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The Football Qualifiers: Three things to watch out for

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The fourth and final round of the All-Ireland Senior Football Qualifiers takes place this weekend and the results will have major ramifications for Kerry and Dublin, writes Adam Moynihan

  1. Who’s coming to Killarney?

Kerry’s first ever home Super 8s game is just around the corner and their opponents will be decided tomorrow when Fermanagh play Kildare in Navan. The winner of this tie will advance to the next phase and face Kerry in their third and final quarter final group stage game on August 4/5/6.

If we were being very picky we might have asked for more high profile opposition but neither Fermanagh, who reached the Ulster final, nor Kildare, who defeated Mayo (and the GAA) in the last round, will be a pushover, even with home advantage.

Kildare will be favourites following their successful ‘Newbridge or nowhere’ campaign and former Kerry selector Cian O’Neill could well be bringing his charges to Killarney on the August bank holiday weekend.

  1. Away days

Before Kerry play host to anyone in the Super 8s, they must do a bit of travelling themselves and they’ll be going at least halfway up the country for their second group game, if not farther. Over the weekend of July 21/22, Eamonn Fitzmaurice and his talented squad will take on the winners of Sunday’s clash between Laois and Monaghan.

This is probably the biggest mismatch of Round 4; Monaghan should prevail with some points to spare. That would leave Kerry facing a tricky road fixture above in Clones. It’s an exciting (if not entirely appetising) prospect and it would be interesting to see how many hardened Kerry ultras fancy an away day up in Ulster.

  1. Ulster + the Dubs?

If the Munster final is anything to go by, Cork won’t turn over Tyrone so The O’Neill County will, in all likelihood, be joining Dublin and Donegal in Group 2. The remaining spot in this pool will be filled by either Roscommon or Armagh and if the latter pull off a minor upset and win tomorrow, the reigning All-Ireland champions will have three games against Ulster opposition in the Super 8s

Realistically, Dublin would probably win their two home games (against Donegal and Armagh/Roscommon) regardless but an away tie against Tyrone on July 21/22 would potentially be the tie of the round.

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Dancing classes set to unite communities

By Michelle Crean There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities. KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support […]

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By Michelle Crean

There’s no language barrier when it comes to dancing – which is why one local group is organising classes to unite communities.

KASI, the Killarney Immigrant Support Centre, has teamed up with dance instructor John Moriarty to teach both Ukrainians and multiple cultures living in Kerry Irish set dancing steps from next week.

The first class will take place on Tuesday evenings, starting next week (September 27) at St Mary’s Parish Hall at 6.30pm and all are welcome to join.

The idea is to help Ukrainians living in Killarney and Kerry to come and have fun and get to know locals better, KASI coordinator, Marilyn Catapat-Counihan, explained to the Killarney Advertiser.

“We have a women’s group for all ages where we do crochet, sewing and art and crafts, where they can talk which is good. I had the music on and they were dancing. I asked if they would like to do dancing classes so I organised it with John Moriarty who is well known in Killarney.”

She added that the women are very excited to learn set dancing and get to know other people from the area.

“Sometimes when you meet new people the language can be a barrier and when you’re dancing everybody is moving. He will open it to everyone so there’ll be integration, it’s fun as well. They are all very excited.”

To find out more contact John on 086 1579381.

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Multiple Sclerosis Walk celebrates 20 years

By Sean Moriarty The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers. On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The rising cost of fuel is already having a negative effect on charity events with some limiting numbers.

On October 9, the annual Multiple Sclerosis South Kerryv Walk takes place over the Old Kenmare Road.

First run in 2002, this year’s event will celebrate 20 years since its foundation but two years were lost as a result of the pandemic.

This year’s walk will be limited to 150 people – three coach loads – so event organisers can cut back on running costs.

It will only be possible to participate in this year’s event if walkers pre-register.

“Walkers must raise at least €40 to make it worthwhile,” organiser John O’Shea told the Killarney Advertiser.

“Spaces are limited, 150 people equals three coaches and we need smaller coaches to get into the start of the Old Kenmare Road as that is just a bog road. We have limited numbers for cost and operational reasons.”

Mr O’Shea thanked event sponsors O’Callaghan Coaches and The Gleneagle Hotel for their support of the event.

Registration forms can be obtained by calling John on 087 2348824.

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