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Brian Kelly or Shane Murphy? Tadhg Morley or Tom O'Sullivan? Seán Quilter or Seán O'Shea? Who will you choose for your Fantasy Club football team?

Here at the Killarney Advertiser we are currently developing a revolutionary new fantasy football game based on the upcoming Kerry Senior Club Championship, which is scheduled to kick-off on April 4*. Participants will be tasked with selecting their dream line-up of players from the county's eight senior clubs, namely Kilcummin, Killarney Legion, Dr Crokes, Austin Stacks, Kerins O'Rahilly's, Dingle, Templenoe and Kenmare Shamrocks.

Fantasy points will then be earned based on the players' performances in real life, with the top managers earning prizes at the end of the month.

The format will be similar to one used in the popular Fantasy Premier League game, which is played by 7.5 million people worldwide. The concept has been attempted in the GAA at intercounty level but it is believed that Killarney Advertiser Fantasy Club will be first competition of its kind at club level.

The idea was first floated by Killarney Advertiser Sports Editor Adam Moynihan on his Instagram (@adammoynihan) where it received an overwhelmingly positive response.

"People seem to be really excited about the potential of this game," Adam said. "It'll be a lot of work our end but it should be good craic.

"Unfortunately we'll have to limit the amount of participants - it just won't be possible to accept, let's say, a thousand entries and mark all of those scores on a weekly basis. But we'll see how many people are interested and take it from there."

To register your interest in Fantasy Club 2020, simply email sport@killarneyadvertiser.ie with 'Fantasy Club' followed by your full name and your GAA club in the subject line (e.g. Fantasy Club - Mick O'Dwyer - Waterville). No further information is required at this point.

The first 100 names will be guaranteed entry to the competition proper. The remaining names will be kept on file and added on a first come, first serve basis, depending on how may entries are eventually accepted.

The competition will be officially launched next week and entry will be free of charge. Follow @adammoynihan on Instagram for all the latest updates.

*This will, of course, depend on COVID-19 and whether or not the suspension of all GAA activity continues beyond March 29.

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Killarney competitors bring home the medals

By Michelle Crean It was a great weekend for Killarney as Brazilian jiu jitsu competitors took home medals from the AJP Switzerland International Tour in Zurich. Members of Movement & Fitness Club competed against the world’s finest athletes which led to them bringing home amazing results.After a great fight Matthew Morris made it into the […]

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By Michelle Crean

It was a great weekend for Killarney as Brazilian jiu jitsu competitors took home medals from the AJP Switzerland International Tour in Zurich.

Members of Movement & Fitness Club competed against the world’s finest athletes which led to them bringing home amazing results.After a great fight Matthew Morris made it into the semi-finals.Ewelina Downey received two gold medals in Gi and NOGI fights, just two months after her promotion to blue belt.The club’s coach, Wilson Da Silva, also competed for the first time as a brown belt, and won gold in the Gi category and silver in NOGI.”The results don’t lie,” he said.”The hard work, dedication, commitment and passion pays off. Impossible is nothing, and that’s what we are trying to teach our students in Movement & Fitness Club Killarney.”Martial Arts helps to fight depression, bulling, obesity, and builds up self esteem and confidence, he explained.”There is no ego, no one is better, we are all the same trying to learn from each other, helping and correcting ourselves so we become better together. Our club is filling up with amazing students from age four up who connect with us by the same passion and love for the sport. If you are looking to change your life come and join our family.”

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Ian makes his debut as a radio presenter

By Sean Moriarty Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week. The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017. Since the accident he has been a […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week.

The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017.

Since the accident he has been a champion for the less fortunate under his mantra: “If you can’t stand up – standout”.

This was the inspiration behind his brand new radio show which aired for the first time on Wednesday evening.

‘Stand Out with Ian O’Connell’ will feature interviews with people who have overcome great adversary to reach even greater heights.

His first guest was fellow Killarney man Jordan Lee. The Paralympian represented Ireland in the Tokyo Olympics this summer.

“I was used to being in the studio from people interviewing me, but this time I turned the table,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was great to have Jordan on, two Killarney men! I really enjoyed it, it got a massive reaction and I got loads of emails and messages afterwards and into Thursday morning.”

Ian will reveal his guest for the show on the previous Monday through various social media channels.

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