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Intermediate Club Championship
Round 2 John Mitchels V An Gaeltacht
We played an Gaeltacht at home in the Intermediate Championship Quarter Final. An Gaeltacht started in great fashion and lead by 3 points to nil after 15 minutes. We rallied and added two points from Alan O’Donoghue (2) and Stevie O’Mahony to draw level. We both traded scores to leave scores at half time
John Mitchels 0-05 An Gaeltacht 0-05

An Gaeltacht started great in the second half and added scores to go two points up. We rallied through Alan O’Donoghue (2) and he also added a great goal thereafter but An Gaeltacht to their credit rallied to draw level with five mins left. The game was very tense with five mins to go and we added a great point from Stevie O’Mahony to edge out a great contest by one point
Final score John Mitchels 1-09 an Gaeltacht 0-11
Team Dermot Raggett, Dan Kerins, Brendan O’Mahony, Cian Sheridan, Stevie O’ Mahony (0-02) Lawrence Bastible, Ciaran Deane, Mike Wrenn, Shane o Connor, Jake Moran, Mike Deane, Jonathan O’Halloran, Alan O’Donoghue (1-06), Wayne Conway, Sean Moloney.
Subs Used: Niall Sheehy (0-01), John Higgins

Round 1 Mitchels 1-10. Finuge 1-06
Round 2 Mitchels 1-09 An Gaeltacht 0-11

County League – Division 2
Round 1 – Mitchels 0-10 – Templenoe, 0-06
Round 2 – Tarbert​ 0-08 – John Mitchels 0-14
Round 3 – Mitchels 0-16. – Spa Killarney 1-08

Thank you to all the volunteers who helped out with the preparations for An Gaeltacht game, who again had the pitch and the club grounds in tip top condition.

County League Fixtures 2015
On a beautiful evening for football John Mitchels met a more determined and motivated team in Laune Rangers.From the throw in Mitchels were on the backfoot as laune rangers piled on the pressure.

Goalkeeper Paul Lynch made some fantastic saves to keep mitchels in touch. Half time John Mitchels 0-02 Laune Rangers 3-06. A more eager John Mitchels team took to the field in the 2nd half and put in a more gallant performance. Pat Kearney, Conor Herilhy and Darcy o Sullivan drove the team on and Dylan O’Brien kicked seven fantastic points to put a more respectable look on the scoreboard.

The team played Causeway on Friday night last in the Division 3 County League Final. The sides had met earlier in the season and Causeway had recorded a resounding victory.

In the opening ten minutes of the match, the Mitchels girls raced into the lead scoring three point without reply. Causeway and Mitchels then swapped points for the rest of the half to leave the half time score John Mitchels 0-7, Causeway 0-4.

The first fifteen minutes of the second half saw causeway out score Mitchels by four points to two, the Mitchels ladies dug deep and put another three points on the scoreboard to give them a four point advantage.

Causeway threw everything they had at the Mitchels and were rewarded with a goal. This left the bare minimum between the sides with 7 minutes remaining on the clock. The girls played fantastic football for the rest of the game and kept Causeway scoreless.

Final score John Mitchels 0-12; Causeway 1-08

This victory ensures that the ladies will play in Division Two for 2016. After the match Imelda Roche from the Ladies County Board presented the cup to team Captain Kayleigh McCarthy who thanked the mentors for their work with the team and her fellow team mates for their dedication to training.

The John Mitchels team and scorers were Andrea O’Connor, Patriz Brosnan, Kayleigh McCarthy, Diana O’Keeffe, Ashleigh Murphy, Anna Murphy, Jane Carmody, Shauna Hanafin (0-1), Cliodhna Hayes (0-4), Tasha O’Sullivan, Niamh Myers (0-2)’ Carron O’Brien (0-3), Tara Fitzgerald, Erris O’Carroll (0-2), Claire O’Sullivan, Ariane Finnegan, Catherine O’Sullivan, Tanya O’Connor.

Training continues on Wednesday and Friday evenings from 7 pm to 8 pm.

Please remember that mouthguards for all players under the age of 18 are now compulsory for both training and games. Referees have been directed to not allow any player not wearing a mouthguard to play. Any player who suffers a dental injury in training when not wearing a mouthguard will not be covered by the Injury Fund.

Under 16
Under16s girls played the 2nd game of Co League losing to a very strong Laune Rangers team. Next game 30th April away to Corca Dhuibhne

U14 ladies continue training on Thursdays from 6-7 pm. Any change in training time will be notified by teamer to players. We had a good training session last Thursday evening in glorious conditions at our super Ballyseede facilities. Our next game is at Home to Abbeydorney on May 10th . We will have a challenge game before this …. Fixtures run on as is

Home v Abbeydorney 10/5
Home v Duagh 24/5
Away V Glenflesk 31/5
Home v Listowel 7/6

North Kerry League Fixtures
Round 1: Away to Listowel Emmets, 30th August
Round 2: Home to Ballyduff, 6th September
Round 3: Away to Na Gaeil, 13th September
Round 4: Home to Ballymac, 27th September

U12 Girls
The girls played the North Kerry shield Final against Moyvane in Mountcoal on Sunday the 19th of April. In an epic encounter against a team that we had already drawn with in the competition we came away with a 3 point win on a scoreline of John Mitchels 2-03 to Moyvanes 1.03. We played against a stiff breeze in the first half and after defending well we conceded a late well taken goal to be down by only a point at halftime.

However, this team has a never say die attitude and a goal after 10 minutes of the second half and a few points put us back in the driving seat. Despite a few anxious moments towards the end where it was all hands to the pump we ran out deserving winners on the night. In joyous scenes Maurice McNamara presented the trophy to our Captain Aimee Kerins who thanked all parties including Moyvane for a very sporting game.

We were also away to Corca Dhuibhne in Round 3 of the preliminary County League on Tuesday evening and at this stage we have one final game at home in this phase against Finuge / St Senans and we’ll then start the county league proper in May.

The girls that played last week were as follows; Tara Field, Elizabeth O Connor, Eimear Murphy, Emma O’Donnell, Erica O Connor, Caoimhe Leahy, Kerry Oba, Aimee & Ciara Kerins, Lauren Smullen, Katie Ross, Taylor Rodgers, Angel Quilligan, Lynda O Connor, Dawn McLarnan, Molly Duggan, Emily O Shea,Emma Lynch, Lilly Collins, Emily & Ciara Poultney.

If we dont have a midweek game, training continues on Wednesday evenings at Camp Ballyseedy from 6.00pm to 7.00pm – any new players welcome

County League preliminary Fixtures Phase 1.
April 28th Corca Dhuibhne v John Mitchels – Away at 7.00pm
May 5th John Mitchels v Finuge St Senans – Home at 6.00pm

Under-16 BOYS
John Mitchels 7-12, St.Pats. 5-9.
We performed excellently in this last group game of the Central League. A massive performance in the first half resulted in us being well ahead at half time. With the game in the bag and we all ready qualified we took off our main shooters and defenders but a great performance from all players saw us bag the points.

Next for us is the Semi-final Monday night v Castlegregory 7pm at Home.
All support would be much appreciated.

Training continues Mondays at 7.00 p.m. and Thursday at 6.30 p.m.

County league Mitchels 3-16 St Mary’s/renard 4-10
This was a vital league game for us played at home last Wednesday night. We started very well and led at half time by 2-9 to 1-3 with goals from Tristan Kirwan and Tyrese Flaherty. The away side scored three quick goals at the start of the second half to bring it level and it was a topsy turvy game all the way from there until the end .

We defended very well with Sean Tighe outstanding in full back ably assisted by David Fitzgibbon and Dara Sheridan. Padraig White and James Sheehan put in a huge shift in midfield and up front we were always dangerous with Jordan Mason having his best game of the year so far. This result gives us a chance of a home semi final if we can win our final game away to Glenbeigh.

We play Glenbeigh away on Tuesday at 7.30 in Gkenbeigh. Meet in club at 5.45 for the bus . Bring gumshields and €2 for bus
Training continues this Monday at 7.

Rd 1 Templenoe/Sneem 2-03. Mitchels. 8-12
Rd 2 Home to Milltown/ Castlemaine
Rd 3 Home to St Marys/ Renard
Rd 4 Bye
Rd 5 Away to Glenbeigh/Glencar April 27th away to Glenbeigh.

Under 14 Brendan’s League
John Mitchels 6-9. Ardfert. 5-9
John Mitchels 4-4. St Pats. 7-7
John Mitchels 3-4. Na Gael 2-12

Rd1 Away to An Ghaeltacht
Rd 2 Away to Kerins O’Rahillys
Rd 3 Bye April 26th
Rd 4 Home to Glenflesk May 3rd – 6.00pm
Rd 5 Home to Kenmare May 10th – 6.00pm
Training will continue Mon and Wed evenings 6-7 on the all weather pitch

John Mitchels are running two new weightless and conditioning classes, weight loss classes on Wednesdays from 7pm to 8pm, €6 pay as you go or €36 for seven weeks
Couch-to-5k on Sundays from 10.30 to 11.30, €6 pay as you go or €36 for seven weeks
Join up for both sessions for €70 and get a personalised gym programme to help you achieve your goals.
Contact Mike on 0872919107 for more information.


On Sunday we played Keel at our own complex and it turned out to be a great day of football. Sean Og, Cian and Sean started the game well and improved all the way through.

Ben, Cian and Ted worked hard and showed some great skill. Sam, Paddy and Andrew showed their value to the team with great performances. Joe, Kuba and Brian kept the effort up and were involved in some great passages of play. All the others who played showed great commitment and heart by tackling, blocking, passing and some great scores. Well done to all and we will see you all on Saturday at 10am for the bus to Crokes. Bring 2 euro for bus and gum shields.

Training continues on Sunday next from 10.30am to 11.30am

The girls had another good session learning the skills of ladies football and having fun. They worked on there soloing, hand pass and kick pass. Girls that impressed this week were Aoife, Roisin, Megan, Alannah, Abigil and Jane . It really showed the girls that practiced during the week. Again they all made a promise to practice during the week.
On Saturday 2nd May we have an away match at Dr Crokes Killarney. Bus leaves at 10am . Please bring gumshields and €2 for bus
No Training next Sunday 3rd May.
It is great to see numbers increasing and girls bring a friend as we continue to learn the rules of football, have fun and meet new friends.
All new members welcome to the Centre of Excellence .
Training continues from 10-30 am to 12 every Sunday morning.

Well done to the U10 girls for their exhibition match during half time of the Senior Match. Great skill levels were shown and the girls and coaches should be very proud of there work and commitment.
Training Sunday morning @10.30 all welcome

We had a great turn out on Sunday for our match against Keel. Both teams were in great form with good scores coming from both sides. Well done to everyone who took part. Players will be notified by teamer/text of our next match.
Training continues on Sunday next from 10.00 am to 11.00 am.

New players welcome every Sunday morning at 10.30am at the Mitchels field Ballyseedy.

John Mitchels schedule for May to August

Saturday 2nd May U-6, U-8, U-10 Boys and Girls – Away to Dr Crokes (Bus from the Club at 10am)
Sunday 10th May U-6, U-8, U-10 Boys and Girls. – Away to Beaufort (Bus at 10.00am)
Sunday 17th May Training
Sunday 24th May U-6, U-8, U-10 Boys and Girls – Away to Keel (bus at 10 am)
Sunday 31st May Training
Sunday 7th June U-6, U-8, U-10 Boys and Girls – Away to Na Gaeil
Sunday 14th June U-6, U-8,U-10 Boys and Girla – Home to Na Gaeil
Sunday 21st June U-6, U-8, U-10 Boys and Girls – Home to Beaufort
Sunday 28th June U-6, U-8, U-10 Boys and Girls – Home to Dr Crokes
Sunday 45h July No Training – Munster final
Sunday 12th July U-6, U-8, U-10 Boys and Girls – Home to Spa, Killarney (to be confirmed)
Saturday 18th July U-6, U-8, U-10 Boys and Girls – Away to Spa, Killarney (to be confirmed)
Monday 20th – Friday 24th July Club Summer Camp
Saturday 25th July Club Blitz
Sunday 2nd August Training
Sunday 9th August U-6, U-8, U-10 Boys and Girls – Home to Listowel
Saturday 15th August U-6, U-8, U-10 -Boys and Girls – Away to Listowel

U-8 & U-10 boys play go games from 29th April to the end of May,

Thanks to Horans Fruit & Veg for sponsoring the fruit on Sunday mornings in the members lounge.

Coffee/Tea Club
Thanks to all involved with the refreshments committee who once again looked after the parents so well and provided some top notch home baking.
This is a great opportunity for all parents to meet up and have a chat and cuppa. All monies collected will go directly back to develop and support the Juvenile teams in the Club and your support is very much appreciated.

Our Bingo continues on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday nights. Bingo is a vital fundraiser for the Club and all funds raised from the Bingo goes directly back into the Club and all support is greatly appreciated.
Any member who wishes to volunteer can do so by giving their details to any club officer.

Bookings for Parties etc. can be made by phoning 066 7197070

21/04/2015 – Numbers drawn: 1, 17, 23, 24
No winner
Consolation prize winners:
€100 – Noel Brosnan c/o Paddy
€25 – John Moynihan c/o Patrons
€25 – Paul McCarthy c/o Mark
€25 – Margaret Everett c/o Catherine
€25 – Ellen Finnegan c/o Paddy
Next draw – 28/04/2015 – Jackpot €1,000

A full range of Tracksuits, Tops and shorts for all age groups are available at John Mitchels Complex. Great value on offer and ideal for anyone at home or abroad.

Our Sports Complex at Camp Ballyseedy is available for bookings on the Sports Hall and All Weather pitch. The Complex is also open for children’s parties. Further information contact the Club reception on 066 7197070.

Profile: Paddy O Mahony
Club Vice-President
Honours Won: Minor County football championship title 1958
Player Position: Right Corner Forward
Member of John Mitchel’s Lotto Committee

(Q): Can you tell me about the 1958 Minor County Title?
(A):”I came into the Minor team in 1957. Training was officially two nights per week. We would also train with the Seniors which meant we’d train five nights.
Jake’s Mc Donald was our Manager.
In 1958 we played against Dingle in the Minor County Final in the Austin Stack Park. The late Philo Healy was the team captain. We played with the wind in the first half and by a stroke of luck the wind changed so we also had it second half. The match finished 12 points for Mitchel’s no score to Dingle. It was probably the only Minor County Final where one of the teams remained scoreless”.

(Q): What player(s) would you have looked up to in the club?
(A):”In my time we had very good footballers in the Club and some went on to play for Kerry. Players like Teddy O Dowd, John (Thorney) O Shea, Seamus Roche and Harry Burke to name but a few. For me the player I looked up to most was Niall Sheehy. Niall was an outstanding footballer and a great Club man”.

(Q): What are your memories of the 5 in Row era?
(A): “John Mitchel’s have the distinction of winning two Senior County Championship titles in one year. For one reason or another the 1959 final wasn’t played until 1960. The 1960 final was played in April of 1961. Later in the year the team won 1961 final proper.
In September of 1963 after claiming their fifth County title in a row the team travelled to Dublin. They played St. Vincent’s in their grounds in Malahide.
The Vincent’s had eleven Dublin County players on their panel and Mitchel’s beat them in a challenge match. I believe if there was an All-Ireland club competition back then we would have won at least one title.
In 1964 we lost to South Kerry with a last minute goal in the quarter final. We were beaten by a point in the 1965 semi-final Mid-Kerry 4-7 John Mitchel’s 4-6. In 1966 Mitchel’s won the title again beating East-Kerry in the final”.

(Q): What other sports have you played?
(A): “I played some hurling with John Mitchel’s at minor level we had some good hurlers but I believe the interest faded with the success of the footballers in the late fifties early sixties”.

(Q): What has been your biggest disappointment as a Mitchel’s player/supporter?
(A): “One of my biggest disappointment as a supporter was losing the County final in 1989. I believe if we had won we would have followed up with more title wins. Mitchel’s had very good footballers on the team. Since then we have lost our senior status but I am sure success will come again”.

(Q): Can you tell me about your role with the John Mitchel’s Lotto Committee?
(A): “The original idea came from a Mitchel’s supporters club in the late 1980’s. We used to raise money for the up-keep of the pitch & grounds and to pay for buses for away matches. A number of club members got together in 1991 and we decided to start a weekly lotto draw. Next year marks 25 years of the draw and we’re still going strong. The committee meets every Tuesday evening to complete the weekly draw. The members of the committee are Bertie Flynn, Ed Stack, Donal Carrick, David O’Brien, Mickey Kelleher, Claire Connolly and myself”.

(Q): Your thoughts on the present and future of the club?
(A): “We have excellent facilities and great credit is due to all the Club Officers that worked tirelessly on the project. It will take time but I have no doubt that the Senior team will be back playing at the top level of football in the County.

It is great to see the young players on Sunday mornings but we need to keep that going each and every year to bring success in the future. For myself it is a great honour to be club Vice-President. In the past I have held the positions of Club Treasurer and County Board Delegate. I have always enjoyed working on behalf of the club and will continue to do so”.


To the family of Dan Sugrue, Hillview Drive, Caherslee, Tralee

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