Kerins O’Rahillys GAA Club News

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Lee Strand Tralee Town Board Senior League

John Mitchels 0-06

Kerins O’Rahillys 3-09

Our Senior team started their year with a deserved win over the home side after a well contested game in the John Mitchels’ complex on Sunday last.

The game was played in cold, wet and very windy conditions and Strand Road had the benefit of playing with the gale at their backs in the first half.

The visitors dominated possession in the opening stages and Gearóid Savage opened their account with a point from play after eight minutes, only for the Mitchels to repond immediately from a pointed free.

By the 15th minute, Jack Savage had added to O’Rahillys’ tally from two placed balls and five minutes later, Danny O’Sullivan split the sticks from 30 metres to put the Blues three points ahead after very good build-up play.

John Ferguson extended the lead with another minor after linking well with Gearóid Savage and Tom Hoare and when the resultant kickout went badly awry, Jack Savage fastened onto the loose ball and slid it home to make it 1-05 to 0-01 to O’Rahillys.

To their credit, Mitchels rallied and notched two points before the short whistle to leave Strand Road five points to the good at the break.

O’Rahillys introduced Diarmuid O’Sullivan and Barry John Keane at the break and the former Kerry star quickly picked out Gearoid Savage who converted for the opening score of the half.  Mitchels replied in kind from a free but Sean Walsh responded for O’Rahillys with a fine effort and Keane then worked his way in along the end line before fisting over.

Strand Road then brought on Johnny Keane Brian Scannell and Jordan Foley, but this didn’t upset their rhythm, as although Mitchels kicked another point, Keane pinged over a lovely score into the wind from the right wing in reply.

John Mitchels then notched their final point of the day in the 44th minute, but O’Rahillys continued to dominate possession, switching the play regularly as they probed for openings in the Mitchels’ defence.

This approach paid dividends in 52nd minute when Sean Walsh surged through, exchanged passes with Karl Mullins and crashed the ball past the goalkeeper to put the Blues nine points ahead.

Three minutes later, the Mitchels’ defence was breached once again and although Danny O’Sullivan’s shot was parried, Johnny Keane latched onto the loose ball and fired into the net to leave it 3-09 to 0-06 to O’Rahillys.

Mitchels did muster one rally in reply, but a fine save from Shane Foley, who dived low to his right to keep out the shot meant that there was no further score before the finish.

Kerins O’Rahillys: S Foley; S Collins, R O’Callaghan, K Mangan; D O’Sullivan, K Mullins, S Brosnan; T Hoare, S Walsh; P Griffin, J Savage, R Molloy; G Savage, J Ferguson, G Dillane. Subs: BJ Keane , B Scannell, J Foley, J Keane, D O’Sullivan.


The Club is currently competing with other clubs for the sole rights to sell our Club Lotto tickets in Rock Street Post Office from April 2020.

To help us win this competition, all you have to do is mention your support for Kerins O’Rahillys when you make any financial transaction in Rock Street Post Office and you will collect points for the club.

The points are collected by stamping a card that you can keep yourself or else leave in the Post Office if that’s handier for you.

When the card is full, you can give it to Paula O’Sullivan of our Management Committee or else hand it into Rock Street Post Office – and then start a new card!  The number of points awarded depends on the type of transaction you make.

For example, if you open a new deposit account, you will earn five points for Kerins O’Rahillys and if you buy a booklet of 10 stamps, you will earn the club two points.  We are asking all club members and supporters to get behind us in our efforts to win the competition.

So if you’re using any of the services at Rock Street Post Office, then think Kerins O’Rahillys when you’re in there!  All support welcome.

Club Officer Training 2020

Coiste Chontae Chiarraí advise that the Club Leadership program will be held on Wednesday, Feb 12th next at IT Tralee, Room T107, Main Building at 7.15pm sharp.  The following Officers are requested to attend; Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer and PRO.

Training Format

(A)   There will be a presentation by Peter Twiss at the beginning, coupled with a general introduction to the course.  This will be followed by,

(B)   Workshop Based Module  (Each respective Officer will attend a Role Specific Workshop).

This year, all relevant officers, not just those new in their post, are asked to attend.  As in previous years, Coiste na nÓg Officers are encouraged to attend also.


And we’re back!  Our first training session took place on Sunday last in the amazing Kerry Sports Academy.  What a fantastic turn out with big numbers in attendance for all age groups of girls and boys. It was lovely to see familiar faces return and a lot of new faces who we look forward to watching develop their skills under the guidance of our wonderful  coaches.

A huge welcome to our new girls and boys and many thanks to your parents for bringing you.


The boys were delighted playing on the AstroTurf in the IT last Sunday. Training continues at 12p.m. next Sunday.

Juvenile Academy training continues in Kerry Sports Academy next Sunday 9th February at 12 noon.  All are welcome and we look forward to seeing you all there. If your child is interested in joining please come along next Sunday or contact Adrian on (085) 1500199.  The Juvenile academy would also like to congratulate our own present and former players Tommy Walsh, Gavin O’Brien and Mike Quirke on their wins this weekend.


We went back indoor training on Sunday from 12p.m. – 1p.m. in the IT, North Campus. We had great numbers and are hoping to see a few more next Sunday. We will be training for the next 3 Sundays indoors so no excuses about the weather. Big attendance needed as town league will be starting very shortly.


The u14s went back training last Friday night from 7p.m. – 8p.m. in John Mitchels. We were missing a few players due to other commitments but a big attendance is expected next week ahead of the Gaeltacht blitz which we take part in on the 16th Feb and Town League which will take place in the next two weeks.


The boys will be back training very shortly, but as many have their mock exams next week, the books will have to take priority for now. Best of luck to all sitting exams.

A text will be sent as soon as all training details are finalised.  Barry O Shea has been appointed manager and his selectors will be Oliver Molloy, Michael Mc Mahon and Philip O Connor.  We wish them all the best.


Lexi Keane with Liana Williams and Tricia Moran ( U16 coach) at Kerins O’ Rahilly’s Ladies awards night. Liana received the ‘Grace Moran Award’ from the Juvenile Academy for her great work helping out in 2019 and also received the joint U16 ‘Player of the Year’ award.

It’s fair to say 2019 was the most successful year ever for ladies football in Kerins O’Rahillys , we now have teams from Academy through to Senior with all teams having had a very enjoyable year.

Katie Nix who received the U15 ‘Player of the Year 2019’ award at Kerins O’ Rahilly’s Ladies awards night for her outstanding performance during the year while playing U14, U15 and U16 football.

With that comes expectation for the year ahead and the responsibility on us to have coaches and teams playing all over Kerry in Co. Leagues, North Kerry and championship so a busy season ahead.

Plenty of  football for those who want it in 2020!  Knowing that everyone needs to be prepared for the season ahead last year’s  U16 coaches organised circuit training from U16s upwards in the Kerry Sports Academy, IT, North Campus. This has been a great success and is most enjoyable.

Aoibhín O’Connor-MacCarthy received the U15 ‘Most Improved Player 2019’ at Kerins O’ Rahilly’s Ladies awards night

On Thursday nights we have the ‘ Operation Transformation’ walk leaving the club for a brisk walk to get the body moving into 2020.  All age groups will begin to get outdoors kicking a ball from next week onwards. Texts will be sent.

Lexi Keane who pedalled the 10k on Sunday, January 27 at Kerins O’ Rahilly’s annual fundraiser.

Both the Co. League  and North Kerry League draws will be done in the weeks ahead and we will update you on this once we have the information but we expect to be entering teams in all competitions available to us in 2020.

The U12s will start with the North Kerry League over the next few weeks.

The U14s, U16s, Minors and Seniors will start with the Co. League mid March.

Plenty of football for all ages so no one will be idle.


It was announced during the week that we are one of thirty clubs chosen for this program by the LGFA. We are delighted to have the opportunity to participate in this.

Initially there is an induction night for coaches followed by 2 training days in Limerick. The program span is over eight weeks and at the end the girls and coaches will enjoy a day of fun and games in the National Sports Academy, Abbotstown, Dublin towards the end of April.


Many thanks to Dr. Susan Lawlor who ran a workshop with various age groups of girls and boys in the club.

Thanks also to the girls and boys for participating. When Susan has compiled everything she will be back again out on the pitch with everyone.

SNIPPETS from “top of the right”

•               Well done to Senior players, Gavin O’Brien and Tommy Walsh, who both featured for Kerry in the triumph over Galway in the National League on Saturday last.

•             All Club members and supporters are asked to continue sprinting to Rock Street Post Office to help Strand Road to win the Club Lotto competition….


All at the club wish to extend our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Joseph Flaherty of St. John’s Park and formerly Dawson’s Terrace, Melanie Hayden (nee Sheehy) of Manor Close, Mary O’Connell (nee O’Riordan) Fortfield, Killerisk, John Hill of Ballinolourth and Gerald Whyte, Church Rd, Causeway.  Ar dheis Dé go raibh a n-anamacha.

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