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Sem and the Green to go head to head in Corn Ui Mhuiri final

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SATURDAY’S Munster colleges final will be an all-Kerry affair as holders St Brendan’s get set to duke it out with Tralee CBS in Austin Stack Park, at 4.30pm. There has always been a keen rivalry between this tournament’s two most successful teams.

The last time these two sides met, in the O’Sullivan Cup in September, it was the Sem who came out on top. The reigning All-Ireland champions put on a typically attack-minded display and eventually ran out six-point winners in a feisty, high-scoring contest (2-23 to 3-14).

Garry McGrath’s charges went on to hammer Mercy Mounthawk and then pip Dingle in the final to cement their status as the best team in Kerry for the second year in a row.

Their form in the Corn Uí Mhuirí has been even more impressive.

Having made light work of ISK, De La Salle (Macroom) and Bandon in the group stage, they defeated Dingle with 15 points to spare in the quarters and booked their place in the final with another comfortable win over Flannan’s in the semis.

The Sem put up some huge scores en route to their Hogan Cup triumph in 2016 and they’ve certainly carried their free-scoring form into this season: they’re averaging a ridiculous 25.3 total points per game. Their lowest score so far was 1-15 against De La Salle and they still managed to win that game by seven points.

The Green, meanwhile, topped Group A following wins over Coláiste na Sceilge and Coláiste Choilm (Ballincollig), and a draw with Rochestown. They beat ISK by a goal in the last eight before finally getting the better of Chríost Rí at the third time of asking in the semi-final.

Banisteoir Marc Ó Sé will be hoping to end a relatively barren spell for the Tralee school – they haven’t won the Corn Uí Mhuirí since 2007 – and in the process dethrone this formidable St Brendan’s outfit. It won’t be an easy task by any manner of means.

With the likes of David Shaw, who kicked six points in their last outing, and Billy Courtney manning the middle, Cian Gammell marshalling the back line and captain Dara Moynihan leading the attack the Sem are stacked with talent at the moment. If they approach the game correctly and perform to their potential they should have enough to win on Saturday and clinch the school’s first back-to-back Munster titles since 1974.

The Green will be going all out to knock the Killarney boys of their perch, and the Sem will be hoping to put the Tralee boys back in their box. It should be an interesting game.
 


 
Above: St Brendan's College captain Dara Moynihan, centre, with team mentors Arthur Fitzgerald and Hugh Rudden and squad ahead of the Corn Ui Mhuiri Munster Colleges final. PICTURE: EAMONN KEOGH

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Local soprano releases new single

Local soprano Mary Culloty O’Sullivan has released her second self-penned single. Following the success of her debut song ‘Forever and a Day’ which was released on July 16 and was aired on radio stations all over the world and on streaming platforms like Spotify, YouTube and iTunes, her second single was released last Friday. ‘Before […]

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Local soprano Mary Culloty O’Sullivan has released her second self-penned single.

Following the success of her debut song ‘Forever and a Day’ which was released on July 16 and was aired on radio stations all over the world and on streaming platforms like Spotify, YouTube and iTunes, her second single was released last Friday.

‘Before You Leave Me’ has a Jazz influence. Mary has been writing her own songs since March this year covering several different genres.

“Tony O’Flaherty of Sonas Studios has brought my songs to life and I am delighted with the production on the songs,” Mary told the Killarney Advertiser.

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Fun Urban Orienteering event coming to Killarney town

The event is free, open to all ages, levels of fitness and is both wheelchair and buggy friendly.Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership are calling on you, to get out and #BeActive as part of European Week of Sport 2021, which runs from September 23 to 30. Sport Ireland, the national coordinating body for European Week of Sport in […]

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The event is free, open to all ages, levels of fitness and is both wheelchair and buggy friendly.
Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership are calling on you, to get out and #BeActive as part of European Week of Sport 2021, which runs from September 23 to 30.

Sport Ireland, the national coordinating body for European Week of Sport in Ireland hope that this year’s event will inspire even more people than previous years and has funded multiple flagship as well as local events run by the Network of Local Sports Partnerships, including this ‘Family Street Orienteering Kerry’ event.

“This free event looks to offer everyone an opportunity the get out and be active and maybe try something new,” Gearóid O Doherty, the Coordinator of Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership said. 

“Urban Orienteering is an activity that you can do on your own or with your family and friends. You get to challenge yourself a little and still go at a pace that suits you – and what a beautiful location to do it all in, Killarney town!

“With many people possibly new to the Kerry region, be that through work, college or otherwise, this is an ideal way to get involved in the community and explore the streets and lanes of Killarney in a fun and active way.”

The Kerry Orienteers Club have designed the courses for this event and are looking forward to the excitement of it all and helping those new to the sport to continue taking part in the months and years that follow.

“We know that, for a lot of people, this will be their first time trying orienteering, but they can rest assured, as we will be there to talk them through it and help them out if needed,” Brendan O’Brien from Kerry Orienteers said.

“If it is something they want to try again, we can signpost them to other events, both locally here in Kerry and indeed nationally. Orienteering is a fantastic sport that allows you to build your skills and confidence, with all events having a variety of routes to cater for all levels.”

To cater for physical distancing and government guidelines, there are several staggered start times for participants to choose from, beginning at 6pm and the last group heading off at 7.30pm. With free t-shirts for all who sign up and additional workshops onsite, from the likes of Leave No Trace Ireland, it is sure to be a fun and vibrant evening, all stemming from the start point at ANAM – Killarney’s Arts and Culture Centre.

Places are limited for this event. Free online registration is available and those looking to attend are encouraged to book their place early to avoid disappointment.

For more information, you can visit any of the Kerry Recreation and Sports Partnership social media accounts or go to www.sportireland.ie.

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