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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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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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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 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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Garda appeal to park legally at beaches and public amenities

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An Garda Siochana is appealing to the public to park legally in designated car parks and spaces when visiting beaches, beauty spots and other public amenities. 

The good weather has seen an increase in dangerous illegal parking at these locations across the country in recent weeks. An Garda Siochana wants people to enjoy the summer but do so safely.

Parking illegally can lead to unnecessary risk and dangers such as pedestrians being forced to walk along dangerous roads. It can also prevent emergency services from gaining access to these amenities a seaside locations which could lead to the loss of life. 

“We encourage the public to plan their journeys and think safety first when parking your vehicle,” the Gardai said in a statement. 

“The outcome of parking illegally could be far more serious than a FCPN or vehicle towing and puts others and your own life at risk. 

An Garda Siochana reminds and encourages the public to social distance and follow public health guidelines when attending these locations this Summer.

An Garda Siochana is also supporting National Water Safety Awareness Week (June 14th – 20th). Information on this campaign and general water safety can be found on Water Safety Irelands Website – www.watersafety.ie/national-water-safety-awareness-week/

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IFTA nomination for Jessie Buckley

By Michelle Crean  Killarney’s Jessie Buckley is up for an award as the 2021 Irish Film and Television Awards (IFTA) nominations were announced this week. Jessie has been nominated as Best Actress in a Lead Role Film category for her work in Charlie Kaufman’s surreal ‘I’m Thinking of Ending Things’. Winners will be announced at […]

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By Michelle Crean
 

Killarney’s Jessie Buckley is up for an award as the 2021 Irish Film and Television Awards (IFTA) nominations were announced this week.

Jessie has been nominated as Best Actress in a Lead Role Film category for her work in Charlie Kaufman’s surreal ‘I’m Thinking of Ending Things’. Winners will be announced at a virtual IFTA awards ceremony which will be broadcast on Virgin Media One on Sunday, July 4.

Other well-known Irish actors up for awards include Brendan Gleeson for ‘The Comey Rule’, Paul Mescal for ‘Normal People’, Dervla Kirwan ‘Smother’ and Gabriel Byrne for ‘Death of a Ladies Man’.

Over the past few months during lockdown, the Irish Academy Members have been busy viewing, deliberating, and shortlisting the very best work from across great Irish films, performances, and achievements.

Nominations have been shortlisted by Irish Academy members alongside a specialist jury panel of industry experts from around the world.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will be no physical IFTA Awards Ceremony until March 2022, in keeping with COVID guidelines and best international practice.

Further details about the show and the international guest participants will be announced shortly.

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