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Munster double for Killarney RFC

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U16 Munster Cup Final

Killarney RFC 31 Shannon 15

Musgrave Park

A late push saw the Killarney U16s capture their second Munster title of the season at a resplendent Musgrave Park on Sunday last. They were pushed all the way by a gallant Shannon side but the Kerry girls showed massive resolve and determination to secure another prestigious trophy.

Killarney started off very strongly and raced into a commanding 14-0 lead after just 11 minutes. A superb try by team captain Fia Whelan, which she duly converted herself, sent the Munster League champs on their way and then, moments later, a penalty try was awarded to Killarney.

Katie O’Donoghue was next to score for Killarney after some great interplay by Bronagh Dorian and Ali O’Donoghue. Shannon responded with a try just before half-time, but the Killarney girls still led by 16 points (21-5) at the break.

Whatever the Shannon mentors said at half-time clearly worked as they scored the next two tries to make it a one-score game midway through the second half.

The Shannon brace seemed to be the catalyst for Killarney. No. 8 Ava O’Malley gathered the ball at the halfway line and made a fabulous weaving run to score a phenomenal try in the corner.

Replacement Holly O’Sullivan was obviously hungry to get into the action very quickly after coming on and she scored a superb try to close out the game in the dying minutes.

“The girls have worked extremely hard all season and have improved week on week,” coach Josh Whelan said. “They are a superb bunch of young girls and an absolute joy to coach.

“Obviously the girls played their part on the field but the glue to keeping the whole thing together all season is our amazing manager, Anne Gabbet, who deserves special mention. Without Anne days like this wouldn’t happen.”

KILLARNEY: Annie O’Reilly, Ella Guerin Crowley, Molly Gabbett, Joanne O’Keefe, Melissa McCarthy, Grainne Kennedy, Clodagh Foley, Ava O’Malley, Robyn Landers, Fia Whelan (captain), Katie O’Donoghue, Bronagh Dorrian, Ali O’Donoghue, Niamh Dorrian, Marina Eager, Holly O’Sullivan, Jess O’Sullivan, Miriam O’Sullivan, Isabella O’Leary, Grainne Kennedy, Lucy O’Sullivan, Nell Moore. Coaches: Diarmuid O’Malley, Josh Whelan. Manager: Anne Gabbett.

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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, […]

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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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‘What Louise said was bang on’ – Kerry ladies back Ní Mhuircheartaigh in facilities row

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by Adam Moynihan

The Kerry ladies are “100%” behind Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh following her comments about the team’s limited access to Kerry GAA’s Centre of Excellence in Currans.

Ní Mhuircheartaigh caused a stir late last week when she revealed that she and her teammates have not been allowed to train at the state-of-the-art facility, which is owned and operated by the men’s county board.

Kerry’s star forward described the lack of access as “annoying”, especially considering the fact that a large photograph of her adorns the entrance to the facility.

Speaking exclusively to this journalist on The Kerry Football Podcast, Ní Mhuircheartaigh’s teammate Kayleigh Cronin confirmed that the whole team are on the same page on this issue.

“I think what Louise said was bang on and we all 100% agree with it,” Cronin said.

“She was put in a bit of a tough position being asked about it, but what she got off her chest is 100% what the team feels. And I can say with certainty that I can speak on behalf of not only all the girls in the dressing room but the backroom team and management as well in saying that what Louise has said is all of our opinions.

“What’s said is said now. We’ll leave it out there for everyone else to be thinking about and to be talking about. Hopefully the county boards can sort it out between themselves. As far as we’re concerned, that’s us done with it.”

In the wake of Ní Mhuircheartaigh’s comments, Kerry GAA released a statement via Balls.ie:

“Kerry GAA have been in discussions with the Kerry LGFA in relation to their use of the Centre of Excellence facilities in Currans and the future development of one of the two undeveloped pitches in the complex for specific use by the Kerry LGFA and Kerry Camogie

“The Kerry LGFA have been accommodated with training facilities at the Centre of Excellence over the past number of years and this will continue to be the case.

“We look forward to working in close collaboration with Kerry LGFA to bring our collective future development plans to fruition.”

Dr Crokes star Cronin says she and her teammates are “absolutely” keen to see that happen.

“We had the pleasure of being in there prior to COVID. It’s an unbelievable facility. It’s obviously very central as well. So hopefully, fingers crossed, the county boards can work together and get the pitch in good nick, so that not only we can use it but the underage teams as well.

“It would be great to have a base to go from in the future.”

Cronin added that team are now focussing on Saturday’s Munster final against Cork, which takes place before the men’s final at 12.15pm in the Fitzgerald Stadium.

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