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St Brendan’s to appeal football final cancellation

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By Sean Moriarty

St Brendan’s College will appeal the GAA’s decision to cancel the Post Primary All-Ireland football championship games.

The Killarney school had qualified to play against St Patrick’s College Navan in the Magee Cup (Under 16.5) All-Ireland football final.

The game should have taken place in the spring time but was postponed as a result of Coronavirus restrictions.

Last week GAA officials in Croke Park took the decision to cancel all remaining games as they attempt to get their various calendars back in order.

The schools’ series has been squeezed out of the limited GAA programme of fixtures that head office announced last Friday.

This week St Brendan’s Principal Sean Coffey confirmed to the Killarney Advertiser that both the Killarney and Navan schools have appealed to the GAA to reverse the decision.

Both schools hope the game can go ahead behind closed doors, that a neutral venue can used to reduce travel either way and that buses would not be used to transport players to and from any venue.

“In the context of the pandemic the match is not very important,” Mr Coffey told the Killarney Advertiser. “But in terms of the lives of young lads it is very important. The final gave them something to look forward over the last few difficult months. They were training hard and were creating their own fitness programmes and it kept them sane. We are not talking about bringing busloads of supporters to a game, but it is important that the young lads get to play their final, regardless of the result.”

This is the third time that St Brendan’s has qualified for the Magee Final but they have yet to win it.

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Ballycasheen junction to get upgraded this year.

A long awaited solution to traffic problems where Ballycasheen Road meets the N22 Cork Road looks like finally being resolved this year. Late last year Transport Infrastructure Ireland allocated €1.2m to be spent on the section of road between the Park Road roundabout and Ballycasheen junction. “Technical Approval for the improvements, along this section which […]

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A long awaited solution to traffic problems where Ballycasheen Road meets the N22 Cork Road looks like finally being resolved this year.

Late last year Transport Infrastructure Ireland allocated €1.2m to be spent on the section of road between the Park Road roundabout and Ballycasheen junction.

“Technical Approval for the improvements, along this section which include Active Travel provision and Junction Improvements at Ballycasheen, is being sought from TII before commencing,” a council spokesperson confirmed. “The elected members will be briefed on the proposals ahead of the commencement of the statutory process in early 2022.”

The council official was responding to a request by Cllr John O’Donoghue who sought an update on progress being on a promised “more user friendly junction.”

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€2.3m funding for Kerry schools under Summer Works Programme

Minister for Education and Kerry TD Norma Foley has today (Monday) announced funding of €2.3 million for the approval of 24 projects across Kerry under the Department’s 2022 Summer Works Scheme. This funding is part of the overall package of €65m for a total of 497 projects around the country. “I am delighted to confirm […]

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Minister for Education and Kerry TD Norma Foley has today (Monday) announced funding of €2.3 million for the approval of 24 projects across Kerry under the Department’s 2022 Summer Works Scheme.

This funding is part of the overall package of €65m for a total of 497 projects around the country.

“I am delighted to confirm this significant tranche of funding which will provide further investment for schools in Kerry under the Summer Works Scheme,” Minister Foley said.

“School communities have shown great resilience, flexibility and leadership in adapting to the many challenges that arose over the course of the pandemic. This funding is a further endorsement of the excellence in education provided by schools across the county. I am announcing the Summer Works Scheme projects now so that schools have a good lead-in period to plan and deliver the projects in summer 2022,” she said.

“Today’s announcement follows on from the enhanced minor works funding which was delivered to schools a number of weeks ago.”

The projects for Kerry included in today’s announcement include Mechanical Works at Two Mile Community NS and Spa National School, Science Labs including Gas Works at Community College Killorglin and Castleisland Community College, as well as Roof Works at Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra. 

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