Kerins O’Rahillys GAA Club News

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We took on Ballymacelligott in the final round of Coiste Trá Lí league on Sunday morning in Strand Road  and duly came away with a win. Facing into the strong breeze in the first half we were taking the game to the opposition and were 0-03 to 0-01 in front after 12 minutes following scores from John Ferguson (2) and Tommy Walsh.

Ballymac played defensively often having 10/11 players behind the ball and we found it hard to penetrate – we missed good goal chances when sheer weight of numbers denied us on 3 occasions.

Gradually Ballymac fought their way back into the game notching scores in  the 24th & 25th minutes and then finding the net a minute from half time – we levelled matters with the final kick of the first half when Tommy Walsh found his range from a free.

On the resumption and with the aid of the freshening breeze, we found our rhythm and a succession of points from Tommy Walsh, Padraig Griffin and John Ferguson (3) had us five points to the good after 10 minutes, 0-12 to 1-04.

Ballymac rallied firing over two minors but that was as good as it got as we once again took control with further scores from Gazza, Mush & Karl  Mullins; the goal we had been threatening finally arrived in the dying minutes when Donagh O’Brien ( on as a second half sub) was on the end of a flowing move to fist to the empty net.

Final score: Kerins O’Rahillys 1-20, Ballymac 2-06.

Team: Gary Kissane, David Murphy, Ross O’Callaghan, Danny O’Sullivan, Cian Sayers ( 0-02), Shane Brosnan, Karl Mullins ( 0-01), John C O’Connor, Con Barrett, Gavin O’Brien ( 0-01), Tommy Walsh ( 0-04), Padraig Griffin ( 0-01), Gazza Savage ( 0-03), Diarmuid O’Sullivan, John Ferguson ( 0-07).

Subs: Rory Molloy, Darragh McElligott, Jason O’Leary, Donagh O’Brien ( 1-0), Shane McElligott ( 0-01), John Keane.

Our next competitive outing is on March 11th when we make the trip to Templenoe to take on the locals in first round of Credit Union Senior County league, division 1.

Minors: Our minors,  under the guidance of bainisteoir Paul Ryan had their first win of the season when defeating Ballymacelligott on Sunday last in Coiste Trá Lí league on a final score line of 4-06 to 2-08; goal scorers were T J McMahon ( 2), Conor Hayes and Darragh ( Joby) Fitgerald; the win was all the more meritorious given that we played the final 20 minutes with 14 players due to injuries sustained in this period.


Strictly Club Dancing:
The preparations continue for our 2nd annual “Strictly” on Friday night 16th March with the dancers being put through their paces by choreographer Jackie O’Mahony. All the dancers are making a huge sacrifice in terms of giving of their time to ensure a night of fun is had by all – tickets for the event ( priced at €20 for adults and €10 for under 15s)are available from all participants  and from the club house. In addition, if you cannot go along on the night, you can always vote by visiting our website, click on and using the online voting facility , powered by

The night of the 16th is one not to be missed if at all possible so please ensure you  get your tickets on time.

Junior Blues:
After last year’s huge success we are delighted to announce that we are back next Sunday morning, March 4th in Ballyrickard at 11a.m.
Children will be introduced to Gaelic football in a friendly, fun and safe environment not just concentrating on GAA skills but also on fundamental skills – agility, balance and coordination. Groups are divided by age , but in order to ensure that children are comfortable within groups, skill level is taken into account when dividing groups.
Here your children will make true friends for life. ALL WELCOME!
Looking forward to seeing old faces and meeting new people.
As always we will have teas, coffees and snacks for parents,grandparents, family and friends during Sunday morning’s academy.
If you missed registration last Saturday you can also register on Sunday mornings.
For more information you can text Adrian (085) 1500199 or email


U-14: Our U-14 boys were defeated on Sat evening last in Healy Park in the first round of Coiste Trá Lí league when going down by the minimum to Na Gaeil, 2-10 to 3-06. This was our first outing of the season and though defeated there were many encouraging signs for the season ahead. Playing into the strong breeze we were on the back foot for the opening quarter and trailed by 0-05 to nil before Danny Hennessy and Seán Healy goaled and though Na Gaeil hit back, we were level at the break, 2-02 to 0-08.

We began the second half in determined fashion and had forged ahead on the 12th minute 3-04 to 1-10 following another major by Seán Healy; Na Gaeil hit back for a further goal and try as we might, we could not peg them back, eventually succumbing to a one point defeat. Details of our next game will be posted on our website during the coming week.

Team: Thomas Maguire, Jake Foley, TJ Heaphy, Tom Flavin, Ben Hanafin, Eric McMahon, Matthew Higgins, Ben O’Brien, Jack Savage, Gearoid Meehan, Seán Healy, Coren Hughes, Cian Moran, Danny Hennessy & Cormac Gallagher.

Subs used: Joseph O’Sullivan, Conal Foley, Seán Murphy, Josh Quirke, Damian Cronin.


U12 Girls
The girls felt no cold and they training hard on Sunday morning in preparation for The North Kerry League which commences on Sunday, March 25th. The girls will be away to Listowel Emmets. Training continues indoors on Wednesday at 6p.m.
U14 Girls
Danny and Con had no rest at outdoor training last Sunday morning as this enthusiastic bunch kept them going. Indoor training continues on Wednesday at 6p.m.
U16 Girls
Great training session last Wednesday by all. You have a challenge match v Bishopstown on Saturday morning, details to follow.
Senior Ladies
Text will be sent re training during the week. Looking forward to meeting our new team mates.
We are recruiting for all age groups. All welcome! Our players are well looked after. Come join us. Make life long friends.
For further information contact Shirley (086) 8713552 or email

There was no winning ticket in last week’s club lotto draw where the winning numbers drawn were: 16, 18, 26 & 31. Nobody managed to match 3 numbers either so next week’s jackpot will be €2,900.

The five names drawn for the special December draw ( 4 X €250) are as follows: Mary Fitzgerald, Michael Hilliard, Alex & Ryan, John O’Connor ( Abbeydorney) & Seán Kerins.

The club offers its sincere sympathy to the parents, sister, extended family, classmates and friends of the late Aodhán O’Connor who lost his life this  week following a tragic accident when playing for Pobal Scoil Corca Dhuibhne in this year’s Russell Cup competition. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

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