FAI supremo John Delaney could be returning to Kerry this weekend but considering the current controversy surrounding his tenure, it’s difficult to predict what kind of reception he’ll receive if he does.
The latest alleged financial improprieties uncovered by the Sunday Times relate to payments totalling €60,000 that were apparently made by the FAI in 2013 and 2014 to Delaney’s then girlfriend, Susan Keegan.
It is believed that a number of board members were unaware of the transactions, which the Sunday Times say were recorded in the FAI’s accountancy system. For her part, Ms Keegan denies receiving any payments from John Delaney or from the FAI.
On the back of reports in the same paper which exposed the mysterious €100,000 “bridging loan” given to the FAI by Delaney, and the revelations that he once racked up €40,000 on his company credit card over a six-month period, it certainly seems as though the net is now closing on Delaney and other senior FAI officials in Abbotstown.
Honorary Secretary Michael Cody and Honorary Treasurer Eddie Murray have already resigned and the FAI have confirmed that the entire board will be stepping down at the association’s AGM in July. Considering the seriousness of the allegations, some observers have also suggested that Delaney and co. could potentially be facing prosecution.
Despite the ongoing scandal, Delaney, who is currently on “gardening leave”, was due to come to Kerry on Saturday to attend the opening of Castleisland AFC’s new all-weather pitch. The FAI confirmed on Thursday that he will not be part of their official delegation but it is still thought that he may attend in a personal capacity.
Whether or not he receives “the mother of all welcomes”, as suggested by Kerry TD Michael Healy-Rae, remains to be seen, although he is likely to be well-received by Castleisland AFC and Kerry District League officials.
KDL Secretary John O’Regan, who is a member of the FAI Senior Council and a personal friend of Delaney’s, has repeatedly defended the ex-CEO in recent weeks and the league’s official stance on the matter is unlikely to change now.
LAST WEEK’S ARTICLE
However, if the reaction to last week’s opinion piece on Delaney and Kerry soccer is anything to go by, public opinion in this part of the world is quite different to the one portrayed by the men in charge of the Kerry league.
Feedback to the article, which was titled ‘Delaney’s backers should be ashamed’, has been overwhelmingly positive, with many Kerry readers commenting that they were pleased to see their views being accurately represented in the media.
The story got a lot of traction on social media, particularly on Twitter where it was shared and commented on by hundreds of disgruntled soccer fans from all over Ireland.
A number of journalists from the nationals also picked up on the article, including Mark Tighe of the Sunday Times, the man responsible for breaking the John Delaney scandal a little over a month ago.
Meanwhile, the anecdotes about the state of Kerry soccer also appear to have struck a chord. Since the article was published I have been inundated by messages from players, officials and supporters who are deeply unhappy with the way that Kerry soccer is being run, and many have shared their own frankly shocking experiences with the KDL down through the years.
Whether or not Delaney’s allies at regional level will continue to dominate Irish soccer in his absence remains to be seen but one thing is now certain, the majority of soccer people in Kerry are desperate for things to change.
Pic: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile.
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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