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Who will make your County Championship Team of the Decade?




As East Kerry’s spectacular county final victory over Dr Crokes brings the final curtain down on the 2010s, it’s time to reflect on a historic decade for the Kerry Senior Football Championship.

From Crokes’ four-in-row to Austin Stacks’ and South Kerry’s sole triumphs, and Crokes domination again to East Kerry ending their 20-year famine, it has been a period of great entertainment and high quality for Kerry football’s showpiece tournament.

Some of the finest Kerry footballers of all time have played starring roles for their respective teams over the past 10 years; now we must bring them all together and crown the Team of the Decade.

In two weeks’ time, the Killarney Advertiser will name a dream team of 15 superstars and we want to hear from our readers. Of all the players who have lined out in the County Championship since 2010, who would make your perfect team?

To vote for your favourites, simply email your 15 (one goalkeeper, six backs, two midfielders and six forwards) to Closing date for submissions is next Friday, November 29. Your votes will be tallied and combined with those of Killarney Advertiser sports editor Adam Moynihan and long-time Killarney Advertiser sports columnist Eamonn Fitzgerald.

The Team of the Decade will then be announced in the Killarney Advertiser on December 6.

“Some unbelievable players have graced the Kerry Senior Football Championship in the last 10 years so it’ll be very hard to whittle it down to just the bare 15,” Adam said.

“Dr Crokes have been dominant so you would expect a number of their lads to make the cut, but there have also been memorable performances from guys who were maybe less successful in terms of titles. The great thing about picking a team like this is that it’s totally subjective, so one reader might include players I never even thought of and vice versa. I’m really looking forward to seeing everyone’s teams. There are bound to be some surprises.”

Adam confirmed that every player who has played senior County Championship since 2010 is eligible for selection, although he did urge readers to choose players in their correct positions where possible.

“There will be no Brian Howards in this team!” he joked. “Some allowances will be made but generally speaking we want forwards in the forwards and backs in the backs. If a guy has played more than one position then naturally we’ll take that into account but you certainly can’t put Gooch corner back just to fit everyone in. That carry on will be frowned upon.”

Get involved and make sure your favourite players get the credit they deserve.

How to vote

Send your Kerry SFC Team of the Decade (numbered 1-15) to by Friday, November 29!

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Ireland’s newest and toughest cycle will be a thrilling challenge

Ireland’s newest cycling event comes to Kenmare this month with an exciting and challenging course for the experienced cyclist. Already attracting attention within cycling communities around the country, Velo Kenmare […]




Ireland’s newest cycling event comes to Kenmare this month with an exciting and challenging course for the experienced cyclist.

Already attracting attention within cycling communities around the country, Velo Kenmare will tackle some of Kerry’s toughest climbs and highest mountain passes.

Taking place on October 22, Velo Kenmare is an 135km timed loop route starting and finishing in Kenmare. The total climbing distance is 1,650m, and organisers hope to appeal to serious cyclists who are looking for a new and thrilling challenge.

No stranger to cycling events, Velo Kenmare is being managed by Elite Events Management, who also successfully deliver iconic cycling events Wicklow 200, Ride Dingle and the Ring of Beara Cycle.
Cyclists are encouraged to register for Velo Kenmare on the Velo Cycle Ireland website but places are limited for the enjoyment and safety of all participants, and anyone interested is urged to sign up soon as places are filling up.


​​​​The tough enough mountain climbs are over Molls Gap, Ballaghbeama Pass, Ballaghasheen and Coomakista. The route will take in breathtaking scenery Kenmare is famous for, and incorporating some of the most stunning parts of the Wild Atlantic Way and Ring of Kerry. It is hoped visitors to the cycle event will be encouraged to stay for a few days, and will all be given €20 vouchers or ‘Velo Dollars’ to spend in local shops which will be redeemable against goods and services in Kenmare.

Riders will be allotted a time slot to allow for a staggered start, taking them along a fully marshalled route, with medical cover, bike mechanic support, and hot food and entertainment at the finish in Kenmare.

Making its mark, Velo Kenmare participant race packs will come inside a yellow Velo Kenmare water bottle and finishers’ medals are in the shape of a yellow cow bell. Prizes will be awarded for the quickest top three male and top three female finishers, and fastest male and female will be awarded the title of King and Queen of the Kerry Mountains.

Experienced cyclists are encouraged to take on this exciting new challenge, testing themselves and their clubmates for the fastest finish across these four gruelling climbs, through some of the most beautiful landscape in the country for the best welcome back at the finish.


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It’s tip-off time for new-look Lakers



National League Division 1

Scotts Lakers v Limerick Sport Eagles

Saturday at 7.30pm

Killarney Sports & Leisure Centre

The 2022/23 National League tips off on Saturday evening and the Scotts Lakers will be hoping to get their campaign off to a flyer at home to the Limerick Sport Eagles.

The Lakers narrowly missed out on a playoff berth last time around, mainly due to a disappointing start to the season. Playing their first four home games at alternative venues probably didn’t help; the Killarney Sports & Leisure Centre was being used as a makeshift vaccination centre at the time. That’s all ancient history now, thankfully.

With that in mind, a fast start will be a priority, beginning with the visit of the Eagles this weekend.


It’s always difficult to tell until at least a few matches have been played but head coach Jarlath Lee appears to have made some good moves during the off-season.

Godwin Boahen will be missed but Dutch point guard Esebio Strijdhaftig has come in as a replacement, and Ukrainian big man Dmytro Berozkin – all 6’10” of him – has also come on board.

American shooter Eric Cooper Jr’s time here was brief; he has moved on already with Indiana native Jack Ferguson filling his shoes. Just like former laker Seán O’Brien, Ferguson played college ball with Colgate University.

The Lakers have retained the services of Portuguese player Rui Saravia, a skilled passer who has settled in nicely.

Just as essential as the imports are the local players who make up the majority of the squad. Mark O’Shea and Paul Clarke are important figures in the squad, although their involvement is likely to be curtailed by football commitments for the time being.

Youngsters Jamie O’Sullivan, Senan O’Leary and David Gleeson could well see more game time this season after exhibiting great promise in 2021/22, and other St Paul’s graduates like Mark Sheahan, Jack O’Sullivan and Eoin Carroll will also play their part.

A player to keep a close eye on is Ronan Collins, a Gneeveguilla native who has represented Ireland with distinction at underage level.

The club will be hoping for a healthy turnout for their season opener.

Meanwhile, the Lakers’ crosstown rivals the Killarney Cougars have an away fixture to get things started. They take on SETU Carlow (formerly IT Carlow) at the Barrow Centre on Saturday evening.


The St Paul’s women’s team (who are back in the National League for the first time since 2012) are also ready for their opening match of the new campaign. They travel to Kilkenny to take on the Marble City Hawks on Saturday at 7pm.

The team is managed by well-known local coach James Fleming and will be backboned by Killarney players like Lynn Jones, Rheanne O’Shea, Cassandra Buckley and current Ireland U16 international Leah McMahon.

Canadian Sophia Paska (formerly of the Limerick Celtics) and American Yuleska Ramirez Tejeda (ex-Limerick Sport Huskies) will add some recent league experience to the squad.

Paul’s first home game of the 2022/23 season will come next Saturday, October 8 against the Celtics.


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