Moynihan to miss out again

Dara Moynihan looks set to miss out again for Kerry ahead of this weekend’s Munster SFC Final in Killarney.

Moynihan has not featured for Kerry since their Allianz League Final victory over Mayo back in April as team manager Jack O’Connor clarified the nature of the injury at his pre-match press briefing on Monday afternoon.

“As of last week, Dara Moynihan is still rehabbing his injury, which is a quad injury,” he said. O’Connor clarified that the injury is not the one he sustained in the Sigerson Cup however. “With Dara, it’s not the same injury, it’s a different one. It’s just one of those things, he’s an all-action player, he doesn’t hold back, and maybe he puts the body under a bit of stress. I wouldn’t think he would make the panel for the Munster Final, but he should be in contention for the next game after that,” the Kerry boss said.

He also clarified the status of both Dan O’Donoghue and Stefan Okunbar. “Stefan injured himself in the warm-up against Cork, which I would say is probably a product of the fact that he had been sitting exams for the week. He injured his calf, so he hasn’t trained since.

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Houdini act ensures Liam McCarthy encounter

Kerry’s annual final day Houdini act in the Joe McDonagh will not only see Stephen Molumphy’s side take on Antrim in Croke Park on Saturday week in the final but this year there is the added bonus of a home game in the Liam McCarthy Cup against either Cork or Wexford.

Kerry have been Joe McDonagh finalists in 2020 and 2021 but because of Covid, their season ended after losing both finals. This year however, the full Liam McCarthy Championship schedule will be implemented and it means that the Joe McDonagh Cup finalists will be involved in the Hurling Qualifier series again this year like in 2018 and 2019. Both finalists also enjoy home advantage for these games.

If Kerry win the Joe McDonagh Cup then they will host Cork in an All-Ireland preliminary quarter-final on June 11th or 12th. If Kerry lose to Antrim, they will host Wexford.

Should Kerry beat Antrim as they did last Saturday in Belfast then Tipperary will face the Kingdom in a Liam McCarthy Cup promotion-relegation play-off at a neutral Munster venue on June 25th.

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Rás Mumhan participants back for Rás Tailteann

Preparations are gathering pace for next month’s Rás Tailteann which will have the finish of its second stage in Castleisland on Thursday June 16th.

FBD Insurance have once again been confirmed as sponsors for the daily stage winners prize while a number of international teams have also been confirmed for the event.

The Netherlands - WV West Frisia team, Isle of Man and England Spirit Racing Teams have been confirmed for the event. Tino Haaknan, manager of The Netherlands team, referenced their previous participation in the Rás Mumhan event as a reason to be confident about their chance in the event.

“I think our team has good chances in this race, and we know some of the roads in Kerry especially, from our participation in the Kerry Group Rás Mumhan over many years, which is a big advantage for us,” he said. The 67th edition of the race will again travel clockwise around Ireland with stage finishes in Horse and Jockey, Castleisland, Lisdoonvarna, Kilbeggan, before starting the final stage in Kinnegad to the finishing circuit in seaside town of Blackrock, Co. Louth on Sunday June 19th.

In Rallying news meanwhile, there was a disappointing eighth place finish for Killarney’s Paul Nagle as co-driver to Waterford’s Craig Breen in Vodafone Rally de Portugal last weekend. The result drops Breen from third to sixth in the Drivers Championship.

The pair will hope for better in Rally Italia Sardegna in two weeks time.

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