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Keane names both Clifford brothers in dynamic Kerry forward line

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Kerry senior football manager Peter Keane. Pic: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile.

Kerry manager Peter Keane has named his first starting 15 of 2021 and the big news is that star forward David Clifford will be joined in attack by his older brother, Paudie.

The elder Clifford made his first appearances for Kerry as a substitute against Monaghan and Cork towards the tail end of last year. Keane will hand the Fossa native his first start in tomorrow's National League opener against Galway (3pm, Live on Eir Sport).

Paudie has impressed while representing East Kerry in recent seasons and the stylish half/centre forward was instrumental in his divisional side's County Championship triumphs of 2019 and 2020. He will line out at No. 15 for Kerry in Austin Stack Park tomorrow, with his sibling reverting to his favoured No. 13 jersey. (The younger Clifford wore No. 14 as he played a captain's role for Kerry in 2020, with some observers speculating that this was due to the old piseóg, or superstition, that no Kerry captain has won an All-Ireland wearing 13.)

It is a very attack-minded front six with veteran Paul Geaney being named at left half forward alongside Seán O'Shea (centre) and Dara Moynihan (right half).

Killian Spillane, who scored the winner against Galway the last time the teams met, lines out at full forward.

In defence, Brian Ó Beaglaoich starts at right corner back behind Paul Murphy, who will lead his teammates out as Kerry's official captain for the first time. The experienced Rathmore defender has captained the side previously but only in a temporary capacity.

Gavin Crowley starts at centre back in place of the now-retired Peter Crowley while Tralee pair David Moran and Jack Barry have been named at midfield.

In a departure from past team announcements, Peter Keane has also named his substitutes from 16-26. There's a place on the bench for newcomers Kieran Fitzgibbon, Paul O'Shea, Mike Breen and Kevin O'Sullivan.

Galway, meanwhile, will be glad to welcome influential full forward Damien Comer back into the fold. Comer sustained a hamstring injury in his side's 15-point defeat to Mayo in the league last October and subsequently missed Galway's only championship match of the abbreviated season: the Connacht final, when Mayo, once again, were the victors.

Manager Pádraic Joyce has named two debutants in his first line-up of the year. U20 All-Ireland-winning captain Jack Glynn starts at corner back while Dylan McHugh of Corofin is named at centre back. Two more of that successful U20 team will start in attack as both Paul Kelly and Matthew Tierney get the nod in a forward line that also contains Eamonn Brannigan, Dessie Conneely, and team captain Shane Walsh.

Kerry team to face Galway

1. Shane Ryan (Rathmore)

2. Brian Ó Beaglaoich (An Ghaeltacht)

3. Tadhg Morley (Templenoe)

4. Jason Foley (Ballydonoghue)

5. Paul Murphy (Captain - Rathmore)

6. Gavin Crowley (Templenoe)

7. Gavin White (Dr Crokes)

8. David Moran (Kerin's O'Rahilly's)

9. Jack Barry (Na Gaeil)

10. Dara Moynihan (Spa)

11. Seán O'Shea (Kenmare Shamrocks)

12. Paul Geaney (Dingle)

13. David Clifford (Fossa)

14. Killian Spillane (Templenoe)

15. Paudie Clifford (Fossa)

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Galway team to face Kerry

1. Bernard Power

2. Jack Glynn

3. Seán Ó Maoilchiaráin

4. Liam Silke

5. Gary O’Donnell

6. Dylan McHugh

7. Johnny Heaney

8. Peter Cooke

9. Paul Conroy

10. Paul Kelly

11. Matthew Tierney

12. Eamonn Brannigan

13. Dessie Conneely

14. Damien Comer

15. Shane Walsh (Captain)

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Killarney Races celebrates 200 years

Killarney Races celebrated 200 years of racing yesterday during the opening day of AugustFest, an exciting three-day summer horse-racing festival that will run until tomorrow (Saturday) inclusive. Kerry Senior Football Captain […]

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Killarney Races celebrated 200 years of racing yesterday during the opening day of AugustFest, an exciting three-day summer horse-racing festival that will run until tomorrow (Saturday) inclusive.

Kerry Senior Football Captain Sean O’Shea, with a host of fellow teammates and back-room staff, escorted Sam Maguire to the racecourse arriving by jaunting cart to take part in the bi-centenary celebrations.

Racegoers of all ages were thrilled to get up close with the Sam Maguire Cup and our fantastic Kerry football legends.

AugustFest at Killarney Races offers patrons great racing, history, socialising, entertainment and so much more at Ireland’s most scenic racecourse. A special bi-centenary admission package was available on the opening day offering patrons admission, a racecard and a €5 free bet all for €20 which went down a treat with punters. With many bringing their jerseys and cameras along to make the most of the double celebrations at the Kerry track.

The first race at Killarney Racecourse was recorded in 1822. In the early days, the meetings were supported by Lord Clanmorris and the Earl of Kenmare, the feature race being the Kenmare Stakes from 1826 to 1830. The current racing venue located at Ross Road held its first race meeting on 20 July 1936 and Ontario was the first ever winner at the track, winning the 1½ mile handicap hurdle, in the hands of jockey Willie O’ Grady.

During the August racing festival, a special commemorative marquee featuring a wonderful collection of memorabilia and photographs from the last 200 years is open to all in attendance for the duration of the festival.

“We celebrated a major milestone here at Killarney Races, two hundred years of racing in Killarney which is amazing,” Killarney Racecourse Chairman, Gerard Coughlan said.

“I would like to take this opportunity to encourage all locals and visitors to Killarney to come along and be part of the 200 year celebrations during AugustFest!

With two more fantastic days of racing in store and lots of ticket levels and packages including food and beverage options to choose from, whether it is close to the action general admission tickets or silver service fine dining, there is something for everyone at Killarney Races. Live music, fashion, and fun for all the family complement the best of summer racing at the track this August.

Patrons are advised to book online and come along early to enjoy the stunning views, facilities, delicious food, live music on the lawn and soak up the boutique festival atmosphere for which Killarney Races is famous.

Adult tickets and packages are available from €20 and children under 14 go free ensuring a great day out for all the family. For those who love a deal, the punter’s pack is a great value-added option and if you want to live it up check out the Maurice O’Donoghue Suite and Panoramic Restaurant options. For all ticket details and festival programme information visit killarneyraces.com.

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Glorious weather for Kerry County Coastal Rowing championships

It was a day of glorious sunshine yesterday (Sunday) as Flesk Valley Rowing Club hosted the 2022 Kerry County Coastal Rowing championships for the very first time in beautiful Castlelough […]

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It was a day of glorious sunshine yesterday (Sunday) as Flesk Valley Rowing Club hosted the 2022 Kerry County Coastal Rowing championships for the very first time in beautiful Castlelough Bay on Lough Lein.

Hundreds flocked to the Valley shore to see the coastal clubs of Kerry race in crews from Under 12 to Masters. As well as clubs from around the Ring of Kerry, there was a strong representation from the Killarney clubs with the Workmen, Commercials and Fossa wearing their colours with pride. The atmosphere, colour, fun and fierce competition produced a spectacular day that will live long in the memory.

The event was opened by the Councillor John O’Donoghue, vice chair of the Killarney Municipal District who congratulated Flesk Valley on their centenary, which occurred during 1920, and wished all of the clubs a successful day’s racing.

The first race was preceded by a special blessing of the boats by Fr Eugene McGillycuddy, who also remembered Brendan Teahan of Cromane Rowing Club in his prayers.

Afterwards John Fleming, chair of Flesk Valley, expressed his immense pride and satisfaction with the success of the regatta.

“It’s our first time ever hosting a regatta, but we wanted to do something special to mark our 102 years in existence,” he said.

“It was a lot of work, but we have a fantastic hard-working committee in Flesk Valley who really pulled out all the stops to make it happen, and we received fantastic support from our members, parents, other clubs and local businesses.”

John also thanked the Kerry Coastal Rowing Association, in particular Mary B Teahan and Andrew Wharton, and the staff of the Killarney National Park for all their support and encouragement in hosting this event.

This was a qualifying event and the Kerry clubs will be heading to Wexford next weekend to complete for honours at the All-Ireland Coastal Rowing Championships.

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