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Two-thirds of Kerry fans expect Sam to return in 2020

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Witnessing Dublin’s recent dominance has undoubtedly been a humbling experience for Kerry supporters but, after an encouraging run to the All-Ireland final in 2019, it looks like the green and gold faithful have finally got their swagger back.

A survey carried out by the Killarney Advertiser this week has revealed that 65% of Kerry fans are expecting a 38th All-Ireland title by the end of the year, with a whopping 99% of all respondents saying that Peter Keane’s men need to at least make the final for 2020 to be classed as a “good year”.

The survey shows how radically Kerry supporters’ expectations have changed in the past 12 months. In the most recent questionnaire, 36% were of the opinion that Kerry would win the 2020 National League. This represents a dramatic increase on last year’s pre-season poll when just 2.4% of our readers predicted that Kerry would go all the way.

Kerry eventually fell just short of clinching the Division 1 crown when they were defeated by Mayo in the decider.

Last January, almost a quarter of supporters feared that Kerry would get relegated to Division 2. This year, zero respondents foresee the Munster champions finishing below fourth.

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Despite Cork’s impressive showing in last year’s Munster final, Kerry fans expect the county’s dominance at provincial level to continue in 2020 with 96% predicting an eighth Munster title in a row. For their part, Cork got the remaining 4% of the vote.

Taking a broad view of the team’s progress, an overwhelming majority (92%) of those polled said they are confident that Kerry are heading in the right direction. When asked the same question last June ahead of the Munster final, that percentage was at 78%.

Dublin’s five-in-a-row-winning manager Jim Gavin resigned at the end of the 2019 season and Kerry fans believe that this could affect the champions’ chances in 2020. 38% of respondents said that Gavin’s departure was “very significant” while a further 53% described his resignation as being “somewhat significant”. Just 9% feel that the change in manager is of no importance at all.

Kerry will get their 2020 league campaign up and running with a tricky away tie against Dublin on Saturday night.

 

 

Pic: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile.

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County Board open to GAA museum proposals

By Sean Moriarty The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county. There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county.

There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built in their home town.

Before he retired from politics in April, Michael Gleeson was campaigning to build a GAA and cultural museum on the grounds of Fitzgerald Stadium.

His campaign goes back several years before the recession set in, with a €0.5 million bridging loan secured from Croke Park along with funding from Fáilte Ireland. That funding was lost with the onset of the recession before 2010.

Tim Murphy, the outgoing chairman of the Kerry County Board, has confirmed to the Killarney Advertiser that no approaches have been made to the County Board at executive level during his five year stint at the helm.

However, he said the Board would be open to such approaches provided there is sound financial planning behind the project in place.

“The first and most important aspect is the capital funding and my understanding is there needs to be Fáilte Ireland funding in place first,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “If it gets up and running, there needs to be very clear talks with all stakeholders so everyone knows each others expectations. A museum attracts footfall, but it costs a lot of money to run. We would offer an open door policy to all proposals but funding, first from a capital point of view and then from an operational point of view, will need to be in place.”

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Loreto pupils are happy to help save the planet

By Michelle Crean School pupils are fast becoming the next generation of environmentalists thanks to a brand new litter-picking campaign. Happy to help save the planet one bit of litter at a time are the children from Scoil Bhríde, Loreto NS, who are currently partaking in the Picker Pal Programme. It’s all about taking on […]

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By Michelle Crean

School pupils are fast becoming the next generation of environmentalists thanks to a brand new litter-picking campaign.

Happy to help save the planet one bit of litter at a time are the children from Scoil Bhríde, Loreto NS, who are currently partaking in the Picker Pal Programme.

It’s all about taking on a litter-picking adventure in their local area as well as learning songs, reading storybooks, filling in activity books while witnessing that their real-world actions are making a positive difference and inspiring others to join the movement.

Picker Pals is a unique primary school programme that gives children the tools and motivation to become the next generation of environmentalists, teacher Claire O’Meara explained.

“The Picker Pal Programme is a fantastic initiative and will go a long way to raise awareness of the impact litter has on our environment,” she told the Killarney Advertiser.

Real litter-picking is motivated by a Picker Pack made from upcycled dinghy sails and containing adult and child litter-picking tools, gloves, hi-vis vests and safety information.

“This pack is then taken home by a different pupil every week. That child takes their adult on a litter-picking adventure. The children then tell the story of their litter-picking adventures through art and writing. Raising awareness is an essential part of the solution to littering. Picker Pals gives young people the tools and positive motivation to steward their local environment and make the world a better place.”

The programme, run by environmental NGO VOICE Ireland, is funded by the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications and various local authorities across Ireland.

Now in its third year of operation, over one thousand schools all across Ireland will be taking part in the Picker Pals programme this year. In Kerry, 29 schools are taking part, and Scoil Bhríde, Loreto is delighted to be included, she added.

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