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Legion Golf Classic to make welcome return

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After a COVID-enforced absence, the Killarney Legion GAA Club Golf Classic is making a welcome return to your diary.

Seán Murphy and his team are delighted to announce that the club’s Annual Golf Classic is back with a bang on Friday, May 6. The event will be staged at one of Ireland's most picturesque courses, the famed but equally fair O'Mahony's Point. It’s the kind of course that any golfer can enjoy regardless of experience or skill levels.

Funds raised at the Legion Golf Classic help the club to continue to improve their facilities in Derreen.

“We are committed to providing our members and the broader Killarney community with the best facilities possible to enhance their health and wellbeing”, club PRO Enda Walshe explains.

“Every week, hundreds of families use the facilities in the club and over the past few years, these facilities have been upgraded substantially - including excellent floodlighting, upgrading and resurfacing of our two main pitches, and the installation of a third smaller training pitch. We have also upgraded our gym facilities to incorporate all ages and sections of the club.

“We are running our golf classic so we can continue to fund these developments. If you would like to support us, now is your chance.”

The club say they are delighted to welcome the Gleneagle Hotel and Apartments as the main sponsor of the event and all involved are very grateful to Patrick and the O’Donoghue Family for their marvellous support.

A team of three is €300 and a tee box can be sponsored for €100. For more details, contact any Legion Golf Classic Committee members. Shaun O’Connor (086 2940833), David Randles (086 2595765), Seán Murphy (087 2461780), Liam McGuire (086 2370865), John Bowler (087 2464651), John Foran (086 3907722), Justin Healy (086 3684108).

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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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