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OFF THE BALL: Presenter Nathan Murphy, former Kerry footballer Kieran Donaghy, former Kerry Manager Pat O'Shea, former Meath Manager Sean Boylan and former Kerry footballer Darran O'Sullivan at the Dr Crokes GAA Club in Killarney. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

 

By Sean Moriarty

Over 200 people attended a live broadcast of an internet-based sports chat show at the Dr Crokes Clubhouse on Wednesday night.

‘Off The Ball’ presenter Nathan Murphy and Kerry football legend Kieran Donaghy interviewed special guests including former Kerry Manager and Dr Crokes stalwart Pat O’Shea, former Kerry star Darran O’Sullivan, and Meath legend Sean Boylan. Also present was Margaret LawlorSlattery, one of the trailblazers of Kerry ladies football in the 1970s.

The two-hour programme gave fans a fascinating insight into what life is like behind the scenes for an inter-county player and their relationships with their management teams.

The programme was dedicated to tomorrow’s (Saturday) crucial Super 8 tests as Kerry take on Meath and Donegal face Mayo to decide who will contest the All-Ireland football semi-final in two weeks’ time.

Many feel that Kerry are a shoe in. A win or a draw would guarantee the Kingdom a slot in the last four, but the expert panel warned against complacency at such levels and pleaded with Kerry fans to travel to Navan and support the young Kerry team.

Regardless of what happens this weekend, Meath cannot progress but that won’t stop them from having a go and what better scalp to claim than to stop Kerry’s ambition to appear in another semi-final.

“Kerry are the aristocrats, I can see our lads throwing caution to the wind,” Boylan, who managed Meath to four All-Ireland titles in the late 1980s and late 1990s, told the audience. “If we win it will be out of this world and it we lose at least we went down with a fight.”

Kerry is very much a new outfit since Peter Keane took the helm earlier this year and there are fears in some quarters that the young squad does not carry enough of experience to go all the way.

Darran O’Sullivan disagreed.

“This Kerry unit is only starting,” he said. “Bringing in Adrian Spillane, he has that old-school style about him, he likes the rough and tumble and he will lord the skies on Saturday.”

Donaghy called for fans to travel.

“I want to see Kerry have the edge on Saturday,” he said. “The Meath crowd will come out in force, I hope the Kerry crowd will go and support this young team. They need that support and the atmosphere will be electric.”

 

 

 

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Family to run in memory of the late Linda Eviston

By Sean Moriarty The family of a much-loved Killarney woman who passed away from cancer almost a year ago plan to run a marathon past her favourite local landmarks in her memory. Linda Eviston died on October 10 last after a long battle with cancer. Her husband Patrick and son Erik, with the support of […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The family of a much-loved Killarney woman who passed away from cancer almost a year ago plan to run a marathon past her favourite local landmarks in her memory.

Linda Eviston died on October 10 last after a long battle with cancer.

Her husband Patrick and son Erik, with the support of her daughter Alannah, will run a 42.2km course, on the day before her anniversary to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society.

The route will be based on landmarks that were an important part of Linda’s life. Starting from the family home in Dromkerry, before heading for the town centre and passing the Eviston House Hotel, Linda’s grandmother’s home at Park Road, Linda’s childhood home and national school in Glenflesk, Loreto where Linda attended secondary school, back to Killarney and finishing at Linda’s pride and joy – Brook Lodge Hotel.

“It is tough but we wanted to do something in Linda’s memory and help other people who might find themselves in similar circumstances,” Pat told the Killarney Advertiser. “We originally hoped to do the Dublin City Marathon but that got cancelled. This route is much better, but much tougher as it’s more hilly.”

All proceeds will be donated to the Irish Cancer Society and donations can be made via: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/inhonouroflinda.

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Women bravely bare all for Kerry’s first ‘Dip in the Nip’

By Michelle Crean  It really was girl power at its finest – as 170 women of all ages braved the elements on Sunday to bare all for charity at the weekend. Shore Acre in Camp was the location which was only revealed to the participants for Kerry’s first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’. And amongst […]

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By Michelle Crean
 

It really was girl power at its finest – as 170 women of all ages braved the elements on Sunday to bare all for charity at the weekend.

Shore Acre in Camp was the location which was only revealed to the participants for Kerry’s first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’. And amongst the all female grouping were some Killarney ladies who joined in the empowering adventure for what was described as “a special and unforgettable morning” all in aid of Recovery Haven Kerry.

According to Marisa Reidy from Recovery Haven, the women were of all ages and all walks of life who came together for so many personal reasons.

“Some were still on their own cancer journey, some were celebrating coming out the other side and of course, many were there to honour friends and loved ones who they had lost to cancer, but we were all equal on the day – flaws and all,” Marisa, who also took part in the event, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was a truly uplifting and exhilarating experience and we are so, so grateful to each and every lady who joined us for a morning we will never forget. One woman described it as ‘companionship among strangers’ and that really sums it up perfectly. It was emotional, there were some tears, but lots of laughter and we couldn’t have asked for anything more. When the ladies hit the water, they all formed a circle and held hands in a gesture that was totally unplanned – it just happened organically and it was quite overwhelming.”

She added that a very special mention has to be made to Michaela and John Edwards and their team from Wild Water Adventures for their support and expertise in ensuring no stone was left unturned in making it a fabulous, safe event.

“It was an all-female team from beginning to end, from our own volunteers, stewards, registration, Gardai, teas and coffees, lifeguards, sea rescue – girl power at its finest! Now all that’s left to do is start planning for 2022!”

Donations are still being taken via the link on the Recovery Haven Kerry Facebook page.

“So far we are close on €9,000 which is just fabulous.”

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