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PRO GAA Scene December 7th 2016 2016-12-07 22:22:00

Kerry GAA News 7th December 2016

County Convention is just a week away

The annual convention of Kerry GAA will take place in the Rose Hotel on Wednesday evening next December 14th commencing at 7:30pm.

Tim Murphy of Brosna will be rubber stamped as the new Chairman being the only nominee when nominations closed. He will replace the outgoing Chairman, Patrick O'Sullivan whose 5 year term in the chair comes to an end at Convention. Eamonn Whelan will take over the role of Development Officer vacated by the Brosna man while Terence Houlihan of Laune Rangers, who will be a new face at the top-table, will fill the Coaching and Games officer post vacated by Whelan. Bernie Reen will be appointed Children’s Officer having been recommended by the outgoing executive while all the other officers are returned unopposed. A number of Officers will commence their final year in office before vacating their positions under the five year rule; Christy Killeen and Joe Crowley (Munster Council Delegates), Leona Twiss (Cultural Officer), Ger McCarthy (Hurling Officer)and John O’Leary (PRO). 

All Ireland Winning Teams presented with their medals

The three All Ireland winning teams from 2016 were presented with their winners medals at a function in the Rose Hotel on Saturday night last. County Board Chairman Patrick O’Sullivan did the honours as the Kerry Minor Footballers, who completed a 3-in-a-row of All Ireland titles, the Kerry Minor Hurlers who completed a 5-in-a-row of All Ireland titles and the Kerry Junior Footballers who won the All Ireland for the second year in a row with a new team were honoured. All of the backroom teams were also honoured while Vincent Linnane, caretaker of Austin Stack Park, was made a special presentation by Minor Trainer Peter Keane. Outgoing chairman, Patrick O’Sullivan received a prolonged standing ovation from those present in recognition of his service to Kerry GAA while Minor Football Team Liaison Officer, Christy Killeen, who served with all three Kerry Minor winning teams, also received a standing ovation for his contribution to those sides.

Divisional Board Titles for St Marys and Rathmore

Both St Marys and Rathmore completed 3-in-a-row titles following District Board victories over Skellig Rangers and Dr Crokes respectively over the weekend.

St Marys added another South Kerry title to their collection when proving too strong for Skellig Rangers at Con Keating Park on Saturday last, The winners led by 0-8 to 1-2 at the break with Diarmuid Keating’s goal giving the Portmagee side some hope for the second half, however, with man of the match recipient Denis Daly, Dara O’Sullivan and Conor O’Shea in fine form, and Bryan Sheehan and Sean Cournane picking off the scores, St Marys it is who are Jack Murphy Cup winners once again.

Meanwhile in Fitzgerald Stadium on Sunday, Rathmore proved a bogey team once again for County and Munster Champions Dr Crokes. John Moynihan’s goal separated the sides at the break with Rathmore leading by 1-8 to 0-8 and another goal from Mark Reen, this time from the penalty spot, saw Rathmore make it 3-in-a-row for the first time on a score of 2-12 to 0-13 with Shane Ryan named as man of the match for the second year in a row.

Glenbeigh-Glencar are Munster Junior Champions

Glenbeigh-Glencar were crowned Munster Junior Champions at Mallow on Sunday following a convincing 2-16 to 0-10 victory over Cork side Gabriel Rangers. The mid Kerry side were well on their way to the All Ireland semi final at the break when they led by 2-7 to 0-5 with the goals coming from Caolim Teahan and Kieran Courtney. A string of points during the third quarter secured their passage to the semi final against the Connaught representatives, Louisburgh of Mayo  on Saturday January 28th.

So Glenbeigh-Glencar become the twelfth Kerry Club to capture the title along with Finuge, Ardfert, Duagh, Skellig Rangers, Castlegregory, St Marys, Dromid Pearses, Kenmare, Keel, Brosna and Templenoe. Seven of those sides went to capture All Ireland honours.

Munster Junior B Championship

Kerry Novice champions Lispole are in Munster Junior B semi final action on this coming Sunday when they take on Oola of Limerick in Knockaderry, South Limerick at 2pm.

Kerry Referees meet to discuss the “Mark”

The new “Mark” rule in Gaelic football which comes into force from January 1st, will be the topic of discussion when Kerry referees will be coached on it’s implementation at two different venues in the county next week. On Tuesday 13th the venue is Fossa GAA Club for East Kerry, South Kerry, Mid Kerry and Kenmare while the following evening the venue is Kerins O’Rahillys clubhouse for referees in North Kerry, West Kerry, Tralee and Castleisland. Starting time is 8pm at both venues and all referees are obliged to attend.

Car Draw

The annual Kerry GAA fundraising Car Draw will take place at County Convention in the Rose Hotel Tralee on Wednesday evening next. First prize is a new Opel Insignia with a seven night Mediterranean cruise for the second placed winner and the third prize is a seven night sun holiday. Tickets are still on sale.

Kerry’s Magnificent 7 DVD to go on sale this weekend

Kerry’s Magnificent 7 DVD, the follow on to the very successful “Kerry’s Golden Years” video and covering the period from 1988 to 2016 will go on sale this weekend in the Kerry GAA Store Killarney  just in time for the Christmas market. The DVD is a must have for all Kerry supporters as is the commemorative 40 page booklet, priced at €5 which is currently on sale in the Kerry GAA Store in Killarney. The DVD may be ordered in advance on line at www.kerrygaa.ie

John Egan Memorial to be unveiled in June next

Sneem GAA Club have unveiled plans to erect a bronze memorial to the late great John Egan in his native Sneem.  The fundraising campaign is already up and running and is advancing well with over a third of the funds required for the project already collected. Egan of course was an outstanding footballer in his day and it is only fitting that he should be honoured in such a fashion. Contributions may be made on-line through the “Go fund me” website at the following link; gofundme.com/john-egan-memorial-2vqt4g4s or by contacting chairman of the organising committee Tim O’Sullivan 086 8559283.

What do you think of that?

Congratulations to Kieran Donaghy whose book “What Do You Think of That” has been named eir Sports Sports Book of the Year for 2016.

Munster Semi Finals of Scór 

The following will represent both their Clubs and County at the Munster Semi Finals of Scór na nÓg which will take place in Cashel Co.Tipperary on this Sunday December 11th at 2pm.

Figure Dancing:  Spa, East Kerry Board, (Alice O’Donoghue, Aislinn O’Donovan, Lia Murphy, Ailbhe Gallagher,Erin Holland, Meghann Cronin, Aíne Brosnan, Katie Lawlor).

Solo Singing:  Mark O’Leary, Gneeveguilla, East Kerry Board.

Recitation:  Cian Sheehan, Firies, East Kerry Board.

Ballad Group:  Glenflesk, East Kerry Board (Allison Cronin, Alicia Cronin, Aileen Healy, Maeve Tangney, Sinead Gleeson).

Leiriu (Novelty Act):  Na Gaeil, Tralee/St. Brendans Board (Anne O’Sullivan, Dearbhla  Ni Choirc, Barry Staunton, Joshua Roche, John Costello, Liam Óg Mac Clochaire).

Instrumental Music:  Ballydonoghue, North Kerry Football, (Alan Foley, Aoife Lynch, Ryan O’Neill, Roisin Kissane, Caoimhe Barry).

Set Dancing Spa, East Kerry Board, (Kianan O’Doherty, Liam Spillane, Gary O’Sullivan, Cian O’Sullivan, Erin Holland,Meghann Cronin, Aine Brosnan, Orlaith Spillane).

Kerry’s opposition on the day will come from Limerick,Tipperary and Waterford. Two from all 7 disciplines will go through to the Munster Finals which will take place in the Community Hall, Ovens, County Cork on Sunday January 8th, 2017 at 2pm.

Hurling News with Tommy O’Connor

Kerry Minor Hurlers Receive their All Ireland Medals

The Kerry minor hurlers received their 2016 All-Ireland Minor ‘B’ medals from outgoing Co. Board Chairman, Patrick O’Sullivan, at a function on Saturday night last. This was of course Kerry’s 5th title in a row at this level. The panel of players and management team was: Shane Conway, capt. (Lixnaw), Adam O’Sullivan (Crotta), Bryan McAuliffe (Lixnaw), Liam Mullins (Lixnaw), Philip Maunsell (Kilmoyley), Darragh Behan (Crotta),Evan Murphy (Causeway), Conor  O’Keeffe (Lixnaw), Gearoid  Fennessy (Kilgarvan), Tomás O’Connor (Crotta), Eric Leen (St Brendan’s), Colin Sheehy (Lixnaw), Barry O’Mahony (Crotta), Niall O’Mahony (Abbeydorney), Maurice O’Connor (Kilmoyley), Padraig O’Mahony (St. Brendan’s),  Micheál McCarthy (Kenmare), Jeaic McKenna (Crotta), Thomas Quinlan (Crotta), Ciarán Breen (Tralee Parnell’s) Conor Galway (Ballyheigue), Darragh Goulding (Ballyduff), Jack O’Sullivan (Ballyduff), Shane O’Mahony (St. Brendan’s), Robert Silles (Lixnaw), Gary Carey (Causeway), Brandon Conway (Crotta), Gerard Leen (Causeway), Gearoid O’Mahony (Causeway), Adrian Nolan (St. Brendan’s), Chris Creedon (Kilgarvan) and Seán O’Donoghue (Crotta). The management team was: John Hennessy (Ballyduff), John Healy (Ballyheigue), Jerome O’Sullivan (Crotta) and Eamon Fitzgerald (Causeway). Trainer; John Barry (St. Senan’s). Logistics: Eoin O’Sé. Comhghairdeas do ghach éinne.

Kerry on the lookout for new Senior Hurling Manager

Ciaran Carey has stepped down as manager of the Kerry senior hurling team. He issued the following statement “Due to increased work commitments, I am unable to give the necessary time required to manage the Kerry senior hurling team for the coming season. I wish to thank my management team, the full panel of players and the backroom team for their support and commitment in delivering a very successful 2016 season which resulted in Kerry maintaining their Division 1B Allianz League and Senior Championship status. I also wish to thank the Kerry County Board for their full support and provision of all the necessary backup required to perform the job. Finally, I would like to wish the Kerry players the very best for the coming season’. Kerry begin their 2017 campaign with a Munster senior league game on 8 January.

The process for appointing a new Senior Hurling Manager has already been put in place. A three man committee has been appointed and they have been tasked with the job of recommending a new manager to go before County Committee for ratification. It is hoped to have the new manager in place before Christmas.


Co. Hurling Officer Gerard McCarthy (Causeway) has been returned unopposed to that position for 2017 at the Annual Convention of Kerry Co. Committee. This will be the last year of his 5 year term. Meanwhile, Lixnaw have completed the Co. and North Kerry double at Under 21 level. In the North Kerry Under 21 final (Paddy Kelly Cup), played at Lerrig last Saturday, they defeated Causeway by 2- 14 to 1 – 7.

Congratulations to Abbeydorney’s Darragh O’Connell on winning a Leinster club senior hurling final medal with Cuala (Dublin) on Sunday last. Cuala now progress to the All-Ireland semi-final against Slaughtneil (Derry) on Saturday, 4 February.

For the record, Fr. Martin Casey (Causeway) won 3 Leinster senior club medals with Buffers Alley (Wexford) in 1985, 1988 and 1992 went on to win an All-Ireland club medal with the Alley in 1989. In Munster, John O’Grady (Ballyduff) won Munster club hurling medals with Blackrock (Cork) in 1978 & 1979 and followed up with an All-Ireland medal in 1979.

Congratulations also to Tom Murnane of Kilmoyley who has been included in the Munster Interprovincial Hurling Panel for Saturdays interprovincial series.

Tralee Parnell’s winter indoor hurling sessions for Under 10’s continue each Tuesday at the Tralee Sports Complex at 6.30 pm. All current and any interested new players are invited to attend.  Cost is just €2 per child to cover overheads.