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Spa fall to first defeat, Legion and Crokes win big

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Spa’s perfect record in Division 1 fell by the wayside on Saturday evening as they suffered a narrow 2-10 to 0-17 defeat to bogey side Templenoe. A string of great saves by goalkeeper James Devane and two goals from Ryan O’Carroll kept the hosts in contention but Templenoe, who also knocked Spa out of the Intermediate Championship, held on for the win.

Dr Crokes have now overtaken their near neighbours at the top of the table following a comprehensive nine-point victory over Kerins O’Rahilly’s in Lewis Road. Youngster Billy Courtney top-scored with 1-3 while dynamic duo Tony Brosnan and Jordan Kiely added five points each. Brian Looney chipped in with a brace and Johnny Buckley impressed in midfield alongside Eoin Brosnan. Both Buckley and centre forward Gavin O’Shea kicked a point each.

Legion, meanwhile, picked up two crucial points by beating John Mitchels in Ballyseedy. Early goals by Jack O’Neill and Conor Keane propelled the visitors into a commanding first-half lead and despite a spirited Mitchels fight back in the second, Legion were always in the driving seat. A second goal by Keane, an excellent solo effort, sealed the victory and the Killarney side now have six points on the board with five games remaining.

(I actually made a surprise comeback myself in this game and once the soccer finishes I’m hoping to commit to the team full-time. So, in the coming months, readers can be expecting a bit less pro-Athletic propaganda and a bit more pro-Legion propaganda. Just so you know.)

Elsewhere in Division 1, Dingle finally broke their duck by hammering Glenbeigh-Glencar on Sunday. Conor Geaney goaled twice in a 3-8 to 0-6 triumph and this result means that the sides switch places at the foot of the table.

In Division 2, there were away wins for Kilcummin and Glenflesk over Milltown/Castlemaine and Dromid respectively. Kilcummin are now just a point off the promotion places in fourth while Glenflesk are three points back in fifth.

Dr Crokes’ Division 3 team beat Waterville 1-16 to 2-6 thanks in no small part to a Mikey Casey wonder goal and victories for Gneeveguilla, Firies and Fossa mean that the three East Kerry clubs occupy first, second and third in Division 4.

There’s another full set of County League fixtures this coming weekend and the pick of the round is surely the Division 1 clash between fierce rivals Legion and Crokes in Derreen. These derby games are always keenly contested and tomorrow’s fixture should be no different. Throw-in is at 7.30pm.

 

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The secret is in the book!

By Michelle Crean  The secret to finding your true happiness is all in a new book which will guide readers to unlock their potential. Brazilian native Michelle Hadad, who moved to Ireland 14 years ago has written ‘The Secret Box: Concave and Convex’, a 432 page book which addresses the issues of suicide and develops into […]

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By Michelle Crean
 

The secret to finding your true happiness is all in a new book which will guide readers to unlock their potential.

Brazilian native Michelle Hadad, who moved to Ireland 14 years ago has written ‘The Secret Box: Concave and Convex’, a 432 page book which addresses the issues of suicide and develops into two different narratives.

It is also a follow up to her previous work ‘The Secret Box…Finding the Key’, a 192 page paperback launched by Michael Healy-Rae TD and reviewed by now retired judge James O’Connor, in October 2017.

Michelle, who studied adult psychology and is a NLP practitioner who encourages clients to transform limiting self-beliefs, explains that this version continues the story of Maria from the first book.

In the first book, the reader compares and contrasts their own life experiences with those of Maria and ask themselves the very question posed at the end of the book in the final chapter or ‘Padlock 13’ – “who are you?”

“Readers are outside the box, they see their own stories – that’s when we judge others,” Michelle told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It is fiction and the story is in two versions, the positive is bigger than the negative. There is always hope regardless of pain.”

She added that people need to forget about what others think, and focus on their own values and traditions.

“It’s a self help book, it doesn’t matter what people think of us, life’s too short. I’m motivating people in a positive way because of my NLP and psychology qualification.”

However, she emphasised that readers don’t have to have read the first book to understand the second one.

“Maria is the leading figure and there’s a few characters from book one but you don’t have to read that to get book two.”

She added that she’s thankful to everyone who helped her along the way.

“I have been blessed to have met so many people to help with my books.”

Both books are available from O’Connor’s Centra, The Reeks and Horans Health Store on Beech Road.

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Green light for teen accommodation

By Michelle Crean  Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead. An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment. The teens living within the premises […]

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Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead.

An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment.

The teens living within the premises will be supervised by applicant Eileen O’Brien who will live on the ground floor of the premises.

The two one-bed apartments on the second floor would either be rented out or used for independent living for the teenagers as they reach adulthood.

The two-bed apartment will be on the third floor. There are also plans for balconies at second and third floor levels.

The proposed apartment building is contemporary in design with a mix of stone and render finish on the lower floors and synthetic burned timber finish on the upper floors. The second floor is recessed at the front and the third floor is recessed at the front and the rear with a decorative feature on the front elevation comprising dark grey timber steel poles. The building will also have a flat roof.

Planning permission was granted subject to 14 conditions including a two-metre high boundary wall to be constructed on south, south-western boundaries of the site and there’s to be no overnight commercial guest accommodation.

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Fans return to Fitzgerald Stadium after eight months

By Sean Moriarty Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game. Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the […]

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Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game.

Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the first game at the stadium since the 2020 Kerry Petroleum Intermediate Club Football Championship Quarter-Final when Glenbeigh-Glencar played Beaufort on October 4 last year.

Due to current restrictions only 200 fans were allowed attend Saturday’s big match. That will remain in place for Kerry’s opening Munster Championship tie with Clare on June 26.

“It had been more than eight months since Fitzgerald Stadium welcomed back fans to the venue,” stadium PRO Tatyana McGough told the Killarney Advertiser. “Everything went exceptionally well.”

She is hopeful that more restrictions will be eased on July 5, paving the way for an increase in capacity to 500 fans in time for the July 25 Munster Final.

“It is likely that from July 5 up to 500 spectators may be permitted to attend games. We hope this number will increase for the Munster Final. If it is a Cork versus Kerry Munster Final the game will be fixed for Sunday July 25 at 4pm in the Fitzgerald Stadium. The stadium’s staff are very confident in being able to host any number of fans that may be allowed.”

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