Tuesday, 27 November 2018


Santa Claus will be arriving in Abbeyfeale on Friday, November 30 at 6pm for the switching on of the Christmas Lights. Secretary of the Christmas lights committee Hilary Collins says that “There will be a variety of Christmas Stalls in the Square following the switching on of the lights”. She also wants to thank everyone from Abbeyfeale, Duagh, Athea, Templeglantine, Tournafulla, Mountcollins, Rockchapel, Brosna and Knocknagoshel who came out last year for the big switch on and she hopes to see everyone again this year. All are welcome!
The re-appointment of Mick McCarthy as manager of the Republic of Ireland could be a stroke of genius – or a supreme act of folly. That was the judgement of armchair supporters around the town at the weekend.

Were Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane sacked or did they resign? Were they pushed or did they jump? Or was it a bit of both?

The irony of the occasion was obvious to all. McCarthy and Keane have a bit of history going back to Saipan. Was Roy pushed then, or did he jump? The jury is still out on that one.

Now McCarthy is in charge once more while Keane sits on the sideline plotting his next move. What are the odds that RTE will employ him as a pundit and he could go on to become McCarthy’s biggest critic.

Move over Eamon Dunphy, there is a new kid on the block!

*Ireland and Leinster out-half Johnny Sexton has been named World Rugby Player of the Year.

The 33-year-old was voted the winner ahead of previous two-time winner Beauden Barrett, his fellow All Black Rieko Ioane and South African pair Faf de Klerk and Malcolm Marx.

Sexton’s win sees him follow in the footsteps of Keith Wood, who claimed Ireland’s only other win of the award in its inaugural year in 2001.

*Joe Schmidt will leave his position as Ireland head coach after next year's Rugby World Cup in Japan.

The Kiwi, who was crowned World Rugby Coach of the Year 2018 in Monte Carlo, has been considering his future in recent weeks.

The 53-year-old has guided Ireland to number two in the world rankings after a stellar 2018 which included a third ever Grand Slam, a series victory in Australia and a first win over the All Blacks on home soil.

Current defence coach. Andy Farrell will take over as head coach when Schmidt departs and will lead Ireland into the 2023 World Cup in France.

Ireland are among the leading favourites to lift the Webb Ellis Trophy in Japan and Schmidt will be hoping to bring the curtain down on his six-and-a-half year reign as Ireland boss with a first ever semi-final appearance.

*Ireland were also named as Rugby Team Of The Year for 2018.

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