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No joy for Athletic and Cedar in FAI Junior Cup

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CEDAR can take heart from their first foray on the national stage but it’s more bad news for The Blues, writes Athletic’s Adam Moynihan

Our poor start to the season continued last Sunday as we fell to another disheartening defeat, this time losing 2-0 to Castleisland in the third round of the FAI Junior Cup.

Castleisland is a difficult place to get a result – their pitch is a disgrace - so when you play there your attitude has to be 100% right from the start. Ours wasn’t and we found ourselves 2-0 down inside ten minutes. It was a real uphill struggle from then on in.

We created plenty of decent chances, especially after the break, but we just couldn’t put the ball in the net. Our day, and probably our season so far, was summed up when Shane Lynch’s penalty was saved by Stephen Bartlett midway through the second period.

It’s very disappointing to be out of the FAI at such an early stage but I suppose the more worrying thing is our form generally. We have another tough league fixture against Tralee Dynamos away this weekend and, even at this early stage, we really can’t afford to be dropping any more points.

The fixtures aren’t getting any easier for us either. Next week we have Limerick kingpins Janesboro at home in the semi-final of the Munster Champions Trophy so we really need to get our act together.

Cedar Galaxy’s run in the FAI Junior Cup also came to an end last Sunday as they lost 4-2 to Carrig Celtic of the Desmond League. Carrig are a Premier Division outfit so they would have been strong favourites to overcome Cedar, who currently find themselves top of Kerry’s Division 1A (third tier).

John Foley and Joe Hurley scored for the hosts who will take heart from a couple of impressive performances in their first ever FAI Junior Cup adventure.

Meanwhile, Celtic’s third round clash with Moher Celtic, which was supposed to take place last Saturday, was postponed due to a bereavement on the Moher side. That game has been rescheduled for this Saturday night at 7pm.

Eoghan Donnellan’s team have made a blistering start to the campaign and will fancy their chances at home to Moher, who are third last in the Clare Premier Division at the moment.

In the Premier B, it’s top versus bottom as the winless Celtic Bs host high-flying Tralee Celtic tonight (Friday) at 7.30pm.

Both Athletic and Celtic’s under 17s are in FAI Cup action tomorrow (Saturday) at 2pm. Athletic are at home to Ennis Town while Celtic welcome Asdee Rovers to Celtic Park.

On Sunday, Mastergeeha will be looking to pick up their first points of the season when they play Dingle Bay Rovers in Kilbrean Park. Kick-off is at 2pm.

Down in Division 1A, Cedar Galaxy will hoping to continue their recent good form at home to QPR and in 1B, the Athletic Bs play Castlemaine United in Woodlawn. Both games are at 11.30am.
 


 
Above: The Killarney Athletic team who were defeated by Castleisland on Sunday.

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Future Kerry railway plans revealed

By Sean Moriarty Elected members of Kerry County Council have led calls for Iarnród Éireann’s timetable to fall into line with airline schedule at Kerry Airport. On Monday of this week Barry Kenny of Iarnród Éireann gave a presentation to elected members of the council. During the meeting he outlined some of the railway company’s plans […]

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Elected members of Kerry County Council have led calls for Iarnród Éireann’s timetable to fall into line with airline schedule at Kerry Airport.

On Monday of this week Barry Kenny of Iarnród Éireann gave a presentation to elected members of the council.

During the meeting he outlined some of the railway company’s plans and ambitions from now until 2027.

These include an increase in frequency on the Tralee to Mallow line.

It is hoped to have one train an hour operating on the line at peak times and two-hourly off-peak.

In a perfect world, the rail station at Farranfore would be placed across the road from the airport and not a 1km walk away but such a move is not likely to happen.

Cllr Norma Moriarty, of the Kenmare Municipal District explained how she was on trip to Yorkshire a few years ago.

“I flew from Kerry to Manchester and was able to get a connecting train to Yorkshire without ever leaving the airport building,” she said. “The people I was visiting were very surprised to hear me talk about this so much – it is normal to them.”

Under the Strategy 2027 plan Killarney rail station will get repainted and new signs will be put in place during 2022.

Additional parking spaces will be created at Farranfore Railway station and this lead to calls for a similar expansion at Rathmore.

“A lot of people from South Kerry use Rathmore railway station,” said local councillor Niall Kelleher. “They drive up from Kenmare and cut across by Glenflesk.”

Mr Kenny said he would take the Rathmore comments back to the Iarnród Éireann engineer in charge of parking strategy.

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Walking and cycling projects set for upgrade 

Commuters and nature enthusiasts will benefit from €4.13m in funding allocated to Kerry County Council for walking and cycling projects. €350,000 has been allocated for Transport/Mobility Plans for Killarney, Tralee and Listowel. Locally €704,835 is being given towards an interconnected network of cycleways on Rock Road, while there’s €70,000 funding for the Deerpark Road/Gealscoil Junction to include […]

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Commuters and nature enthusiasts will benefit from €4.13m in funding allocated to Kerry County Council for walking and cycling projects.

€350,000 has been allocated for Transport/Mobility Plans for Killarney, Tralee and Listowel.

Locally €704,835 is being given towards an interconnected network of cycleways on Rock Road, while there’s €70,000 funding for the Deerpark Road/Gealscoil Junction to include an interconnected network of cycleways. €300,000 is planned for an interconnected network of cycleways for the Gaelscoil Road/Chestnut Drive area, while The Flesk Walkway and Cycleway, Killarney is to get €123,866, as well as a further €186,527 for Rock Road.

Deputy Government Chief Whip, Brendan Griffin TD has said the funding from the National Transport Authority (NTA) will deliver high quality upgrades to walking and cycling infrastructure, with sustainable transport modes vital as the county emerges from the pandemic.

“I am pleased that Kerry County Council has been awarded funding which is part of an overall total of €289 million for approximately 1,200 Active Travel projects across the country,” Deputy Griffin said.

“Ensuring we have a good and efficient transport system in Kerry is essential for the future as we aim to make our communities and town centres more vibrant, in addition to making commuting to work and school safer and easier. Over the past two years we have spent more time enjoying our outdoor amenities and investing in active travel will also help us to meet our climate change obligations.”

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