The County Board have announced that Paul Murphy will captain the Kerry senior footballers in 2021.
The Rathmore man was nominated for the role by his divisional side, East Kerry, after the reigning champions retained their county title in 2020, thereby once again earning the right to select Kerry’s captain for the forthcoming season. Murphy takes over from his East Kerry teammate David Clifford, who led The Kingdom to National League glory during last year’s COVID-affected campaign.
Murphy (29) is already considered to be a strong leader in the dressing room. He is also the longest-serving East Kerry player on the panel, so his nomination has widely been heralded as a sensible decision.
The all-action half back, who, unusually, never played minor for his county, has forged an excellent career for himself at senior level since making his debut under Eamonn Fitzmaurice in 2014.
Remarkably, Murphy was named Man of the Match in the All-Ireland final that very same year and his performances throughout that season, culminating in the final victory over Donegal, also earned him a spot on the 2014 All-Star team.
He has been a key player for Kerry ever since and he has filled in as captain on a number of occasions, most notably in the 2019 league and championship whenever the nominated captain, Gavin White of Dr Crokes, was not in the starting 15.
After enduring a disappointing end to 2020, Kerry supporters will be hoping that Murphy can lead his teammates to Munster and All-Ireland glory.
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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