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PRO GAA Scene 24th January 2013 2013-01-24 21:22:00

County Committee Meeting
The first meeting of 2013 of Coiste Chontae Chiarraí due to take place in Austin Stack Park on Monday evening last did not go ahead due to the adverse weather conditions. It is hoped to reschedule the meeting for this Thursday evening – weather permitting.

McGrath Cup

Kerry cruised to an emphatic twelve points victory over Limerick (3-17 to 1-11) at Fitzgerald Stadium on Sunday last before a fine attendance of 1,318 to qualify for the McGrath Cup final against Tipperary on Sunday next in Tipperary Town at 2:30 pm. Five minutes into the second half Limerick had cut Kerry’s seven points half time lead to just three points, however thereafter, Kerry hit 1-10 with just five points in reply to run out very easy winners indeed. James O’Donoghue, with 2-5 to his credit was Kerry’s top marksman while the return to action of Bryan Sheehan pleased the hardy Kerry following who braved the cold weather conditions. These competitive games should benefit Kerry in the lead up to the National League fixtures away to Mayo on February 3rd and home to Dublin on the following Sunday.

Munster Council Grants Presentation Night

Munster Council chairman, Sean Walshe, presented grants totaling €117,000 to seventeen Kerry clubs and one school in the Ballymacelligott GAA centre on Thursday evening last. Rathmore and Killarney Legion were the big beneficiaries, both receiving cheques for €30,000. In both cases the grants were largely in respect of the provision of covered spectator facilities while Legion also purchased some ground adjacent to their property. Gneeveguilla (€15,000) and Brosna (€12,500) were among others to benefit while the Holy Family National School in Rathmore received €5,000 for the provision of an Astro turf playing surface.
Sean Walshe, who was attending one of his last functions as provincial chairman – he steps down at annual convention on February 8th – informed those present that in all, €805,000 had been given back to Kerry in 2012. €400,000 of this is in respect of the development of the centre of excellence in Currans, the deal for which is due to be closed shortly. Other funding went towards coaching projects and coaching personnel, field rent and team expenses.

AIB Club Semi Finals
Sunday next is a big day for the two Kerry Clubs when Finuge and Kenmare represent their county and province as they attempt to reach AIB Club All Ireland Finals.
County and Munster champions, Finuge, will play Monasterevan of Kildare in the Intermediate championship semi final in the Gaelic Grounds Limerick at 2 pm. Finuge, it will be recalled, won the inaugural Junior Championship final back in 2005 when Paul Galvin’s 1-7 scoring tally was instrumental in their victory over Stewardstown Harps of Tyrone, and they will be trying to uphold the great tradition of Kerry Clubs in this competition – Milltown Castlemaine are of course holders of the title. Charlestown (Mayo) and Cookstown (Tyrone) contest the other semi final.
In the Junior semi final, Kenmare will fly the Kerry flag when they travel to Mitchelstown to take on Leinster standard bearers, Castleknock of Dublin, a game that also has a throw in time of 2 pm. Both of these sides have experienced contrasting fortunes as regards player availability in recent weeks with Kenmare’s Stephen O’Brien sustaining an injury that will keep him out of the game while Ciarán Kilkenny has returned from a sojourn in Australian Rules to make himself available for the Dublin side. Ballinasloe (Galway) play An Port Mór (Down) in the other semi final.
We wish both Kerry clubs the very best of luck in their efforts to reach the All Ireland Finals on Saturday February 9th in Croke Park.

Meanwhile, Dr Crokes will play Leinster champions Ballymun Kickhams in the AIB Club senior football semi final on Saturday February 16th in Semple Stadium, Thurles at 4 pm.

Referees Courses

There are two major Referees courses being organised by Kerry County Committee in conjunction with the Munster Council – one for serving referees and the other for new referees as follows:

In Service - Existing Referees, all at 7:45 pm

On January 31st for Kenmare and East Kerry Divisional Boards in the Dr Crokes Clubhouse.
On February 4th for Mid Kerry, South Kerry and West Kerry in the CYMS Hall Killorglin.
On February 6th for North Kerry Hurling and Football, St Brendans and Tralee Divisional Boards in Austin Stack Park.

Foundation Level - New Referees, 4 night course 8 to 10 pm

On February 13th, 18th, 20th and 25th in All in Austin Stack Park.
Tutors are Pat Sheehy and Denis Richardson.

Luke Moriarty is Kerry Association Dublin Person of the Year

Congratulations to Killorglin native, Luke Moriarty who has been named Kerry Person of the Year 2013 by the Kerry Association Dublin. Both Kerry County Committee Chairman, Patrick O’Sullivan, and Munster Council Chairman, Kerry native Sean Walshe, joined in congratulating the Dublin based businessman whom they described as “a true friend of Kerry GAA”. Mr. Moriarty and his daughter Yvonne, organize the major fundraising Kerry GAA Golf Classic in Dublin each year. He will be presented with his award at a function on March 1st.

Kerry Supporters Club Annual Social

On last Saturday night last Kerry supporters descended on Ballygarry House Hotel, Tralee for the club’s 23rd Annual social which was attended by over 200 people. In his address to those present, chairman, Donie O’Leary, welcomed everyone to the social, he congratulated all Kerry teams for their participation in all games in 2012, he thanked the supporters for their support and wished all teams the best in 2013. The chairman stated that we had lost two former Kerry players, Paidí Ó Sé and John Egan and also one of Kerry’s great supporters Paudie Walsh from Beale, RIP. The county committee chairman Patrick O’Sullivan was also present and he thanked Kerry supporters for their loyal support in 2012 and said that Kerry players acknowledged the support they got, especially at away games. He also thanked the club for their financial support for the dog night in June.

Mick Galwey was the guest of honour on the night, and in his address he said he was honoured to be chosen by the Kerry Supporters club for the award. Now living in Kilkenny for almost 20 years, he said that it was great to be back in Kerry to receive this award in recognition of his playing days in the green and gold for Kerry and his club Currow, where it all started for him at under age.

Presentations were also made to Sean Moynihan, Kerry Junior manager and Marcus Mangan the Junior captain along with Seanie O’ Shea who managed the All Ireland Minor B Hurling team and captain Kevin Hannifan from Ardfert. Kerry Handball also figured high on the list of awards on the night and presentations were made to Áine Casey from Ballymacelligott who won the ladies B World title and Dominic Lynch from Glenbeigh who won world titles in the men’s over 35 singles and doubles. Former Kerry PRO Maureen O’Shea also received a presentation for her work as county PRO over the last 5 years and for her support to the Kerry Supporters Club. Secretary John King made a presentation to the Chairman Donie O’Leary in recognition of being named the Munster GAA Supporter of the Year.

Kerry Supporters Club travel to Castlebar for first round of the NFL on Sunday 3rd February. This is a day trip and bookings for this game must be made from the usual sources not later than Wednesday 30th January. Bus times are as follows: Farranfore 6:45 a.m.; Tralee 7:00 a.m. and Listowel 7:30 a.m.

Wedding Bells for “Star”

Congratulations to Kerry footballer Kieran Donaghy and his bride, Hillary Stephenson, who were married in Waterville on Friday last.

Kerry Association London AGM

The Kerry Association London will host its annual general meeting at The Kingdom Bar Kilburn High Road.on January 31 at 7:30 pm and is extending an invitation to every Kerry person living in London to come along.

Hurling News – Mary Brick

All Ireland Minor Medal Presentation

The Kerry Minor Hurling team was presented with their All Ireland Medals on Friday evening last at the St Columbanus Hall in Kilflynn. Former hurling officer Joe Walsh spoke on the night as did Gerard McCarthy current hurling officer. The medals were presented by vice chairman of the Kerry County Committee Ger Galvin, a presentation was also made on the night to their trainer Seanie O’Shea.

Many thanks to Prims Restaurant, Kilflynn for the fantastic food which they provided at the function and thanks also to Crotta Hurling Club, especially Paddy Weir who made sure that everything ran smoothly on the night. Here’s hoping our minors will have another successful year in 2013.

Kerry Senior Hurlers

The Kerry Senior Hurlers had their first outing of the year on Sunday when they took on I.T Tralee in the preliminary round of the Munster GAA Waterford Crystal Cup in the Tom Healy Memorial Park in Abbeydorney. This was the first competitive game for the hurlers this year. The final score was Kerry 6-27, I.T Tralee 0-12. They will now take on Limerick Institute of Technology in the quarter finals this Thursday evening at 7pm again in the Tom Healy Memorial Park, Abbeydorney. Please come out and support the team.

Kerry Senior Hurling Captain 2013

County Hurling Champions Ballyduff have nominated Paud Costello to be the Kerry Senior Hurling Captain for 2013. Paud was a Christy Ring All Star in 2012 and was a member of the of the Christy Ring winning panel in 2011. Aidan Boyle will be Vice Captain.

Paud has represented Kerry at Minor and Under 21 level in both hurling and football and comes from a well known hurling family - his father Pat captained Ballyduff to the County Senior Title in 1973 and also played senior hurling with Kerry.

Causeway Comprehensive School

Causeway Comprehensive school will play Coachford Community College in the Munster U16 and a half ‘A’ Final on this Friday. Throw in is at 12.30 pm in Rathmore.

Kilmoyley Juvenile Hurling Club AGM

The Annual General Meeting of the Kilmoyley Juvenile Hurling Club will take place at the Club rooms at Pairc Naómh Eirc Kilmoyley on this coming Wednesday night ( 23rd) at 7.30pm. All parents and anyone interested in the future development of juvenile hurling in Kilmoyley are asked to attend this meeting.

Ballyheigue GAA Club AGM

The following officers were elected at the Ballyheigue GAA Club AGM;
President: Willie Leen; Chairman: John Casey; Vice Chairman: Colm Horgan; Secretary: Eimear O' Mahony; Assist Secretary:Patrick Corridon; Treasurer: John Lucid; Assist Treasurer: Michael Leane; PRO: Susan Lacey; Membership Officer: Niall Lucey; Coaching Officer: Kevin O' Mahony; A.S.A.P Officer: Ger Lowe; County Board Delegate: James O' Connor; North Kerry Delegate: John Casey; Bord na Nóg Delegate: Patrick Corridon; Scór Delegate: Risteard O' Fuairain; Field Officer: Anthony Power & Mike Kenny; Medical Officer: Fiona Colgan; Childrens Officer: Niall Lucey; Coiste na nÓg Chairman: Kieran Casey; Coiste na nÓg Secretary: Mike Mulvihill;

Lixnaw Hurling Club AGM

The A.G.M. of the club took place on Sunday in the clubrooms. The following officers were elected ; President, Mickey Maher; Vice Presidents, Jimmy Hogan, Tommy McElligott, Thomas McElligott, Willie O' Connell and Thomas Costello; Patrons: Fr. Gerard O' Connell and Fr. Maurice Brick; Chairman: Sean Flaherty; Secretary: Paul Wallace; Assistant Secretary: Jennifer Conway; Treasurers: Pat McCarthy, Sharon O' Keeffe; Development Officer: John O' Keeffe; Maintenance Officer: Tom Bowler; P.R.O. Thomas Fitzmaurice; Scór Officer: Liz O' Keeffe; Oifigeach na Gaeilge: Seán Mac Amhlaoibh.

St Brendans Medal Presentation

St. Brendan's Hurling Club, Ardfert held its annual juvenile medal presentation last Saturday evening at Ardfert Community Centre with Kilkenny hurler and 2012 captain Eoin Larkin from the famed James Stephen's Club in Kilkenny as their guest. Coiste na nÓg Chiarraí Chairman and Secretary Eamon Whelan and Tadhg O’Halloran and NKHB Juvenile Chairman, Mikey Leahy also attended the well supported event.

St. Brendans senior Chairman Justin Horgan welcomed all the guests, hurlers and their parents and congratulated the teams on their achievements during 2012. Gerard Hussey the Juvenile Chairman outlined the successes of the U-14's U-16's and the minors and paid special tribute to all the juvenile mentors. A Coiste na nÓg juvenile Team of the Year was also selected from teams U-8 to U-16 and Eoin Larkin also presented them with their trophies.

Tralee Parnells

The Tralee Hurling Academy will restart on Friday evening the 15th of March 2013. The location is the North Campus at IT Tralee, under the lights on the astroturf.

All of the players who attended last year are invited to train again this year with the Tralee Parnells hurling coaches.

All children for Under 16 down to Under 6 are welcome. If you do not have your own equipment on the first night, the trainers will have a supply of spare gear, for those trying hurling for the first time.