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PRO GAA Scene June 22nd 2016 2016-06-22 21:34:00

Fitzgerald Stadium launches Development Scheme

The Fitzgerald Stadium Finance Committee has launched a new Development Scheme on the eve of yet another Munster Football final at the iconic Killarney venue. The new scheme, the 4th of it’s kind, aims to further enhance facilities at the Stadium on big match day bringing it right into contention as a host venue for the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

The current Stadium capacity is 39,000 and it is fully compliant with all health and safety regulations. Among the proposed enhancements to the Stadium are the upgrading of the terraces, especially at the scoreboard end; upgrading of the seating in the covered stand; new shops, toilet facilities and access turnstiles at the St Finan’s side of the ground and the addition of a floodlighting system.

County Committee chairman, Patrick O’Sullivan, who along with Kerry senior football manager, Eamonn Fitzmaurice and Colm Foley, chairman of the Development Committee, launched the new scheme, outlined the reasons for the launch of the latest Development Scheme; “We want to develop on the work ethic and commitment that has brought Fitzgerald Stadium to what it is today. We want to go further and have a facility that will continue to be a symbol of Killarney’s ability as a venue that will match and compete with other centres of excellence. It is the hope and determination of the Stadium Committee and the County Committee to host the Rugby World Cup in 2023”.

The cost is €1,000 per year for five years and the benefits of subscribing to the Development Scheme include 2 Free Stand Tickets for Kerry/Cork Munster Championship games at the stadium as well as 2 free tickets for games held under the auspices of the Kerry County Committee at the stadium and 2 free tickets for All Ireland Final involving the Kerry senior team.

The Stadium Committee, under the chairmanship of Colm Foley includes county committee chairman Patrick O’Sullivan, Pat O’Donoghue, Maurice O’Donoghue, Michael O’Donoghue, Conor Hennigan, Mike Buckley, Der Brosnan and Andy O’Sullivan.

Munster Football Finals Ticket Arrangements

The Munster Football Finals will be played in Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney on July 3rd. The Minor final between Kerry and Cork will commence at 12:00 noon while the Senior final between Kerry and Tipperary will throw in at 2:00pm.

Admission Prices are as follows:

Covered Stand: Adult Covered Stand €35 and Juvenile Covered Stand €5

Sideline Seating Area (Scoreboard End): Adult €20 and Juvenile €5

Terrace: Adult €25 and Juvenile Terrace€5

The usual Colour Coding of Adult Terrace Tickets will apply but there are no restrictions on Juvenile tickets in the Terrace areas.

OAP/Student: Concession of €10 at the designated stile with valid id prior to entry

Please note that Adult and Juvenile Terrace Tickets are now available to purchase from the Kerry GAA Store in Killarney Outlet Centre, from the Austin Stack Park Pavilion as well as at Centra and SuperValu stores around the County and online at tickets.ie

Covered stand tickets are distributed via the Clubs but, if a surplus is available, they will go on public sale from the County Board Office Austin Stack Park Tralee and from The Kerry GAA Store in the Outlet Centre Killarney on Tuesday 28th June.

Munster Junior Football Final

The Munster Junior football final will now take place on Wednesday June 29th in Austin Stack Park at 7:30pm. At Monday night’s County Committee meeting Jimmy Keane of Brosna was ratified as a Junior selector in succession to P.J. Reidy whose appointment as a Games Development Administrator resulted in his resignation as a Junior selector.

Acorn Life Under 21 Football Championship

There is one preliminary round game and seven first round games down for decision on this coming Wednesday evening as the Acorn Life Under 21 championship gets under way.

The preliminary round game sees Mid Kerry take on Shannon Rangers in Beaufort with the winners having hone advantage against St Kierans on a date to be confirmed.

The seven first round games, all of which have a 7pm throw-in time (with one exception) and with extra time where necessary, are as follows.

Kenmare Dis. v An Ghaeltacht (in Kenmare)

Austin Stacks v Rathmore/Kilcummin

Feale Rgs v St Brendans (in Moyvane)

South Kerry v Laune Rgs (in Caherciveen)

Spa v Dr Crokes (6:30pm)

Kerins O Rahillys v West Kerry

Dingle v East Kerry

The U21 Football Championship is primarily aimed at players over 18 and under 21 years of age. However, minors can play but the unavailability of Minors cannot be used as a reason for seeking postponement of fixtures. U16’s are not eligible to play at Under 21 level by Rule.The competition will be run on a ‘knock-out’ basis. Round 2 is pencilled in for June 29th.

Credit Union Senior Football League

The playing of Round 6 of the Credit Union Senior football league last weekend pushed the league past the half way stage. There are of course a number of back games to be played and some of those were due to be played this weekend but clubs agreed alternative dates so as not to conflict with Féile fixtures.

In Division 1 there is a big game in Glenbeigh Sunday evening when Glenbeigh-Glencar play Mid Kerry rivals Milltown-Castlemaine in Div 1at 6.30

Junior Leagues

Just 4 or 5 games were played in the Junior Leagues last weekend as clubs felt the effect of the senior county league fixtures taking precedence for player availability. A number of games have been fixed between Monday and Thursday this week in an effort to get rid of the backlog of fixtures but very few if any games will be played this weekend due to Féile. A reminder that in all groups, the top team on points qualifies for the final, while 2nd and 3rd placed teams play a semi final with 2nd placed team having home venue.

Under 17 Final

The special non exam Under 17 football final played in Austin Stack Park on Friday evening last resulted in a 3-19 to 1-8 victory for Austin Stacks over Firies.

Féile Peil 2016

One of the biggest logistical undertakings in the county for many a long day gets underway this coming weekend when Féile Peil South West 2016, sponsored by John West, takes place. This is a national competition and a celebration of Under 14 football for both boys and girls hosted by Kerry, North Cork and West Limerick.

Over 240 teams are taking part, including 76 from Kerry (50 Boys and 26 girls) and they will play over 600 games between them from Friday to Sunday culminating in thirty finals on the closing day.

The parade of participating teams has for long been one of the highlights of the Féile weekend and this time round, the parades will be held at nine different locations throughout the three host counties. In Kerry, there are a number of venues across the county with Tralee and Killarney hosting the bigger parades and Listowel, Dingle, Kenmare and Cahirciveen hosting teams along the various peninsulas and North Kerry. In Limerick, Newcastlewest will host the local parade, while in Cork, Carrigaline will host city teams with North Cork based teams heading to Kanturk.

Well over a year’s preparation, under the chairmanship of Bórd na n-Óg’s Tom Keane, has gone into the staging of the event and we wish all concerned the best of luck with this huge venture.

Kerry GAA Night of Champions at the Kingdom Greyhound Stadium

The draw for the admission prizes at the recent Kerry GAA Night of Champions at the Kingdom Greyhound Stadium was made at Monday night’s County Committee meeting and the following were the winners:

1st: All Ireland Final Weekend in Dublin with 2 Tickets – Causeway GAA Club

2nd: Golf 4-Ball at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club – Ardfert GAA Club

3rd: 2 All Ireland Final Tickets – Brigid Horan, Tullig North, Castleisland

4th: €100 Voucher for The Kerry GAA Store in Killarney: Mike Rowan, C/O Beale GAA Club

5th: €100 Voucher for the Brehon Hotel – Legion GAA Club, Killarney

6th: €100 Voucher Garveys Supervalu – Ardfert Football Club.

Chairman, Patrick O’Sullivan thanked all involved with the organising of what was a very successful fundraising venture and he made special mention of committee chairman, Christy O’Connell and secretary Maureen O’Shea and their hard working committee as well as Declan Dowling of the Kingdom Greyhound Stadium. He also thanked all the Clubs in the county for their continued support.

Hurling News with Tommy O’Connor of the PR & Marketing Committee

Garvey’s SuperValu Senior Hurling Championship gets underway this weekend

Round 1 of the 2016 Garvey’s Supervalu Kerry senior hurling championship [Corn Neilus Ó Floinn] will take place over the coming weekend. The competition commences on Saturday, 25th June at 7.00p.m.when Crotta play Abbeydorney at Ballyduff.

On Sunday, 26th, there will be a double bill at Abbeydorney. Reigning champions Kilmoyley meet Ballyduff at 12.00p.m. (note time change) and St. Brendan’s take on Ballyheigue at 4.30p.m. (Note change of time) Later that evening the action moves to Kilmoyley where Causeway play Lixnaw at 7.00p.m.

Round 2 will take place on the weekend of 10th July; Round 3 weekend 24th July; semi-finals on 14th August and the final on Sunday, 11th Sept.

While Round 1 of the Championship will see the games played at North Kerry venues due to the unavailability of Austin Stack Park which stages the national Féile finals this weekend, at the request of the hurling clubs, Round 2, where possible, and the remaining rounds of the competition will be played at the Tralee venue.

Heartbreak for Under 17 Hurlers in Celtic Challenge final

The Kerry Under 17 hurlers were very unlucky to be defeated by South Wexford on Saturday last in the final of Division 2 of the national Celtic Challenge competition. Played at Nowlan Park, Kilkenny, Kerry were ahead for most of the game but conceded 1 – 1 in the final minutes to go down by 4 – 11 to 2 – 15.

Credit Union Senior Hurling Leagues

Causeway won the long delayed 2015 Credit Union Co. Senior hurling league Division 1 title last week when they had a 2 – 16 to 2 – 13 win over St. Brendan’s. The game doubled up as a 2016 round 5 fixture. The Causeway captain was Thomas Casey while Paul McGrath received the Man of the Match award.

Credit Union Division 1 Co. League results: Kilmoyley 2 - 15 Lixnaw 1 – 10; Ballyheigue 3 – 18 Crotta O’Neill’s 2 – 20;

Following these results Causeway lead the league table with 10 points, St. Brendan’s are second with 8 points, followed by Abbeydorney on 7 points. Following their two recent victories, Ballyheigue have climbed into the fourth spot with 6 points. They are followed on 5 points by Kilmoyley and Lixnaw. The top 4 will qualify for the semi-finals. The next round is scheduled for 17th July.

Division 2 results: Kilmoyley 1 - 12 St. Brendan’s 0 - 12; Abbeydorney 5 - 15 Kilgarvan 2 - 10; Dr. Crokes 1 - 11 Ballyheigue 0 - 11. In Division 2A Abbeydorney lead the table with full points (8) from 4 games followed by Dr. Crokes on 6 points. In Division 2B Kilmoyley are on top with 8 points, followed by St. Brendan’s on 4.

Minor Hurling Leagues commence

The commencement date of the Keane’s SuperValu Co. Hurling Leagues was deferred by 1 week. Round 1 fixtures will now be played on this Monday, 27th June as follows: Division 1A - Abbeydorney/Kilmoyley v Crotta O’Neill’s; St. Brendan’s v Lixnaw. Division 1B Causeway v Ballyheigue; Kenmare/Kilgarvan v Tralee Parnell’s. Ballyduff a bye. Further rounds each Monday up to 18th July.

Hurling Cúl Camps 2016

Just a few weeks now to the 2016 Kellogg’s GAA Kerry hurling Cúl Camps. Venues are as follows: Causeway (4 – 8 July), Lixnaw & Ballyduff (11 -15 July), Ballyheigue & Kenmare (18 - 22 July), Ardfert & Fitzgerald Stadium (25 – 29 July), Abbeydorney (1 – 5 August), Crotta O’Neill’s - Dromakee (8 – 12 August) and Kilmoyley & Tralee Parnell’s - Caherslee (15 – 19 August).

Cost is €55 per child with reductions for additional members of families. Camps are open to primary school children between 6 and 13 years of age. Monday’s to Friday’s, 10.00a.m. – 2.30p.m. daily. Further details at www.kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ie