Kerins O’Rahillys GAA Club News

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No playing activity this week and after the efforts of the past 4 weeks, players and management had a week off to recharge the batteries! Training resumes next Weds night ( 2nd May) with upcoming league fixtures vs Killarney Legion ( 12/05 away) and John Mitchels ( 26/05 home) in the  pipeline. We lie joint second in the league table with Dr Crokes on 5 points, separated only by points difference.

Division 5, Group A:

We are at home to Churchill on Sat evening next 5th May with throw in @ 19.00 – this will be a tough game for the lads given the fine form of Churchill this year so your support would be greatly appreciated.


We played Na Gaeil on Friday night last in Strand Road in a round of Coiste Trá Lí league and after a very encouraging performance lost out by the minimum, 1-19 to 3-12. This was a good outing with a young side many of whom will have learned from the experience and which will stand them in good stead for the road ahead.

We were competitive around the middle where Aidan Mangan was ably assisted by Seán Duggan and our forwards kept the Na Gaeil backs on their toes with their clever lines of running and good finishing,

We trailed at half time, 1-10 to 2-04 ( goals from Conor Hayes and Conor O’Sullivan) and though conceding points on the resumption kept in touch through scores from Darragh Fitzgerald and the outstanding Conor O’ Sullivan who threatened danger when in possession. Conor (4) and Darragh Fitzgerald had us only three points adrift entering the final  minutes and then Daniel Bowler gaining possession worked his way in to the square to fire past the keeper to level matters;

Na Gaeil tacked on two points but we were equal to the task and levelled again by the 30th minute – then a harsh call by the referee saw Na Gaeil gain a free and when they worked the ball up field they gained the winning score.

Team: Joe Hanafin, Rian McLysaght, Barry Foley, Seán Murphy, Brian O’Dowd, Gerard Dunne, Jordan Foley, Seán Duggan, Aidan Mangan, Darragh Fitzgerald ( 0-03), Gavin Burrows (0-01), Conor O’Sullivan ( 1-09), Stephen Nix, Daniel Bowler ( 1-0), Conor Hayes ( 1-00)

Subs: Thomas White, Darragh Corr.

Junior Blues:
It was a glorious sun shiny morning  in Ballyrickard. There was a big crowd. The U8/U10 Girls hosted Churchill. They played a challenge match,both sides were strong and a great display of football skills on display by all the girls involved. Well done to their coaches.
All the parents watched on, chatting & sipping a fresh cuppa in the warm sunshine on the Cliff along with some tasty bites.

The U8/U10 boys trained on the top fields under the watchful eyes of their coaches as they taught  them the skills of the game.
Thanks to all the Coaches who work so hard  with all the Children each week.

All the children received an individual folder from their coaches to practice the Skills of GAA.

A new Skill will be added to practice on each week.
To start with, it’s the Punt Kick this week so happy practicing to everyone and have a fun week.

Congratulations to the Players of the week

U6’s Girl   Kitty Bowler
Boy  Cameron Donnelly

U8’s/U10’s Girls Emma Onyekwele & Taylor Stack

U8’s Boys Callum Lacey & Evan Griffin

U10’s Boy Jayden Collins

See you all next Sunday the 6th May 2018 at 11am for another eventful Academy Training

U10’s Go Games Commenced Wednesday last the 25th april 2018 in Ballyrickard
It was a damp evening however it didn’t dampen the spirits of all involved. There was a good crowd gathered in Ballyrickard. There was some great games of football to watch by all who braved the elements. A credit to the children and their coaches.
U8’s Go Games will kick off this Thursday the 3rd May2018 in Ballyrickard at 6.30pm.

U12’s A&B Teams played at home to an Ghaeltacht this evening in Ballyrickard at 6pm.

The A Team had a strong physical game against a strong Gaeltacht team. There was some outstanding scores and some hard physical tackles on the boys from the west during the match. Kor was down by 6 points at half time but they never gave up the fight to win . They came out with fire in the opening of the 2nd half  and scored some fantastic points and and that ate into the Gaeltacht’s lead with goals rattling the back of the net on both sides. It was a  tight game to the end but KoR coming out on top  winning by a single point. Final Score KoR 5-11 to An Ghaeltacht 4-15

The B Team put in a great performance against a fighting Gaeltacht team. They showed great skills and worked hard and were on top of the game from start to finish,winning comfortably in the end on a margin of 9 points.
Final score KoR 5-08 to An Ghaeltacht 3-05

Both U 12 A&B Teams are out again Tuesday evening the 1st May 2018 at home to Moyvane at 6.30pm

U14’s B Team played away against Miltown Castlemaine . They played very well, It was their best performance this year. There was a great display of football by all players involved but they were defeated by a marginally stronger Miltown Castlemaine side.

Final Score KoR 3-4
Miltown Castlemaine 3-12
U14’s B Team at home Wednesday the 2nd may 2018  to Legion in Ballyrickard at 7pm.

U16’s played at home to ardfert Monday last the 23rd April at 7pm
Our U16’s had their 2nd win of the season after a tough battle with a physically strong Ardfert side.We started brightly with points from Sam McCarthy, Conor O’Sullivan and a terrific solo goal from TJ McMahon. KoR led at half time by 2points. Ardfert started brighter than KoR in the opening of the 2nd half and soon the sides were level. From then on it was nip and tuck right to the end. We were thrown a life line midway through the half , when we were awarded a penalty after a foul on Sam McCarthy which was converted by Conor O’Sullivan. Excellent defending by Samuel,Jerome, Enis and Stephen Nix which kept Ardfert at bay and KoR hung on for a 1 point victory .
Final Score KoR 2-08
Ardfert 1-11

Kerins O’Rahillys – 5-09
Killarney Legion 0-07
A big win away from home sets up an interesting few weeks with two home games to go in the league – we started slowly and were level on two points each after Darragh O’Connor and Tomás Kennedy were on target; once we had our first goal through Danny Hennessy he was quickly followed by Darragh, Tomás and Jack Savage in finding the net, and with the half time score @ 4-05 to 0-02 there was always only going to be one result.

We continued on the front foot in the 2nd half with another goal from Darragh and points from Danny, Tomás and Eric McMahon to run out deserving winners – 5-09 to 0-07. This was a fine outing with all players contributing from Thomas Maguire through to Tomás Kennedy, playing very direct football ensuring we fed quick ball to our inside forward line who contributed 3-06 in total.

Special mention to Jack Savage who earlier today won a Russell Cup medal playing wing forward for the Green and notching two points and turning in another fine display tonight – also to TJ Heaphy who was a squad member today.

We next play Ballymacelligott in the penultimate round of the county league this coming Weds night 2nd May at home in Strand Road.

Donal Walsh Livelife U-14:

Donal was just 3 years old when he first came into Strand Road and it was here, like many of his age, that he was introduced to the skills of gaelic games and developed his love of football; just as important,  he went on to make some lasting friendships which continued all through his all too short life, friendships which were a tremendous support to him and his family as he battled cancer.

The Donal Walsh Livelife Foundation set up in his honour,  endorses and advocates positive thinking in teenagers promoting his anti suicide message so powerfully delivered by Donal on his live tv appearance on the Brendan O’Connor Show just weeks before his death in 2013.  Many commentators have attributed the dramatic reduction in teenage suicides to the influence of Donal’s message which only this week was raised again by retired coroner for South Kerry, Terence Casey.

The Donal Walsh Livelife Foundation has very kindly come on board with our juvenile club to sponsor an invitational tournament for U-14 boys with the event taking place next weekend Sat 5th May where 8 teams will battle it out for the honour of becoming the inaugural winners of a magnificent cup dedicated to the memory of Donal – there will also be a shield competition plus a player of the tournament trophy. The tournament will be run along the lines of the “Super touch” games, 20 minutes in duration and confined to 9 a side. Matches will take place in Healy Park, Ballyrickard with the finals in the afternoon in Strand Road main pitch.

The 8 teams taking part next weekend are: Austin Stacks, Ballymacelligott, Castlegregory, Firies, John Mitchels, Listowel Emmets, St Pats and of course the hosts, Kerins O’Rahillys.

We would like to thank Elma, Fionnbar & Jema for their gesture in making this tournament possible and wish all the participating teams the best of luck in honouring a teenager whose time with us was all too short but his message continues to resonate with great effect across the nation.


The U-16s will be away to Churchill this coming Monday night ( 30th) in Central League back game – throw in @ 19.00

Ladies:U12 GIRLS
Training continues on Tuesday and Thursday in Ballyrickard at 6p.m. in preparation for the Co. League which commences shortly. New members always welcome.

U14 Girls
Training continues on Tuesday and Thursday at 6p.m.  in Ballyrickard. We are home to Scartaglin in the next round of the Co. League. Date and time to be confirmed. Welcome to our new players Jennifer and Jada.

Training in Strand Road at 7p.m. this Tuesday. We are home to Dingle this Thursday , May 3rd at 7p.m. Best of luck to the girls, Martin, Kevin and Tricia. Keep up the good work girls and we will have a day out when your exams are over.

Remember time is running out to pay your registration. You can give your registration form and fee to your coach at training
New members always welcome. For further details please contact Shirley (086) 8713552 or email

With the fine weather arriving hopefully, it’s time to declutter your wardrobes. We will have a clothes collection over the next few weeks. More details to follow.

This Saturday, May 5th our Juvenile Club is proud to be hosting this tournament in remembrance of Donal. We wish them the best of luck in this their first year. We are all
looking forward to meeting Elma, Fionnbar and Jema.


There was no winning ticket in last week’s draw where the winning numbers drawn were: 12, 18, 20 & 27 – there was one match 3 winner, Niall Collins ( Listowel) who wins €25. Next week’s jackpot will be for a grand prize of €3,700.

The five entrants for the special Christmas draw ( 4 x €250) as follows: David Magnier, Danny Flynn, Michael Devaney, Mark Sullivan & Mary O’Brien.

Tickets ( €2 each/ 3 for €5)  available in the kiosk in the club house and from the following outlets: Foleys Spar, Castlemaine Road, Morans on Strand Street & Counihans Princes St.

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