KILLARNEY CELTIC are this week reflecting on what can only be described as the greatest day in their 40-year history. For the first time ever they have reached the quarter finals of the FAI Junior Cup. And with Sunday’s incredible victory over Ballynanty this particular crop of Celtic players have proven once again that on their day they can mix it with the very best teams in Ireland.
The home side, Limerick cup holders Ballynanty Rovers, went into the game as firm favourites and Celtic’s task was made all the more difficult by the absence talented striker Cathal O’Shea (suspended) and regular left back Brendan Falvey (broken hand).
They suffered a major setback early 20 minutes in when Gary Keane, who was filling in at centre half, was caught on the wrong side of an onrushing Ballynanty striker at the edge of the area. Keane was adjudged to have brought down his opponent and received his marching orders for denying a clear goal-scoring opportunity. As if the brief weren’t already challenging enough for Celtic, they would now have to play the remaining three-quarters of the game a man light.
The visitors saw out the half and managed to weather a very heavy storm early on in the second, thanks in no small part to goalkeeper Roy Kelliher who denied the Balla attack with a string of high quality saves. The vociferous home crowd must have felt as though a goal was inevitable, but when it came it was the green and white faithful who were celebrating.
Young striker Stephen McCarthy, who was deputising for the suspended O’Shea, pounced on a loose ball inside the opposition area and smashed Celtic into the lead with seventy minutes on the clock. All of a sudden, the side from Kerry were on course for another shock victory.
The healthy Celtic following may have been in dreamland then, but things got even better ten minutes later. With Balla pressing for an equaliser, man of the moment Wayne Sparling – who hit two in the previous round against Newmarket – latched onto a long ball before bearing down on goal and applying a typically cool finish.
The hosts did manage to pull one back but Celtic held on for another momentous victory.
The club are now looking forward to the draw for the next round which takes place in the Aviva Stadium on Wednesday, February 15. The management team and captain John McDonagh have been invited to attend.
Celtic will be joined in the hat by holders Sheriff YC of Dublin and Limerick kingpins Janesboro, as well as Kilmallock (Limerick), Boyle Celtic (Roscommon), Carrick United (Waterford), Peake Villa (Tipperary) and Evergreen (Kilkenny).
Manager Brian Spillane is optimistic when it comes to his side’s chances in the next round. “I think we’re due a home draw at this stage. It’d be fantastic to get a quarter final at Celtic Park,” he said.
“We’ll be looking to go on another step. We know that’ll be a massive ask again but I don’t think we’re finished yet. I think there’s more to come.”
Pharmacy jabs begin today
By Michelle Crean Pharmacists across Kerry – including four in Killarney – are ready to begin giving the Johnson and Johnson Janssen jabs to the over 50s as the latest stage of the vaccine rollout. Kennellys Pharmacy at The Reeks Gateway, Park Road Care Plus on Countess Road, Boots Deerpark Shopping Centre, and Sheahans Pharmacy […]
By Michelle Crean
Pharmacists across Kerry – including four in Killarney – are ready to begin giving the Johnson and Johnson Janssen jabs to the over 50s as the latest stage of the vaccine rollout.
Kennellys Pharmacy at The Reeks Gateway, Park Road Care Plus on Countess Road, Boots Deerpark Shopping Centre, and Sheahans Pharmacy on Main Street will be booking people in groups as each vile lasts just a number hours once opened.
Staff at Kennellys Pharmacy at The Reeks are ready to welcome in their first vaccine participants today (Friday). Each had pre-booked their slot, according to Dispensary Manager Christina O’Grady.
“We are starting today for the over 50s only with the Janssen Johnson and Johnson one dose jab,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.
She said that they have been busy in the pharmacy all week booking people in, however for now, depending on demand and supply available, they’ll be vaccinating people two days a week.
“We’re taking a list of people. It’ll probably be only two mornings a week – it all depends on the uptake.”
Pharmacist Finbarr Kennelly said it’s a great way to give a vaccine to those who may have missed theirs.
“It’s an opportunity for the over 50s who have missed their vaccine for whatever reason. The advantage is that it’s a one shot vaccine.”
Anyone who’d like to book in for their vaccine can call Kennellys on 064 6639427.
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€500k to help re-start Killarney’s live music scene
By Sean Moriarty A number of Killarney venues were elated this week to learn that funding to the tune of €500k has been announced to help re-start the town’s live music scene. Of the €1,001,944 in funding announced this week for the county Killarney is to receive over half with funds to assist the Gleneagle […]
By Sean Moriarty
A number of Killarney venues were elated this week to learn that funding to the tune of €500k has been announced to help re-start the town’s live music scene.
Of the €1,001,944 in funding announced this week for the county Killarney is to receive over half with funds to assist the Gleneagle Hotel Killarney/INEC Arena, Celtic Steps The Show, Scott’s Hotel, and Courtney’s Bar.
The funding, announced by Minister for Education and Kerry TD Norma Foley on Tuesday, is in place to assist commercial venues, producers and promoters in Kerry to plan live events over the summer months.
The scheme, managed by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media will support live performances, particularly where capacity for live attendance is restricted due to COVID-19.
The funding will make live performances viable or alternatively make them available online if audiences cannot attend due to restrictions.
“I welcome this funding which will provide an enormous boost to the live entertainment industry in Kerry,” Minister Foley said.
“This money will help to facilitate the delivery of exciting programmes of activities over the coming summer and autumn period. This funding will also provide a vital lift to those talented performers, artists, technicians, creative and performance support staff across the sector, who have not been able to work due to the pandemic.”
Four venues and promoters in Killarney will receive a total of €560,646 in grant aid to help re-start the live music and performing arts industries in the town after months of lockdown.
The Gleneagle Hotel Killarney/INEC Arena will receive €380,822 for live music shows and for the pre-recording of live material from acts of the future.
“We are delighted with this week’s announcement on funding,” Mark Egan, Director of the Gleneagle INEC Arena told the Killarney Advertiser. “We can now look ahead to implementing a programme of events that will provide employment for performers, artists, technicians and support staff many of whom have not had work for months. We have a fantastic, diverse programme in the pipeline and we can’t wait to get the various artists, crews and event suppliers back on site and back to the work we all love. We thank Minister Catherine Martin and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media for making this grant available.”
Celtic Steps The Show will receive €84,627 to allow it livestream performances from its Killarney Racecourse Theatre.
For Celtic Steps producer/director David Rae the funding presents more than just an opportunity to get the show back on the road. He will create 43 paid positions from dancers and musicians to sound and lighting engineers and even a COVID-19 Compliance Officer.
He is awaiting further guidance on permission to allow a limited audience attend a Celtic Steps performance but he hopes by early July to have a series of online performances up and running.
“This is what it is all about, getting these people back to work after so long being unemployed,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “I will need all of these people, from two days before I start to two days after, it is almost like building a festival from scratch and we can’t thank the minister and department enough for this chance.”
Scott’s Hotel will receive the same figure as Celtic Steps for live performances for tourists across the summer.
Courtney’s Bar on Plunkett St will receive €10,570 for a number of gigs that will feature local musicians.
“This is fantastic news,” manager Brian Murphy said. “We have been associated with live music in Killarney for a long time so we are delighted to get the funding and allow live music to continue.”
Like Celtic Steps, he is still waiting for confirmation on the format of the funded gigs.
“It is hard to see a bar gig with an audience going ahead but one of the stipulations of the grant is that if we cannot do a live gig under current guidelines, we have to do it online.”
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