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Your Kerry County Championship Team of the Decade




Your votes have been counted (and recounted) and the Killarney Advertiser is delighted to unveil the Kerry Senior Football Championship Team of the Decade.

Unsurprisingly, Dr Crokes players dominate the final selection with 10 players in total making the cut. The Killarney club were by far and away the most successful team of the past 10 years, claiming an unprecedented seven titles between 2010 and 2019.

South Kerry, who were champions in 2015 and runners-up in 2017, have two representatives on the star-studded team while Austin Stacks, Rathmore and Dingle have one apiece.

A number of players were virtually universal picks but the voting was close on other positions. Two were decided by just a single vote.


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Shane Murphy gets the nod between the posts having helped Dr Crokes to titles in 2016, 2017 and 2018. Murphy was won one of four Crokes keepers to win the County Championship in the 2010s. Kieran Cremin, Alan Kelly and David Moloney were the others.

It’s an all-Crokes full back line with seven-time winners John Payne, Mike Moloney and Fionn Fitzgerald all earning their spots at 2, 3 and 4. Payne earned a reputation as being one of the county’s toughest man-markers over the course of the decade and the tenacious defender was the top vote-getter amongst the backs.

Another seven-time champion, Eoin Brosnan, anchors the half-back line with Killian Young of South Kerry and Aidan O’Mahony on the wings.

The midfield pairing was an open and shut case as Johnny Buckley (Dr Crokes) and Bryan Sheehan (South Kerry) raked in the vast majority of the votes for that department.

The accomplished trio of Brian Looney, Colm Cooper and Daithí Casey form an all-Crokes half forward line with teammate Kieran O’Leary, Kieran Donaghy (Austin Stacks) and Paul Geaney (Dingle) rounding off the front six.

Gooch was the most popular selection overall with Looney, O’Leary, Buckley, Sheehan, Brosnan and Payne also accumulating a large percentage of the votes.


The Team of the Decade was voted for by readers of the Killarney Advertiser with sports editor Adam Moynihan also getting a regular, non-weighted vote.

Commenting on the final selection, Adam said he was happy enough with the team, although he felt that a few players could “feel a bit hard done by”.

“Dr Crokes were always going to dominate this team, and rightly so,” he said.

“They won seven out of 10 titles so 10 is probably a fair number; you could probably make an argument for one or two more of their players as well. But it’s important to recognise the other champions too and Bryan Sheehan and Kieran Donaghy in particular simply had to make the team.

“East Kerry are the only winning team not represented and I think that comes down to the fact that they only really came into the picture in the last two years. The future looks bright for them and who knows, they could well have a few players on the Team of the 2020s.”



Carols by Candlelight

    St. Mary’s Cathedral, will be filled with music and glowing candles, as choirs from all over Killarney Parish gather for a community of voices together to celebrate Christmas […]






St. Mary’s Cathedral, will be filled with music and glowing candles, as choirs from all over Killarney Parish gather for a community of voices together to celebrate Christmas 2023, December17, at 7.00pm. Admission is free.

Ten Choirs from Killarney parish will join together and sing some of the world’s most beloved Christmas carols.
The carol service is directed by accomplished Musician and Choral Director, Paula Gleeson. Originally from Cork, her family have been involved in all aspects of choral and church music for 50 years.

“This is the best experience as director, working with Fr. Kieran O’Brien, and St. Mary’s Cathedral Choir, I get to work with so many talented people in Killarney. The commitment of Teachers, Principals, and the hundreds of students from the Primary and Secondary Schools is inspiring. The generosity of our sponsors, who were so willing to contribute has helped to make this night a reality. We are all so truly grateful,” she said.

Choirs include:
St. Mary’s Cathedral Parish Choir, organist Anita Lakner
Holy Cross Mercy School Choir
St. Oliver’s Primary School Choir
St. Brigid’s Secondary School Choir
St. Brendan’s Secondary School Choir
Killarney Harmonisers
Killarney Community College School Choir
Lissivigeen National School Choir
Gaelscoil Faithleann School Choir
Presentation Monastery School Choir

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The same but different – A tribute to three great Irish musicians



Driving home from work last Friday, tributes for Shane McGowan were pouring out across the radio stations and while listening in, I got a strong sense of déjà vu.

It was only a few months earlier that we got the sad news that the talented Aslan front man Christy Dingham had passed away, and a short few weeks after that – Sinéad O’Connor.  The loss of three iconic Irish musicians that left music fans across the country reeling.

When I think about each artist individually, their personalities couldn’t be more different. Yet, for days after the passing of the Pogues frontman, I found myself wondering why I was so drawn to all three.

And then, over the weekend I stumbled across a completely unrelated article which led with a headline:

“In a year dominated by artificial intelligence, deepfakes, and disingenuity, “authentic” has somehow emerged as Merriam-Webster’s word for 2023.”

And there was my answer. The one characteristic that embodied all three of these great Irish musicians.

It was my mother that first introduced me to Aslan’s music. She grew up during their peak and loved all sorts of rock music. I regularly watch their Vicar Street performances back on YouTube and still get mesmerised by Christy’s intense stage presence. Using elaborate hand gestures to evoke a greater meaning behind the words, he always looked like he was away in his own world. Off stage, and particularly later in his career, I admired him for his honesty when talking about his struggles with addiction and mental health. He was talking openly about these issues long before it was the norm.

Sinéad O’Connor was another original soul who, because of her talent, was catapulted into a music industry consumed by artificiality; she was almost too pure for it all. I always admired her unwavering commitment to her beliefs. Her authenticity was evident in every aspect of her artistry. The way she unapologetically embraced her shaved head and boy-ish style, she challenged conventional opinions around beauty. Her music reflected her personal struggles and she never shied away from addressing issues of social injustice, religion, and gender equality. Her stances often drew criticism and controversy, but she always remained true to herself.

Shane MacGowan will always be remembered for his unfiltered nature, and while the lyrics of many songs were dark and gritty, there was also an element of empathy and compassion in what he wrote. Like Christy, he too struggled with addiction and mental health issues throughout his career. While his demons sometimes spilled over into the public eye, his honesty and vulnerability just endeared him even more to us Irish.

So isn’t it apt in a year we lost three great musicians, the word of 2023 happens to be the one undeniable trait that they all shared. Thank you Christy, Sinead and Shane for showing us that authenticity is not just about being different to everyone else; but also about possessing the courage to challenge the established, to question the norms, and to keep going, even when the going gets tough.


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