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PRO GAA Scene February 22nd 2017 2017-02-22 21:47:00

Kerry welcome Monaghan to Fitzgerald Stadium

Kerry senior footballers welcome Monaghan to Fitzgerald Stadium on Sunday next for Round 3 of the Allianz Football League. Following their fine away victory over Donegal in round 1, Kerry were brought back to earth by Mayo in round 2 in Tralee, a game that Kerry certainly seemed to be in control of at the interval. The Kerry management will be disappointed that the home side did not impose their authority on the second half proceedings and much of the blame for that has been put on the fact that Kerry had lost a number of experienced players to injury during the opening half.

Kerry will certainly be hoping that the likes of Shane Enright, Killian Young, James O’Donoghue and Pau Geaney will be fit to resume while it will also be interesting to see if Bryan Sheehan and Anthony Maher, neither of whom featured in the opening two games, make the match day squad on Sunday. With players such as Jason Foley and Tom O’Sullivan returning to the Under 21 squad there will be changes for this weekend’s lineup but just how many we will have to wait and see.

While Kerry had a comfortable eight points victory in the corresponding game in Clones last year, Eamonn Fitzmaurice and his management team will need little reminding that two years ago Monaghan handed Kerry a four point defeat in Austin Stack Park and after losing two home points already they will no doubt not want to lose two more especially given the fact that their other two home games are against Dublin and Tyrone.

The Kerry team will be announced on Friday evening and posted on the Kerry GAA Website at 8:30pm. There is deferred coverage of the game on TG4.  Dereck O’Mahony of Tipperary is the man in charge.

The Programme for the game, which will be on sale inside the ground only, will cost €3 and the proceeds will go towards Kerry Post Primary Colleges and Kerry Handball.

Kerry’s remaining Allianz Football League games are away to Roscommon on March 5th and then, after a two week break, three games on the trot starting with a home game against Dublin in Austin Stack Park under lights on March 18th; away to Cavan in Breffni Park on March 26th and home to Tyrone in Fitzgerald Stadium on April 2nd. The final is fixed for April 9th.

Match Arrangements for Kerry V Monaghan

The Kerry Vs Monaghan game at Fitzgerald Stadium will throw in at 2pm and patrons are advised to come early and to please note the following:

Stiles will open at 12:30pm and Ticket vans will be in operation at both the Lewis Road and Daltons Avenue ends. Designated Gates will also be in operation for Season Ticket holders at both ends of the ground.

Admission is €15 and entry to the Stand will be on a first come first served basis. The usual Concession for Students and OAPs applies to pre-purchased tickets only.  Under 16s will be admitted free.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at all the usual outlets including participating Supervalu and Centra Stores throughout the county including all Garveys Supervalu Stores, at GAA.ie and at the Kerry GAA Store in the Outlet Centre Killarney and the Pavilion in Austin Stack Park Tralee. Tickets may be purchased on-line or at these outlets right up to match time. Patrons, including students and OAPs, who purchase in advance of match day will get 20% (€3) off the adult admission price (This offer applies to 12 midnight on Saturday night only).

Patrons are reminded to park responsibly and to remember that car parking restrictions will be in operation on the roadway at the rear of the terrace where emergency ambulance clearways have to be maintained.

Kerry V Dublin Allianz League Game is a sell out

The GAA has confirmed that all tickets made available for the Allianz Football League meeting of Kerry and Dublin at Austin Stack Park, Tralee on Saturday March 18 (7.0), have been sold out. Public sale of tickets has resulted in 10,500 tickets, including season tickets, being allocated.

It is hoped that a health and safety inspection of the venue later this week will lead to the availability of an additional 1,000 tickets and these too are expected to sell out quickly given the strong demand to date. The capacity is expected to be 11,500 approx.

Glenbeigh-Glencar are All Ireland Junior Champions

Heartiest congratulations to Glenbeigh-Glencar who were crowned All Ireland Junior Champions at Croke Park on Sunday last when they defeated Tyrone standard bearers Rock St Pats after a tough encounter where the destiny of the title remained in doubt right up to the final whistle. A great save by Rory O’Connor after 62 minutes, at a time when the winners had fought back to regain the lead, kept the Mid Kerry noses in front and man of the match Darran O’Sullivan and Jason McKenna added the insurance points to secure an historic victory on a 1-14 to 1-11 scoreline. There is certainly a lot more satisfaction gained from a hard earned victory such as this and no doubt it will be savoured for many a long day around Glenbeigh and Glencar.

Kerry clubs have now won half of the sixteen finals played including the last three by Brosna, Templenoe and now Glenbeigh-Glencar.

GAA Congress sees Kerry’s Sean Walsh bid for Uachtarán CLG.

The annual congress of the GAA to be held in Croke Park this weekend  will see Kerry’s Sean Walsh bid to become only the second Kerryman to become Uachtarán of the most powerful sporting body in this island. Congress commences on Friday evening and with five contestants in the field, no doubt the Moyvane man will be busy between now and then tidying up any loose votes before the President elect, will be chosen.

Joining the race for the Presidency of the GAA was of course seen as a natural progression for the North Kerryman. He had a distinguished playing career with his beloved Moyvane  (he played until the ripe old age of 42!) and Feale Rangers with whom he won two senior county football championship medals and held the position of Chairman of his club for a twelve year period. He was Kerry County Development Officer for ten years and emerged as county Chairman in succession to Sean Kelly in 1998 and held down that position for another ten years. Having served his time as Vice Chairman of the Munster Council he became Chairman of the Provincial body in 2010 and completed his three year term last February.

He has previous Croke Park experience at committee level, is regarded as a man with his finger on the pulse and is never slow to speak his mind. He faces a tough battle this weekend with four other worthy opponents in the race, however, Walsh has survived many tight battles when it comes to the GAA ballot box and no doubt the Kerryman is quietly confident that he can do so again.

Sean is an ESB shift operative based in Tarbert, is married to Kilmoyley woman Patricia and they have two children, Kieran and Padraig. On behalf Coiste Chontae Chiarraí and all Kerry Gaels, we wish Sean and his family the very best of luck on Friday evening.

Sean carries the best wishes of all Kerry clubs and supporters.

Corn Uí Mhuirí Final in Austin Stack Park

The all Kerry Corn Uí Mhuirí final in Austin Stack Park on Saturday evening next at 4:30 is sure to bring a big crowd to the Tralee venue. Tralee CBS finally grabbed their final spot at the third time of asking following their victory over Colaiste Críost Rí in the second replay of their semi final at Ballyvourney on Saturday last (1-10 to 0-11)and they now face their old adversaries St Brendans College Killarney who are of course the reigning All Ireland champions. The semi final of the Hogan Cup is fixed for Saturday March 18th and the final is two weeks later on April 1st.

Munster Under 21 Championship

The opening Round of the Munster Under 21 Football championship is fast approaching with Kerry due to host Clare in Austin Stack Park on Wednesday March 8th at 7:30pm. The winners of that game will play Waterford in Dungarvan on the following Wednesday. The Munster final is fixed for March 29th. County champions, South Kerry, have nominated Brian Sugrue of Renard as the Kerry Under 21 captain.

Minor County League gets underway

The Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor County Football League got the 2017 club fixtures underway on Saturday last although just nine of the twenty one first round fixtures went ahead almost entirely due to the replay of the Munster Colleges semi final. A few Round 2 games are scheduled for this coming weekend. Round 2 proper is fixed for March 4th.

Club Leadership Programme

The Club Leadership Programme (Club Officer Training) for 2017 commences this week and will be delivered on this Wednesday at the IT Tralee, Room T107 Main Building and on Wednesday 1st March in the Gleneagle Hotel Killarney (Innisfallen Suite) at 7:15pm both nights.

 The following Officers, Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer and PRO, are requested to attend.

The format of the courses is as follows:

(A)   Workshop Based Induction Module for all Officers (Together in one room).

(B)   Workshop Based Module 1 (Each respective Officer will attend a Role Specific Workshop).

 Certification for each module of the programme has been arranged for officers with Croke Park. 

 It is essential that all new officers or officers who have not previously attended this training should attend. It will greatly assist all officers to carry out their specific roles. As in previous years we are encouraging Coiste na nÓg Officers to attend also.

Kerry GAA Supporters Club

The Kerry GAA Supporters Club AGM will be held on Monday the 6th of March at 8pm in Ballygarry House Hotel. All are welcome.

The Kerry Senior footballers’ next away game is Sunday the 5th of March in Hyde Park Roscommon and a day trip is planned for this game. All seats must be booked no later than Thursday night the 2nd of March.

The final away game of the Allianz League against Cavan takes place on Sunday 26th of March. This is an overnight stay. Bookings for this trip, along with full payment, will be taken on Monday the 13th of March in the Ballygarry House Hotel or the Listowel Arms Hotel at 8.30pm. This is the only night for bookings for this trip. Bookings to Martin Leane, Donie O’Leary or John King.

Membership for 2017 is now due. All persons travelling on the Kerry Supporters Club buses must have a valid 2017 membership card for insurance purposes. It is one membership card per person. Membership is €10 for the year and can be obtained from club members and members of the committee.

County Scór Finals Results

On Saturday last, February 18th, Muire Gan Smal Presentation Primary School Castleisland was the venue for the 2017 Sponsored “Estuary Print and Trophies” Ballylongford County Finals of Senior Scór. Six out of the nine District Boards took part;  North Kerry Football, East Kerry, Tralee/St. Brendans, Mid Kerry, North Kerry Hurling and South Kerry. A full house with a wonderful night of entertainment added to by an excellent Fear An Tí Fionan Fitzgerald, Ballymacelligott who kept everything in perfect running order for the occasion

Competitions got underway at the earlier time of 6pm with the County Final of the Quiz where the Question Master was Jerry Doody from Boherbue, County Cork. Here 10 Clubs participated; Fossa, Currow, Asdee, Laune Rangers, Churchill, St. Senans, Rathmore, Renard, Dr. Crokes, Spa. Once again it was a battle royal for honours between Churchill who were going for 4-in-a-row of County Titles; having been in the last 3 All Ireland Finals and been successful in two  and

former All Ireland Champions, Rathmore. However after a neck and neck battle it was the East Kerry side that came out on top by a single point. The Rathmore team included Donie O'Leary, John S O'Sullivan, Dan  V  O'Connor andTony Moynihan. And due to the change in the format of the Question Time the outright winner in each County now goes directly through to the All Ireland Finals to be held in the Waterfront Theatre, Belfast on Saturday April 6th.

The remainder of the programme ran off very smoothly Glenflesk were winners in both Figure Dancing and Ballad Group. The Club also received the overall Club of the night. Heather Grey from Mid Kerry was winner of the Solo Singing, Asdee, North Kerry Football scooped the Leiriu, In Recitation Sonny Egan from the North Kerry Hurling got the nod while Fossa and Reenard were the winners of the Instrumental Music and Set Dancing respectively.

Kerry received a bye in the Munster Finals so the following are the Clubs going through to the  Finals which will be held in the Community Centre, Cappamore, County Limerick on Saturday April 8th.

Figure Dancing  Glenflesk, East Kerry Board Aoife Cronin, Maire Cronin, Orla Kelliher, Rose Kelliher, Ann O Sullivan, Maire O Sullivan, Cathleen O'Keeffe, Kate Logan

Solo Singing  Heather Grey, Mid Kerry Board

Recitation.  Sonny Egan, North Kerry Hurling Board

Ballad Group  Glenflesk, East Kerry Board Mairead Kelliher, Roisin Kelliher, Jennifer Murphy, Eibhlin Cronin, Denis O Sullivan.

Leiriu (Novelty)  Asdee, North Kerry Football Board Gerdie O Carroll, Mairead Doyle, Kathleen Carmody and Jack Hennessy

Instrumental Music  Fossa, East Kerry Board Mary Kelliher, Amy Moriarty, Sean Kelliher, Cian O Sullivan, Mike Kelliher

Set Dancing  Reenard, South Kerry Board Karen Stapelton, Niamh Casey, Muireann Egan, Caoimhe Teehan, Rebecca Galvin Lorraine Kelly, Casey O'Donoghue, Dararca O'Donoghue, Ciara Sugrue, Emly Sugrue, Orla Sugrue

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Kerry Hurlers go down to Limerick in Allianz League

After the excellent win over Laois the previous week, the Kerry senior hurlers found Limerick a step too far on Sunday last at the Gaelic Grounds, going down by 6 – 21 to 3 – 8. The main highlight from a Kerry point of view was the hat trick scored by Ballyduff’s Padraig Boyle but overall the pace and skill of Limerick was far superior on the day. Kerry now go on to play Wexford in Round 3 on Sunday week, 3 March up in Wexford Park. This will be another difficult task against the Davy Fitzgerald managed table toppers.

Further league fixtures are: Sunday, 5th March away to resurgent Wexford, 12th March v Galway (at Austin Stack Park, 2.00p.m.) and Sunday, 26 March v Offaly (at Austin Stack Park, 3.00p.m.)

Club fixtures

The Credit Union Co. senior hurling league Division 1 will commence on the weekend of 9th April. Senior club action will commence on Saturday, 11 March with round 1 of the North Kerry Senior League.

Division 2 of the Co. League will have a later than usual start, commencing on Wednesday, 31 May and continuing on subsequent Wednesdays during June. The North Kerry intermediate league round 1 will be on Friday, 7 April and will continue each Friday during April.

Round 1 of the Co. Senior Hurling Championship will be played over the weekends of 1st & 8th July with round 2 on 16th July, round 3 on 6th August, the semi-finals on w/e 26th August and the final scheduled for Sunday, 10th September. The Intermediate championship preliminary round will be played on Tuesday, 18th July with the quarter finals on the following Tuesday, 25th July.

The Co. minor championship quarter finals are fixed for Saturday, 12th August while the Co. Under 21 championship will be commence on Saturday, 30th September.


Tralee Parnell’s Under 8 & 10 hurling coaching continues at Tralee Sports Complex each Tuesday, from 6.00 to 6.50 pm. New players are welcome. These sessions are for boys and girls born 2007 - 2010 and new players are most welcome. This Academy runs until 14th March.

Best of luck to St. Brendan’s player, Kevin Hannafin, who will be playing for I.T. Carlow in the semi-final of the Fitzgibbon Cup against U.C.C. on this Friday. Kevin has been playing at No. 3 in all the Group games to date on this Carlow team managed by Kilkenny’s D.J. Carey. 

The Lixnaw Hurling Club medal presentation gathering will take place on this Saturday, 25 February at the Rose Hotel, Tralee. Medals will be presented to all members of the successful underage, minor, senior and U21 winning teams for 2016.