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PRO GAA Scene January 21st 2015 2015-01-21 21:24:00

Fixtures Master-plan being drafted

The fixtures plan for the coming season is being drafted at present and another long and busy season is eminent.  The final draft will be put before the January meeting of the County Committee which will be held on Monday 26th January.

At that meeting the draws for the various Castleisland Mart Club Championships will also be made. In the Senior Club Championship, 2014 Intermediate champions, Ardfert, will replace Currow who revert to Intermediate status for the coming year. Also in the Draw for the Intermediate Championship will be current Junior Champions Brosna.  In the Junior Championship, Castlegregory come down from Intermediate and they will be joined by Novice Champions Listry. Tuosist will revert to Novice status for the coming year.

In the Credit Union Senior Football League, the two year cycle ended last season so there will be a new draw this year. That draw may be made as early as this week. Round 1 of the League is pencilled in for March 22. Three rounds of the League will be played before the commencement of the Club Championships on April 19th. Round 2 of the Club Championships will be played on May 3rd and the semi finals on June 21st.

Kerry Under 21 Footballers defeat Meath in Hastings Cup

Kerry Under 21 Footballers continued their preparations for the Munster Football Championship meeting with either Limerick or Cork on March 18th by defeating Meath on a score of 5-9 to 0-8 in Puckane outside Nenagh on Saturday last. Kerry, who had to win by a big scoring margin, led by 3-4 to 0-5 at the break thanks to a hat-trick of goals from Conor Keane and though Dara Roche and Jack Savage added further second half goals, the winning margin was not enough to edge Roscommon for a semi final place. Kerry have qualified for the plate semi finals however and will meet Monaghan (who were in a group with Mayo, Wicklow and Westmeath) at Ardagh, Co Longford  on Saturday next.

U21 Hastings Shield Semi Finals - Both games at 2pm

Dunbeggan, Longford (Grattan ÓG GAA): Tipperary V Laois

Keenan Park, Ardagh (St. Patrick’s GAA): Kerry V Monaghan

Allianz Football League is just a week away

As all the celebrations and touring following the double All Ireland football victories begin to wind down, out of the blue it seems, the start of the Allianz League is just a week away! Just four months have passed since those heady days in August and September but already players and team managements are already firmly focusing their minds on the new season ahead. Mayo are Kerry’s opposition in Fitzgerald Stadium and with the likes of Brian Kelly, Marc Ó Sé, Aidan O’Mahony and James O’Donoghue (to name but a few) rehabbing from injury, and Kieran Donaghy clubtied, it will be a far different team that will see action in the League opener on Sunday week.

Once again this year there is a €5 pre-purchase discount (€10 pre-purchase and €15 on match day) for all Division 1 Allianz Football League fixtures. The deal will offer supporters better value and also take some of the pressure off ticket sales at the various venues on match days. One key point to note is that this discount is only valid until midnight on the day before each fixture. Tickets will be available at all the usual outlets such as participating Centra and Supervalu stores nationwide and

The following are Kerry’s fixtures in the Allianz League:

Rd. 1 February 1st v Mayo in Fitzgerald Stadium

Rd. 2 February 8th v Derry in Celtic Parkk

Rd. 3 March 1st v Dublin in Fitzgerald Stadium

Rd. 4 March 8th v Cork in Páirc Uí Rinn

Rd. 5 March 15th v Donegal in Austin Stack Park

Rd. 6 March 29th v Monaghan in Austin Stack Park

Rd. 7 April 5th v Tyrone in Healy Pk

Big day for both Ardfert and Brosna

Sunday is a big day for both Ardfert and Brosna as they attempt to secure an All Ireland final place in their respective semi finals of the Club Championship.

Intermediate champions, Ardfert, have seen it all before – twice in fact – but for debutants Brosna, Sunday is all new terrain.

Ardfert will play Warrenpoint of Down in Portlaoise at 2pm and Brosna will play Rock St Pats in Kiltoom in Co. Roscommon at the same time. We wish both well and hopefully Kerry will be doubly engaged on Valentines day in Croke Pk (Saturday, February 14th).

Kerry GAA Supporters Club 25th Annual Social will be a gala occasion

One of the highlights of Kerry GAA’s social calendar, the Kerry GAA Supporters Club Annual Social, takes place in the Ballygarry House Hotel Tralee on this Saturday evening. The fact that the Social marks the silver jubilee of the supporters club itself will no doubt add to the occasion and what better way to celebrate than with a double All Ireland victory in football and a Minor All Ireland in Hurling.

Guests of honour on the night will include the Managers and Captains of the victorious Kerry teams in both Hurling and Football along with the Kerry All Stars in both codes (5 Football and 3 Christy Ring All Stars).

The Supporters Club Social has seen many gala occasions down through the years since their first in 1990 and no doubt, following another very successful year, Saturday night’s event will be right up there with any of them.

Tickets which cost €35 each and are available from Martin Leane, John King, Donie O’ Leary or any member of the committee. Music is by Neily O’Connor and doors close at 8.30pm sharp. The event will probably bring the curtain down on the double All Ireland celebrations!!

Munster Council Announces €6.25m County Financial Package

The Munster Council has announced a grant package of €6.25m over the next five years with €3.75 million of that grant funding going towards  the redevelopment of Páirc Uí Chaoimh, which is due to begin later in the year. The announcement was made at a Council Meeting that also saw the introduction of a 5 year budgetary framework and a financial package totalling €2.5m for Clare, Limerick, Kerry, Tipperary and Waterford.

The €2.5 million package for Kerry and the remaining four counties will see €0.5million made available to each county to be used on ring fenced projects such as works on major county grounds and centres of excellence. The Council has set out a clear five year budgetary framework that will see no further investment in major capital projects for the next five years. Once this five year cycle is up, the Council will reassess the financial situation. The annual club development grant scheme,  that has seen investment of over €5.5 million in club facilities in the last 5 years, will also remain in place.

Referees In-Service Seminar

The In-Service Referees Seminars, which commenced on Monday evening last for the East Kerry and Kenmare Districts, continue on this Wednesday evening in the Killorglin Day-Care Centre for the South, Mid and West Kerry District Board areas and on Monday next, 26th January, in Kerins O’Rahillys GAA Club for Tralee, St Brendans, North Kerry Football and Hurling Boards. Anyone who has missed out on a seminar for their own area may attend anyone of the remaining seminars.

Supporters Club Buses

It’s that time of year again when the Allianz Football League gets underway. The first away game for Kerry this year is to Derry on February 8th. which is just over two weeks away.

The Kerry Supporters Club are organising an overnight trip for this game. All supporters interested in travelling can make a booking with full payment on Monday night 26th January in the Listowel Arms Hotel and Ballygarry House Hotel at 8.30pm. This is the final night for bookings for this away trip.

For further enquiries contact any of the following;  Martin Leane 068 48116, John King 066 7124229 or Donal O’Leary 064 7758099.

McNamee Awards for Austin Stacks and Radio Kerry's Terrace Talk

Congratulations to both Austin Stacks and Radio Kerry on winning GAA McNamee Awards that are held annually to honour excellence in the area of communications, public relations and journalism, specifically related to the activities of the Association.

Austin Stacks "Rockumentary" has won the top prize in this year's Club Project Award (Digital & Social Media) Category. A club only award, this category aims to acknowledge excellence in a one-off project across all forms of public relations, communication and digital activity.

The citation for the Tralee Club’s winning entry read as follows: Austin Stack’s ‘Rockumentary’ is a worthy winner . The club’s successful journey to county and provincial success is skilfully documented and captures the immense pride of club, town and county. The professional and dedicated approach of players and management shine through in a digital package that will entertain and motivate generations to come.

Meanwhile, Radio Kerry added to their list of awards by scooping the best radio programme award  for their Terrace talk programme on the Sam Maguire Cup.  The following was the citation for that award; This year’s winner of best Radio Programme is Radio Kerry’s “Terrace Talk” with Presenter Deirdre Walsh and Producer Ciarán O’Regan for their ‘Sam Maguire Special’. This programme provides an insight into one of the most famous trophies in sport. Among those featured are the silversmith who crafted the modern-day ‘Sam’, the man who was the first to lift it in Croke Park and numerous Kerry captains who, by bringing it on tour, learnt what it meant to schools, communities and emigrants. The oldest winning Kerry captain reminisces about lifting the Sam Maguire and we hear how Hollywood star, Tom Cruise, hoisted it above his shoulders on a visit to West Kerry.

Scór na nÓg  - 4 Kerry Winners at Munster Scór na nÓg Finals

Four Kerry Clubs made it through to the All Ireland Scór na nÓg finals following today's Munster Finals in Cappoquin Co. Waterford.

Heading for the All Ireland finals ar lá 'le vailintín in Citywest , Dublin are the following:

Rince Foirne: An Spá (Cill Airne), Ciarraí

Amhránaíocht Aonair: Lios Póil: Proinnsias Ó Cathasaigh, Ciarraí

Aithriseoireacht/Scéalaíocht: Tiobraid Árann

Léiriú: Raonaithe na Sceilge, Ciarraí

Ceol Uirlise: Leac Snámha

Bailéadghrúpa: Cork (Bóthar Buí)

An Seit: Clare (Lios Uí Chathasaigh)

Quiz: An Spá (Cill Áirne) were already through to the finals.

Comhghairdeachas leis na daoine a bhuaigh.......go n-éirí go geal libh i gCraobh na hÉireann i CityWest ar an 14ú Feabhra 2015.

Comhbhrón leis na daoine nár éirigh leo.......beidh lá eile ag an bPaorach (a deirtear!!)

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

Kerry Hurlers out of Waterford Crystal Cup

Although defeated, the Kerry senior hurlers put up a very creditable performance against U.C.C. last Saturday in the Waterford Crystal Cup competition. It ended up 2 – 23 to 2 – 14 against the favourites for the forthcoming Fitzgibbon Cup, but Kerry showed great heart and determination against their highly rated opponents.

Kerry will now have a number  of challenge games over the coming weeks as they prepare for the Allianz National Hurling League Division 2A campaign, which commences with a home game on Sunday, 15 February against Derry at Austin Stack Park, 12.30p.m.

The remaining league games will be as follows: Sunday, 22 February v Wicklow (away); Sunday, 8 March v Westmeath (home); Sunday, 15 March v Carlow (away); Sunday, 22 March v London (home). The Division 2 Final is scheduled for Saturday, 4 April.

Clubs

Lixnaw Celebrate

Lixnaw Hurling Club celebrated their minor and senior Co.  Championship victories of 2014 in style last Saturday night at their Victory Social where the championship medals were presented by Patrick O’Sullivan, Cathaoirleach, Coiste Chontae Chiarraí. The Club Person of the Year award went to Tommy Molyneaux while Willie Dowling received the Hall of Fame award.  In addition, on Sunday, the Lixnaw instrumental music group won the Munster Scór na nÓg title in Cappoquin. The group includes Ciara Shannon, Neilus Mackessy, Darragh Mackessy, Donagh McElligott and Elena McElligott. Well done to all involved.

Kilmoyley Social

The 53rd Annual Kilmoyley Hurling Club social will take place on this Friday, 23rd January at Ballyroe Heights Hotel. A Hall of Fame Award will be presented for the first time while other awards will include a senior and intermediate Player of the Year. Guests of honour will be members of the Kilmoyley team that won the 1974 North Kerry under 21 championship, the first team from the club to win this title.

Crotta O’Neills AGM

The Crotta O’Neill’s A.G.M. will take place at the St. Columba Centre, Kilflynn on this Saturday, 24th January, commencing at 8.00p.m. Nominations for officer positions to be with club secretary, Annette Nolan by Thursday, 22nd.

Tralee Parnells

Tralee Parnell’s have commenced under 8 and 10 hurling sessions at Tralee Sports Complex each Tuesday between 7.00p.m. and 8.00p.m. All new players are welcome to come along and give it a try. Under 16 & minor training will get underway on this Friday, 23rd. Advance notice that on Friday, 27th February, Parnell’s will hold a Forum on the way forward for juvenile hurling and camogie in Kerry.