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Kerry victory sets up Killarney final versus Cork



McGrath Cup

Tipperary 0-5 Kerry 1-23


A depleted Kerry squad made light work of Tipperary on Wednesday night to top Group A and set up a McGrath Cup final against old rivals Cork.

That preseason decider will take place on Saturday, January 22 in Killarney’s Fitzgerald Stadium. Supporters will be hoping that The Rebels can offer some kind of resistance; so far Kerry have faced very little.

The visitors totally dominated Wednesday’s match in Templetuohy, racing into an 8-0 lead in the first quarter. With the team’s best passers – Paudie Clifford, Seán O’Shea and Tom O’Sullivan – pinging long, accurate balls into the full forward line, and that full forward line well on top of their markers, it was easy pickings for Kerry in the opening minutes. Killian Spillane (0-6) and Paul Geaney (0-2) looked particularly sharp on the night, while Darragh Roche (0-1) was involved in a number of scores on his first start for the seniors.

Kerry led by 10 points (12-2) at half-time and in truth the second half was pretty much a non-event. Both sides made a slew of changes, although the lack of numbers available to Jack O’Connor was noticeable. With several players unavailable due to club and colleges commitments, he named just eight subs.

Three of those players – Tony Brosnan, Jack Savage and Paul O’Shea – played earlier that same day in MTU Kerry’s win over UCD. Brosnan and Savage made second-half appearances for Kerry, and the Crokes man popped over two points to add to the 1-4 he registered in Sigerson action.

Paudie Clifford scored the only goal of the game in the final quarter after good interplay between Éanna Ó Conchúir and Geaney.

In the end the 21-point margin of victory didn’t flatter Kerry one bit. It was an easy day for the backs in particular, although Spa’s Dan O’Donoghue still managed to give a good account of himself at corner back.


‘Golf is open to everyone’ – Doherty enjoying success on disabled golf tour



by Adam Moynihan

Former mayor of Killarney Tom Doherty says awareness around disabilities is “springing forward” as sporting bodies, businesses and communities strive to become more inclusive.

Doherty, who suffered a spinal injury when he was 15 and now walks with the assistance of a cane, is witnessing this trend first-hand as a member of Ireland’s flourishing disabled golf scene.

The Killarney native recently took part in the Disabled and Inclusive Golf Association of Ireland outing at Slieve Russell Golf Club in Cavan before flying out to England for a European Disability Golf Association tour event at Stoneleigh Deer Park Golf Club. Doherty claimed first place in the stableford category at the Royal Leamington venue.

He is now looking forward to the inaugural Irish Open for golfers with a disability, which will take place in Roganstown Country Club in Dublin at the beginning of July.

“Golf Ireland are doing a lot of work behind the scenes for inclusivity, which is great,” Doherty told the Killarney Advertiser. “They’re putting a lot of time into it.

“Clubs are opening up and people are getting more educated about disabilities and access. If you can help someone to overcome whatever barriers they have, golf is open to everyone.”

Golfers with visual impairment, cerebral palsy, spinal injuries and those who are amputees all compete on the Irish circuit.

“There’s specialised equipment out there,” Doherty explains. “A person who is a full-time wheelchair user can get a specially designed ‘Paragolfer’ machine that is fully adaptable, and that can carry them around specifically on a golf course. It will raise the golfer, according to the level of their disability, to take their shot, and away they go.

“There are special rules for golfers with certain disabilities – for example if a bunker is a certain size and their buggy is too big for it, they’ll get a drop. Still under penalty. A bad shot is still a bad shot!”

The former town councillor, who now works with the HSE, has been a disabilities advocate for many years and he has noticed a major cultural shift in recent times in particular.

“It’s great to see awareness and opportunities and education really springing forward now. It’s very exciting.

“It has been happening for a number of years but now it’s really blossoming.”

Visibility is a big part of this, Doherty insists, and local Paralympian Jordan Lee from the Killarney Valley club has been an important figure in this regard.

“I was actually competing the same day Jordan did his first official high jump (Doherty has represented Ireland in the discus, javelin and shot putt – he has also played basketball with the Kingdom Wheel Blasters and the Limerick Celtics).

“Jordan has turned into a big hero for kids, and a big brand name and an ambassador. At the end of the day, 17% of people have a disability. It’s a specific market but it’s a lot of people, and I think brands and industry are realising this more and more. And a lot of larger companies are becoming more connected to the community, which is a great thing.

“The kids look up to Jordan and, when it comes down to it, he’s another Irish athlete who gives it his all.

“Take the ‘dis’ out of ‘disability’ and you have ‘ability’. At first, young people might look at Jordan and say, ‘look, daddy, he’s got one arm’. But then eventually they go, ‘that’s Jordan the athlete, look how high he can jump’.

“Visibility is a huge thing. That’s the name of the game.”


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Lough Lein anglers enjoy annual charity day 

It’s always a popular event, and Sunday was no different for the members of the Lough Lein Anglers Association. The Killarney club, one of the longest established fishing clubs in Ireland, […]




It’s always a popular event, and Sunday was no different for the members of the Lough Lein Anglers Association.

The Killarney club, one of the longest established fishing clubs in Ireland, held their 34th annual charity open fly fishing competition known simply as ‘The Charity’.

It’s part of the angling tradition in the club and is always the most popular event on the fly fishing calendar in Ireland.

Spearheaded by Timo O’Sullivan, to date the anglers have raised in excess of €229,000 for deserving charities in Kerry and Cork. The main sponsor of the event is Lee Strand Co-op, Tralee.

This year’s deserving beneficiaries are the Kerry Hospice Foundation and The Saoirse Foundation – BUMBLEance.

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