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Poll: 43% of Kerry supporters expecting All-Ireland in 2021

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The Kerry team huddle up before last year's match against Meath. Pic: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile.

In a poll carried out online by the Killarney Advertiser, 92% of Kerry fans said they expect The Kingdom to regain their Munster crown in 2021, with 61% of those polled tipping Peter Keane’s men to make it all the way to the All-Ireland final.

However, with reigning champions Dublin expected to make it through the other side of the draw, the majority of our readers (57%) believe that The Kingdom will have to wait a little longer to win back the Sam Maguire trophy.

That being said, the fans’ standards remain high. 83% of respondents said that Kerry need to at least reach the All-Ireland final for 2021 to be classed as a “good” year. Over half (54%) will not be satisfied unless Kerry win it all.

As for the National League, which gets underway this weekend, three out of five Kerry fans think that Kerry will top a pool containing Galway, Dublin and Roscommon. The Division 1 holders will face Galway in Tralee, Dublin in Thurles and Roscommon in Roscommon over the next three weekends.

There is a possibility of a league finale after semi-finals between the top two teams from each conference, but not if Kerry are involved. Their Munster quarter-final against Clare has been scheduled for the week after the proposed league final date, which means that if they do make it to the final, the Division 1 title will have to be shared.

It is now over 14 months since Kerry fans have seen their heroes in the flesh but as COVID-19 restrictions finally begin to ease across all sectors, there is renewed hope that this could be set to change. When asked about the topic in our poll, 61% of fans said they were hopeful that supporters would be allowed to attend fixtures before the intercounty season reaches its conclusion on August 29.

1. Where will Kerry finish in Division 1 South of the National League?

1st: 60%

2nd: 31%

3rd/4th: 9%

2. Who will win the Munster Championship?

Tipperary: 3%

Cork: 5%

Kerry: 92%

3. How far will Kerry go in the championship?

Eliminated in Munster: 8%

All-Ireland semi-final: 31%

All-Ireland final: 61%

4. Will Kerry win the All-Ireland?

Yes: 43%

No: 57%

5. Kerry need to _______ for 2021 to be classed as a good year.

Reach the Munster final: 2%

Win the Munster final: 5%

Reach the All-Ireland final: 39%

Win the All-Ireland final: 54%

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Spillane brothers named as brand ambassadors

Kerry players Adrian and Killian Spillane have been named as brand ambassadors for Healy Insurances. The brother’s partnership with the local insurance broker comes as Kerry get ready to face […]

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Kerry players Adrian and Killian Spillane have been named as brand ambassadors for Healy Insurances.

The brother’s partnership with the local insurance broker comes as Kerry get ready to face Limerick in the Munster final on May 28.

“We are delighted to team up with the lads this year,” ​​​​​John Healy of Healy Insurances said.

“As talented footballers they embody our core values of integrity, efficiency, progress and of course teamwork.”

Adrian Spillane said that they are thrilled to partner up with Healy Insurances.

“John and the team provide very competitive insurance quotes and the service is second to none,” he said.

Healy Insurances is one of the leading insurance brokers in Kerry and offers competitive quotes for motor, home, property, business, liability and farm insurance.

To find out more follow them on their Facebook page for updates and competitions in the coming weeks.

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New gear leaves Glenflesk girls with happy hearts

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The Glenflesk U12 girls football team were delighted to receive a new set of jerseys recently, kindly sponsored by Mary Cahill of Happy Hearts Childcare, Barraduff.

There was huge excitement when the girls donned the stylish new shirts for the first time last Wednesday, and the O’Neills jerseys proved to be a lucky charm as they defeated Beaufort at home. One of the most striking elements of the new gear is the smiling red heart which is part of the Happy Hearts Childcare logo.

“We would like to sincerely thank Mary for her generous sponsorship and we look forward to many more years of success in our Happy Heart jerseys,” Glenflesk LGFA chairperson Derek Fleming said.

Happy Hearts Childcare was established as a preschool in Knockanes in 2009 and opened with just three children on their books. Numbers have increased steadily over the years and in October 2021 Happy Hearts Childcare moved to a state-of-the-art, purpose-built facility in Barraduff village, which now caters for 68 children.

There are 10 staff employed in Happy Hearts and there are plans to expand even further in 2023 when a new extension is planned.

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