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Kerry cruise to 23-point victory over Treaty

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Adam Moynihan reports from the Fitzgerald Stadium

Munster Championship Final

Kerry 1-28 Limerick 0-8

HT: Kerry 0-12 Limerick 0-03

The summer sun was blaring throughout this untraditional Killarney Munster final but things never really caught fire as Kerry breezed to a comfortable 23-point victory over Limerick.

Much of the pre-game talk surrounded the status of David Clifford, Kerry’s star player who was unexpectedly left out of the matchday 26. Thankfully the injury that ruled him out is not serious. In fact, it is believed that he could have played if needed and Jack O'Connor confirmed in his post-match press briefing that Clifford is likely to return to full training next week.

O'Connor also admitted that Kerry would "probably prefer to get a stiffer test" than the one they got from the Treaty. Worryingly, they now have a four-week layoff before their next match: an All-Ireland quarter-final on June 25/26.

SLOW

Limerick were painfully slow with their restarts in the first half and their tactic of frustrating their illustrious neighbours worked - up to a point. Scores by Josh Ryan and Iain Corbett left them trailing by just two (0-4 to 0-2) with 20 minutes on the clock.

Kerry found their stride thereafter, however, and three straight points by Paul Geaney, Killian Spillane, and the industrious Paudie Clifford opened up a five-point lead.

The impressive Ryan gave the healthy travelling support something to shout about with a spectacular free from the terrace sideline but Jack O’Connor’s men finished the half in cruise control. A fisted effort by Gavin White, a beauty by Spillane, another fist by Seán O’Shea, a long-range kick by Brian Ó Beaglaoich, and a well-struck O’Shea 45 left Limerick chasing an insurmountable nine-point deficit at half-time.

PROCESSION

The second half was a procession as The Kingdom fired over the first six points of the period. Iain Corbett popped up with his second of the day to make it a 14-point game but just seconds later Killian Spillane found himself in acres of space in front of the Lewis Road end and he made no mistake to register the first and only goal of the game.

Jack O’Connor ran his bench to give David Moran, Paul Murphy, Dylan Casey, Micheál Burns and Gavin Crowley some game time.

The thirstier members of the crowd began to slip back into town with 15 minutes to go. They had the right idea.

KERRY: S Ryan; G O’Sullivan, J Foley, T O'Sullivan (0-3); B Ó Beaglaoich (0-2), G White (0-1), T Morley; D O’Connor, J Barry; P Clifford (0-2), Seán O’Shea (0-6, 1f, 1 ’45), S O’Brien (0-1); T Brosnan (0-3), P Geaney (0-4, 1m), K Spillane (1-3).

Subs: D Moran for O’Connor (temp), A Spillane (0-1) for O’Brien, D Casey for Foley, D Moran for O’Connor, M Burns (0-2) for K Spillane, P Murphy for Morley, G Crowley for Ó Beaglaoich (temp).

LIMERICK: D O’Sullivan; S O’Dea, B Fanning, M Donovan; C Sheehan (0-3), I Corbett (0-2), P Maher; D Treacy, C Fahy; A Enright, B Donovan, J Naughton; P Nash, J Ryan (0-2, 1f, 1 ’45), H Bourke.

Subs: H Bourke for R Bourke, G Brown (0-1) for Maher, T Griffin for A Enright, C McSweeney for Nash, R Childs for Fanning.

Attendance: 14,587

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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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