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PRO GAA Scene 16th November 2016 2016-11-16 20:30:00

Kerry GAA Gala Celebration will be a night to remember

Saturday night promises to be the highlight of the GAA social scene for many a year and a night to remember when Kerry’s seven All Ireland senior football winning sides from 1997 to 2014 will be honoured at Killarney’s INEC at a function jointly hosted by Kerry County Board and their ever present sponsors, Kerry Group. Needless to say, many comparisons will be made between these heroes and those from other successful eras, particularly the 1975 to 1986 team whose deeds are there for all to be seen in that wonderful video/CD that covered their heroic deeds from 1975 right up to their demise in 1987. Suffice to say that the latest successful era produced its own heroes many of whom would stand tall with any of their predecessors. One has only to think of the likes of Maurice Fitzgerald, Seamus Moynihan, the three Ó Sé’s Declan O’Sullivan and Colm Cooper, to name but a few, and you get an idea of how privileged we have been. The achievements of many of these players have been recognised nationally with 68 All Stars and 7 Footballer of the Year awards coming to the Kingdom in the thirty year period from 1987 to 2016.  Now however, there is an ideal opportunity to honour all of the players in the various squads and in all, 87 players will be honoured as will the 25 members of the various successful management teams.

The celebration will also feature the launch of a specially commissioned DVD featuring the great players and personalities from this era, their stories and highlights from those wonderful games. This DVD, “Kerry’s Magnificent 7” which will pick up from where the Golden Years Video left off will cover the period 1988 to 2016 and is sure to be a popular best seller. The DVD will be on sale in time for the Christmas market. A 40 page souvenir booklet is also being published for the occasion and a limited supply of this booklet will be on sale to the general public next week.

All proceeds from the night will go towards the development of the Kerry GAA Centre of Excellence at Currans and the high performance unit at Tralee IT. Along with the grant funding received  from Croke Park and the Munster Council as well as a very generous donation from major sponsors Kerry Group, Kerry GAA, under the shrewd stewardship of county chairman Patrick O’Sullivan, undertook a major ground breaking fundraising drive in the USA  over the last couple of years. The funds raised have ensured that the clubs of the county, many of whom are already under financial strain, will not have to carry the burden of financing this major capital development project. Development in Currans is well underway and the favourable weather over the past few weeks has greatly helped to ensure that the roof of the complex will be in place ahead of harsher climes in the coming months. The complex is well on course to be operational in late spring at which stage attention will turn to the development of the high performance unit in Tralee IT which is projected to be operational in 2018.

Na Gaeil are Senior Football League Division 4 Champions

Na Gaeil were crowned Credit Union Senior Football League Division 4 winners on Sunday last following a playoff victory over county Junior champions Fossa at Milltown. The winners looked the better side for a lot of the first half but two fine goals before the break by Paudie Clifford saw Fossa lead by four points at the short whistle. Na Gaeil wasted no time in wiping out that deficit on the restart and substitute Dylan Seymour was the man who finally put daylight between the sides in the final quarter to see his side deservedly claim the spoils on a 0-15 to 2-7 scoreline. So Na Gaeil are promoted to Division 3 as champions and they will be joined in the higher division by Fossa and Castlegregory.

Dr Crokes and Austin Stacks clash in SFL Division 1 Final

The Credit Union Senior Football League Division 1 Final is down for decision on Saturday next (2:30) when old adversaries Dr Crokes and Austin Stacks clash at Lewis Road. The Killarney side, finished a point ahead of their rivals in the table thus ensuring themselves of home venue for the final. Since both sides were involved in County Championship quarter final action back on the October Bank Holiday weekend their paths have taken very different directions. Dr Crokes have gone on to reclaim the Bishop Moynihan Cup and have since qualified for the Munster Club final while their opponents, defeated by Kenmare District in that quarter final encounter, have had to sit back and watch their opponents successes.

Dr Crokes are the reigning champions having defeated their opponents in the 2015 final last March and no doubt, despite their heavy schedule of matches in recent times, they will not want to lose to their arch rivals especially on their home patch. While this fixture has been signalled for quite some time now, it remains to be seen what intensity The Rock will bring to this game given their seven weeks of inactivity, however, both of these sides invariably bring the best out of each other and it should be a case of more of the same on Saturday evening in Lewis Rd.

Munster Club Championship Roundup

As has been the case down through the years since the Intermediate and Junior Club Championships were added to the fixtures calendar under the stewardship of Sean Kelly, Kerry Clubs are once again heavily involved in the various Munster Club Championships.

Senior – Dr Crokes made hard enough work of getting the better of Tipperary standard bearers Loughmore-Castleiney by six points on their own Lewis Road home patch on Sunday last (1-12 to 0-9). While the Killarney side never looked like losing the game, they laboured for long periods, however, semi finals are for winning as the old saying goes and no doubt Dr Crokes will expect to be firing on all cylinders when they take on surprise opponents The Nire on Sunday week in an attempt to win a seventh provincial crown. The Waterford side, whom Dr Crokes defeated in the 2006 final surprised Cork Champions Carbery Rangers in the other semi final in Clonakilty. No venue has yet been decided for the final.

Intermediate – First half goals from Kerry minor Sean O’Shea and Kerry senior Stephen O’Brien, set Kenmare on their way to victory over Clare representatives Kilfenora  in the Munster Intermediate semi final at Fitzgerald Stadium on Sunday last (3-11 to 0-7). Paul O’Connor added another after the restart and Kenmare were on their way to the final in two weeks time. Their opponents, at a venue to be decided, will be Adare from Limerick who caused a surprise when outscoring Cork representatives Kiskeam in Mallow in the other semi final.

Junior – There was disappointment for Glenbeigh-Glencar last weekend when their quarter final tie which had been fixed for Glenbeigh, did not go ahead due to a midweek draw in the Waterford county final. Still, another week’s wait for their Munster debut is hardly going to worry the Mid Kerry side who take on Limerick side Gerald Griffins in Ballyhahill at 2pm on Saturday. The winners will play Gabriel Rangers of Cork or Clonoulty-Rossmore of Tipperary in the final December 4th in Mallow.  

Scór na nÓg Finals

The County Final for Scór na nÓg was held last Friday night in the CYMS, Killorglin. Bean an Tí for the night was Mary Philpott. Results are as follows -

Tráth na gCeist: 1st Spa, 2nd Dr. Crokes

Rince Fóirne: 1st - Spa, 2nd Piarsaigh na Dromoda,

Amhránaíocht Aonair: 1st Mark O'Leary - Gneeveguilla, 2nd Ellen O'Sullivan - Foilmore,

Aithriseoireacht: 1st Cian Sheehan - Firies, 2nd Laura Daly- Ballymac

Ceol Uirlise : 1st Ballydonoghue, 2nd Glenflesk

Léiriú: 1st Na Gaeil

Bailead Ghrúpa: 1st Glenflesk, 2nd St Pats, Blennerville

Rince Seit: 1st - Spa, 2nd - Piarsaigh na Dromoda

Overall Club: Spa

Quiz winners Spa go straight through to the All Ireland Final in Belfast and will be hoping for a three in a row! All other winners now go forward to the Munster Semi Final in December, which is on in Cashel.

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

Kilmoyley aim to make history

All Kerry hurling eyes will be on Mallow this Saturday, 19th Nov. where Kilmoyley take on Lismore (Waterford) in the final of the 2016 Munster Intermediate Club Hurling championship. The game commences at 2.00p.m. This is a historic first final at this level for Kilmoyley and they carry the hopes and best wishes of all hurling supporters from the Kingdom.

They face a very strong Lismore outfit, powered by All-Star winners Dan and Maurice Shanahan together with Ray Barry and current Waterford senior panellist, Padraig Prendergast. Lismore have defeated Bandon (Cork) and Newport (Tipperary) on the way to the final so will prove very tough opposition.

A Kerry club has yet to win this title. Ballyduff reached 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. so hoping for third time lucky this time. All Munster G.A.A. Club fixture details at www.munstergaa.ie

North Kerry Hurling Board Awards Night

The North Kerry Hurling Board annual Awards night will take place at Ballyroe Heights Hotel on this Friday, 18th November, commencing at 8.00p.m. Awards will be presented to the Player of the Match winners from each of their 2016 underage finals as well as for the minor, intermediate and senior championship finals. The annual Hall of Fame award will be presented to Ballyheigue club man, James O’Connor. James has been a long time G.A.A. administrator, both at home and in the U.K. where he was a founder member of the Bros. Pearse club in Huddersfield and where he also served as Chairman of The Kingdom (London) Hurling Club.

AGM time

Clubs are now planning their annual general meetings with the following to take place this month: Tralee Parnell’s Hurling Club on this Friday, 18th Nov. at the Kerins-O’Rahilly’s Clubhouse at 9.00p.m.; Abbeydorney G.A.A. Club on this Sunday. 20th Nov. at 2.00 pm in The Complex; Lixnaw Hurling Club on Friday, 25th Nov. in their Clubrooms at 8.00p.m.