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Sam goes on tour to Fossa brother’s home place

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By Michelle Crean

There was fierce excitement and celebrations in Fossa at the weekend as the Sam McGuire finally made its way to the Clifford brother's home place.

Conor O'Mahoney, Jack Hallissey and Fionn Doyle, pictured with the Sam Maguire cup which the Clifford brothers took home to the Outback, Golden Nugget, Fossa on Friday night. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

Anna and Pat Coffey, welcome Sam Maguire home to the Outback, Golden Nugget Bar & Restaurant, Fossa. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

Paudie Clifford, together with Liam and Betty Walsh, pictured at the Outback, Golden Nugget Bar & Restaurant to welcome Sam Maguire home on Friday evening. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

Delighted to have Sam Maguire home in Fossa at the Outback, Golden Nugget Bar & Restaurant from l-r were: Caoimhe, Cillian and Aoife Giles. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

Taking Sam Maguire to the Outback at the Golden Nugget in Fossa from l-r were: David Clifford, Padraig O'Donoghue, Mossie Prendiville, Paudie Clifford and Padraig Devane. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

Michael Murphy (centre) pictured with Kerry footballers, Paudie and David Clifford at the Outback, Golden Nugget Bar & Restaurant on Friday evening with Sam Maguire. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

Home to Fossa GAA, The Golden Nugget Bar & Restaurant welcomed Sam Maguire on Friday night. Front row l-r were: Ethan Kennedy, Ciara Griffin and Susan O'Keeffe. Back row l-r were: Caroline and Mark Hallissey (owners), Sophie Dennehy, Emer Furlong, Nathan Counihan, Grainne Clifford and Con O'Sullivan. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

Welcoming Sam Maguire home to The Golden Nugget Bar & Restaurant on Friday evening clockwise from l-r were: Padraig Devane, Kevin McCarthy, Francis Moran, Bryan Myers, Lee Lenihan, Ryan Sheehan and Alan Buckley. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

Old school to Two Mile National School attended by the Clifford brothers, school friends welcome home Sam Maguire to the Outback at The Golden Nugget Bar & Restaurant, Fossa on Friday evening. Clockwise from left: Kevin Myers, Mick O'Connell, Padraig Devane, Eoin O'Connell, Paudie Clifford, Shane Kelly, David Clifford, Taghg Kelly, Colin Myers and Kenneth Clifford. Photo: Marie Carroll-O'Sullivan

SAM: The children and staff at Two Mile School were delighted to welcome past pupils Paudie and David Clifford and the Sam McGuire.

Senior Kerry footballers Paudie and David Clifford were elated to get the long awaited cup back on home soil first on Friday to Two Mile National School where they themselves attended as children.

Then it was off to the Outback at the Golden Nugget Bar & Restaurant later that evening where the atmosphere was electric as locals posed for photos with the brothers and Sam.

"Since the final whistle blew on July 24, staff and pupils wondered when they might see Paudie and David Clifford walk through the doors of Two Mile CNS with Sam – and it was certainly worth the wait," Stephanie O'Carroll, Class Teacher at Two Mile CNS, said.

"2014 was the last time Sam Maguire was in Kerry and at that time half of the pupils weren’t yet in school while the other half hadn’t even been born! On Friday they gathered in the hall a cacophony of colour, and the roar when the lads walked in with Sam. We’re hoping this homecoming will hold such a place for our pupils in their schooldays memories."

The goalpost where the brothers once practiced their frees and 45s at break-times still stand in the yard, she added.

"It was wonderful to welcome parents and members of the community to the school to share in the children’s excitement," Stephanie said.

"There were flags, headbands and Kerry jerseys of nearly every iteration. We had a fantastic morning, unperturbed by the showers of rain, as all classes waited patiently for their chance to have their photo taken with Sam. The children chatted eagerly to Paudie and David, about football in Two Mile, looking for tips and the ‘inside track’, no doubt hoping to follow in their footsteps."

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Festive jumpers and a Kerry jersey brings fundraiser to €10k

By Michelle Crean Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up! A Kerry football […]

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By Michelle Crean

Jumpers have helped to raise almost €10k so far – but now it’s a very special jersey which could drive the fundraising numbers up!

A Kerry football jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team is up for grabs via a fundraising link once a donation is made to the Presents for Palliative fundraiser.

On Friday eight local schools including Holy Cross Mercy, Killarney Community College, Presentation Monastery, Lissivigeen, St Brendan’s College, St Brigid’s, St Francis Special School, and St Oliver’s
swapped their uniforms for their most colourful festive gear with funds going to help the amazing services in the Palliative Care Unit/Kerry Hospice Foundation.

“The day took place across the schools involved last Friday (December 2) and looks like it has been a success,” teacher Elaine Moynihan from St Brendan’s College told the Killarney Advertiser.

“The donations from the schools are still being counted but students look to be on their way towards making their goal of €10k.”

The iDonate ‘Fundraising For Kerry Hospice Foundation’ has been very helpful in this regard, she added.

“Anyone who donates via the link and leaves their name will be in with a chance to win a Kerry jersey signed by the 2022 All-Ireland winning team which will be presented to them before Christmas by a couple of members of the team.

“This was organised by the students involved in the fundraiser as a way to say thanks, and give back, to the members of the community who have gotten involved in the event – the link is live until December 18 and the draw will be made the following day.”

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Killarney punter secures €50,000 in EuroMillions draw

A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’. The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was […]

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A lucky Killarney punter got an early Christmas present when they scooped €50,000 in the EuroMillions ‘Ireland Only Raffle’.

The winning ticket, sold in the Lidl supermarket on the Tralee road, was valid for Tuesday night’s special draw.

The Killarney winner was one of 10 who each secured the €50,000 windfall.

“The National Lottery can reveal that three players in Dublin, three players in Cork and one player in Kerry, Roscommon, Kildare and Wexford all scooped the special raffle prize which was the seventh of 12 draws in the National Lottery’s ’12 Draws of Christmas’ promotion,” said a National Lottery statement.

The eighth draw will take place tonight (December 9) where 10 more players are guaranteed to win the amazing prizes.

Meanwhile, a player in Belgium scooped the EuroMillions Jackpot prize worth an astonishing €142,897,164.

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