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Dan Favier gave a lifetime of service of to the GAA

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Eamonn Fitzgerald pays tribute to a gentle Glenflesk man who manned the turnstiles with courtesy and patience.

Players, managers, selectors, and referees get most of the attention at games, but one forgets too often the other people who conduct their business so efficiently in a quiet manner. It is not so much that we mean to ignore them, but they are taken for granted far too often, and their voluntary work goes unheeded.

I think of board and club officers who make all the arrangements and, without them, games would not go ahead.

This is a big weekend for fixtures in the local All-Ireland. Sam is resting proudly in the Kingdom, East Kerry are county champions as are Rathmore, Fossa, and Firies, but there is still the real local All-Ireland title up for grabs and those unanswered important questions. Who will be crowned O’Donoghue Cup champions for 2022, and who will have the prestigious honour of captaining Kerry in 2023 in defence of their All-Ireland title?

As patrons approach the entrances at the various venues for this weekend’s O’Donoghue Cup games, spare a thought and say a silent prayer of appreciation for the volunteers, who collect the admission charge for entry to the games.

One of those great volunteers for several decades was Dan Favier.

Dan passed away quietly recently in his home at Glenflesk after stewarding at the Fitzgerald Stadium. He had a quiet and gentle nature and handled the frustrations of some supporters who may not have been in the best of humour. The last-minute arrivals didn’t expect such a big attendance. But they should have because King David has been swelling the normal 250 attendance to in excess of 2,500.

Parking spaces are at a premium and the garda cones narrowed the options even further. Then the rush to get in, not knowing whether it was a pre-booked all-ticket game, or if would they take cash at the gate. Have I got my phone? Tech-savvy teenage friends had booked online, but where in the name of God was the icon for scanning?

Frustration mounted as the roar from the crowd inside signalled a goal. It must be a goal. Don’t tell me that Ruairí Murphy, Jameso, Micheál, Tony, Shane, Paul or someone als has struck already and the fat was in the fire after 90 seconds.

Dan Favier handled all of that frustration with a courtesy and a gentleness that smoothed angry tempers.

He will be mourned, not just at the Fitzgerald Stadium but at venues throughout East Kerry and further afield.

The sun wasn’t shining too often yet Dan and volunteers of his ilk were prepared to put up with the vicissitudes of the Kerry climate. Imagine standing at pokey turnstiles at the Fitzgerald Stadium, not just for one hour but anything up to three hours in the draftiest of places as the heavy rains and bitterly cold November winds whipped through the gap. How do they keep warm? How did they put up with the elements at venues where there was no shelter whatsoever?

Dan Favier never shunned the less attractive venues in the county, where he was exposed to the elements yet was as patient and as diligent as ever in collecting the cash. That money will keep the East Kerry Board alive and well-positioned to run off its competitions so efficiently in all grades

So the message is simple: be grateful for the volunteers, who make it all possible for supporters to enjoy the games. Too often are these unpaid officials undervalued.

Dan was one such volunteer, who gave a lifetime of service in his own unassuming way. We can be assured that when he reached the gates, there was no need for identification or scanning the entry ticket.

Tar isteach Dan. Tá fáilte romhat. Go gcúitítear do shaothar leat ar Neamh.

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Opponent gets 10-match ban for using discriminatory language towards Kerry player

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A rival player has been suspended for using discriminatory language in a match against Kerry FC, the League of Ireland has confirmed.

The FAI’s Independent Disciplinary Committee handed Harry Curtis of UCD a 10-match ban for the offence, which took place during the game between the two sides in Mounthawk Park, Tralee last week.

Curtis was sent off in injury time. UCD won the game 2-1.

“An Independent Disciplinary Committee of the FAI has sanctioned UCD AFC player Harry Curtis for using discriminatory language towards a Kerry FC player in the SSE Airtricity Men’s First Division fixture on 10 May 2024,” a League of Ireland statement read.

“The FAI and League of Ireland maintains a strict zero tolerance approach towards any act of discrimination and are committed to ensuring that League of Ireland matches remain a safe and welcoming environment for everyone.

“In accordance with FIFA Regulations and the FAI Disciplinary Regulations, Harry Curits will serve a 10-match suspension. Please note the decision of the Independent Disciplinary Committee may be appealed.”

Kerry FC issued the following statement welcoming the ban: “We condemn discrimination in football and are constantly working to kick it out of the game.

“Mounthawk Park and Kerry FC is a community where everyone is welcome regardless of race, ethnicity, and other diverse backgrounds.

“We would like to thank the Independent Disciplinary Committee in the FAI for their continued efforts and dedication to keeping discrimination out of the game.”

Last week Dundalk goalkeeper George Shelvey was also suspended for 10 games for abusing referee Rob Harvey.

Kerry FC were also involved in two alleged cases of racial abuse last season. In September, they claimed a Longford Town player aimed a “racial remark” at one of their players. The matter was referred to An Garda Síochána.

Earlier in the 2023 season, Kerry released a statement condemning racist online comments that had been made about the black players in their squad.

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TEAM NEWS: Kerry and Monaghan name starting 15s for Killarney showdown

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All-Ireland SFC Group 4

Kerry v Monaghan

Saturday 3pm

Fitzgerald Stadium

Live on GAAGO

Jack O’Connor has rewarded Munster final Man of the Match Tony Brosnan with a spot in Kerry’s starting 15 for Saturday’s All-Ireland group phase opener against Monaghan.

Brosnan kicked three points from play a fortnight ago and he retains his place in a forward division that also includes Dara Moynihan, Paudie Clifford, Seánie O’Shea, David Clifford and the recalled Paul Geaney.

Dingle veteran Geaney starts in place of youngster Cillian Burke, who drops to the bench.

Shane Ryan returns in goal instead of Shane Murphy while the back six and midfield remain unchanged from the seven-point victory in Ennis.

Graham O’Sullivan is a notable absentee from the matchday 26. The Dromid defender’s groin injury was described by O’Connor as “minor” after the Clare game, which O’Sullivan also missed.

Monaghan manager Vinny Corey has also named his side for tomorrow’s Sam Maguire encounter at the Fitzgerald Stadium and he has made five changes from the Farney Army’s last outing (the Ulster preliminary round defeat to Cavan on April 7).

Four of those switches come in attack as Stephen O’Hanlon, Micheál Bannigan, Michael Hammill and Seán Jones replace Garland, Irwin, Loughran and McCarron.

Experienced midfielder Darren Hughes, who was forced off with a knee injury in that match in Clones six weeks ago, is unavailable and is replaced by Micheál McCarville.

Rory Beggan starts in goal after a potential move to the Carolina Panthers in the NFL did not materialise. Talismanic forward Conor McManus will wear the number 15 jersey.

The last time these teams met was in the league at St Tiernach’s Park in February. Kerry prevailed on a scoreline of 3-15 to 1-12.

Tickets for Kerry v Monaghan can be purchased here for €25. Three-match bundles for the entire group stage are also available for €50.

The match will not be televised but it will be streamed on GAAGO.

KERRY TEAM

1. Shane Ryan

2. Paul Murphy

3. Jason Foley

4. Tom O’Sullivan

5. Brian Ó Beaglaoich

6. Tadhg Morley

7. Gavin White

8. Diarmuid O’Connor

9. Joe O’Connor

10. Tony Brosnan

11. Paudie Clifford

12. Dara Moynihan

13. David Clifford

14. Seánie O’Shea

15. Paul Geaney

Subs: Shane Murphy, Cillian Burke, Seán O’Brien, Adrian Spillane, Barry Dan O’Sullivan, Dylan Casey, Stephen O’Brien, Mike Breen, Killian Spillane, Darragh Roche, Armin Heinrich.

MONAGHAN TEAM

1. Rory Beggan

2. Ryan Wylie

3. Kieran Duffy

4. Ryan O’Toole

5. Karl O’Connell

6. Killian Lavelle

7. Conor McCarthy

8. Gary Mohan

9. Micheál McCarville

10. Stephen O’Hanlon

11. Micheál Bannigan

12. Michael Hamill

13. Ciarán McNulty

14. Seán Jones

15. Conor McManus

Subs: Darren McDonnell, Jack McCarron, Stephen Mooney, Dessie Ward, Ryan McAnespie, David Garland, Jason Irwin, Andrew Woods, Barry McBennett, Joel Wilson, Thomas McPhillips.

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