ireland 14 years ago has written ‘The Secret Box: Concave and Convex’, a 432 page book which addresses the issues of suicide and develops into […]

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By Michelle Crean
 

The secret to finding your true happiness is all in a new book which will guide readers to unlock their potential.

Brazilian native Michelle Hadad, who moved to Ireland 14 years ago has written ‘The Secret Box: Concave and Convex’, a 432 page book which addresses the issues of suicide and develops into two different narratives.

It is also a follow up to her previous work ‘The Secret Box…Finding the Key’, a 192 page paperback launched by Michael Healy-Rae TD and reviewed by now retired judge James O’Connor, in October 2017.

Michelle, who studied adult psychology and is a NLP practitioner who encourages clients to transform limiting self-beliefs, explains that this version continues the story of Maria from the first book.

In the first book, the reader compares and contrasts their own life experiences with those of Maria and ask themselves the very question posed at the end of the book in the final chapter or ‘Padlock 13’ – “who are you?”

“Readers are outside the box, they see their own stories – that’s when we judge others,” Michelle told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It is fiction and the story is in two versions, the positive is bigger than the negative. There is always hope regardless of pain.”

She added that people need to forget about what others think, and focus on their own values and traditions.

“It’s a self help book, it doesn’t matter what people think of us, life’s too short. I’m motivating people in a positive way because of my NLP and psychology qualification.”

However, she emphasised that readers don’t have to have read the first book to understand the second one.

“Maria is the leading figure and there’s a few characters from book one but you don’t have to read that to get book two.”

She added that she’s thankful to everyone who helped her along the way.

“I have been blessed to have met so many people to help with my books.”

Both books are available from O’Connor’s Centra, The Reeks and Horans Health Store on Beech Road.

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Green light for teen accommodation

By Michelle Crean  Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead. An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment. The teens living within the premises […]

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Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead.

An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment.

The teens living within the premises will be supervised by applicant Eileen O’Brien who will live on the ground floor of the premises.

The two one-bed apartments on the second floor would either be rented out or used for independent living for the teenagers as they reach adulthood.

The two-bed apartment will be on the third floor. There are also plans for balconies at second and third floor levels.

The proposed apartment building is contemporary in design with a mix of stone and render finish on the lower floors and synthetic burned timber finish on the upper floors. The second floor is recessed at the front and the third floor is recessed at the front and the rear with a decorative feature on the front elevation comprising dark grey timber steel poles. The building will also have a flat roof.

Planning permission was granted subject to 14 conditions including a two-metre high boundary wall to be constructed on south, south-western boundaries of the site and there’s to be no overnight commercial guest accommodation.

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Fans return to Fitzgerald Stadium after eight months

By Sean Moriarty Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game. Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the […]

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Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game.

Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the first game at the stadium since the 2020 Kerry Petroleum Intermediate Club Football Championship Quarter-Final when Glenbeigh-Glencar played Beaufort on October 4 last year.

Due to current restrictions only 200 fans were allowed attend Saturday’s big match. That will remain in place for Kerry’s opening Munster Championship tie with Clare on June 26.

“It had been more than eight months since Fitzgerald Stadium welcomed back fans to the venue,” stadium PRO Tatyana McGough told the Killarney Advertiser. “Everything went exceptionally well.”

She is hopeful that more restrictions will be eased on July 5, paving the way for an increase in capacity to 500 fans in time for the July 25 Munster Final.

“It is likely that from July 5 up to 500 spectators may be permitted to attend games. We hope this number will increase for the Munster Final. If it is a Cork versus Kerry Munster Final the game will be fixed for Sunday July 25 at 4pm in the Fitzgerald Stadium. The stadium’s staff are very confident in being able to host any number of fans that may be allowed.”

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