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TABLE TOP SALE:  In Knockanure Community Centre on December 18th there will be a ‘Sale of Work’/Table Top Sale.  Further information from 068 49799.

CFR Course on 3rd Dec, run by N.E. Kerry Community First responders at Knockanure Community Centre, contact 087 686 3776

GAA: Knockanure Lotto results 22nd November 2022; Jackpot was €6,700- Numbers Drawn: 10, 13, 25, and 26. No winner but lucky dips went to: 1. Philomena Molyneaux, Knockanure; 2. Sandra Stack, c/o Kevins; 3. Kenneth Finucane, c/o New Kingdom Bar; 4. Timmie McEneaney, c/o Kevins, and 5. Katie and Bridget c/o Kevins. Next draw will be on next Tuesday 29th November in the clubhouse and jackpot will be €6,800.

Tickets for all games on weekend are available to purchase in advance via

AGM of Moyvane GAA is on 2nd of Dec.

PARISH: Annual Christmas Confessions will take place at St. Mary’s Church, Listowel on Mon. 19th Dec. at 8.00pm.  There will be several Priests available on the night to hear Confessions.

Christmas Mass Schedule: Sat. 24th Dec.’22 Christmas Eve- Moyvane 6.00pm- Knockanure 8.00pm, and Moyvane 10.00pm; Sun. 25th Dec.’22 Christmas Day- Knockanure 9.30am and Moyvane 11.00am. Confessions: Moyvane Saturday 6.45pm to 7.15pm. Eucharistic Adoration every Tues. after 10.00am Mass to 11.30am. Presbytery/Office: 068 49308, Web:

SCHOOL: Scoil Chorp Chríost – School enrolment process for 2023/2024 school year has commenced.  Please go to or contact the school on 068-49130 via email [email protected].  Phone calls (Between 9.30 & 2.30 each day) for further details.  Beidh fáilte romhat

PARTY: Christmas Party Care of the Aged, will take place in the Marian Hall on Sunday 4th Dec. starting with Mass at 12.30.  Contact Ita 083-0842001.

BEST Wishes to Sophie O’Sullivan, Leitrim West, Moyvane who recently graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from University College Cork.

STUDENTS are celebrating, after receiving their Junior Cert results recently.

CRAFT & FOOD FARE: Duagh Sports Complex Sunday, 4th December 2022 – 12 noon to 4.00 pm.

KNOCK Shrine Night Vigil. The Feast of Immaculate Conception Wednesday 7th December, Coaches Departs: Listowel…………..5:00pm (The Bridge); Abbeyfeale………5:15pm (The Church), contact: O’Shea’s at 066-7180123.

ST PIO & 1st Friday Evening Mass at 6.45pm in Listowel Church.

WHEELCHAIR ASSOCIATION ANNUAL MASS: will take place in their Centre in Listowel on Thursday morning at 11.30 a.m. All are welcome!

PILGRIMAGES TO THE HOLY LAND 2023: Escorted group pilgrimages. Contact: 01 8788159.

YOUTH 2000: Christmas Retreat in Newbridge College, 9  – 11th December for 18 – 35 years.  Donation only.  Register on

FATHER Doyle’s cause officially opened at Solemn Vespers for Christ the King on Sunday, 20 November 2022 in the Cathedral of Christ the King, Mullingar.

DEATH of Angela O’Rourke (Templeogue, Dublin and late of Moyvane, Shanagolden, Ferrybank, Waterford, Sussex England, Choma, Zambia) on November 21st 2022. Daughter of deceased Elizabeth (Lizzy) and Denis (Denny) relict of Paddy McCormilla, mother of Oona, grandmother of Anna, cherished sibling of John Joe (deceased) Helena (Whyte) Michael FSC, Patricia (deceased) Timothy (Gene) Vera (Carmody) Denis Patrick, Rose (Fitzsimons) Martin and Noel.

Fágann sí croí bhriste a mac cleamhnais Andrew Norton, a clan féin idir neachtanna agus nianna, a gclainn siúd, a bpáistí, is a ngar-pháistí; a deartháireacha is deirfiúracha cleamhnais féin; a comhleachtaí scoile i St Anne I Fettercairn, Tallaght. Méala mór a bás ag a h-iar daltaí scoile, comharsain, col ceathrair, col seisir agus a muintearas uilig.

DEATH of Father Patrick J. Larkin, a priest of the Diocese of Wichita for 63 years, died Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022 at the Catholic Care Center in Wichita. He was 89. Services were held on Saturday, Nov. 26, in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita. A rosary at 8:30 a.m. and  funeral Mass at 9 a.m. Fr. Larkin was born on March 16, 1933, in Carrueragh, Knockanure. He received his seminary education at St. Kieran’s College in Kilkenny, and was ordained on June 2, 1957. He was appointed an assistant at St. Patrick Parish in Parsons, Kansas on Oct. 21, 1957. He later served at Holy Saviour Parish, as a teacher at Mount Carmel, as an assistant at Blessed Sacrament Parish, and then returned to Mount Carmel as the director of Religious Education.

Fr. Larkin was named pastor of St. Patrick Church in Harper on July 1, 1967. Before being moved to St. Patrick Parish in Kingman in 1973, he served as the diocesan director of a Thanksgiving Clothing Drive, and of the Bishop’s Relief Collection. While at Kingman he also served on the diocesan Liturgical Commission and the Priests’ Council.

In 1984, after serving for about nine years in Kingman, Fr. Larkin was named pastor of St. Ignatius Parish in Neodesha. He was moved to St. Louis Parish in Waterloo and St. Rose Parish in Mt. Vernon in 1986. The next year he was named pastor of Mother of God Parish in Oswego and Sacred Heart Parish in Chetopa. Father served the two Southeast Kansas parishes for about eight years before being named pastor of St. Martin Parish in Caldwell in 1995. He retired three years later. Fr. Larkin was one of 63 priests from Ireland who served the diocese. Father Larkin is sadly missed by his nephews and nieces and extended members of the Larkin Family at home and abroad.

DEATH of Noreen O’Callaghan (née Buckley), Upper Aughrim, Moyvane, on November 21st, 2022. Wife of the late Dan and sister of the late John and Timmy. Noreen will be sadly missed by her son Jimmy, sisters Mary Teresa and Peggy, brother Mike, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, and nieces. Requiem Mass for Noreen was celebrated in Moyvane church, followed by burial afterwards in Ahavoher Cemetery on Thursday 24th of November 2022.

DEATHS: 11 farm fatalities in 2022 so far, says Minister of State, Martin Heydon.

ANNIVERSARIES: Eileen O’Brien, Mary Ahern, Marie Walsh, Ray Keane, Catherine White, Bridie Shine, Tom Barry, Nora Leahy, Joan Ahern, Nora McAuliffe, John O’Connor, Timmy Keane, Monsignor Liam Boyle, Bridie McCarthy, Gerald Stack, Angela Carmody,and Noreen Foley.


Sat.26th Nov.’22 Moyvane- Margaret & Johnny Meade (Aniv.) Aughrim at 7.30pm

Sun.27th Nov.’22- Knockanure for Paddy Flavin, wife Bridie, brother Jack, (Aniv.) Kilmeaney, Kilmorna at 9.30am, and mass Moyvane for  Jack Stackpoole (1st Aniv.) at 11.00am; Mon.28th Nov.’22 No Mass in Church; Tues.29th Nov.’22- Moyvane for Bridie Shine (1st Aniv.) Knockanure Rd., Deceased of Shine and Conway Family at 10.00am; Weds.30th Nov.’22- Knockanure a Private Intention at 10.00am; Thurs.1st Dec.’22- Moyvane a Private Intention at 10.00am; Fri.2nd Dec.’22- Knockanure a Private Intention at 10.00am; Sat.3rd Dec.’22- Moyvane for Maurice & Joe O’Connell (Aniv.), their sister Margaret RIP & Deceased of O’Connell family at 7.30pm; Sun.4th Dec.’22 Knockanure for Sheila Nash (5th Aniv.) Gortdromagouna & Deceased of Nash Family at 9.30am, and Mass Moyvane for Sean & John O’Connor (Aniv.’s) Inchamore at 11.00am.

ADORATION Abbeyfeale: Currently Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament takes place every Wednesday and  Friday in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel from after the 10.00am Mass until 7.00pm.

PRAYER MEETING:  Janice Carrig holds a prayer meeting in the Desmond Complex on the last Sunday of the month. Feast of St. Francis Xavier (1506-1562) is celebrated on Sat. 3rd December. Jesuit missionary who preached the Gospel in India and Japan.

RAMBLING HOUSES: Every 1st Thursday of each month there is a Rambling House in the Community Centre in Knockanure; Ita McQuinn, Monagea Rambling House is on the third Thursday of the month at the Desmond Complex, Newcastle West at 8pm. Listowel Rambling House takes place on the last Thursday of every month from 9.15 pm in the Seanachai Centre.

CHRISTMAS MARKET: Ballydonoghue Bardic Festival Christmas Market on Saturday, December 3rd at Tomáisín’s Function Room, Lisselton. To reserve a space for the Market, please call or text 086 845 1263.

BEST wishes to Eamon McElligott, of Brown Joe’s, with his newly renovated kitchen and Upstairs Dining Room which is now open for Christmas Bookings.

Best wishes also to Kearney’s Homebaking  on becoming a Gold Member of Origin Green Ireland recently.

POTATO: Total cost of growing 1ac of ware potatoes in 2022 up to a figure of around €3,000.

Potato storage costs have more than doubled, year-on-year, according to the IFA.

Between 10% and 15% of this year’s ware potato crop is still in the ground, according to Teagasc potato specialist, Shay Phelan.

US Food and Drug Administration has approved lab-grown meat for human consumption.

G.B cost of living; More than a million families receiving tax credits will receive their second cost of living payment from Wednesday. The £324 cash boost will be paid automatically into bank accounts of those eligible between today and next Wednesday. It forms part of the government’s £37bn cost of living package for households, including £400 for help with energy bills.


BUS Eireann Bus Route 314 from Moyvane to Limerick, Monday to Saturday, departing outside Kearney’s Bar 6.32am, 10.32am, 14.32pm, 18.32pm. See website for more details.  Copy of timetable on window of Parish Office and Noel Stack Butcher’s.

TRACTOR Run by Estuary Rollers begins in Listowel on Dec. 4th at 4pm.

PARTY by Going Strong in Athea on 7th of Dec. start with Mass at 12.30pm. Contact; Eileen:                 087 9848247; Peggy 087 9416223, or Mairead  087 6407026.

CAROL CONCERT Hosted by Coláiste na Ríochta, Secondary School, in St. Mary’s Church, Listowel on Wednesday 14th December at 7.30pm. Featuring Kerry Choral Union.

ST JOHNS: on Thursday 1st Dec.- Concert, Tom Barry, Lighthouse; Sat 3rd, Concert Shaskeen, 5th and 6th Panto- Old Mother Hubbard’s Crazy Christmas Show, details from 068 22566.

SIAMSA: Irish Rambling House Show, organized by Kay O’Leary and Joe Harrington. The show will be at Siamsa Tire on Wednesday, November 30 as part of the Radio Kerry concert series.

CELTIC BROTHERS’ will bring their Christmas Show to the Church of the Assumption, Abbeyfeale on Sunday 11th of December 2022. Tickets call 089- 4314765.

CRAFT Fair: Saturday 3rd December 11.00am at Ceol Corbraí Community Hall, Glin. 20 indoor tables available. To book call: John Sheahan 087-207-9268 or John Culhane 087-996-3282.

CHRISTMAS MARKET at the Barnagh Hub on Sunday, December 11 and 18.

GLÓRACH: Abbeyfeale on Film dates Nov. 30th and 1st, 10th and 11th of December.  Archival footage of the town has been brought together under one film.  Tickets for all events can be booked at or by calling 0871383940.

TEA DANCE: Annual Christmas Afternoon tea dance will take place on Sunday December 11th from 3pm-5pm in Ballybunion Community Centre. Admission on the day will be free.

GAA: Kerry footballers going on a 12-day holiday on December 4th to Dubai, and to the island of Mauritius.

MUSIC, poetry and dance at Kerry College’s Clash Campus, held International Students Day recently as a celebration of students from all over the world.

A TRAD-NIGHT – will be held in the Community Centre Tarbert on Sat. 3rd December at 8.30pm. Entertainment by Donie & Friends. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

ACTIVE RETIREMENT GROUP – meet every Friday in the Tarbert Bridewell between 10.30am and 12 Noon.  We have different activities every week followed by Tea/Coffee and a chat. New members are welcome.

ST MICHAEL’S College are upgrading and adding additional rooms at their 144 year establishment, costing about E 5.3 million. Their TY students recently celebrated Think Languages 2022, with a day of activities.

TINTEAN Ballybunion, Christmas Movie Crackers, Dec. 18th at 4pm. Tourist Office: more at

[email protected]    068 25555.



FESTIVAL: Other Voices Dingle 2022, Live + Online | 2 – 4 December 2022

HERO: Nominations for Kerry Heroes of all ages are welcome. In no more than 500 words, let us know who you wish to nominate, along with a photograph if possible by email [email protected] or by post to Kerry Heroes, Kerry Today, Radio Kerry, Maine Street, Tralee, Co Kerry.  Closing date for receipt of nominations is midday on Thursday, December 15, 2022.

VOCATION: Considering a Religious Vocation? Advent Zoom Meeting with the Poor Clare Sisters, Cork Sat. Dec. 3rd at 3pm.  Please email to receive the link for the meeting.  See also


FUNDING – SSE Renewable invites community groups to apply for funding from their community fund.  The groups need to be within a 20km radius of their Tournafulla, Rathcahill, Dromada, and Athea  wind farms in West Limerick and Lenamore wind farm in County Kerry. Preference will be given to those within 5km. For more information visit or contact their Community Fund Manager on 086 878 3104. Email:

FILM: My Old School starring Alan Cummings and Lulu. December 8th.

FILM: The Big Hit starring Kad Merad and Marina Hands.  In French with English subtitles.

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ARTS  organisations, artists, and groups working within the arts can apply for funding. Discover what funding is available then register for online services to submit an application.


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HOUSE: Minister Burke, says “The new guidelines clearly state that those who have a need to build their own home in rural Ireland will be permitted to do so if they have a clear economic or social need.

CO2 accumulates in the atmosphere, it takes more than 1,000 years to dissipate, methane takes just 12 years.

Fertiliser database is set to come into effect on January 1, 2023.

FODDER: Only successful applicants for the 2022 Fodder Support Scheme are eligible to apply for the 2023 Scheme. Farmers can apply up to midnight on December 5, for the 2023 scheme. Limited to max E1,000 payment.

BOOK: Catherine Richardson formerly Catherine Fitzgerald from Knocknasna, daughter of Mikie and the late Betty has just published her first book.  It’s entitled ‘The Simple Life’. Pat Mulcahy.  His book entitled ‘For God and Country’ are the memoires of the Rockchapel man as he describes his life his start in Jersey during WW2, life in the US in the army and NYPD and his return to his native County Cork. Of Limerick Saints and Seekers is edited by David Bracken, Limerick  Diocesan Archivist. The collection – featuring stories of the great and good people of Limerick from St Ita to the present day.

Joe Harrington details the story of the Butter Road that ran from Listowel to Kerry Pike outside Cork city, Once upon a Road.

BOOK: Mark Leen’s ‘The Postman And Doggie Woggie’ based on Connie Foley’s story, during the 1970s, a dog started following him on his postal round and they became the best of friends. It’s the story of how they met and the friendship till Doggie Woggie died.

ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT: Alzheimer’s Carers Support Group is a space where Carers can discuss their caring role, source information, and provide support for each other. Meetings take place at 2pm on the 2nd Wednesday of December at the Listowel Family Resource Centre.   Contact Bridie Mulvihill 086-8556431.

GOAL Mile this Christmas. GOAL Miles in Kerry will take place at Castleisland, Killorglin, Kenmare, Killarney, and Listowel on Christmas Day.

Register to take part in a GOAL Mile near you this Christmas, visit

HOSPICE have an online tree where you can view your ‘Yellow Ribbon tributes’

STRYKER offers products and services in Medical and Surgical, Neurotechnology, Orthopaedics and Spine that help improve patient and healthcare outcomes. Stryker’s have more than 4,000 people in facilities at Limerick, Cork and Belfast.

OPEN AA MEETING – Saturday 10th December – The Tarbert Group of Alcoholics Anonymous opened its doors to the suffering alcoholic back in 2002. We are celebrating our 20th anniversary with an Open Meeting in the Tarbert Community Centre on Saturday 10th December at 8pm. Everybody Welcome. Open meetings seek to reach the suffering alcoholic through a third party and will very often be attended by a group of Doctors, Nurses, Social Workers, Teachers, Prison Officers, Gardai, Spiritual Advisors, Public Media etc. These people in their daily work are frequently in contact with the suffering alcoholic and by their very presence at our meeting have shown their concern and willingness to help from the earliest beginnings of AA when Henrietta Sieberling introduced Dr. Bob to Bill W. Many thousands of alcoholics who found sobriety in AA, were first put in contact with AA by a non-alcoholic third party, be it a family member or a concerned friend/employer etc. These good friends of AA knew AA existed, where it could be found and what help AA offered to the problem drinker.

SHOW at Tullamore Nov 19th 2022: Senior Female Champion Calf title-Matthew Goulding’s entry Gouldingpoll 1 Ravette 1262 was named the reserve champion in this category. Topping the day’s trade was Gouldingpoll 1 Ravette 1262. The hammer fell at €11,000 for a half-share of the animal, it was later agreed to sell both shares of Ravette for a total of €22,000. Later Gouldingpoll Herd of Matthew and Rita Goulding from Ballyduff, achieved the next top price of the day; €6,500 for Gouldingpoll 1 Duchess 1244 ET.

TOASTMASTERS: call Derry at 086 2580662 or Michael at 086 8378721 should you require any information.

TG4; Dé Céadaoin @ 20:30- Mná na Talún follows four female farmers over the course of a single farming year: Úna Ní Bhroin has spent 20 years building up Beechlawn Organic farm in Ballinasloe along with her husband Pádraig; Hannah Doherty is a young, enterprising sheep farmer on the Derry-Donegal border; Bríd Ní hIcí aims to be as self sufficient as possible – growing vegetables and keeping pigs and goats on her small-holding in Gaoth Dobhair ; and Clíona Ní Conghaile raises cattle in the traditional style on the unique landscape of Inis Mór, one of the most important areas of biodiversity in Ireland.

Dé Domhnaigh @ 21:30- new traditional music series brings together the very best in entertainment and traditional music from Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy in July 2022. As a festival, Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy showcases every single aspect of the tradition – the learners, the festival enthusiasts, the dancers, the singers, the discerning listeners, the younger modern players and the professionals. Now celebrating 50 years since its foundation, it continues to attract international crowds and huge talent into the tiny West Clare town of Miltown Malbay year on year without fail.


NZ Supreme court ruled that New Zealand’s minimum voting age of 18 was inconsistent with the country’s Bill of Rights – which gives people who are 16 years and over the right to be free from age discrimination.

WHO has documented 703 attacks on health infrastructure since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began.

HOSPITAL Limerick; Recently 48 hours, daily attendances at the ED have averaged 246, compared with 205 on the equivalent days last year.


OLD FILM: A 1980’s film of musicians, set dancers and Irish language activists from the Sliabh Luachra area will be shown at the Scartaglen Heritage Centre on Saturday, December 10th. at 8pm.

HISTORY: It is forgotten but a section of the Catholic population survived and some thrived during the Penal Laws. The Callanans appear as apothecaries in Cork, Doctors, and are close to McCarthys, Nagles and O’Learys (of the ‘outlaw’ family Raleigh Macroom) and form a close network. It is from this background that JJ Callinan came. Later his friend Crofton Croker would comment that he spent years living with various friends who were Doctors, Schoolteachers and surprisingly Policemen. One such Doctor was Doctor Burke who practised in the Square in Bantry and was from A Caheragh Landowning family probably associated with the McCarthys according to the late Cork Historian John T Collins. It was in Bantry he wrote Gougán Barra.



For many countries, the last hours of the negotiation represent a real step backwards in the fight against rising temperatures.

While the loss and damage text represented a big win, the overall cover decision is being seen as a missed opportunity in the fight against climate change.

The man who ran the COP26 negotiations in Glasgow put it bluntly.

“Emissions peaking before 2025, as the science tells us is necessary. Not in this text,” said Alok Sharma.

“Clear follow-through on the phase down of coal. Not in this text.”

As well as all these limitations there was also a sharp U-turn on the language around fossil fuels.

The text now includes a reference to “low emission and renewable energy”.

This is being seen as a significant loophole that could allow for the development of further gas resources, as gas produces less emissions than coal.




Robert Ahern’s Obituary by the San Jose Mercury News.

Judge Robert Patrick Ahern

Resident of San Jose

September 19, 1938 – April 2, 2011

also known as Bobby, Bob, LTJG, Legal Eagle, Commander, Dad, Judge, and Papa Bob, lived his 72 years with gusto. He died in Good Samaritan Hospital after a fierce battle with cancer where he

acquired his last name: Braveheart.

Bob was proud to be a fourth generation San Franciscan. He attended St. Paul’s Grammar School, Riordan High School, and The University of San Francisco where he played offensive guard. Bob enlisted in the Navy in 1960 and served 4 years active duty as a Naval Flight officer and Navigator/Tactical Coordinator. He remained in the Naval Reserves for 18 years.


He was a ’67 graduate of UC Hastings College of Law and worked for the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office for ten years until he was elected to the Municipal Court.  In 1982, he was elected to the Superior Court where he served until his retirement in 2002. After “retirement” Bob became a “Traveling Judge” working as far north as Mariposa and as far south as San Diego.

During his years with the Superior Court, Bob served as Asst. Presiding Judge and Presiding Judge. He was a member of the Olympic Club of San Francisco for 54 years, President of the Bellarmine Dads Club, and President of the Los Pescadores (83-85).


Bob approached life with enthusiasm and strength. His interest in genealogy led to discovering his Great grandfather’s cottage in Lyreacrompane, Ireland.


Dominique Dawes, owner and founder

Three-time Olympian, Olympic Gold Medalist, Healthy Lifestyle Advocate and Mom, Dominique Dawes is thrilled to be embarking on this exciting journey. “All four of my kids are my motivation! They will be active in the gymnastics and ninja programs and I couldn’t be more proud to build a community to empower and positively encourage today’s generation of gymnasts and beyond. Words leave a lasting impact on the self esteem of a young child, which is why it’s beyond gold medals here at Dominique Dawes Gymnastics Academy. Every child that walks through our doors will know that they are valued. My amazing staff will understand that the most important kid is the one standing right in front of them.”



CHRISTMAS: Shop smarter, not single use

Got someone random in the secret Santa? Don’t buy them disposable crap – landfill is a disappointing gift, even if it does come in under the £10 limit at your office. If an ethical gift like an Oxfam donation or a reusable coffee cup feels a little too on the nose, take the time to buy something you know they’ll use. “Without trying to be too Scrooge-like, the biggest impact of Christmas is just he amount of stuff we buy,” says Mike Childs, strategic project lead at Friends of the Earth. “If it’s stuff they want, and displacing stuff they would buy anyway, it’s kind of alright. If it’s additional stuff that then ends up being thrown out or tucked away in a cupboard, then that’s a big impact.”



GRANDPARENTS: Emotional closeness between adult grandchildren and their grandparents protects against depression for both, according to a June 2016 study from Boston University. The study, which used data from a long-term survey of families spanning several generations between 1985 and 2004, suggests that when young adults and their elders enjoy strong relationships, both suffer fewer symptoms of depression.



MINISTRY: The Archdiocese of Armagh has collaborated with Aspal to develop an online course entitled “Foundations in Youth Ministry”.

The programme is reflective in nature and has seven modules on different themes.  It can be accessed at any time and is designed for individuals and parish groups who are engaging with young people or hope to engage in parish youth ministry.

The programme is available online until Easter 2023. Enrolment is free and available now at



WORLD Cup: And unlike previous World Cups, where venues typically stretched across multiple cities, all games will be played within 31 miles of Doha’s main Corniche. That means the capital will swell by over a million fans, roughly a third of Qatar’s entire population, for the month-long tournament.


Eight stadiums will host matches at the tournament, seven being newly built and one being refurbished. ——————

With demand for LNG surging alongside Europe’s energy crisis, the country has embarked on an almost $50 billion project to expand capacity by more than 60% before the end of the decade.

Qatar’s population grew by close to 14% in the year ending Oct. 31, to a record 3 million people.

In the 12 years since the tiny gas-rich country was awarded rights to the event, it has spent $300 billion preparing for kickoff.

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