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No tickets (yet) for baffled Kerry and Mayo fans

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It’s the most eagerly anticipated football match of the summer but frustrated Kerry and Mayo supporters will have to wait a little longer to get their hands on a coveted ticket for Sunday's Super 8s opener in Killarney.

Tickets were due to go on sale online and at various SuperValu outlets this morning but fans were left baffled when they were informed that no tickets were available.

An official Kerry GAA tweet sent out at 9.40am said that tickets could now be purchased on the GAA section of tickets.ie. However, when they clicked the link, fans were greeted with a message saying that, ‘There are no tickets available at this time. Please check later.’

Kerry GAA’s tweet was quickly deleted.

Fans who refreshed the Kerry v Mayo event page at 10am – the same time the other Super 8s games were scheduled to go on sale – reported that the page didn’t load for 20 minutes. When it did, the same message appeared.

By this stage, supporters from other counties were also complaining on Twitter that no pages on the gaa.tickets.ie website were loading.

Eventually, at 10.30am, Kerry and Mayo fans browsing on mobile were informed that, ‘This event was not found in the database’ while those using the desktop site got the following message: ‘The event you are trying to reach does not exist on our system because it either expired or it was never published.’

Tickets for the other Super 8s games then became available but Kerry v Mayo was completely removed from the website.

For their part, tickets.ie responded to several angry complaints on Twitter by saying that they were “awaiting word from the GAA as to when these [Kerry v Mayo tickets] will go on sale”.

At 12.15pm, Kerry GAA sent out the following tweet:

“We know people are frustrated regarding the ticket situation. Tickets are issued by Croke Park not Kerry GAA. We have been told that it will be the afternoon at the earliest before they become available. As soon as we get more information, we will make it available.”

Meanwhile, a large number of Kerry fans who had been queuing at SuperValu stores since 10am were also told that no tickets were available. They were advised to go home and keep an eye on Facebook for updates.

Follow @AdamMoynihan on Twitter for the latest updates.

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Rathmore students look to the future

Students in Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra, Rathmore looked to the future as they explored third level opportunities. The teens took part in a number of activities to mark College Awareness […]

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Students in Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra, Rathmore looked to the future as they explored third level opportunities.

The teens took part in a number of activities to mark College Awareness Week which was held in schools and other education settings nationwide last week.

The focus throughout the week in their school was to highlight the wide range of options open to them when they leave school and to realise that there are pathways to suit all types of learners.

Students from First to Sixth Year took part in activities to get them thinking about their future plans.

First and Second year students completed a module on ‘My Pathways’ and Third Years had an introductory talk on options after school.

Transition Year students worked on a display on all the options and pathways available after school which will remain up permanently.

Senior Cycle students attended the Careers Fair in Munster Technological University (MTU) where they got a chance to meet universities, colleges of Further Education, agricultural colleges, apprenticeship and more education and training providers from around the country including past sudent Aidan O’Mahony at the stand with An Garda Síochána.

Leaving Cert and LCA students had a really informative talk in school on Further Education and apprenticeships from Ella O’Donoghue, Admissions Officer of Kerry College.

The week finished with a talk for Senior Cycle students on Business and Law options in UCC by Ian Wallace.

“A highlight of the week was the involvement of past students, who sent us video clips on their career stories so far and shared tips with students,” Niamh Dwyer, Guidance Counsellor at the school, said.

“It was fabulous to see how well our former students have done and it was really important for our current students to see the diversity of pathways they have taken including apprenticeships, Further Education courses, university, travel, setting up businesses and returning to education as mature students. We are really grateful to the past students who reconnected with us for this week, their input was inspiring and invaluable.”

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Students have education and fun London trip

Leaving Certificate students from St Brigid’s returned home Saturday night after a hectic four-day tour to London. The 87 girls took a tour of London on their first day in the city […]

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Leaving Certificate students from St Brigid’s returned home Saturday night after a hectic four-day tour to London.

The 87 girls took a tour of London on their first day in the city after landing. They visited some of the famous locations on the journey, such as Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, and Trafalgar Square. They enjoyed a night at the Lyceum Theatre in the West End watching ‘The Lion King’.

The girls went to The Natural History Museum on day two, which has one of the world’s greatest collections of historical artefacts. They took their time looking around the massive cathedral-like structure’s sculptures and frescoes. Four coloured zones that focus on topics including the environment, evolution, the planet, and wildlife make up the museum’s divisions. They then took pleasure in a trip to the fascinating Science Museum. It was the ideal location for someone with an inquisitive mind, full of amazing things to do and explore.

The Victoria and Albert Museum was the next stop on the itinerary. The V&A’s collection of art spans 5,000 years, from prehistoric periods to the modern era. The Mouse Trap, an Agatha Christie play, was the entertainment for this evening at the St Martin’s Lane Theatre. The play’s 70th anniversary was this week.

On day three, the girls boarded a capsule for a 30-minute spin of the London Eye and marvelled at the breath-taking sights of London. After that, they went to the Royal Observatory Greenwich’s Planetarium and Astronomy Centre, where they experienced an amazing adventure through space. They went to the Prime Meridian in Greenwich, planting one foot on the eastern and the other on the western hemisphere of our planet.

The girls ended their evening at what was a highlight for many at Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park.

On the final day before flying home, the girls went to Oxford Street to do a spot of shopping.

“A great trip was had by all where many memories were made,” said Sheree Murphy, one of the teachers who travelled with them on the trip.

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