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Join Sam Maguire on a unique charity trek

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by Adam Moynihan

The organisers of a unique fundraiser are inviting Killarney Advertiser readers to join Sam Maguire on a St Stephen’s Day charity trek.

The most famous trophy in Irish sport will be carried to the summit of the Western Pap to help raise much needed funds for the Kerry-Cork Health Link Bus and the Brian Lawlor Trust.

Participants will meet at Glenflesk GAA club at 9.30am on December 26 before ascending the 690-metre peak.

“Proper footwear and warm clothing, not to mind a fair level of fitness, will be required for the challenging trek,” one of the organisers, Rory D’Arcy, said. “It is very important for safety and insurance purposes that all participants meet at Glenflesk GAA clubhouse to register at 9.30. Water will also be essential. We also advise all participants to bring along a good walking stick as it can be a great help.

“All donations are welcome online or on the day for these worthy causes.” To donate online, visit idonate.ie/fundraiser/samtothesummit.

Members of the Glenflesk and Rathmore clubs, as well as others from the greater East Kerry area, have joined forces to organise the event.

Brian Lawlor is a keen U5 footballer from Rathmore who is currently battling illness.

“Every cent raised will go to support family, friends and neighbours on tougher journeys than our climb,” volunteer Emma Cooper said.

Rathmore man Donal Murphy is another organiser driving the initiative. “These are great causes and we need your support,” he added.  

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Killarney set for festival of football at Spa GAA’s Club 7s

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The third annual Killarney Club 7s tournament will be staged next weekend (June 1-2) at Spa GAA grounds with 36 clubs and over 500 players due to take part.

The hugely successful event has already become a popular fixture of the local sporting calendar with large crowds flocking to Tullig for two days of football and entertainment.

With Heineken as title sponsors and support also coming from the likes of Kellihers Toyota, Killarney Credit Union, Sheahan’s, GMIB.ie, Daly’s SuperValu and O’Callaghan Coaches, attendees will be treated to top quality food and drink on site, as well as a wide array of live music. Acclaimed group Chasing Abbey are the headline act on Saturday with Super Céilí rounding things off on Sunday night.

On the pitch, men’s and women’s teams from all over the country will compete for €10,000 in prize money.

Matches will be played across three excellent pitches, all of which can be easily viewed from all areas of the grounds.

The group stages will be played on Saturday with the knockout rounds scheduled for Sunday. Participating teams include Confey from Kildare, St Finbarr’s from Cork, Castleknock from Dublin and, all the way from Germany, Berlin GAA.

The hosts Spa won the 2023 men’s final in dramatic fashion when a last-gasp goal saw them beat Cuala in front of a boisterous crowd.

Free shuttle buses will be running to Killarney when the festivities wind down at 10pm each night.

For more information, visit killarneyclub7s.ie.

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Fierce rivals Celtic and Athletic set for tense Kerry District League final

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Killarney Celtic’s dominance of the local junior soccer scene appears to show no signs of letting up after the Derreen-based club added more silverware to their cabinet last Sunday – but their fiercest rivals are hoping to rip up the script in this weekend’s league final.

Last week the Hoops defeated Tralee Dynamos in the final of the Greyhound Bar KO Cup to make it six-in-a-row in the county’s most prestigious knockout competition.

Lee Downing was the hero on the day as he scored twice in the first half to put his side in the ascendency. In the end, that was enough to get the job done as the Killarney lads held on for a 2-0 win.

The Celts have the opportunity to complete another league and cup double this weekend, although they will be pushed all the way by a talented young Killarney Athletic outfit in the Premier A final.

The match will take place on Sunday at 4pm in Mounthawk Park in Tralee and Brendan Moloney’s Blues will be eager to bring their neighbours’ remarkable run to an abrupt end.

Athletic will unfortunately be without stalwart Shane Doolan who recently suffered an ACL injury.

Supporters of both clubs are urged to make the journey to Tralee and get behind their teams for one last time this season.

The Killarney Athletic B team play Iveragh United in the Tommy Healy Cup final replay at the same venue at 1pm.

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