Castleisland community news
Castleisland Day Care Centre's Nurse / Manager Marcella Finn came to within a positive kick of a ball to having her prediction of seeing the Sam Maguire Cup at the start of Sunday's fundraising cycle. The cycle will get underway with registration from 9am for a 10am start.
This year's event was launched at the centre by Irish Women's Rugby Team Captain, Ciara Griffin. Currow Cycling Club representatives, Freddy Dwyer, Marcus Cronin, Adrian O'Connell and former Kerry Rás Tailteann team cyclist Éamonn Breen were on hand to lend their invaluable support to the event as they have done from day one in September 2007.
This year the event will provide a choice of four distances: 15km, 40km, 80km and 100km to suit all levels of cyclists.
Last year's cycle was a tremendous success and the organisers are hopeful that this year's will be as good.
"We are calling again on all cyclists to support us on Sunday. Proceeds of this event go directly to to the upkeep and welfare of the day care centre and of its clients," said Marcella.
Castleisland AFC: New season to kick off on September 8
Castleisland AFC will kick off its season next weekend with the first round of senior league games taking place on Sunday, September 8th. Once again, the club will have two senior teams competing in the top two leagues of Kerry soccer with the A team taking part in Premier A and the B team taking their place in the second tier, Premier B. The management paring of Edmond Hartnett and Mike McCarthy will once again be at the helm for the A team and this season they are joined by another Mike McCarthy known as 'Currow Mike', who picked up an injury last season and will now become a part of the backroom team. Mike has been a very successful manager of the A team in recent years.
Last season the A team made it all the way to the league final before losing out to Killarney Celtic so this year there will be a lot of expectation surrounding the panel of talented players. Preparations for the new season began eight weeks ago as the panel of 20 went through a tough pre-season campaign which involved nights at the boxing club, core sessions with Pat Murphy and finishing with sessions back on the new astro turf pitch. Seasoned professionals such as Aidan O'Callaghan, Paul Carmody and Pierce Brosnan will once again be at the forefront of the squad and are surrounded by a nice crop of younger players which Hartnett added to the panel last season. Premier A this season is down to eight teams with two Tralee teams pulling out last season and Dingle strangely being placed in the third tier of Kerry soccer after finishing in mid table in Premier A last year.
The usual suspects will be vying for a place in the final with Killarney Celtic, Athletic, Listowel, Fenit, Dynamos and Castleisland all pushing for a place in the top two. The other two teams that make up the division are Classic FC a great club who are welcomed back to Premier A after a few years in Premier B and MEK Galaxy who make up the final number. The aim for the A team will once again be to make the league final and hopefully go one better at the end of the season. There is also plenty of cup action to look forward to and the squad will be hoping to challenge for the Greyhound Bar Cup and to put in a good run in the Munster and FAI Junior Cups. The B team has been taken over by Mike Cahill who will take his place as player manager for the season.
Mike of course, is a very experienced player having played with the club for many years now and is still looking to fill his backroom team should anyone be interested in helping out for the year. Mike will have the task of trying to blend the new faces in with some of the experienced squad. Players like Shane O'Loughlin, Ethan O'Connor, Dylan Browne and Shane Redmond who has signed up this year having played professional soccer with the likes of Bray Wanderers and Darlington will be at the forefront of the squad. Premier B is also made up of 8 teams and is wide open for the upcoming season. Getting off to a good start is very important if the lads are to push for a place in the league final. The likes of Killorglin, Rattoo Rovers, Camp United and Castleisland will all be early favourites to make the league final.