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North Kerry SFC
North Kerry SFC
IT was nearly 30 years since their last competitive meeting but Castleisland Desmonds were in no mood for nostalgia as they powered to a comfortable six-point victory over Beaufort on home turf last Saturday evening.
THROUGHOUT what has been a difficult and trying league campaign Eamonn Fitzmaurice has always faced up to the realities of the results and performances of this Kerry team without so much as a terse answer or a ungracious word. Fitzmaurice's straight talking yet polite manner during his playing days ingratiated him with the media, and he has continued in that vein since he stepped into team management.
SELDOM has a Kerry win over Tyrone been greeted with such muted excitement and anxiety. Kerry upheld their own part of the deal - by beating Tyrone on the league's final day - but no sooner had Marty Duffy whistled the end of a game that was uncomfortably much closer than it should have been - but thoughts and Twitter and transistors turned to Ballybofey, where Donegal were holding out against Dublin.
I GOT a phone call during the week from one of the current Kerry players who I hadn't spoke to in a while.
THE margins in football can be really tight.
WHERE and when will it all end for Tomas O Se? On the evidence presented by the soon to be 35-year old last Sunday it won't be on some sandy pitch in some Ulster outpost, and it certainly won't be anytime soon.
WELL we survived in Division 1 of the National League after a very good win on Sunday last.
WHILE they restored a degree of pride after their heavy defeat to Templenoe in the Novice Championship the week before, Ballydonoghue suffered their second defeat in the County League, this time to Duagh by two points last weekend. The home side would only score two points themselves in the first half as a Kieran Duffy goal helped the North Kerry champions to a 1-4 to 0-2 lead at the interval. Thomas Kennelly found the back of the net for Ballydonoghue early in the second half but the turning point was arguably when Kennelly appeared to have given his side a second goal but Duagh broke clear and countered with Nigel O'Connor's point eventually helping the visitors to a 1-9 to 1-7 win.
CORK started the league disappointingly – with two defeats on-the-trot – and they finished it disappointingly – again with two defeats on-the-trot.
KERRY boss Tom Howard has strengthened his panel ahead of the Christy Ring Cup by signing up former Galway Under 21 hurler Stephen Page.
HAVING jetted into Knock airport early on Saturday morning before then driving down to Nenagh, Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne team manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice was under pressure in the aftermath of his team's Hogan Cup semi-final defeat to make a flight out of Dublin airport that evening to return to Kerry's training camp in Portugal.
WICKLOW, very nearly, did Kerry a favour on Sunday afternoon.
SOMETIMES the elements can conspire against things and the wind in Waterville last Saturday certainly affected matters on the scoring front!
SO near and yet so far. Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne came up agonisingly short in their bid to reach the school's first Hogan Cup final after losing out to St Patrick's Classical School from Navan by two points in a fascinating All-Ireland semi-final in Nenagh last Saturday.
The win over Cork sent the Kerry party off to Portugal in good spirits, and there's no doubt but the training will step up a gear while the squad are away and the warm weather will be welcome to the players. This is where the foundation for the season ahead will start and, of course, this Sunday's game against Tyrone will give a further progress report.
AIDAN O'Mahony is the only injury concern for Kerry ahead of their game against Tyrone in Omagh on Sunday.
THE AMAZING story of a West Kerry man who won Olympic gold for the United States is to feature in a new book on the feats of Ireland's Olympians from 1896 to the present day.
KILLARNEY Train Station has received international recognition for best practice at a prestigious competition involving rail companies from across Ireland and the UK.
DINGLE Oceanworld's two eight-foot sand tiger sharks were rather bemused last Saturday as three people climbed into their tanks and began to swim alongside them.
THE work of Kerry local authorities in reducing energy costs and promoting energy efficiency over the last decade has been recognised at the SEAI's Sustainable Energy Awards
THE well known Tig Bhric's Bar and Restaurant in Riasc, Ballyferriter, is for sale and offers potential for the further growth of a long-established business.
A NUMBER of concerned local citizens have made contact with The Kerryman in the past week having received phone-calls from people stating they work for a computer company and are calling people's land-lines to inform them that their computer apparently has been infected with a virus.
AFTER the resounding success of their choral performance at the Castleisland Rugby Club concert in May, the Galescoil Aogáin choir has landed a major invitation.
SOUTH Kerry artisan food firm Sasta Sausages have this month been honoured with a prestigious European food award.