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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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Free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer

Cancer support charity, Recovery Haven Kerry, will host a free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer this coming Thursday (September 30). The online event has been organised to mark Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September and will be facilitated by Recovery Haven Kerry deputy manager and art therapist, Katie O’Donoghue from Killarney. The workshop, which […]

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Cancer support charity, Recovery Haven Kerry, will host a free creative workshop for children impacted by cancer this coming Thursday (September 30).

The online event has been organised to mark Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September and will be facilitated by Recovery Haven Kerry deputy manager and art therapist, Katie O’Donoghue from Killarney.

The workshop, which takes place via Zoom at 6.30pm, is aimed at children who have been impacted by cancer in any way and will also see Katie read from her debut children’s book, ‘‘The Little Squirrel Who Worried’.

Workshop facilitator, Katie, has worked for many years as a child and young people’s therapist with the NHS, before returning to her native Killarney this year. Her background is in fine art and design and she has a Masters degree in Art Psychotherapy.

If you would like to register your child for this free online workshop, please contact Recovery Haven Kerry on 066 7192122 to book your place.

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Not to be for Killarney as Waterford named Best Place to Live in Ireland

While Killarney made it through to the last five, in the end it was Waterford City which claimed the overall title of Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021. While the city was the unanimous choice of the judging panel it had to beat off stiff competition from Killarney and three other shortlisted locations: Clonakilty, […]

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While Killarney made it through to the last five, in the end it was Waterford City which claimed the overall title of Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021.

While the city was the unanimous choice of the judging panel it had to beat off stiff competition from Killarney and three other shortlisted locations: Clonakilty, Co Cork, Galway city and the village of Glaslough in Co Monaghan.

Among the things which impressed the judges about Waterford were its beautiful buildings, its liveability, its pedestrian friendly public space, its weather, and its easy access to the Comeragh Mountains and the Copper Coast.

The Chair of the judging panel Conor Goodman congratulated Killarney on its fine showing in the competition.

“Given the level of entries and the extremely high standard of those entries, making it into the Best 5 Places to Live in Ireland really is a wonderful achievement which I’m sure everyone in Killarney and Kerry is really proud of. We were delighted with the level of interest in the competition and would like to thank everyone who nominated a place or who engaged with us on it.”

The Irish Times Best Place to Live in Ireland contest, which is supported by Randox Health, began in June.

In total 470 locations were nominated by more than 2,400 people from all 32 counties for the title of ‘Best Place to Live in Ireland 2021’.

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