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O’Leary the hero as Kilcummin bounce back in style 

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It was an excellent team performance by Kilcummin but one young star stood out more than most, writes Adam Moynihan

All-action wing-back Seán O’Leary was the undisputed hero in Tralee last Sunday as he threw off the shackles to score 2-2 in Kilcummin’s six-point victory over Glenflesk in the County Intermediate final. The win means Kilcummin, who suffered the ignominy of relegation as recently as six months ago, will be a senior club once again in 2019. Glenflesk, meanwhile, are still searching for the first intermediate title in the club’s 67-year history.

Mastergeeha native O’Leary gave his side the best possible start when he goaled in the 2nd minute and it proved to be the catalyst for a glorious opening spell for Kilcummin as they built up an imposing early lead. When Kerry star Kevin McCarthy fired home the second goal of the game in the 12th minute, the men in green and red led 2-3 to a solitary point.

Mike O’Shea pulled one back for Glenflesk but Kilcummin were finding openings at will and when Pádraig Nagle tucked away another goal midway through the first half, some neutrals in Austin Stack Park started talking about throwing shapes.

Glenflesk needed some magic from their main man and the ever-reliable Darragh Roche came good yet again with a crucial goal in the 21st minute. Glenflesk ended the period in the ascendency and managed to cut the deficit to three (3-5 to 1-8) by half time. In fact, within five minutes of the restart they were ahead as a Brian O’Donoghue point was quickly followed by another Darragh Roche goal.

Kilcummin responded well, however, and by the 50-minute mark they were three points to the good once again. Glenflesk were up against it by this stage but they were handed a lifeline when referee Pádraig O’Sullivan awarded them a penalty. Darragh Roche, who was on a hat-trick, accepted the responsibility but unfortunately he dragged his effort wide and the entire parish of Kilcummin breathed a huge sigh of relief.

In the end, the man who kick-started proceedings finished the game off as a contest. The outstanding Seán O’Leary burst forward with five minutes to go and rattled the back of the net for the second time, bringing his tally to 2-2 and clinching the Intermediate County Championship in the process. It was an imperious display by O’Leary, who has now won a Hogan Cup, a minor All-Ireland and an Intermediate title in the space of 13 months.

Brendan Kealy made some crucial point blank saves and Kevin McCarthy and Shane McSweeney had a huge impact but O’Leary, who is still a teenager, was deservedly presented with the sponsor’s the Man of the Match award at full time.

It was an exceptional all-round display by Kilcummin and they can now look forward to representing Kerry in the Munster Championship in November. The Kerry champions have claimed 11 of the last 12 Munster titles and five of those teams have gone on to win the All-Ireland. Any talk of Kilcummin in Croke Park might seem premature but following their heroics of last weekend, they can at least start to dream.

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Ireland’s oldest citizen has Killarney connections

Ireland’s oldest woman met with President Michael D. Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin this week. Máirín Hughes, who turned 109 on May 22 has strong Killarney connections. The previous record […]

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Ireland’s oldest woman met with President Michael D. Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin this week.

Máirín Hughes, who turned 109 on May 22 has strong Killarney connections.

The previous record was held by 107-year-old Nancy Stewart who died on September 10 2021.

Although born in Belfast, Máirín went to school in the Mercy Convent. Her father was a customs and excise officer and the family moved around a lot eventually coming to Killarney after spells in County Down and Dublin.

Her mother came from the Rathmore area and her father was from Newmarket in County Cork.

She attended the Mercy Convent and has, in previous interviews, recalled growing up on the shores of Lough Lein.

“Neighbours who had three children were given the job of taking me to school,” she said. “They were annoyed because the children were going to school for two or three years but I was put in to the same class as them – my mother had taught me.”

In 2021 she featured in the book ‘Independence Memories: A People’s Portrait of the Early Days of the Irish Nation’, sharing stories of being kept in school in Killarney during an attack on the RIC barracks down the road.

In 1924 she started a degree in science and a diploma in education at University College Cork, before working in the pathology lab in University College Cork’s Department of Medicine for 16 years.

last year she recalled her story on the podcast: ‘Living History – Irish Life and Lore’.

During the broadcast she talked about her parents’ membership of the Gaelic League in 1910; the Spanish Flu in Ireland in 1918; The Black and Tans in Killarney in 1921; the early days of the new Free State; Eucharistic Congress in Dublin in 1932, visiting the Basket Islands in 1929; and working in the UCC medical laboratory from 1932 until 1948.

This week President Michael D. Higgins hosted an afternoon tea event to celebrate the important role that a variety of people have and can play in different communities and Máirín was among the guests of honour.

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Philip is running over 100kms for Cancer charity

Local runner and charity fundraiser Philip Kissane is set for the biggest challenge of his career as he lines up for the Cork City Marathon on Sunday. Phillip has already […]

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Local runner and charity fundraiser Philip Kissane is set for the biggest challenge of his career as he lines up for the Cork City Marathon on Sunday.

Phillip has already completed four half marathons at various locations around Killarney – all in aid of Kerry Cancer Support Group – or the Cancer Bus as it popularly called.

This is the second time that Phillip has run four half marathon and an official race for the charity.

Back in 2021 he finished with 5km Run Killarney event but his finishing race this time around is over eight times the distance at 42kms.

“We are delighted with Philip’s continued fundraising support but also with his awareness raising for the charity,” Breda Dyland, Service Manager Kerry Cancer Support Trust.

“We are getting busier all the time and still get no statutory funding so are dependent on fundraisers like Philip’s to keep us on the road. We have just put our new wheelchair accessible bus on the Cork route so Philip’s funding will be going towards the operation of this vehicle.”

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