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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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NPWS survey to find out impact of fires

By Michelle Crean The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has commissioned a comprehensive survey on the impact of fires over the past four decades – in particular Killarney National Park in April. The tender, worth €300,000, and named ‘Study on the Impact of Fires On The Biodiversity of Killarney National Park’, seeks to find […]

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By Michelle Crean

The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has commissioned a comprehensive survey on the impact of fires over the past four decades – in particular Killarney National Park in April.

The tender, worth €300,000, and named ‘Study on the Impact of Fires On The Biodiversity of Killarney National Park’, seeks to find out the biological impacts of the fires in the 26,000 acre park.

The fires in April burned from Friday night on April 23 until around 12pm the following Monday when they were finally brought under control.

Parts of the Park were scorched resulting in flora and fauna being wiped out. Some fires came as close as 10 metres to a church and school in the Black Valley area.

Fires raged near Tomies Wood and fire crews from five different districts quenched fires near the properties under threat. A real threat was for The Oak Woods but fire fighters managed to avert danger.

The fire is believed to have begun on the Kenmare Road area escalated by the strong winds.

“The purpose of this tender is to commission a comprehensive survey of the impacts, and the chrono-sequence of fire recovery or otherwise, on lands burned over the past four decades, as well as surveys in unburned areas, in order to assess the biological impacts of the fires, in particular the fire of April 2021, on the biodiversity of Killarney National Park,” an NPWS spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser.

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Killarney spin will bring comfort to patients

By Michelle Crean Ahead of this year’s ladies only 54321 Challenge a number of spinathons are taking place, including in Killarney town. Sunday, August 15 a group of 10 ladies plan a spinathon day in Killarney ahead of their four day epic adventure from Thursday, August 19 to Sunday 22. This year due to COVID […]

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By Michelle Crean

Ahead of this year’s ladies only 54321 Challenge a number of spinathons are taking place, including in Killarney town.

Sunday, August 15 a group of 10 ladies plan a spinathon day in Killarney ahead of their four day epic adventure from Thursday, August 19 to Sunday 22.

This year due to COVID restrictions the 54321 team will run with two teams of five people, all female – who are raising funds for one single charity – Comfort for Chemo Kerry.

Their four day challenge will include a cycle the Ring of Kerry on day one (Thursday 19), a climb up Carrantuohil on day two (Friday 20), a cycle from Killarney to the foot of Cnoc Na Tobair and then climb Cnoc Na Tobair on day three (Saturday 21) finishing off with a cycle of the Skellig Ring on day four (Sunday 22).

In advance of the ninth annual challenge they will first participate in the spinathons at various locations to help raise much needed funds for this year’s chosen charity.

The first of the spinathons will take place on Saturday, July 31 in Listowel, Killorglin, Dingle, Cahersiveen. On the day volunteers will take to the spinning bikes from 10am to 5pm in different locations around these towns.
This will be followed by Killarney on Sunday, August 15, and Tralee on Saturday, August 28.

When choosing this year’s charity, organisers contacted a past participant and a dear friend, Mairead Dunphy from Glencar who is currently on her own journey with cancer.

“We wanted to show our support to Mairead and knowing that she would like to support those who have supported her on her journey so far, she had already being looking at ideas to raise much needed funds for Comfort for Chemo Kerry,” TJ O’Connor said.

“Please support Comfort for Chemo Kerry by giving what you can.”

For more information about the spinathons go to www.54321challenge.org or the Comfort for Chemo Kerry Facebook page for online donation information.

There’s also a GoFundMe page: ‘Comfort for Chemo Kerry – 54321 Challenge 2021’ which has a €20,000 target set up.

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