RACES: Philip O'Brien (Racing Manager Killarney Races) and Ross Kierans (General Manager thetote.com) pictured at the announcement that The Tote will sponsor the Killarney National at the May Racing Festival. Photo: Don MacMonagle
Tote Ireland is to back the 2019 Killarney National on Monday, May 13 as it continues to expand on its impressive sponsorship portfolio across the country.
The Tote Ireland Killarney National will have a value of €65,000 making it the richest race in Killarney in 2019.
Tote Ireland have also announced that they are to sponsor the full card at Killarney on Friday, July 19, the first Friday meeting at the racecourse’s five-day July festival which begins on Monday, July 15.
In recent times, the Tote Killarney National has been won by subsequent Kerry National hero ‘Your Busy’ which scored for James Nash in 2014, the Enda Bolger-trained ‘Cantlow’ and ‘Auvergna’ were winners in 2016 and 2017 respectively, while Rachael Blackmore guided the John Ryan-trained ‘Icantsay’ to a narrow success last year.
“We are delighted to have the TOTE as the sponsor of our feature race The Killarney National this year,” Racing Manager, Philip O’ Brien, said.
“With increased prize money of €70,000 we are looking forward to a very exciting and competitive race. We would like to thank the Tote for their generous sponsorship and with the Tote we are hoping to make the Killarney National a feature event in the National Hunt calendar and build on its reputation and prize fund year-on-year.”
Ross Kierans, General Manager of Tote Ireland, added that they are particularly proud to sponsor the Killarney National.
“It is one of the big early races of the new National Hunt season each year and we are very happy to have Tote Ireland associated with it. Our sponsorship of both the Tote Ireland Killarney National in May and the full day of festival racing on the Friday of Killarney’s popular July meeting demonstrates Tote Ireland’s commitment to Irish racing in general and the value we place on Killarney Races as a partner.”
Relegation battle has town divided
By Sean Moriarty This is bigger than the county final itself – with the main prize on offer being bragging rights in the town. After an unprecedented run of events during this year’s Kerry Senior Football championship Killarney’s two biggest clubs, Dr Crokes and Killarney Legion are set to face off in a relegation battle […]
By Sean Moriarty
This is bigger than the county final itself – with the main prize on offer being bragging rights in the town.
After an unprecedented run of events during this year’s Kerry Senior Football championship Killarney’s two biggest clubs, Dr Crokes and Killarney Legion are set to face off in a relegation battle that is sure to divide the town.
In sporting terms, the outcome of the big game, set for December 5, is simple enough. The winner stays in the Senior Championship next season and the losers will have to play in the Intermediate Championship.
Fans of the black and amber or the green and white face an anxious week. Winning the county title is one thing – consigning your cross town rivals to second division football in football is altogether a bigger prize.
Senior officials from both clubs are being very guarded on a potential outcome as both sides know the significance of this play off.
“It is a pity that two Killarney clubs, with a long tradition of playing football in the top tier, find themselves in the position of having to play off to avoid relegation,” Matt O’Neill, Cathaoirleach of Dr Crokes, told the Killarney Advertiser.
“Both teams will fight tooth and nail to stay in the senior ranks. I am confident that on Sunday week our lads will do themselves and the club proud, as always, and give their all in the quest to keep the black and amber to the fore.”
Crokes are based off the Lewis Road with Legion a short distance away on the other side of the bypass.
“Everyone has an opinion on this,” Legion PRO, Elaine O’Donoghue, told the Killarney Advertiser. “Both sides will be nervous – may the best team win. There are a lot of questions, are the Crokes suffering after defeat to Kerins O’Rahillys [in the semi-final]? Are our lads suffering after losing to St Brendan’s for the third year in a row?”
Every football fan will be keeping a close eye on next weekend’s Intermediate County Final too which takes place on December 4.
The winners of the match between Beaufort and Tralee side Na Gael will be automatically promoted to replace the losers of the Killarney play-off in the Senior Championship next season.
Should Beaufort prevail, a (relatively) local team could replace a town team in the top flight.
Handball off the wall in Killarney
By Con Dennehy The popularity of handball as one of the fastest growing sports in Kerry is set to continue in the East Kerry region with the continued development of Spa/Killarney Handball Club. On Monday night the progressive club hosts a Beginners and Advanced League at their magnificent indoor facility located at the Spa GAA grounds […]
By Con Dennehy
The popularity of handball as one of the fastest growing sports in Kerry is set to continue in the East Kerry region with the continued development of Spa/Killarney Handball Club.
On Monday night the progressive club hosts a Beginners and Advanced League at their magnificent indoor facility located at the Spa GAA grounds in Killarney. The club boasts two state-of-the-art indoor handball walls which were designed and built by local player and sportsman Mike Casey. It was opened in May 2018.
“On Monday night the games will tip off at 7pm with 11 players in the Advanced League and seven in the Beginners League. The format of the competition will see quarter finals in the first round progressing to overall winners on the night. It promises to be a great night of exciting handball and we welcome spectators,” said Eoin O’Donoghue, secretary of the club.
Competitors taking part in the Beginners League are Sheila Kelliher, Elena O’Donoghue, Niamh Faulds, Rosin King, Brid Horgan, Neill Horgan and Sinead Moriarty.
Players signed up for the Advanced League include Aoife Walsh, John Daniel Cronin, Eoin O’Donoghue, Kieran O’Brien, Brendan O’Donoghue, Michael Clifford, Evan Enright, Eoghan Daly, Brian McEvoy, Jerry Cronin and Maggie Quirke.
One player set to receive a warm welcome will be Brendan O’Donoghue. At the 2019 All-Ireland Hardball championships in Mayo, Brendan became the first Spa/Killarney man to win an All-Ireland Handball medal. He achieved this unique and much publicised honour in the highly ranked Master’s 55 B final.
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