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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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Hike up Strickeen Mountain for air ambulance

  Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance. The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab. It […]

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Locals and visitors are being invited to join a guided ascent of Strickeen Mountain on July 4 to raise funds for the Irish Community Air Ambulance.

The hike, described as an easy to moderate climb and family friendly well be led by Killarney-based Irish Community Air Ambulance volunteer and tour guide Krzysztof Szwab.

It is expected that the 7.5km hike will take around three hours to complete and participants will benefit from the expertise of Krzysztof for a minimum donation €10 per person or €20 per family.

Strickeen Mountain is the eastern most peak of the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks and the hike will start from the Gap of Dunloe at 11am on the day.

As an added bonus fruit and water, donated by local supermarkets including Lidl, Aldi and Daly’s SuperValu, will be provided. The first 20 to register will receive a limited edition Irish Community Air Ambulance face covering snood.

“This is an ideal opportunity for someone who has never climbed this mountain, but wants to do it with the help of an experienced guide,” Donie Lucey, who is one of the Irish Community Air Ambulance’s chief fundraisers, said.

Further details are available from Donie on 086 854 5873 or from Krzysztof on 087 7589697 after 6pm.

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Golf club launches Summer Series competition

By Sean Moriarty Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality. The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer. Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Competitive golfing has resumed at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club marking another step towards normality in the locality.

The O’Mahony’s Point course hosted an open singles event on Monday last and this competition will continue every Monday for the rest of the summer.

Meanwhile the club’s ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series gets underway at the famed Killeen course this coming Wednesday (June 23). This series will continue every Wednesday for eight weeks and top five scorers on each date will qualify for a Grand Final which is scheduled for Sunday, August 22.

“We are delighted to launch the ‘TaylorMade’ Summer Series. This is a singles stableford event taking place on the Irish Open course, Killeen,” said the club’s marketing manager Meg Dalton. “With over €8,000 worth of prizes to be won, this is an event not to be missed. The first opportunity to qualify for the grand final is Wednesday.”

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Investigation continues into New St fire

  Killarney Gardai are continuing their investigation into the cause of a fire on New Street last week. The fire broke out at the Eviston House Hotel in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday (June 7). It started in a room just off the kitchen on the first floor and spread along the venting […]

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Killarney Gardai are continuing their investigation into the cause of a fire on New Street last week.

The fire broke out at the Eviston House Hotel in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday (June 7).

It started in a room just off the kitchen on the first floor and spread along the venting and ducting on the first, second and third floors. There was heavy smoke throughout the hotel but all guests were evacuated safely.

The landmark hotel, which also houses the famous Danny Mann pub, has not yet reopened, and local Gardai are still investigating its cause.

“The investigation is ongoing,” a Killarney Gardai Station spokesperson told the Killarney Advertiser. “We are establishing the full facts in relation to the fire.”

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