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O’Shea, Brosnan and Geaney score big in first round of Fantasy Club

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The Killarney Advertiser Fantasy Club game in association with Gaelic Plus got underway last weekend and the unique new competition has captured the imagination of players and supporters right across the county.

Entrants scrambled to submit their perfect teams ahead the deadline last Wednesday night and then waited with bated breath to see how their players would fare in the Kerry Senior Club Championship Round 1 matches on Friday and Saturday.

When the games began, some popular players like Tadhg Morley of Templenoe and Daithí Casey of Dr Crokes were sadly notable by their absence while others, like Seán O’Shea of Kenmare and Dingle’s Paul Geaney, did exactly what their managers were hoping for.

LEADERS

It’s tight at the top after the first round of fixtures with joint leaders DJ Murphy of Gneeveguilla and Mick O’Connell of Fossa just six points clear of Gavin Moriarty in third.

DJ, who plays full back for his club and was in action himself over the weekend in the Junior Premier Championship, had free-scoring forwards Tony Brosnan (33), Seán O’Shea (25), Jack Savage (23) and James O’Donoghue (20) to thank for the bulk of his tally with backs Cian Gammell and Dan McCarthy also chipping in with 21 points apiece.

Micko also had Gammell and McCarthy with Paul Geaney (25) and Kenmare goalscorer Paul O’Connor (12) also helping to propel him up the leaderboard.

Kenmare youngster Dan McCarthy could be a game-changer for anyone who has selected him; the Kerry U20 is listed as a defender but he was named at midfield for Kenmare’s victory over Kerins O’Rahilly’s, and he actually did most of his work in the forwards. This is significant because backs earn more points than forwards for scoring from play (9 versus 3) and they also get a bonus if their team concedes under 15 points.

McCarthy, Gammell and attacking Dr Crokes half back Michael Potts each earned 21 points, more than any other back, by virtue of starting (1), winning (3), conceding under 15 (8) and scoring a point (9) in their respective games.

Tony Brosnan of Dr Crokes was the most commonly picked player amongst Fantasy Club managers and his impressive scoring exploits on Friday night saw him clean up with 33 points in total (start=1, win=3, goal=8, five points from play=15, three points from frees=6). Seán O’Shea, Paul Geaney and James O’Donoghue have also been selected by a large number of participants, although the rules in relation to Star Players prevented anyone from selecting all four of these players.

LOYALTY

Gavin Moriarty from the Killarney Legion is third in the table and family loyalty played a big part in getting him there. He selected his brother, Thomas, in his team and the pacey corner forward came off the bench to kick two points from play against Kilcummin. That bagged him six points and Thomas also picked up three bonus points for helping his side to victory.

Thomas’ teammate Brian Kelly was unfortunately unable to keep a clean sheet (which would have been worth eight points) but he still managed to score four, which was good news for… Brian Kelly. The Legion goalkeeper is taking part in Fantasy Club and he naturally selected himself. His four points elevated him to 18th place on the overall leaderboard, just ahead of his friend and clubmate Derek Twomey (who incidentally went with Shane Murphy in goal).

The majority of managers in the league are, as one might expect, from the Killarney and East Kerry area but “foreign” clubs like John Mitchels, Sneem, Cromane, Beaufort, Annascaul, Castleisland, Dingle and Kenmare are all represented. There is also one entry from the Pádraig Pearse’s club in County Roscommon.

The competition was initially capped at 100 entries but a handful of would-be managers missed the deadline, so the final number of participants is 92.

It’s all to play for heading into Round 2 and with a brand-new set of Gaelic Plus jerseys and some fantastic consolation prizes on the line, managers will be praying for some big performances from their chosen players.

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Students awarded for their contribution to school life

By Michelle Crean Students were honoured for their contribution to school life this week during a special end of year awards ceremony. Held in the school gym on Wednesday afternoon, […]

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By Michelle Crean

Students were honoured for their contribution to school life this week during a special end of year awards ceremony.

Held in the school gym on Wednesday afternoon, the students from St Brigid’s Presentation were presented with a variety of awards from sport to science, music and visual art while Sixth Year student Saoirse Coffey received the Orla Benson Award.

“During this school year, our students have showcased their brilliance and extensive talents,” teacher Adrienne Brosnan, said.

“We are all so proud of these outstanding achievements across all aspects of school life. Awards day is a truly special occasion for all members of the St Brigid’s community and one which we relish the opportunity to celebrate. It is a time of anticipation, a time of excitement and a time of great joy. The awards that are presented are a testament to that dedication and we also acknowledge all the great work that is done by the teachers here in St Brigid’s.”

Sixth Year students also said their final goodbyes ahead of their State exams next month.

“We wish them the best of luck as they spread their wings and leave the shelter of St Brigid’s for the beginning of a new adventure.”

AWARD WINNERS

Other awards winners were:

Anna Dunlea received the Contribution to Graphics award while Leah Vinluan got the Design and Communication Graphics award.

Clodagh O’Connor and Sarah O’Sullivan both received the Contribution to Visual Art award.

Abbie Finan was awarded Soccer: Player of the Year, Chloe Hue Senior Football: Player of the Year, Emily Buckley 1st Year Football: Player of the Year, Abbey Cronin 2nd Year Football: Player of the Year, and Andrea Murphy Junior Football; Player of the Year, Senior Basketball: Most Valued Player went to Tara Donnellan, the Minor Basketball: Most Valued Player was given to Ciara O’Sullivan and the Cadette Basketball: Most Valued Player went to Leah McMahon.

Kara Huggard earned herself the LCA Student of the Year, Sarah McGrath received the CEIST Award, Excellence in Science was awarded to Emma Myers and Jennie O’Mahony, while Rita Akhter received the Overall Contribution to STEM.

Bríd O’Connor who wrote the book Spark presented Saoirse O’Sullivan with the Outstanding Achievements in Music award.

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Businesses face closure due to staff shortages

Hospitality sector businesses might have to close a few days a week to off-set staff shortages. Fáilte Ireland last week launched a recruitment drive to attract part-time workers into hospitality […]

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Hospitality sector businesses might have to close a few days a week to off-set staff shortages.

Fáilte Ireland last week launched a recruitment drive to attract part-time workers into hospitality and tourism roles, where it is estimated that there is as much as a 40,000 shortage in such roles for the peak summer season.

Damien McCarthy of HR Consultancy firm HR Buddy, founded in Killarney but now based in the RDI Hub in Killorglin, said that workers are losing out due to a more cashless society.

“Hospitality businesses may have to consider shutting their doors or decreasing their operational hours during the peak summer season as many businesses such as bars, restaurants, cafes, B&Bs and hotels are struggling to find staff for the demand. The industry is suffering over these few current weeks in particular as many part-time student workers are not available due to college and Leaving Cert exams. This shows how dependant the industry has become on young student workers,” he said.

“Many service industry workers choose part-time or casual work in hospitality roles because of the tip bonus, but this has even been impacted negatively now as most tips are taxed because they are coming in electronically. The worker is losing out and this key attraction tool that existed when we were a more cash orientated society in pre-pandemic times, is now gone.”

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