Kerins O’Rahillys GAA Club News

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A draw was perhaps the fitting result in round 3 of the county league when we finished all square with An Ghaeltacht in a highly entertaining encounter in Strand Road.

Facing each other 6 days after the club championship, we lined out with 10 of the starters from last week, the deficit due to our county contingent being unavailable whilst An Ghealtacht had just two changes from last week’s confrontation.

From the outset and with the stiff breeze in their favour, the westerners were quickly into their stride and had the opening point of the game when Dara O’Se pointed after just 30 secs; Gazza Savage had us on level terms shortly afterwards but An Ghaeltacht forged ahead again through Sean M O’Conchuir who pointed from distance – again we drew level when Tommy Walsh was on target from a free, the first of his overall tally of seven points.

An Ghaeltacht had the next two points,  both fine efforts from Seamus O’Muirceartaigh, one from play and a “45” after we had thwarted a goal chance. Tommy kept us in touch to reduce the deficit to the minimum and Diarmuid O’Sullivan then latched on to a loose ball to fire over the bar to level matters again as we approached the end of the first quarter.

Again, An Ghaeltacht nudged ahead through the boot of Sean M O’Conchúir and they were to miss the target on 3 occasions before the same player pushed them further ahead on the 20th minute.

We were now back in the game and following a sweeping move Karl Mullins was unlucky to see his shot cannon off the upright when a goal looked the likely outcome – Tommy was again on target with successive frees before Sean O’Gairbhi finished the scoring for the first period leaving An Ghaeltacht two to the good at half time, 0-08 to 0-06.

The second half saw us more in the game with good play from midfielders Con Barrett and John C O’Connor, an improvement up front with John Ferguson impressing which saw us score the first 3 points of the half through Tommy , Gavin O’Brien and Diarmuid O’Sullivan – though An Ghaeltacht replied via Dara O’Sé, John Ferguson slotted over with his left after some good inter play and further points from Con Barrett and Cian Sayers saw us push the lead out to three, 0-12 to 0-09 with all six points coming in the space of 10 minutes.

However, a ball which looked to have been won in mid field was turned over and suddenly we were all square when An Ghaeltacht found the back of the net for the game’s only goal – a Seamus O’Muirceartaigh point had them back in front again.

Tommy again reduced the deficit to the minimum from a free and when Karl Mullins fired over after good approach play we were on level terms – there was 5 minutes on the clock plus stoppage time but when An Ghaeltacht forged ahead John Ferguson again hit back to tie up matters   – the clock had now ticked into the red and when Tommy fired over a massive free from the middle of the pitch it looked like it was enough to take the two points on offer and maintain our 100% record  – another minute of time saw the men from Gallarus work the ball up field for the equaliser – the drama was not over yet and when John Ferguson bore down the middle it looked like he would have the final say – a slip at the last second saw him go to ground and he was harshly adjudged to have fouled the ball in the act of  releasing to a team mate and with that the referee called a halt to proceedings.

In the final analysis, it would have been tough on either side to have lost and a point apiece was just about the right result.

Team: Gary Kissane, Danny O’Sullivan, Darragh McElligott, Cian Sayers (0-01), Karl  Mullins ( 0-01), Ryan Carroll, Con Barrett ( 0-01), Gavin O’Brien (0-01), Tommy Walsh ( 0-07), Padraig Griffin, Gearóid Savage ( 0-01), Diarmuid O’Sullivan ( 0-02), John Ferguson ( 0-02).

Subs used: Tom Hoare and Shane McElligott both in second half.

County League Div 5, Group A:

Valentia 4-20    Kerins O’Rahillys 3-08

We travelled to Valentia for our second outing in this group and left pointless despite some good moments and some decent performances from a no of players.

We started brightly with good points from Shane McElligott (2) which had us level after 10 minutes and when Johnny Keane goaled on 12 minutes we were in the driving seat – further scores from Shane McElligott and Rory Molloy pushed us further ahead but then the home side took over and racked up a total of 1-05 to a penalty goal from Johnny Keane to leave the half time score @ 2-07 to 2-04.

Valentia maintained their momentum for the second half and effectively killed off the game when notching 1-02 without reply on the resumption – after that, we tried our best to gain a foothold in the game but a succession of scores from the home side left us with far too much to do. Donagh O’Brien with a goal and Shane Flavin with two points kept the score board ticking over but it was too little too late. We next play Churchill in our back game which has been provisionally fixed for May bank holiday weekend.

Team: Shane Foley, Kieran Mangan, Jason O’Leary, Rob O’Connor, Rory O’Connor, Thomas McGrath, Darragh McElligott, Tom Hoare (0-01), Rory Molloy ( 0-02), Donagh O’Brien ( 1-0), Johnny Keane (2-0), Gearóid Hartnett, Shane Flavin ( 0-02), James O’Connor, Shane McElligott ( 0-03).


Our minors went down to Listowel Emmets on Friday night last ( 20th) on a final score line of 4-12 to 4-07; we competed well for the majority of the game but just came up short in the end – Conor O’Sullivan was our outstanding performer with a hat trick of goals.

Junior Blues:
A large crowd gathered this morning in the glorious sunshine in  the Healy Park, Ballyrickard. The blue & white flags blew in the breeze as KoR welcomed St Pat’s Blennerville to town.  The parents watched the children play as they sipped on a warm cuppa tea or coffee along with some home baking fruit & yoghurts.  The U6’s trained and played together. All the children had great fun, along with learning the skills of GAA under their diligent coaches. The U8’s & U10’s also had a great session in the sunshine.
The U10 Boys had some game time against St Pat’s. All the boys put in a great performance. It turned out to be a very successful morning with thanks to all the coaches for their commitment and hard work.

A big Congratulations to the players of the week

U6       Brogan O’Brien
Danni Moriarty

U8        Ryan Nix
Mark Hassett

U8/U10     Cora Meehan

U10            Christian Dunne
See ye all next Sunday morning the 29th April 2018 at 11am , everybody welcome.
The ” Go Games” for U10s take place this coming Weds night in Healy Park commencing at 18.30

U12’s A&B Teams next match is a challenge game against John Mitchels  at home in Ballyrickard at 6.30 pm Tuesday evening the 24th April.
As previously noted they were due to play Moyvane that evening of the 24th April but this now has been postponed to Tuesday week the 1st May 2018 at 6.30 pm. The Gaeltacht game at home in Ballyrickard set for Sunday the 29th April 2018 at 6.30 pm remains unchanged.

Our U-14s advanced to the Coiste Trá Lí Suits Select  league final when accounting for Na Gaeil on a final score line of 4-11 to 1-07 in a game played in Healy Park on Weds night last 18th.

Aided by the strong wind in the first half we were quickly into our stride,  raising white flags through Ben O’Brien, Danny Hennessy, Jack Savage and Darragh O’Connor before Na Gaeil replied with two points of their own, all this after 15 minutes. Danny nudged us further ahead shortly afterwards and then the goal that we threatened on a few occasions arrived via Joe O’Sullivan after good inter passing between Gearóid Meehan and TJ Heaphy – Joe followed this quickly with a point and suddenly we were seven clear 1-06 to 0-02.  As we approached half time, Darragh O’Connor fed Danny Hennessy and he found the net with a low drive – half time arrived and we had a nine point lead, 2-06 to 0-03.

The second half saw us pile on the pressure and a lovely goal from Tomás Kennedy on 6 minutes pushed us further clear – from here until the final whistle we added good scores from Jack Savage, Joe O’Sullivan and a goal from Ben O’Brien whilst restricting Na Gaeil to some late scores to leave us convincing winners in the end.

This was a fine team effort overall given the absences of Jake Foley, Tom Flavin, Seán Healy and Ben Hanafin and we look forward to the final against our old rivals Austin Stacks on a date to be determined.

Team: Thomas Maguire, Cormac Gallagher, Matthew Higgins, Coren Hughes, Cian Moran, Eric McMahon, Rory O’Halloran, Jack Savage ( 0-02), TJ Heaphy, Gearóid Meehan, Danny Hennessy ( 1-04), Tomás Kennedy ( 1-0), Darragh O’Connor ( 0-01), Ben O’Brien ( 1-02), Joe O’Sullivan ( 1-02).

Subs: Seán Collins

County league action resumes this Weds night 25th April when we travel to Dirreen to play Legion where throw in is @ 19.00


U16’s team travelled to Churchill along with Officials ready for action, but the match was then cancelled and has yet to be rescheduled – await confirmation.

Central Region resumes this Monday night ( 23rd) when we welcome Ardfert to Strand Road where throw in is @ 19.00

Allianz Cumann na mBunscol:
The annual schools finals took place on Thursday last in Austin Stack Park and in the boys competition, Balloonagh NS were the overall winners when defeating Knockanes in the final – congratulations go to Tomás Kennedy, Niall McMahon and Adam Evans who were part of the winning squad; Adam was unable to take part in the final due to injury but our other two boys left their mark on the game with Tomás bagging four goals in a memorable display. Well done boys, a great achievement,

Kerry Minors:
The Kerry minors made a successful start to their defence of Munster and All Ireland titles when defeating Tipperary in Semple Stadium last week on a final score line of 1-15 to 0-04.

In doing so, they set a new record at this level, with a 25 match winning sequence which has never been achieved previously. Greater tests lie ahead and none more so than when Cork visit Austin Stack Park on Weds 8th May for the provincial semi final – this is a winner take all game with the losers exiting the championship. The game is timed to throw in @ 19.00


U12 Girls
Training continues in Ballyrickard on Tuesday and Thursday in preparation for The Co. League which commences shortly. More details to follow.

U14 Girls
We are home to Castlegregory in The Co. League this Monday, April 23rd. Throw in at 7p.m. in Ballyrickard. Best of luck to the girls, Tricia, Danny and Con.

U16 Girls
A busy week ahead for the girls! We are away to Moyvane this Tuesday, April 24th. Throw in at 7p.m. in Clounmacon pitch.
Then on Saturday, April 28th we are away to Churchill. Throw in at 1.30p.m. in Churchill pitch.
Best of luck to the girls and their management.

Reminder: please return your completed form and fee as soon as possible.
New members always welcome! Please text Shirley ( 086) 8713552 or email korladiessec@gmail. com for more details.

Clothes Recycling 
We will have a collection again in a few weeks so start gathering any unwanted clothing. More details to follow.

There was no winner of this week’s jackpot of €3,600 when the numbers were drawn on Monday night last. For the record, the winning numbers were: 10, 16, 23 & 26 – Liam Griffin matched 3 and wins €25.

The five entrants for the special December draw ( 4 X €250) are as follows: Nora O’Sullivan, Jordan & Julie, Seamus Fitzgerald, Bernice Hoffman & Mary Fitzgerald. Next week’s jackpot will be for €3,700.

Tickets can be purchased from the kiosk in the  club house for €2 each, 3 for €5. Tickets are also available at other outlets in town as follows: Jimmys on Strand Road, Counihans on Princes St and from Foleys Spar on the Castlemaine Road.

Keep in touch:
You can keep in touch with all that’s happening in the club on line @ ( all the latest news, results and photos), via twitter @korgaa and on facebook. If you would like to get in touch you can contact us on 087 6934801.

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