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PRO GAA Scene December 23rd 2014 2014-12-23 12:59:00

Memorable Night as Double All Ireland heroes receive their medals

Well the curtain came down on the 2014 GAA Football Championship season with the presentation of medals to the Kerry minor and senior players at a memorable occasion in the INEC last Friday evening. With Uachtarán CLG Liam O’Neill, and Cathoirleach Comhairle na Mumhan, Robert Frost in attendance, following a team photo, both squads were led into the dining room by a lone piper to a rapturous standing ovation.

Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh, was, as usual, the ever efficient M.C. for the night and he regaled the audience of over 500 with stories and anecdotes stretching way back to even before the GAA was founded – a national treasure is our Micheal.  Speakers included County Committee Chairman, Patrick O’Sullivan; Director of Corporate Affairs of Kerry Group, Frank Hayes, Minor and Senior Managers, Jack O’Connor and Eamonn Fitzmaurice respectively, senior captain Kieran O’Leary and Liam O’Neill.

The senior players, all but  one of whom were present , were presented with their medals by Liam O’Neill, while the Chairman of the Munster Council, Robert Frost, did the honours for the minor players all of whom were present and none of whom were born when Kerry last won the Minor title! Presentations were made to both team managers and their backroom staff and Liam O’Neill was presented with an engrave piece of Valentia slate while Frank Hayes received a specially commissioned painting by artist Tina Reid.

1980 was the last time Kerry achieved the Minor and Senior double and at that time, it was thought that such occasions would come along regularly so little wonder than that everyone, especially the players,  had a ball! They deserve every accolade that comes their way.

Mention of the players, congratulations to Brendan Kealy and his wife Catherine who were married last Saturday.

Three Ex-Officers are owed a debt of gratitude

Well the dust has settled following the elections of three new officers at County Convention and all that means of course that three officers also bowed out at convention. In all they had 44 years of experience as officers between them.

Eamonn O’Sullivan, the outgoing Central Council delegate, was regarded as a father figure  around the executive table. He was first elected in 1985 and as he recalls,  that convention, held in the Clounalour School in Tralee,  was afterwards referred to as the day of the long count. There were contests for five positions, with nine nominations between them for the positions of  Treasurer and Assistant Treasurer alone. Six new officers were elected at a meeting that went on from 1.30 to 7.30 pm.

In his report to Convention, Runaí Peter Twiss paid Eamonn the following tribute: “If All-Star awards were given out for GAA Administration, Eamon O Sullivan would be a multiple award winner. A deep thinker with great vision and a gentle manner, Eamon has been one of our greatest ever administrators. He has been an Officer of Kerry Co Board for 29 years, coming in as PRO in 1985. He also held the positions of Delegate to Munster Council, Secretary, Assistant Secretary and Central Council Delegate. While Central Council Delegate he served on the Management Committee in Croke Park”.

Incidentally, a long link with Castleisland Desmonds has been broken – Dave Geaney was of course also an officer of the Board for many years and before him Tadhg Prendeville served as Treasurer.

Ger Galvin, the outgoing Vice Chairman, was Development Officer for five years and Vice Chairman for the past three years. He has given eight years of tremendous service to Kerry GAA during his eight year term in the Board and proved himself a most able dealer particularly in his brief as liaison officer to the senior hurling team in the last three years.  Ger of course had given many years of dedicated service as both secretary and chairman of the East Kerry Board prior to his election to the County Committee.

Maureen O’Shea, who stepped down as Assistant Secretary after one year in the position, was the highly efficient PRO of the Board for the five years ending in 2012. Her term in charge of public relations coincided with a period of immense change in the whole area of communications with Websites and Social Media rivalling the more traditional printed broadsheet or tabloid as a means of getting the GAA’s message to the general public.  Maureen was seen as one of the leaders in the GAA at embracing this change and kept Kerry at the top of the pile when it came to the new communication medium. During her term as Assistant Secretary she was a tireless worker as chairperson of the Austin Stack Park Committee.

Collectively, these three ex officers will be a big loss to the Kerry County Committee and we certainly owe a debt of gratitude to them for the many years of voluntary work on behalf of the clubs of the county.

Kerry County and District Pass 2015

 The Kerry County GAA Pass is always a topical Christmas gift. Costing €125, this pass entitles the bearer to entry to all championship and league games, both hurling and football, under the auspices of the Kerry County Committee and Divisional Committees. It is not valid for Provincial or National games. Now Available to purchase from the Kerry County Board Office in Tralee and the  Kerry GAA Store in the Killarney Outlet Centre.

SCÓR: Have an ear cocked towards Kerry Radio on Christmas Eve.....idir 9am agus 11am.....when a few Scór na nÓg items will be aired by Treasa Murphy. You'll hear some of our GAA talent from the Glenbeigh county finals. Cuir cluas le héisteacht ort féin!

Kerry GAA Store for your Christmas Shopping

The full range of the new Kerry jersey, including a ladies cut, is now on sale in The Kerry GAA Store in the Outlet Centre Killarney.

Among other items available is a Kerry GAA Calendar, Sam 2014, the very popular RTE DVD which shows both the Kerry/Mayo replayed semi final and the All Ireland final between Kerry and Donegal in full.

Scór: RADIO PROGRAMME on 24th Dec:-

The following SCÓR na nÓG  items will be at Radio Kerry Studio, Sráid na Mainge, Trá Lí, on 24th.................... ..... .........at approx.......

10am...... .Ceol Uirlise:- Elena Nic Eileagóid, Donncha Mac Eileagóid, Dara Ó Macasa,

                                      Conchúr Ó Macasa, Clara Ní Sheanáin (Leic Sná')

10.15am....Aithriseoireacht (Scéal):- Cian Ó Riagáin (Cill Mhaoile)

10.30am....Amhránaíocht Aonair:- Proinsias Ó Cathasaigh (Lios Póil)ÁINE

Bridie O’Shea RIP

One of the real ladies of the GAA passed away last week after a long illness. Bridie O’Shea may have married into a strong Dr Crokes GAA family in the O’Sheas,  but she herself was steeped in the GAA tradition ever before she  left Headford for Killarney!  Bridie’s father, Paddy, won two All Ireland titles with Kerry in 1913 and 1914 and his field on the banks of the Owenacree was a magnet for football and camogie players with Paddy acting as trainer and coach for many years. Little wonder then that Bridie immersed herself in the affairs of Dr Crokes for many many years and was a well known figure at GAA matches following her beloved Dr Crokes and Kerry. Her family of course have carried on that tradition and while the exploits of her sons, Seanie and Pat are well known, while two of her daughters, Bernie and Tracey, have acted as secretaries of Rathmore and Dr Crokes clubs respectively with Bernie of course being the current County Committee Children’s Officer. The huge turnout at Bridie’s funeral was testament to the high regard she was held in throughout Kerry and beyond. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam.

Beannachtaí na Nollag

On behalf of Kerry GAA I would like to wish all our players, supporters and administrators, both at home and abroad a very happy and peaceful Christmas and a prosperous new year.