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PRO GAA Scene January 6th 2016 2016-01-06 23:45:00

Kerry in McGrath Cup – Munster Senior Football League – action this weekend

Kerry senior Footballers open the 2016 season with a Munster SFL McGrath Cup game against Clare in Fitzgerald Stadium on Sunday next at 2:30pm. The game forms part of a double header with Kerry Hurlers who play Cork in the Munster Senior Hurling League at 12:45.

It was hoped to put the McGrath Cup game back to midweek to facilitate the Kerry footballers who do not return from their holiday in the US until Saturday morning, however that did not materialise and the fixture goes ahead in Fitzgerald Stadium as originally planned.

Manager, Eamonn Fitzmaurice, and this year’s management team of Padraig Corcoran (Trainer/Selector) and selectors, Diarmuid Murphy, Mikey Sheehy and Liam Hassett, will be in charge of their first competitive game as a group with Dingle clubman Corcoran taking over the training from Cian O’Neill and Laune Rangers clubman Hassett being added to the management team as an additional selector this year.

With quite a few of the senior players, as already stated, not returning from holiday until Saturday and a number of others, most notably the likes of James O’Donoghue, Peter Crowley, Colm Cooper, the Geaneys and Anthony Maher, recovering from Autumn surgery, the team to do duty on Sunday is bound to be of the experimental variety. Indeed with the Allianz Football League opening game against Dublin less than four weeks away, Fitzmaurice and his management team will have to draft in new players to the panel and it will be interesting to if some of those will put their heads above the parapet for senior recognition in 2016.

The McGrath Cup, which is divided into two groups, continues on Sunday 17th when Kerry travel to Tipperary town to take on Tipperary in Round 2. The final is fixed for Friday 22nd January under lights with the venue decided by the toss of a coin (subject to the availability of floodlighting) and the top team in each group will meet each other. Extra time will apply only in the final and where teams finish level in the group stages the team to progresss will be decided by the outcome of the meeting between the two sides/Scoring difference/Highest Scores for or a Playoff.

Credit Union Senior Football League Division 2 Playoffs
Rathmore, John Mitchels, Spa and St Marys, who all finished on 15 points in Division 2 of the Credit Union Senior football league, will be involved in a four way playoff this weekend to decide the third side to be promoted to Division 1along with champions Templenoe, who will be competing in the premier division for the first time in their history, and Kenmare. The draw sees John Mitchels play Rathmore and Spa play St Marys and those games are fixed for Sunday at 2pm. Venues to be decided and the final the following week.

Under 21 Club Championship

The Annascaul/Lispole/Castlegregory combination proved too strong for a disappointing Legion side in the long awaited semi final of the Under 21 Club championship in Lispole on Saturday afternoon last when winning on a score of 1-13 to 0-5, having led by 1-6 to 0-3 at the break.

The winners now play Dr Crokes in the final on Saturday next (1:30) at a venue to be decided.

Paddy Curtin laid to rest

The late Moyvane and Kerry player, Patrick (Paddy) Curtin was laid to rest in his native Moyvane on Sunday afternoon last amid a tremendous outpouring of grief from all who were privileged to know him. The huge turnout at both the removal and burial of former and present Kerry players and administrators, together with his work colleagues from Liebherr Container Cranes who joined the members of his local club and community, was testament to the esteem in which Paddy was held by all and must have been a source of some comfort to his grief-stricken parents and sisters.

Great credit is due to the Moyvane Club for their organisation during what was assuredly a very sad week for the club.

Our sympathies also to the family of the late Der O’Connor, a former chairman of Tarbert GAA and the North Kerry Board who also passed away in the post Christmas period.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anamacha.

Scór na nÓg Munster Finals

Good luck to the Kerry Scór na nÓg competitiors who will be taking part i gCraobh-bhabhtaí na Mumhan that will commence ag 2pm ar an Domhnach seo chugainn (10ú Eanáir) i gCeapach Choinn, Co. Phort Láirge. (The Munster Scór na nÓg Finals had to be rescheduled because of flooding along the Blackwater Valley). The Kerry representatives in Munster are as follows: Rince Foirne: An Spá (Cill Airne) - Áine Brosnan, Megan Ní Chróinín, Éabha Ní Shúilleabháin, Carrie Ní Icí, Ciara Ní Mhuimhneacháin, Cáit Ní Leathlobhair, Aisling Ní Dhonnabháin, Erin Ní Aoláin, Lea Ní Mhurchú; Amhránaíocht Aonair: Lios Póil (Máirtín Ó Cathasaigh); Aithriseoireacht/Scéalaíocht: Fiodh Ros (Firies) - Cian Ó Síocháin; Ceol Uirlise: Crota - Páraic Ó Seanacháin, Suzie de Rís, Seán Ó Gealbháin, Barra Ó Mathúna; Léiriú Stairiúil: Na Gaeil - Michelle Ní Dhúda, Seán de Búrca, Barra Ó Siochrú, Seán Mac Coisteala, Áine Ní Shúilleabháin, Dearbhla Ní Choirc, Jimí Ó Súilleabháin, Emily Ní Aodha; Bailéadghrúpa: Gleann Fleisce - Sorcha Ní Fhionnáin, Alicia Ní Chróinín, Alison Ní Chróinín, Aldina Ní Mhurchú, Ailing Ní Éalaithe; Rince Seit: An Spá (Cill Airne) - Liam Ó Spealáin, Gearóid Ó Súilleabháin, Cianán Ó Dochartaigh, Eoin Ó Donnchú, Céití Ní Chróinín, Áine Ní Bhrosnacháin, Áine Ní Chonchúir, Éabha Ní Shúilleabháin.

The Spá (Cill Airne) Scór na nÓg quiz team will go straight to the All-Ireland final which will be held in the INEC (Cill Airne) on 30th January.

Senior Scór 2016

Dates for Senior Scór (17 years of age or older on 1-1-'16): (i) District Scór to be finished by 16th January ’16; (ii) Kerry Senior Scór Quiz: 4pm, 6th February (Satharn) in Oileán Ciarraí; (iii) Kerry final: 6pm 6th February (Satharn) in Oileán Ciarraí; (iv) Munster semi-final: 6pm 20th February ’16 i gCeann Toirc, Co. Chorcaí; (v) Munster final: 6pm 5th March in Ovens, Co. Cork; (vi) All-Ireland final: 2nd April (Satharn) in the INEC, Cill Airne. A home final!! Who wants to sing, dance, play music or act for the club or be part of a table quiz team? Your club needs you!
Scór na bPáistí '16:

If you are in primary school and can sing or dance or play a musical instrument you could represent your club in Scór na bPáistí. Every club needs 4 for a table quiz team. Scór na bPáistí will take place in the spring. Parents are encouraged to get involved with the participants, especially in clubs in which the club workers are too busy with games. Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireann baill gach club de chuid CLG!

The best of luck to all Scór competitors and workers in 2016.

Spillane Brothers Painting

Prints of a painting by well known Killarney artist Ted Jones, featuring the famous Spillane brothers of Templenoe and Kerry, are now available to purchase by the general public. The three brothers, Pat Mick and Tom between them, hold a record number of All Ireland senior medals in either football or hurling – nineteen.

Each print of the limited edition is individually signed by the brothers and artist Ted Jones and are available to purchase from The Kerry GAA Store in the Outlet Centre, Killarney (kerrygaastore1@eircom.net, 064-6636571). Proceeds go towards the development of the centre of excellence in Currans.

The Kerry GAA Supporters Annual Dinner Dance and Awards night is on the way

Another year gone by and another year to celebrate when the Kerry GAA Supporters Club hold their annual social on Saturday 23rd of January in the Ballygarry House Hotel in Tralee. There is plenty to celebrate there too with All Ireland titles by the Minor and Junior footballers and National titles as well by the Senior and Minor Hurlers as well as eight All Stars between football and hurling not to mention Dominick Lynch’s exploits on the Handball scene. So a big night as usual in the Ballygarry House on 23rd – tickets available from Donie O’Leary, John King, Martin Leane and any of the committee members.

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

Kerry Hurlers go down to Limerick in Munster SHL
The Kerry senior hurlers put up a creditable performance before going down by 2 - 23 to 0 - 18 to Limerick on Sunday last at the Gaelic Grounds in round 1 of the Munster senior league. Kerry were very much understrength and new manager Ciaran Carey took the opportunity to give a start to some of the up and coming players on the panel. The starting team was: Aidan McCabe (Kilmoyley), Sean Weir (Crotta O’Neill’s), Brendan O’Leary (Abbeydorney), Bryan Murphy (Causeway), Thomas Casey (Causeway), Philp Lucid (Ballyheigue), Johnny Buckley (Lixnaw), John Griffin (Lixnaw), Paudie O’Connor (Kilmoyley), Colm Harty (Causeway), Michael O’Leary (Abbeydorney), Shane Nolan (Crotta O’Neill’s), Keith Carmody (Causeway), James O’Connor (Abbeydorney), Daniel Collins (Kilmoyley). Subs.: Martin Stackpoole (Lixnaw), Mike Milner (Dr. Crokes), Jack Goulding (Ballyduff), David Goulding (Ballyduff), P. J. Keane (Abbeydorney), Jason Diggins (Causeway), Jordan Conway (Crotta O’Neill’s) and Ger Stackpoole (Lixnaw).

Kerry’s next and first home game of the season will be against Cork on this Sunday, 10th January at Fitzgerald Stadium,12.45p.m. (the opener in a double bill with the Kerry v Clare McGrath Cup football game).

Kerry will play Clare in Sixmilebridge on Wednesday, 13th at 7.30p.m. and will be at home to Waterford in Fitzgerald Stadium on Sunday, 24th at 2.00p.m.

Daniel Collins nominated for Kerry Hurling Captaincy

Daniel Collins has been nominated by his Club, county champions Kilmoyley as the Kerry senior hurling captain for 2016 with Tom Murnane the vice captain.


The annual convention of the North Kerry Hurling Board has been fixed for Thursday, 14th January and it will be hosted by the Ballyduff Club. All nominations and motions to be with the Secretary, Pat Dineen by this Thursday, 7th January.

Lixnaw Hurling Club will hold their Victory Social and co. minor championship medals presentation on Saturday, 23rd January in the Ballyroe Heights Hotel.

Kilmoyley Hurling Club has produced a limited edition 2016 Kilmoyley G.A.A. calendar, featuring all teams from under 6 right up to senior. It is on sale locally at just €7, with €1 from each sale being donated to the Kerry/Cork Health Link bus. Further details from (087) 9812676 or (087) 9745817.