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PRO GAA Scene 10th January 2013 2013-01-10 21:17:00

McGrath Cup

Eamonn Fitzmaurice got his Kerry managerial career off to the perfect start when The Kingdom proved too strong for IT Tralee in the Munster GAA McGrath Cup preliminary round before a fine crowd in Fitzgerald Stadium on Saturday evening (4-22 to 0-10). Once Paul Geaney struck for the first of his two goals in the 5th minute the writing was on the wall for the students. Two further goals from the Geaneys, Michael and Paul, saw Kerry lead by 3-9 to 0-4 at the break and a further goal and a point on the resumption from Patrick Curtinensured that there would be no way back for the Tralee side who, despite being outplayed, battled on gamely picking off some nice points from the likes of Shane Carroll, Alan O’Donoghue and Sean McCarthy.

Kerry now face UCC in the quarter final on this coming Sunday in Fitzgerald Stadium (2:00pm) when it is expected that the Cork students will provide far tougher opposition. Obviously, despite the absence, for various reasons, of some key players, these games are ideal preparation for the first two National Football League games, away to Mayo on Sunday 3rd and home in Fitzgerald Stadium to Dublin on the following Sunday. The winners of Sunday’s quarter final will play either Limerick or Clare in the semi final on January 20th.

Eoin Brosnan – A Deserving Kerry Captain

The nomination of Eoin Brosnan by his club Dr Crokes to captain the Kerry senior football team in the coming year is both a popular and deserved accolade as well as being a great honour for both himself and his family. The 32 year old, who made his senior championship debut for Kerry against Tipperary in 2001, takes over the captaincy from his clubmate Colm Cooper who captained Kerry in the past two years.

Brosnan is the holder of 3 All Ireland SFC medals (2004, 2006 & 2007), 2 NFL medals (2004 & 2006) and 6 Munster SFC medals. He also has 4 Kerry and 1 Cork county SFC medals and 4 Munster Club SFC medals to his credit.

A quiet and unassuming man who lets his football do the talking, Eoin, as one of the more experienced members of a team under new management, is well equipped to lead Kerry in the coming year and I am sure he carries the best wishes of all Kerry Gaels.

Kerry Senior Football Press Briefings

Kerry senior football team manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice has announced that he will hold a press briefing at 4:30 pm in Austin Stack Park on the Friday prior to each of Kerry’s League and championship games during the coming season. The Kerry team will be posted on the Kerry GAA Website at 1:00 pm on the day of the press briefing.

In line with this process, the newly appointed manager will hold an initial press briefing on this Friday 11th January at 4:30 pm in the pavilion of Austin Stack Park in Tralee.

Minor Leagues Presentation Night

The presentation night for the Keanes Supervalu Killorglin Minor football leagues will take place in Austin Stack Park on this Friday evening 11th January at 8 p.m. The following clubs were successful in 2012: Co. Championship winners: St Brendans; Div.1: John Mitchels; Div.2: Templenoe/Tousist; Div.3A: Na Gaeil/Castlegregory; Div.3B: Beaufort; Div.4: Kenmare/Kilgarvan; Div.5: Keel/Listry; Div.6: St. Senans; Div.7: Cordal/Scartaglin.

Duagh Celebrate

Fifty years is a long time to be waiting for success in any competition but when that competition happens to be the Divisional championship then victory is all the sweeter. Heartiest congratulations to Duagh on their historic achievement in capturing the Bernard O’Callaghan Memorial North Kerry Championship on Sunday last.

The Kingdom Knockout – White Collar Boxing

A special thank you to all who supported the Kerry Teams’ fundraising Boxing night in the INEC on Saturday last with special mention of the North Kerry Hurling clubs whose boxers and supporters created a fine atmosphere. Our thanks to all players and participants for their co-operation.

Waterford Crystal Cup

Abbeydorney has been confirmed as the venue for the Waterford Crystal Cup game as Kerry hurlers begin their season under new management on January 20th. Tom Howard’s men will take on IT Tralee and the winners play LIT the following Sunday. Kerry open their National Hurling League campaign on February 24th when they entertain Westmeath in Div. 2A.

All Ireland Minor B Hurling Presentation Night

Friday night January 18th will be a big night for the county’s Minor hurlers when they will be presented with their All Ireland Minor “B” championship medals. St Columbanus Hall in Kilflynn is the venue at 8pm with buffet meal served. Kerry, under manager Seanie O’Shea, defeated Meath and Kildare before overcoming Roscommon in the final.


Both County hurling champions Ballyduff and Ardfert football club are among the many clubs holding their AGMs on this Friday night, both at 8 pm and a further reminder that Friday 25th January will be a big night for the afore mentioned Ardfert football club when the club celebrates the 25th anniversary of winning the 1987 county junior football championship final in the Ballyroe Heights Hotel where Sean Kelly MEP will be the guest of honour.

Scór na n-Óg na Mumhan

Best of luck to our Kerry participants who will be taking part in the Scór Na n-Óg Munster semi finals at Ovens County Cork on this Sunday January 13th with a starting time of 2:30pm.

Spa, East Kerry Board; Katie O'Connor, Hanna McAuliffe, Leah Moynihan, Ciara O'Shea, Lamia Switzer, Aine Brosnan, Katie Cronin, Sarah Slattery.
Keel, Mid Kerry Board: Heather Gray.
Crotta O'Neills, North Kerry Hurling Board; Eamonn Shanahan, Paraic Shanahan, Aoife O’Mahoney, Sinead O'Sullivan, Barry O’Mahoney.
St. Senan's, North Kerry Football Board; Gearoid Galvin.
Keel, Mid Kerry Board; Aisling O'Neill, Sarah Sayers, Morgan Sayers, Heather Gray, Jasmine Gray
Spa, East Kerry Board: Níamh Clifford, Michael Aherne, Thomas Fleming.
St Senans, North Kerry Football Board; Aoife Enright, Aisling Foran, Yvonne Dillon, Padraig Enright, Donal Hunt, Sean Galvin, Gearoid Galvin, Jonathan Curtin.
Spa, East Kerry Board: Liam Spillane, Gary O'Sullivan, Ciaran O'Doherty, Eoin O'Donoghue, Katie O'Connor, Anna O'Connor, Katie Cronin, Ciara O'Shea.
Killarney Club Spa will be represented in Figure Dancing, Set Dancing and Question Time, Mid Kerry will be represented by the Keel Club in both Solo Singing, (Heather Gray) and Ballad Group. North Kerry Football will have St. Senans on stage in both the Recitation (Gearóid Galvin) and Novelty Act while Crotta O’Neills, representing North Kerry Hurling, will take part in the Instrumental Music. Overall it promises to be a great evening of entertainment and no doubt all Clubs will have plenty support.

The Kerry Supporters Club Social

The Kerry Supporters Club Social will take place on Saturday 19th January at 8pm in Ballygarry House Hotel. This is an opportunity to rub shoulders with all the GAA heroes of 2012 and meet guest of honour on the night, the great Mick Galwey. The Kerry Supporters Club Social is always a great night and a night to remember past glories. Music is by Uí Bhrian. Tickets costing €35.00 each, can be purchased from Donie O’Leary (087 9289906), John King (087 1305474) or Martin Leane (087 2452901) or any member of the Supporters Club.

GAA Diary

The GAA pocket Diary for 2013, containing all League and Championship fixtures for the coming season is now on sale in newsagents throughout the county.


Numbers drawn in the New Year Lotto draw held on Friday last were 11,26,28 and 34. There was no winner of the €20,000 jackpot but Dan Kelliher from Muckross, Killarney won the special prize of free entry into our 5 Year Ticket Scheme worth €500. Dan of course is a man who rubbed shoulders with the great Christy Ring in his day and won both county hurling (1969) and football (1970) championship medals with Killarney and East Kerry respectively. Why not chance your luck by joining the Kerry Lotto for the coming year.

There are two easy ways to play: Play online www.kerrygaa.ie or call in or post to Kerry GAA office, The Pavillion, Austin Stack Park, Tralee, Co Kerry 066 7122061. Support your Kerry teams, play Kerry GAA Lotto today.


Thirty one pupils from the following schools took part in the 2013 Cumann na m-Bunscoil Handball county finals, which were held in Tralee in mid December; Cill Mhic a Domhnaigh, Ceann Trá, Muirríoch, Baile an Fheirteáraigh, Raheen, Glenbeigh, Curraheen, Nohoval, O’Breannain and Tooreencahill.

Girls: G11 Singles: Mairéad Ní Ciobháin (Baile an Fheirteáraigh) defeated Orla Ní Dhúfaigh (Ceann Trá) 11-9, 11-7. G13 Singles: Danielle O’Donoghue (Nohoval); G13 Doubles: Fiona O’Rahilly/Brenda Murphy (Tooreencahill NS)
Boys: B11 Singles: Sean Quirke (Curraheen NS) defeated Cathal Ó Beaglaóich (Muirríoch) 11-3, 11-6; B11 Doubles: Liam Smith/Rian O’Donovan (Glenbeigh NS) defeated Kevin Bowler/ Michael Mullane (Raheen NS) 9-11, 11-7. B13 Singles: Dara Keane (O’Breannain) defeated Jonathan Bowler (Raheen NS). B13 Doubles: Ruaidhrí Ó Beaglaóich/Padraig Ó Catharlan (Muirríoch) defeated Tommy Quirke/Jason Clifford (Curraheen NS) 11-9, 9-11, 7-4.
Many thanks to organisers Sean Ó Domhnaill and Betty Keane, and to referees Brendan O’Connor and Tom Daly.

Hurling News by Mary Brick

In the first of three reviews of the club Hurling scene in 2012, Mary Brick of the PR & Marketing Committee takes a look at Causeway, Ladys Walk and Austin Stacks.

Causeway: The Causeway seniors had a good start to the county league but a few bad results midway through the campaign meant they were out of contention coming up to the final rounds. In the championship following a first round defeat to St Brendans they went on to beat Ballyheigue and then Abbeydorney to reach the semi final where they were defeated by eventual winners Ballyduff. The Intermediate team played well in all their games in the county league and went on to reach the semi final where they lost out to St Brendans by the most slender of margins following a replay. They also reached the semi final of the championship where they were defeated by Ladys Walk. The Under 21s played St Brendans in the first round and won after a tough game and then they defeated Kilmoyley in the semi final only to lose out to the dual club amalgamation of Crotta/Abbeydorney in the final played in November.

The Minors had a good start to the year when they won the North Kerry League final and also reached the shield final of the county league against Ballyheigue a game that has yet to be played. In the championship they defeated Ballyduff in the opening round but were beaten by Kilmoyley in semi final.

Causeway GAA club launched their five year plan in April under the chairmanship of Theo Connor and the 1987 championship winning team were honoured with a function the night before the county final along with being introduced at half time on final day.

Ladys Walk: Ladys Walk competed in Division 2 of the County League, where they lost the group games to Dr Crokes, Kilgarvan and Causeway B, therefore failing to qualify for the knockout stages.

In the Intermediate County Championship, they had wins over Crotta B in the quarter final, Causeway B in the semi final, before losing the final to Kenmare.

Austin Stacks: The senior hurlers were the only one of six adult teams to bring trophies to the Club this year. The highlight of the year was the winning of a first junior hurling county championship title with a comfortable win over Duagh in the final.

They also won the South Kerry Novice Championship with a very easy win over St. Pats (East Kerry) and also contested two more finals, the county league final and the South Kerry league final. In all they played 19 competitive games with 35 players lining out at various stages. Andrew Morrissey proved to be a capable and inspirational captain and Paul Daly was the chief scorer with 10 goals and 70 points, well ahead of all other contenders. Brian Neenan, Ger Scollard, Brendan O'Regan and Maurice Lenihan kept the whole show on the road.