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Rampant Celtic smash Dingle as Athletic stutter

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KILLARNEY CELTIC got their season off to an unbelievable start with a resounding 7-0 victory over Dingle Day Rovers on Sunday. Dingle, who won the title as recently as 2016, were expected to be very strong again this year but they were no match for Celtic on this particular occasion as the Killarney side notched seven goals without reply.

Attacking midfielder Matt Keane bagged a hat trick and Wayne Sparling, Brendan Falvey, Jamie Spillane and Stephen McCarthy also found the target in a remarkable rout that sent shockwaves throughout the league.

Killarney Athletic, meanwhile, made a far less spectacular start to the campaign on Friday night. We had to make do with a draw in our opening fixture as a last-minute wonder strike salvaged a point for ten-man Listowel under lights in Tralee.

We went behind early on but goals from Shane Lynch and Michael O’Donoghue had us 2-1 up with time running out. Unfortunately we were just unable to hang on for the three points and we certainly have a lot of work to do ahead of our next game.

Elsewhere Tralee Dynamos, who were supposedly struggling to put a team together for the new season, demolished Inter Kenmare 9-0 at home on Sunday afternoon. Shane Lowth scored five times in a comprehensive victory and speculation regarding Dynamos’ demise seems to have been a bit premature to say the least.

Newly promoted Mastergeeha were unable to pick up anything from their opening round tie as they fell to a 1-0 defeat to Castleisland, Sean Óg O Ciardubháin with the only goal in a keenly contested affair.

Down in Division 1B Ballyhar Dynamos didn’t get off to the best of starts as they lost 3-0 to Strand Road in Tralee, while East Kerry rivals QPR and CG Killarney (Cedar Galaxy) played out an exciting 3-3 draw in their first game of the 2017/18 season. Mark Reen (two) and Ciarán O’Mahony were on the scoresheet for Quarry Park but a Hubert Dziedzic hat-trick was enough to earn Cedar a share of the spoils.

There are only two top-flight games scheduled for this weekend as Fenit Samphires play Tralee Dynamos in Mounthawk Park on Friday night and Killarney Celtic host Castleisland on Sunday at 11.30am.

In the Premier B, Celtic’s B team are at home to Castleisland B, while in Division 1B the Killarney Athletic Bs get their season up and running with an away fixture against Park. Both games are at 2pm.

In Division 1A, Ballyhar and CG Killarney will both be hoping to secure their first wins of the season when they face off on Sunday morning. Kick-off in Ballyhar is at 11.30am.
 


 
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Applecroft B&B named in Ireland’s Top 10

By Michelle Crean What a better way for a local business to celebrate its silver jubilee than to be named in the Top 10 places to stay in Ireland especially as they prepare to reopen after the pandemic. Owners Kathy and Don Brosnan, who run Applecroft House in Woodlawn, were named number 6 in Ireland’s […]

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By Michelle Crean

What a better way for a local business to celebrate its silver jubilee than to be named in the Top 10 places to stay in Ireland especially as they prepare to reopen after the pandemic.

Owners Kathy and Don Brosnan, who run Applecroft House in Woodlawn, were named number 6 in Ireland’s Top 10 B&Bs for 2022 by the Irish Independent ‘Reader Travel Awards’ while Ireland’s Best B&B was named as Dingle’s Pax House.

The couple began their business in 1997 and are very happy with the feedback from visitors who voted for their B&B, especially after two difficult years.

“I’m thrilled, especially as we’re celebrating our silver jubilee this year,” Kathy told the Killarney Advertiser.

The couple built their house in the early ’80s and aptly named it ‘Applecroft’ as it was built in a field which has an orchard.

In the late ’90s they opened five spacious rooms up, each with its own theme; 
‘Poet’s Corner’, ‘Past Times’, ‘The 19th Green’, ‘The Race-goer’s Club’ and ‘The Kerry Way’, for guests as Kathy, who worked in The Europe Hotel and the Great Southern Killarney for many years, had a passion to bring a great stay experience to guests visiting Killarney. They kept themselves busy planting in their two acre garden during the pandemic.

They have won numerous awards over the years and have had film crews in but this latest award is the icing on the cake for the couple who are looking forward to reopening in late March.

“It’s amazing, and a bonus especially with the two years we’ve had. We’ve never experienced anything like that. It was “wow” – we were preparing to reopen on St Patrick’s Day that year and all of a sudden everything closed down on the 16. It was a big shock.”

Don creates amazing bread and scones which guests rave about, she added.

“I was delighted as we came tenth for breakfast and sixth for the B&B.”

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Tributes paid to life-long Legion supporter

By Sean Moriarty Legion GAA Club has led tributes to one of their most ‘fervent’ supporters who passed away on Tuesday. Described as one of the town’s ‘old stock’, Tim Looney from Coolgraine Park and late of Daltons Avenue, was a central part of Killarney’s rich sporting heritage. As well as a life-long supporter of […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Legion GAA Club has led tributes to one of their most ‘fervent’ supporters who passed away on Tuesday.

Described as one of the town’s ‘old stock’, Tim Looney from Coolgraine Park and late of Daltons Avenue, was a central part of Killarney’s rich sporting heritage.

As well as a life-long supporter of Legion, he played basketball in the famous town leagues of the 1970s and the seven-a-side soccer ‘Wipeouts’ competitions.

“He was a very proud Legion man and always flew the green and white flag out his window whenever the club was playing in a big game,” PRO Enda Walshe told the Killarney Advertiser. “He was a fervent loyal club supporter but was also one of the characters of the winter basketball leagues.”

Tim was also a regular participant in Dart Pub Leagues back in the 1970s and 1980s.

Tim’s funeral took place today (Friday). He was laid to rest at Killarney Burial Ground after 10am Mass St Mary’s Cathedral.

Tim is survived by his wife Nuala, his children Joanne, Paudie and Timmy, and was a much loved grandfather to Stephen, Makaela, Chloe, Padraic, Keelan, Alex and the late Lorna. He will also be sadly missed by his daughters-in-law Margaret and Sharon, son-in-law Tony, sisters Kathleen, Sheila and Ann, brothers Lewis-John and Paddy, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews, relatives, neighbours and many great friends.

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