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PRO GAA Scene December 21st 2016 2016-12-21 22:29:00

Kerry GAA Scene 21st December

Munster Council present grants totalling €61,000 to Kerry Clubs

Development grants totalling €61,000 were presented to twelve Kerry Clubs and two schools by the Chairman of the Munster GAA Council Jerry O’Sullivan prior to the Annual Convention at the Rose Hotel on Wednesday last. Throughout Munster grants totalling €1 million supporting development projects in 129 clubs and 5 schools were awarded.

The Council Chairman said “The grants provided would not be possible without the great support we get from the many thousands of people who attend our games each year. We are very fortunate to have such loyal support in the province and we are delighted to be able to redistribute income from games to the clubs and schools.”

The following  clubs and schools received grants to aid development work carried out during the year: Crotta O’Neills (€11,847), Gneeveguilla (€11,099), Austin Stacks (€8,909), Lixnaw (€3,967), St Marys (€3,041), Renard (€2,747), Ballyduff (€2,745), St Senans (€2,181), Brosna (€1,742), Cordal (€1,541), Glenbeigh-Glencar (€1,254), Tarbert (€862), Knockanes N.S. Glenflesk (€5,000) and CBS The Green, Tralee (€5,000).

Kerry GAA in a healthy Financial state but challenges lie ahead

Treasurer Dermot “Weeshie” Lynch reported to annual convention on the present healthy financial state of Kerry GAA but he warned that challenges do lie ahead. The following is a summarised extract from his report:

“The Financial Statements for 2016 show an overall profit of €494k for the year. This has been achieved with income of €409k from International Fundraising, €49k from Cáirde Chiarraí, and €46k from Austin Stack Park Fundraising. In addition to our fundraising activities, the board made a small operating loss of €10k from its day to day operations. This year proved to be a very challenging year for the board financially as against the previous two years. with our Senior football team not reaching the All Ireland Final, fundraising activities such as the Car Draw, and the Golf Classics are seriously impacted. To keep Kerry Teams successful, huge effort is required from players and management alike which in turn demands more resources resulting in additional costs to the board reflected in our team expenses, especially in the area of player welfare and medical expenses. The financial results achieved for 2016 would not be possible without the support of our players and management teams who are well aware of the tight financial constraints that we have to operate within. We would sincerely like to thank our supporters, sponsors and fundraising committees for all their help and support in our fundraising activities during the year.  Fundraising is and will continue to be a major source of income for Kerry GAA in the future and we look forward to the continued support of all our patrons and supporters.

The next number of years are going to be extremely challenging from a financial point of view to Kerry GAA. With Currans up and running we’ll have additional running costs to contend with. Fitzgerald Stadium will also have to be maintained but won’t have the rental income of a Kerry v Cork Munster Championship game. The Kerry GAA Lotto and Car Draw returns are very disappointing and begs the question “do we need to have one overall County Board draw to meet our financial challenges in the future”?. This challenge cannot be under estimated but I’ve no doubt will be met by the very loyal group of fundraisers and supporters based in Kerry and beyond. This area is going to take huge financial management and commitment to ensure all targets are achieved and obligations met”.

New Intercounty football season opens with the McGrath Cup

Kerry senior footballers will open their 2017 campaign with a home game in Austin Stack Park against Munster finalists Tipperary on Sunday 8th January in Austin Stack Park. The following Sunday Kerry travel to Pairc Uí Rinn to take on Cork. The final is fixed for January 22nd and all games in the competition will be decided on the day by extra time etc.

County Minor League at the planning stage

New Coaching and Games Officer Terence Houlihan, who is responsible for the running of the County Minor Leagues,   is requesting information from Clubs on any changes to current amalgamations. Any changes should be mailed to coachingofficer.kerry@gaa.ie

Also if there are new amalgamations could you please let me know.

Please come back to me if any changes by Wednesday 4th of January.

Long awaited victories for Ballydonoghue and Beaufort in District Finals

The long wait for Divisional glory is over for both Ballydonoghue and Beaufort following their respective victories over St Senans and Milltown-Castlemaine on Sunday last. Ballydonoghue sailed to an emphatic 5-9 to 0-8 victory over St Senans in Listowel to record their first North Kerry title in twenty four years while in Killorglin, Beaufort won the Mid Kerry title for the first time in eighteen years with a narrow 2-8 to 1-10 victory over Milltown-Castlemaine.

Kerry GAA Car Draw winners

Former Killarney publican and well known GAA and traditional music personality Jimmy O’Brien was the winner of the first prize of a new Opel Insignia Car in the Kerry GAA Car Draw held during the Annual Convention on Wednesday last.

Other winners were as follows:

2nd; Mediterranean Cruise for 2: Pat Brennan, The Glen, Ballinskelligs

3rd; Sun Holiday for 2: Donal Brosnan, Station Rd, Glenbeigh

4th; 2 All Ireland Football or Hurling Tickets and Accommodation: Matt Glennon, Rory O’Connor Place, Dun Laoire

5th; Weekend for two in The Brehon Hotel Killarney: Seamus Broderick, Askeaton, Co Limerick

6th; Weekend for two in Dunboyne Castle: John McCarthy

7th; €500 Voucher for Garveys Supervalu: Tom Garvey, Castlegregory

8th: €200 Voucher for Kerry GAA Store: Pat Treacy, The Lough, Cahir

9th; €100 Voucher for Kerry GAA Store:  Denis Cronin

10th: €100 Voucher for Kerry GAA Store: Sean Moynihan

Kerry GAA would like to thank all who contributed to the draw.

Lispole have long wait for Munster Junior B Championship Final

Kerry Novice champions Lispole have a long wait before playing in the Munster Junior B Championship final, The second semi final involving Wolfe Tones (Clare) and  Ballyhooly (Cork)  will go ahead on 22nd January with the winners playing Lispole on Sunday 29th January in Knockaderry.

Kerry GAA Supporters Club annual Social

The Kerry GAA Supporters Club Annual Social will take place on Saturday 28th January at Ballygarry House Hotel. Guests of honour on the night are each football legends in their own rights in the persons of Darragh, Tomás and Marc Ó Sé. Other guests will include minor football winning captain Sean O’Shea, minor hurling captain Shane Conway and junior football captain Paul O’Donoghue along with the respective team managers along with 2016 All-Star, Paul Geaney. Music is by Neily O’Connor. Tickets, which would make an ideal Christmas gift, are available from club members.

Kerry’s Magnificent 7 DVD is selling like hot cakes

Kerry’s Magnificent 7 DVD, covering the period from 1988 to 2016 is now on sale in the Kerry GAA Store, Killarney, and in all the Garveys Supervalu Stores in Dingle, Tralee, Castleisland and Listowel and also in Keanes Supervalu on the Iveragh Rd in Killorglin. The DVD may be ordered on line at www.kerrygaa.ie and for those wishing to send copies to the USA there are special USA zoned DVDs available in the GAA Store only.

The 40 page booklet which commemorates the seven victories is priced at €5 and  is also currently on sale in the Kerry GAA Store in Killarney. The new National League Leisurewear range is also available in-store. A reminder that a limited supply of the CD version of Kerry’s Golden Years video is also available. So plenty Christmas gift ideas available for Kerry GAA followers in the Kerry GAA Store.


Congratulations to Kerry midfielder Anthony Maher and his wife Megan who got married on Friday last.

Seasons Greetings

On behalf of Kerry GAA may I wish all players, managements, and all Kerry GAA followers both at home and those domiciled abroad, and all their families a very happy and holy festive season.

Nollaig faoí mháise díobh go léir.

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

Fintan O’Connor is the new Manager of the Kerry Hurling Team

Tipperary based Fintan O’Connor will be the new manager of the Kerry senior hurling team for 2017. His appointment is for an initial two year term with the option of a third year. Fintan comes with a very much high level and up to date expertise having been a coach/selector with the Waterford senior team for the past two years. He was also coach/selector with the Waterford Institute of Technology senior hurlers for the past three years, guiding them to the Fitzgibbon Cup in 2014 and losing the final after a replay in 2015. Kildare born and with a rugby background, he has been involved with hurling teams at Blackwater College, where he teaches, for the past 13 years. At club level he managed Cappoquin to the Munster intermediate club title in 2014 and he was involved with the Fourmilewater club from 2009 - 2013.

Former Tipperary goalkeeper, Brendan Cummins, who was previously involved during Eamonn Kelly’s tenure, has been named as Hurling Coach.

The new manager met the Kerry players for the first time at a training session on Tuesday evening and he will announce the remainder of his management and backroom teams at a later date. Kerry will open their 2017 campaign with a Co-Op Superstores Munster senior hurling league match away to Cork at Mallow on Sunday, 8th January.

Congratulations to Tom Murnane

Congratulations to Kerry and Kilmoyley hurler, Tom Murnane, on winning an interprovincial medal on Thursday last when Munster had a 2 – 20 to 2 – 16 win over Leinster in the final in Thurles. Tom came on as a second half substitute in the game.

Also to Gerard McCarthy (Causeway) on being returned unopposed as Co. Hurling Officer for 2017 at the Annual Convention of Kerry Co. Committee last week. This will be his last year of a maximum 5 year term.


Causeway G.A.A. Club will hold a Poc Fada competition on St. Stephen’s Day for adult, juvenile and camogie players. Teams of 3, staring at Causeway Cross at 10.00a.m. and finishing at the Sportsfield.

The annual convention of the North Kerry Hurling Board will take place at Ballyheigue G.A.A. Clubrooms on Thursday, 12th January. Closing date for nominations and motions is 5th January.

Guím beannachtaí na Nollag dár imreoirí, oifigigh áirithe agus lucht tacaíochta uilig agus ath-bhlian fé mhaise oraibh go léir.