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Sports mad teen’s fun in the flood video goes viral

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By Michelle Crean

 

A flooded GAA pitch might not be the ideal training conditions but it proved the perfect formula to make a Killarney teen’s video go viral!. 19-year-old Glenflesk GAA footballer Damien Switzer had the ingenious idea on Tuesday to take advantage of the flooded pitch near his home following torrential rain – with the help of his father Damien Snr who waded into the water to film the fun.

 

And it proved so popular after being posted on the TikTok social media platform that it’s chalked up a staggering 650k views, 129k likes, over 4,200 comments and 8,300 shares.

News outlets including Sky News also interviewed the teen after it was posted by the Killarney Advertiser on Tuesday afternoon as well on other platforms which have also amassed thousands of hits. And one of the country’s best loved GAA sites www.hoganstand.com also featured it to Damien’s delight.

In the video, sports mad Damien can be heard saying “If you want to play football down here in Kerry you better show up for training no matter what the weather is. You’ve got to be hungry for that ball and make sure you beat your opponent to it every time.There’s usually a photographer at the game so you can slick back your hair to look well for the photo so you can post it on Facebook afterwards of course. You’re gotta be strong as well so you better work on your strength and conditioning while you are training and of course on match day you put them all together and work your socks off. What a point,” he says.

Damien, who is currently studying Sports and PE Pre-teaching in Kerry College hopes to progress on to UCC next year to do PE teaching and Irish. He regularly trains on the pitch outside his home.

“I had the idea while working online at home and on my lunch break I went over with dad and I just dived in,” Damien told the Killarney Advertiser.

 

 

“Dad was in the water filming, it took us about 10 to 15 minutes.”

He then showed his friends for the craic and they suggested he post it online.

“They suggested I make it public and it reached 60k in the first hour and 120k in the second. It’s crazy.”

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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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Garda appeal to park legally at beaches and public amenities

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An Garda Siochana is appealing to the public to park legally in designated car parks and spaces when visiting beaches, beauty spots and other public amenities. 

The good weather has seen an increase in dangerous illegal parking at these locations across the country in recent weeks. An Garda Siochana wants people to enjoy the summer but do so safely.

Parking illegally can lead to unnecessary risk and dangers such as pedestrians being forced to walk along dangerous roads. It can also prevent emergency services from gaining access to these amenities a seaside locations which could lead to the loss of life. 

“We encourage the public to plan their journeys and think safety first when parking your vehicle,” the Gardai said in a statement. 

“The outcome of parking illegally could be far more serious than a FCPN or vehicle towing and puts others and your own life at risk. 

An Garda Siochana reminds and encourages the public to social distance and follow public health guidelines when attending these locations this Summer.

An Garda Siochana is also supporting National Water Safety Awareness Week (June 14th – 20th). Information on this campaign and general water safety can be found on Water Safety Irelands Website – www.watersafety.ie/national-water-safety-awareness-week/

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