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National League: Division 2 Final

Kerry v Armagh

Sunday at 2pm (Live on TG4)

Croke Park

Their male counterparts got the job done last weekend, now the Kerry ladies are gunning for National League glory on the hallowed turf of Croke Park.

The Kingdom face Armagh in the Division 2 final on Sunday and victory will mean more than just a trophy. If they can find a way to defeat their Ulster counterparts, they will earn a place in Division 1 for 2023.

Returning to the big league has been a major goal of Kerry’s since they lost their D1 status in 2018. They have come mightily close, reaching the Division 2 final in 2019 and 2021 (the 2020 competition was not completed) before coming up short on both occasions.

It’s fitting that Kerry and Armagh should contest this final as both sides boasted a perfect record in their respective pools before successfully navigating the semi-final phase of the competition.

Armagh’s last four result was particularly eye-catching: they demolished Laois on a staggering scoreline of 7-18 to 1-9. Star player Aimee Mackin registered 1-7 in that senior versus intermediate clash and Kerry will need to keep a close eye on the 2020 Player of the Year if they are to prevail.

Kerry, meanwhile, saw off the challenge of Monaghan in their semi-final with three points to spare, thanks in no small part to a wonderful lobbed goal from the boot of Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh. The experienced sharpshooter kicked 1-9 in total, with eight of those points coming from frees.

Armagh and Kerry last met in the league in 2020 when The Kingdom came out the right side of a two-point game in Tralee. Joint managers Declan Quill and Darragh Long will be delighted with a repeat of that result on Sunday.

This match will form part of a double-header with the Division 1 final between Donegal and Meath. Both games will be shown live on TG4.

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Donaghy’s move to Roscommon “absolute rubbish”

By Sean Moriarty Kieran Donaghy has labelled news reports that he is to become the manager of the Roscommon football team as “absolute rubbish”. Several news outlets, including locally based […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Kieran Donaghy has labelled news reports that he is to become the manager of the Roscommon football team as “absolute rubbish”.

Several news outlets, including locally based media, ran stories on Monday night saying the four-time All-Ireland was set to take over as the Roscommon boss.

Almost as quick as the news reports were published Donaghy took to Twitter to correct them.

“Absolute rubbish,” he tweeted.

“I did not speak to one single person associated with Roscommon GAA. What has happened to fact checking a story these days.”

Donaghy has been part of the Armagh county set-up for the last two seasons. He is also preparing for another season in the Irish Basketball Superleague with Tralee Warriors at the age of 39.

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Ireland’s newest and toughest cycle will be a thrilling challenge

Ireland’s newest cycling event comes to Kenmare this month with an exciting and challenging course for the experienced cyclist. Already attracting attention within cycling communities around the country, Velo Kenmare […]

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Ireland’s newest cycling event comes to Kenmare this month with an exciting and challenging course for the experienced cyclist.

Already attracting attention within cycling communities around the country, Velo Kenmare will tackle some of Kerry’s toughest climbs and highest mountain passes.

Taking place on October 22, Velo Kenmare is an 135km timed loop route starting and finishing in Kenmare. The total climbing distance is 1,650m, and organisers hope to appeal to serious cyclists who are looking for a new and thrilling challenge.

No stranger to cycling events, Velo Kenmare is being managed by Elite Events Management, who also successfully deliver iconic cycling events Wicklow 200, Ride Dingle and the Ring of Beara Cycle.
Cyclists are encouraged to register for Velo Kenmare on the Velo Cycle Ireland website www.velocycleireland.ie but places are limited for the enjoyment and safety of all participants, and anyone interested is urged to sign up soon as places are filling up.

TOUGH CLIMBS

​​​​The tough enough mountain climbs are over Molls Gap, Ballaghbeama Pass, Ballaghasheen and Coomakista. The route will take in breathtaking scenery Kenmare is famous for, and incorporating some of the most stunning parts of the Wild Atlantic Way and Ring of Kerry. It is hoped visitors to the cycle event will be encouraged to stay for a few days, and will all be given €20 vouchers or ‘Velo Dollars’ to spend in local shops which will be redeemable against goods and services in Kenmare.

Riders will be allotted a time slot to allow for a staggered start, taking them along a fully marshalled route, with medical cover, bike mechanic support, and hot food and entertainment at the finish in Kenmare.

Making its mark, Velo Kenmare participant race packs will come inside a yellow Velo Kenmare water bottle and finishers’ medals are in the shape of a yellow cow bell. Prizes will be awarded for the quickest top three male and top three female finishers, and fastest male and female will be awarded the title of King and Queen of the Kerry Mountains.

Experienced cyclists are encouraged to take on this exciting new challenge, testing themselves and their clubmates for the fastest finish across these four gruelling climbs, through some of the most beautiful landscape in the country for the best welcome back at the finish.

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