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PRO GAA Scene 23rd November 2016 2016-11-23 20:27:00

Kerry GAA Gala Night was a night to remember

The Kerry GAA gala presentation night at the INEC on Saturday last to honour the seven Kerry Teams who won senior All Irelands between 1997 and 2014 was billed as a night to remember and the occasion certainly lived up to the billing. In all there were 87 medal winners and 25 management team members in tin that period and a surprisingly high percentage of those made it to the Killarney venue.  Master of ceremonies, Marty Morrissey welcomed the players on stage in groups of three and there for all to see in the flesh were players who would have graced any of the great Kerry teams in the Kingdom’s glorious history. It was indeed a who’s who of Kerry football with icons such as Maurice Fitzgerald, Seamus Moynihan, the three Ó Sé brothers who got a mighty welcome, Declan O’Sullivan, Mike McCarthy, Colm Cooper and Kieran Donaghy to mention but a few.

The management teams led by Jack O’Connor and Eamonn Fitmaurice were also introduced and all those honoured were presented with a painting of Kerry and Cork in action on Munster final day in Fitzgerald Stadium by Kerry Group CEO Stan McCarthy and the Chairman of Kerry County Committee Patrick O’Sullivan. Replying on behalf of players and management, Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice gave a passionate speech and promised to return the Sam Maguire to the Kingdom.


Vincent Linnane honoured with a special presentation

While there were players with various numbers of All Ireland medals, All Star awards, Players of the Year etc and managers with equally high profiles, at the Kerry GAA Gala night on Saturday last, the only man to get a standing ovation on the night was a quietly spoken Mayo man!

Vincent Linnane, or “Vince” to all those who know him, started off as kitman for the Kerry Minor hurlers and soon after came on board with Charlie Nelligan and the Minor footballers in 1993. Very soon his brief expanded to the Under 21’s and the seniors and since then he minds the various team kits with meticulous attention. The Kiltimagh native, who has made Ballyduff his home since returning from Manchester in the early eighties with his Kerry born wife Noreen, picks out the 2008 All Ireland quarter final with Galway for special mention; “It was an absolutely desperate evening and if we hadn't had the second set of jerseys that evening, we'd have been in trouble. Normally, the second set would be thrown on at half-time if the weather was very bad, but, on this occasion, they were put on before the throw-in as the players were drenched during the warm-up. We probably could have done with a third set, now that I think of it” he recalls.

Vince of course is also the caretaker of the Austin Stack Park, a role he has filled since 1989 and has seen many great Kerry footballers and managers come and go in his time involved with the senior team; “It was a privilege to be involved with them all. They were all very genuine people. The biggest character of the lot was my old friend Páidí. I always had the craic with Páidí. He was a character. I always had great conversations with Maurice Fitzgerald, he wasn’t as quiet as most thought. Seamus Moynihan, the three Ó Sé’s and Declan O'Sullivan, too, were very easy get on with. I'm privileged to be able to call all of them my friends."

Anyone who thinks that Vince will hand in the keys of Austin Stack Park or indeed fold away the Kerry jersies for the last time any day soon following this special presentation would be very much wide of the mark. “I wouldn't be doing what I'm doing for all this time if I wasn't enjoying it. I'll stay at it as long as the Lord lets me”. Long may he continue to share in the glory of successful Kerry teams.


Kerry’s Magnificent 7 DVD is launched

The follow on to the very successful Video “Kerry’s Golden Years” covering the period from 1988 to 2016 was launched by Kerry Group CEO Stan McCarthy and County Committee chairman Patrick O’Sullivan at the Kerry Gala evening on Saturday night. “Kerry Group is delighted to be associated with the launch of “Kerry’s Magnificent 7” DVD and book, Kerry football means a huge amount to all Kerry people and this is a fitting tribute to the great teams that have given us so much enjoyment over this period of time” Mr McCarthy told the audience. Patrick O’Sullivan said that both the DVD and accompanying book were fundraisers for the Centre of Excellence at Currans and for the strategic alliance with Tralee IT in the development of the Kerry GAA High Performance centre; “ The Currans development is nearing completion and will be operational in 2017 and it is envisaged that the development of the Tralee IT Project will be completed in 2018” he said.

The commemorative 40 page book, priced at €5 is currently on sale in the Kerry GAA Store in Killarney while the DVD will go on sale from Monday next also in the Kerry GAA Store and in other outlets at a later stage and is also available on line at www.kerrygaa.ie

Dr Crokes retain their Credit Union SFL Division 1 title

Dr Crokes retained their Credit Union Senior Football League Division 1 title with a rather facile victory over Austin Stacks at Lewis Rd on Saturday afternoon last. Asa a game, it never reached the heights one would expect from these great rivals. Of course both sides came into the game with very contrasting records over the past number of weeks. Austin Stacks had no game since bowing out of the senior championship at the quarter final stage while Dr Crokes have regained the Kerry senior football title and had qualified for the Munster and East Kerry finals in the interim. Once the Killarney side took control early on they reeled off seven points on the trot, to lead by 7 points to 1 after just twelve minutes of play and the writing was on the wall for the Tralee side. It was 8 points to 3 at the break and the county champions went on to record a 2-15 to 0-7 victory. After the Game the Division 1 Shield was presented to Dr Crokes Captain Johnny Buckley by County PRO John O’Leary and Tony Brosnan, who scored five points from play for Dr Crokes was named the Credit Union Man of the Match.


Dr Crokes and Kenmare go in search of Munster glory

Both Dr Crokes and Kenmare will go in search of Munster final glory when they are involved in a double bill at the Mallow GAA complex on Sunday next.


Dr Crokes face The Nire in Senior Final

Dr Crokes left no one in any doubt that they were the best team in Kerry when regaining the Bishop Moynihan Cup last month and they now go in search of the seventh Munster club title when they take on Waterford champions The Nire in Mallow at 3:30pm. The Nire have proved themselves to be a tough nut to crack in their two previous final outings and both against Kerry opposition. Just two years ago they held Austin Stacks to four points (3-5 to 2-4) and back in 2006 they gave Sunday’s opponents, Dr Crokes a right fright before going down by three points (2-5 to 0-8). Both sides have been busy over the last couple of months and the Killarney outfit are playing for the 8th weekend on the trot, That sort of schedule often leads to injuries but the Kerry standard bearers have been very lucky in that respect. They had tough encounters against Clare champions Kilmurray-Ibrickane and Tipperary representatives Loughmore-Castleiney but were probably more comfortable winners than the final scorelines would suggest. The Deise men, who come from north Waterford not far from Clonmel, surprised many in the semi final a week after winning the county title when accounting for Cork’s Carbery Rangers who had the benefit of a quarter final tie. That is sure to give them confidence going into Sunday’s game but popular opinion is that Dr Crokes will have too much firepower up front with plenty reserve talent also on the bench to come into the fray if needed.


Kenmare go for the Munster Intermediate title

Having easily disposed of the challenge of Fethard of Tipperary and Clare champions Kilfenora in the quarter final and semi final respectively, Kerry Intermediate champions Kenmare will be hoping to add Limerick champions Adare to that list when the sides meet in the Munster Intermediate championship in Mallow on Sunday in the curtain raiser to the senior final at 1:30pm. Fore warned is fore armed they say and Kenmare will heed the fact that Adare caused a major shock when being full valus for t three points victory over a very hotly fancied Cork side Kiskeam.

The thirteen finals played to date have been shared between Kerry and Cork Clubs with Kerry winning nine of those and indeed the Green and Gold standard bearers went on to claim the All Ireland title on five of those occasions.  The Limerick representatives will be out to make their own bit of history on Sunday but with the likes of Stephen O’Brien, Paul O’Connor and Sean O’Shea up front, it will be another major shock if Adare manage to gain a first title for Limerick.


Glenbeigh-Glencar qualify for Munster Junior Final

Glenbeigh-Glencar had little difficulty in qualifying for the Munster Junior final when accounting for Limerick’s Gerald Griffins by 1-13 to 0-6 at Ballyhahill on Saturday last. The Mid Kerry side now meet Cork’s Gabriel Rangers in the final at Mallow on Sunday week (December 4th) at 3:15pm.


Lispole still await opponents in Munster Junior B

Kerry Novice championship winners still do not know who their opponents will be in the Munster Junior B competition run by the Knockaderry club in Limerick. They will meet the Limerick champions, either Oola or Drom-Broadford who meet in the Limerick final on Sunday. The semi finals are pencilled in for the first two weekends in December.


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Kilmoyley give best to Lismore in Munster IHC Final

Although defeated, Kilmoyley put up an excellent performance before losing by 2 – 14 to 0 – 13 to Lismore (Waterford) in the Munster intermediate club final at Mallow last Saturday. Level at half time at 0- 7 apiece, the concession of2 second half goals opened a gap between the sides and eventually brought an end to the Kerry side’s campaign. However, Kilmoyley can look back on the year with satisfaction, having won the co. championship for the second year in a row as well as winning the 2016 Co. League and North Kerry Championship titles.

After 3 final appearances, a Kerry club has yet to win this title. Ballyduff had previously lost the finals of 2011, going down to Effin (Limerick) by 0 - 14 to 0 - 11 and 2012 when they lost to Silvermines (Tipperary) by 0 - 14 to 0 - 8.

Club News

Lixnaw AGM on Friday

The Lixnaw Hurling Club annual general meeting will be held on this Friday, 25th Nov. in their Clubrooms at 8.00p.m.

Pat Joe Connolly wins Munster Club Medal

Congratulations to former Ballyduff player, Pat Joe Connolly, on his success with Clare’s Ballyhea last Sunday. Having already won Kerry and Clare Co. senior championship medals, he added a Munster Club senior hurling medal to his collection when Ballyhea had a 1 - 21 to 2 - 10 win over Glen Rovers in the Munster senior club final.

Darragh O’Connell plays in Leinster Club Final

Meanwhile, former Abbeydorney and Kerry hurler, Darragh O’Connell, will be playing in the Leinster club senior hurling final on Sunday, 4th Dec. His Cuala (Dublin) side progressed to the final against O’Loughlin Gaels (Kilkenny) following a 1 - 19 to 1 - 7 win over St. Mullins (Carlow).

Tralee Parnells

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.