Kerins O’Rahillys GAA Club News

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A whirlwind start that saw us post 1-03 without reply inside the opening 10 minutes paved the way for what was ultimately an emphatic win against a resolute and stubborn Glenbeigh side who did not go down without a fight.

John Ferguson opened the scoring inside the first 30 secs with a point  and when Ryan Carroll attacked down the right wing his fisted pass across the goal found Gazza Savage who palmed to the net – shortly afterwards Gazza tapped over a free and when the marauding Cormac Coffey fired over the crossbar we were 1-03 to nil in front, all after only 7 minutes had elapsed. The pace dropped a little after and some sloppy play by both sides saw just 3 points scored in the following 15 minutes – two of those fell to the visitors following points from a free from Tommy Cahill and a “45” expertly converted by keeper Rory O’Connor – in between all this we found it difficult to find the target with wides from Gazza (2), Con and Jack Savage – making only his 2nd league appearance all season due to Kerry commitments.

We continued to forage deep into the opposition half and eventually found our range with good scores from play from Tommy and Ross O’Callaghan who kicked a good score – half time arrived with the score @ 1-07 to 0-06 in our favour.

The second half saw us add points from Tommy (2),  Jack (3) and Padraig Griffin all inside the opening 10 minutes but despite dominating possession we were not to score again until the 26th minute when Tommy converted a free following a foul on himself in front of the posts – we finished with a flourish adding two more points from Jack and Cormac, this despite missing two goal chances in between.

The win keeps us in firmly in second spot and on course for a spot in this year’s final. Management will be happy with the two points, with plenty to work on before the penultimate game with Beaufort in two weeks time.

Final score: Kerins O’Rahillys 1-16, Glenbeigh/Glencar 0-09.

Team: Gary Kissane, Danny O’Sullivan, Ross O’Callaghan ( 0-01), Seán Collins, Cormac Coffey ( 0-02), Ryan Carroll, Darragh McElligott, Con Barrett, John C O’Connor, Padraig Griffin ( 0-01), Tommy Walsh ( 0-05, 2fs), Jack Savage ( 0-05, 4fs), Gazza Savage ( 1-01, 1f), John Ferguson ( 0-01), Tom Hoare.

Subs used: Gavin O’Brien, Donagh O’Brien, Gearóid Dillane, Johnny Keane.

Division 1 County league:

Following on from our win on Friday night vs Glenbeigh/Glencar we are now in 2nd spot in the league on our own as An Ghaeltacht suffered a heavy defeat to Dr Crokes on Sat last – we now hold a two point advantage. The penultimate round, to be played on weekend of 27th July will see us travel to Beaufort whilst An Ghaeltacht will be in Templenoe – these results will determine the outcome of the league final, with Dr Crokes already guaranteed their place – a win for us would almost certainly see us qualify for our first final since 2013 when we overcame Austin Stacks following a last minute point from David Moran from a free.

Coiste Trá Lí:

The Lee Strand sponsored Coiste Trá Lí senior town board championship will see us play John Mitchels on weekend of 3rd August at home in Strand Road – fixture confirmation awaited.

Junior league:

The junior town leagues commence this coming Weds night ( 18th) when we play Ardfert at home in Strand Road commencing at 7.30 pm – for full list of fixtures please see our website.


U-21 county championship will take place on Tuesday 24th July –  awaiting  details of the draw for opposition and venue.


The Munster Chimney Solutions Coiste Trá Lí league town finals will be played on Friday night 20th July where we will contest the division 2 final vs Ardfert – throw in is @ 18.00 with venue yet to be decided.

Inter county:

Congratulations to senior footballer Shane McElligott who was introduced as an early second half sub in Kerry U-21 hurlers win over Kildare on Sat last.

Kerry produced a below par performance on Sunday last when losing to Galway in the first round of the so called ” Super 8s” – hard luck to David and Barry John but with two more bites at the cherry starting in Clones next weekend, there is still plenty of football to be played to get the team back on track for a tilt at the semi finals.

Commiserations to Alan O’Sullivan, trainer with the U-20s who suffered an agonising one point defeat to Kildare in Limerick in the All Ireland semi final – with less than 10 minutes remaining  Kildare looked to be heading for a comfortable win but some late scores kept us in the hunt and we were only barely denied at the finish.

Another good turnout in Healy Park on Sunday  despite the attraction of Kerry playing in Croke Park.

A huge congratulations to our players of the week :
U6 Aoife Hobbert
Johnathan Foley
U8 Cian Fitzgerald
Tadhg Lawlor
Luca Fusco
U8 Girl Lexi Keane
U10 Girl Aoibhinn McCarthy
U10 Boy Luke O Brien
See you all next Sunday the 22nd July at 11am in Ballyrickard


A blitz will take place tomorrow , Tuesday 17th in Fitzgerald Stadium where the action commences at 2.30 pm


We travelled to Connolly Park on Thursday last to play the Austin Stacks and after a fine game of football which ebbed and flowed throughout  we lost out eventually on a final score line of 5-22 to 5-09 ; we next travel to Churchill this coming Thursday night with the game due to throw in @ 19.00


The A team take on Austin Stacks tonight, Monday 16th in central league in Strand Road, throw in @ 19.00; the B team will also be in action in Healy Park when they entertain Ballymac with a starting time of 19.00


We gained our first win in the county league on Weds night last when defeating Kilgarvan/Tousist in our 2nd outing of the year – we fielded a very young side and credit to all who played their part.

We are in action next on Weds night @ home to John Mitchels where throw in is @ 19.00


Training resumes this Tuesday, July 17th at 6.30p.m. in Ballyrickard after a short well deserved break. If you haven’t yet registered for Summer Camp there’s still time to do so. Bring a friend!
Training continues this Tuesday, July 17th from 6.30p.m. – 8p.m.  in Ballyrickard. Welcome to our new member Siobhán. If any of you have any friends that aren’t affiliated to another club bring them along.

Training continues on Tuesday, July 17th at 6.30p.m.

Our condolences to our Juvenile Chairman Adrian on the death of his Aunt- Mary Byrne late of Páirc Na Dún, Mounthawk and Kenmare . May she rest in peace.

Thanks to everyone who contributed and helped out with our bag packing in Dunnes, The Horan Centre last Saturday.

Summer Camp time of year again!
This year our camp will be from Monday, July 30th – Friday, August 3rd 10.30a.m. – 2p.m. You will get the best of both worlds at our camp , as well as great football coaching and games children will have plenty of fun and enjoyment! They get to meet their friends and make new friends. All welcome! For further details contact Adrian (085) 1500199.
Keep an eye on our facebook page and notes for a surprise we have in store for you over the next couple of weeks!


There was no winning ticket in last week’s lotto draw where the winning numbers drawn were: 7, 9, 11 & 25 – nobody matched 3. Next week’s jackpot will now be €4,900.

The five entrants for the special December draw are as follows: Gene Cronin, Con Spring, Monika Wojtel, Tim O’Sullivan and Antointette Sayers.

Tickets ( €2/3 for €5) available from the club house, Jimmys on Strand Road, Counihans Princes St and Foleys Spar, Castlemaine Road.

Please note that it is the responsibility of each individual playing our club lotto via direct debit to ensure that direct debit is paid monthly to the club.

In the event that we do not receive two consecutive monthly direct debits an individual’s lotto numbers will no longer be valid for entry to our weekly lotto draw.

If an individual cancels their direct debit their lotto entry is deemed cancelled

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