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Kerry superstars visit Reidy’s to talk football and launch Killarney Club 7s

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by Adam Moynihan

One of the most popular GAA podcasts in the country came to Killarney last weekend for a special interview with Kerry superstars David and Paudie Clifford.

Presented by Meath journalist Tommy Rooney alongside former Kerry player James O’Donoghue and former Dublin player Paddy Andrews, The Football Pod by Off The Ball is usually recorded remotely, but the lads were in Reidy’s for this one-off episode featuring Fossa’s famous footballing brothers.

The Cliffords were on hand to help launch the Killarney Club 7s, which takes place over the June Bank Holiday weekend at Spa GAA.

The Killarney Advertiser was granted exclusive backstage access to the podcast and speaking to this journalist afterwards, Tommy outlined why Off The Ball jumped at the opportunity to come down and meet with David and Paudie.

“We were delighted to get the chance to chat to the two lads,” he said. “We love the podcast that we have, catching up every Monday, but when we look back at the end of every year the highlights are the roadshows that we do and opportunities like this: speaking to some of the most talented players in the game.

“David and Paudie were great with their time and we were so excited to talk to them. I hope people enjoy the podcast. It’s a really laid-back chat.”

Kerry and Killarney Legion hero O’Donoghue has successfully made the transition from player to pundit since stepping away from the intercounty scene in 2022. Tommy is full of praise for his colleague and his unique take on analysis.

“He’s so natural at it. Some people can analyse the game but they can’t verbalise it. James has the knowledge but he also has the ability to get it across in a way that’s really understandable. He brought a freshness to The Football Pod.

“I would consider Paddy and James as two people who are still very close to the game right now, but they’re able to separate themselves from it as well which is really good.”

In the relaxed setting of the Cobble Snug at Reidy’s, the Cliffords spoke to Tommy, James and Paddy about the town of Killarney, the Club 7s, and their contrasting paths to intercounty stardom.

The Football Pod featuring David and Paudie Clifford will be released on YouTube on Monday. The audio version will be available wherever you get your podcasts.

Fellow Kerry star Dara Moynihan was also in attendance for an interview with The Kerry Football Podcast, which is out now on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

For more information on the Killarney Club 7s, visit killarneyclub7s.ie.

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Ladies’ Semi-Final Preview: Armagh stand between Kerry and a third shot at glory

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LGFA All-Ireland Senior Championship Semi-Final

Kerry v Armagh

Saturday 7.15pm

O’Connor Park, Tullamore

Live on TG4

The Kerry ladies are just 60 minutes away from their third All-Ireland final in a row but they will have to bring their ‘A’ game to overcome the challenge of Armagh at O’Connor Park in Offaly later today.

The Kingdom have been installed as competition favourites after beating Meath (and after champions Dublin lost to Galway) in the quarters and they should be in confident form following that victory over the Royals in Tralee a fortnight ago.

However, they are unlikely to have it all their own way against an Armagh side who have beaten them twice already this season, in the league in March and then in the league final in Croke Park in April.

Losing star player Aimee Mackin to an ACL injury in the Ulster final came as a tremendous blow to the Orchard County. Mackin scored 2-6 (2-5 from play) and 1-4 (1-2) from play in the two games against Kerry this year so her teammates will have to make up the difference in her absence.

Kerry, meanwhile, have been buoyed by the return from an ACL injury of Síofra O’Shea, who scored 0-3 off the bench against Meath. The skilful trio of Danielle O’Leary (1-28, 3f), Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh (2-15, 9f) and Emma Dineen (4-5) have accounted for the bulk of the team’s scores this season with Hannah O’Donoghue and team captain Niamh Carmody also capable of finding the target.

Managers Declan Quill and Darragh Long will be hoping that this attacking threat coupled with the teak tough defending of Eilís Lynch, Deirdre Kearney and Aishling O’Connell will be enough to see them over the line. With the dependable Ciara Butler between the sticks, Kerry have kept three clean sheets in their last four games which is a record they would love to improve upon today.

Armagh, who haven’t played in a senior ladies’ football All-Ireland final since 2006, arrive at the semi-final stage on the back of wins over Meath and Mayo. Eve Lavery is their top scorer to date with 0-11 (7f) to her name. Blaithin Mackin, younger sister of Aimee, has chipped in with 1-5.

Kerry v Armagh will be preceded at O’Connor Park by the other All-Ireland semi-final between Galway and Cork. The Rebels last made the final in 2020 while The Tribeswomen are aiming to reach their first decider since 2019. Both counties lost to Dublin in those respective finals.

Galway v Cork starts at 5pm. Both matches will be shown live on TG4.

Kerry team to play Armagh: C Butler; E Lynch, K Cronin, C Murphy; A O’Connell, D Kearney, A Dillane; M O’Connell, A Galvin; N Carmody (captain), D O’Leary, N Ní Chonchúir; H O’Donoghue, E Dineen, L Ní Mhuircheartaigh.

Armagh: A Carr; G Ferguson, C McCambridge (captain), R Mulligan; C Towe, L McConville, D Coleman; N Coleman, C O’Hanlon; E Druse, A McCoy, B Mackin; E Lavery, N Henderson, K Mallon.

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Jordan Lee vows to bounce back as injury ends 2024 Paralympic dream

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Killarney high jumper Jordan Lee is determined to bounce back stronger than ever after announcing his withdrawal from the Paralympic Selection Process due to injury.

The Killarney Valley AC athlete, who represented Ireland at the Tokyo Games in 2021, was hoping to wear the green singlet again in Paris in August/September but he was forced to pull out “due to an injury that had developed over the past couple of weeks”.

“[To say that I’m] absolutely gutted is an understatement considering the season that we’ve just had and being ranked number 6 in the world rankings on the lead-up,” Lee said via Instagram.

“This is sport at the highest level and unfortunately this is an injury that couldn’t turn right in time for Paris which is only a few weeks away.”

The local lad went on to thank Killarney Valley and his coaches Tomás Griffin, Alan Delaney and Shane O’Rourke for their support, as well as his sponsors PTSB, Puma, Toyota, Kellihers Garage and Output Sports.

“To my family and my friends, I’ve always repped that Irish vest with the utmost pride, not just representing myself and my beautiful country, but my amazing family and friends that I have too. I love ye all.

“Wishing my teammates within Paralympics Ireland all the very best in Paris.

“Roll on 2025 for the Europeans. I’ll be back better and ready for vengeance. Believe that.”

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