Kerry manager Peter Keane has named his starting line-up for tomorrow's Munster SFC semi-final against Tipperary (7pm, live on Sky Sports) and the big news is that team captain Paul Murphy has once again been omitted from the starting 15.
The Rathmore veteran missed the National League semi-final against Tyrone on June 12 as he was attending his brother's wedding and he was an unused substitute in The Kingdom's last outing against Clare a fortnight ago.
Murphy has more or less been an ever-present since bursting onto the scene in 2014 but he now appears to have fallen out of favour, with newcomer Mike Breen retaining the No. 5 jersey after impressing in recent matches.
The Kerry captaincy has proven to be something of a poisoned chalice in the past with the likes of Kieran Donaghy, Bryan Sheehan, Fionn Fitzgerald, Shane Murphy and Gavin White all losing their places on the team after being nominated for the role. In Murphy, the captaincy appears to have claimed its latest victim.
There is better news for Murphy's Rathmore clubmate Shane Ryan who starts between the posts for the first time this season. Ryan has been Keane's first choice goalkeeper since Day 1 but he missed the entirety of the league due to an injury. He was fit enough to return to the bench for the championship opener against Clare and now he looks set to start in Thurles, with deputy keeper Kieran Fitzgibbon dropping to the bench.
There is one other change from the side that demolished Clare in that quarter-final as Micheál Burns replaces his cousin Dara Moynihan in the forwards. Moynihan misses out on the squad altogether, presumably due to injury.
Pa Kilkenny is added to the matchday 26 in the absence of Tony Brosnan (injured).
Kerry team to face Tipperary
1. Shane Ryan (Rathmore)
2. Brian Ó Beaglaoich (An Ghaeltacht)
3. Jason Foley (Ballydonoghue)
4. Tom O’Sullivan (Dingle)
5. Mike Breen (Beaufort)
6. Gavin Crowley (Templenoe)
7. Gavin White (Dr Crokes)
8. David Moran (Kerin’s O’Rahilly’s)
9. Diarmuid O’Connor (Na Gaeil)
10. Stephen O’Brien (Kenmare Shamrocks)
11. Seán O’Shea (Kenmare Shamrocks)
12. Paul Geaney (Dingle)
13. David Clifford (Fossa)
14. Micheál Burns (Dr Crokes)
15. Paudie Clifford (Fossa)
Late drama at exciting Celtic Golf Classic
The last team out at the Killarney Celtic Golf Classic carded 106 points to overtake all who went before at an entertaining fundraiser staged over two days at the pristine Beaufort Golf Club. From Friday to late Saturday afternoon, the imposing tally of 101 points registered by the O’Donoghue Ring Hotel Group team of James […]
The last team out at the Killarney Celtic Golf Classic carded 106 points to overtake all who went before at an entertaining fundraiser staged over two days at the pristine Beaufort Golf Club.
From Friday to late Saturday afternoon, the imposing tally of 101 points registered by the O’Donoghue Ring Hotel Group team of James McCarthy, Brian McCarthy, Cian Harte and Gavin Murray looked like being a winning one. The got a scare when the Spa GAA team almost caught them; Seánie Kelliher, Donal Cronin, John Cahill and Seán Devane ultimately carded a great score of 100 points to go second.
With the O’Donoghue Ring Hotel Group quartet hanging on for victory, it was all down to Kissane Meats and Pat O’Neill, John England, Tony Sugrue and Donie Brosnan snatched first place by hitting a weekend high of 106 points.
The Nearest to the Pin was won by Aaron Jones of the Dawn Meats team while the Longest Drive came from the club of Mark O’Shea who was representing Tom Meehan’s team.
Speaking at the prizegiving, Killarney Celtic Vice Chairman Paul Sherry thanked all involved for contributing to another hugely successful fundraising day for the club.
“Killarney Celtic is indebted to its members who volunteered over the two days,” he said, “to those who sponsored the prizes, entered teams, took signs, provided the fruit and chocolate and of course, most importantly, played on Friday and Saturday.
“We also must thank the staff at Beaufort, both working on the course and those in the clubhouse.
“A sign of a good golf classic is the number of returning teams and sponsors and already a number have committed to join us again in August/September 2022.”
2022 Horse racing calendar announced
Killarney Racecourse will host four race meetings next year. Horse Racing Ireland confirmed the 2022 Irish calendar this week. As usual, the Killarney season will get underway in May. The Spring Festival will run from May 15 to May 17. July 11-15 has been set aside for the early summer meeting while the late summer […]
Killarney Racecourse will host four race meetings next year.
Horse Racing Ireland confirmed the 2022 Irish calendar this week.
As usual, the Killarney season will get underway in May. The Spring Festival will run from May 15 to May 17.
July 11-15 has been set aside for the early summer meeting while the late summer races will run between August 18 to 20.
The October meeting, which ran for the first time last year will continue this year and next.
This year’s Autumn meeting will run on the weekend of October 2 and 3 and race fans can pencil in the same weekend next year as the two-day event will run on October 1 and 2 in 2022.
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