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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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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 […]

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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.”

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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 […]

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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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