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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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Retiring Garda Sergeant began career in Killarney

Antoinette Cunningham who retired last week from An Garda Síochána and the Association of Garda Sergeant’s and Inspector’s as their General Secretary started her career 33 years ago in Killarney. […]

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Antoinette Cunningham who retired last week from An Garda Síochána and the Association of Garda Sergeant’s and Inspector’s as their General Secretary started her career 33 years ago in Killarney.

Sergeant In charge at Killarney Garda Station Dermot O’Connell paid tribute to her achievements and her unrelenting commitment to improving the policing environment.

As a former Chairman, Secretary and delegate of the Kerry Branch, Sergeant Dermot O’Connell worked closely with Antoinette in AGSI for many years.

“Her support for members of the Association was second to none. Antoinette always pursued what was right and just. Her ability, knowledge and professionalism was acknowledged both internally and externally by other representative bodies and also professional bodies,” he said.

“When Antoinette arrived here at her first station, the late Jack McGrath was the Sergeant In Charge.”
“As many know Sergeant Jack McGrath frequently walked the beat. During this time Jack shared much of his experience with Antoinette who proved her ability as a competent Garda to Sergeant Jack McGrath. “
“Jack was very impressed by her ability even at that early stage, he always spoke highly of Antoinette and followed her career path with great interest.”

Antoinette subsequently transferred to Limerick (Roxboro Road and Mayorstone Garda Stations). As a Sergeant she moved to the Garda College and completed a Master’s Degree in Adult Learning and a BA in Training and Education.
In 2021 Antoinette was honoured by University Galway with an Alumni Award for her significant contribution in the field of policing.

She became the first female member to serve with the Association of Sergeants and Inspectors at Branch level, National Executive level, President, Deputy General Secretary and finally General Secretary.

“On behalf of the Kerry Branch of AGSI I wish Antoinette the very best in whatever the future holds for her and her family,” added Sergeant O’Connell.

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‘The Bumblebee1000’ Supercar event arriving in Killarney on Saturday

The ‘Bumblebee1000’ supercar run will arrive in Killarney around 5pm on Saturday. Around 40 supercars will leave Barberstown Castle in County Kildare on Saturday morning.After stops at Portlaoise Plaza (11am) […]

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The ‘Bumblebee1000’ supercar run will arrive in Killarney around 5pm on Saturday.

Around 40 supercars will leave Barberstown Castle in County Kildare on Saturday morning.
After stops at Portlaoise Plaza (11am) and Cashel Palace Hotel (1pm) the convoy will arrive the Europe Hotel and Resort at 5pm.
“’The Bumblebee1000’ is not just about horsepower and adrenaline rushes; it’s about making a difference. As participants roar through the countryside, they’ll also be driving towards a noble cause. This event is dedicated to raising awareness and funds for The Little Blues Heroes charity, supporting the children of the Little Blue Heroes, and making a positive impact on their lives,” said an event spokesperson.
“The Bumblebee1000” is not just a journey; it’s an experience that blends luxury, adventure, and philanthropy in a seamless fusion. Whether behind the wheel of a sleek supercar or a supporter cheering from the sidelines, everyone is invited to be part of this remarkable event.
The cars will depart the Europe Hotel and Resort at 10am on Sunday and will stop off at a charity cars and coffee event in Tarbert at 11am before finishing in Adare at around 2pm.

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