Kerins O’Rahillys GAA Club News

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Round 6 of the county league takes place next weekend when we travel to Rathbeg ( P51 WR65) to play Rathmore; the match will take place on Sunday ( 14th) with a throw-in time of 14.00.

Rathmore sit one place ahead of us in the table on 4 points and will be formidable opposition on their home patch – however, if we perform to our potential we are well capable of taking the points.

Div 6A :

We made the long trek to Tousist on Sunday to play the locals and came away with an impressive 3-12 to 0-07 victory.

Due to lack of numbers by the homesters,the game was played as 13 a side with each member of our side contributing in his own way – Daniel Bowler goaled twice and veteran Johno Connor was the other goalscorer – Barry O’Shea made another comeback when lining out upfront.

Team: Rob O’Connor, Stephen Nix, Sam Pituch, Barry Foley, Aidan Mangan, Jordan Foley, Fenton Collins, Padraig Griffin, Johno Connor, Barry O’Shea, Daniel Bowler, Cody O’Shea, Sam McCarthy.

County Fare:

There was mixed luck for our mentors at the weekend when Kerry U20s, with Maurice Horan onboard, were beaten by Sligo in the All Ireland semi final – the third quarter was the critical period when we dominated possession but only registered two points from 7 scoring attempts.

Sligo now advance to the All Ireland final where they will play Kildare.

Micheál Quirke enjoyed better luck on Sunday when Kerry outclassed Clare in the Munster final running out easy winners on a scoreline of 5-14 to 0-15.

This was an emotionally charged occasion, sometimes surreal following the news of the sad passing of Ellen Clifford , mother of Paudie and David, on Sat – to their eternal credit, both brothers lined out and did their late mother proud with terrific displays.

Kerry will now play in Group 1 along with Louth, Mayo and Cork – based on the seedings Kerry will have home advantage in two weeks when they will entertain league winners Mayo, an away match on first weekend in June to Cork and then play Mickey Harte’s Louth, at a neutral venue on the weekend of the 17th June. Venues and dates will be available later from GAA HQ.


Sunday mornings are made for football, well at least that’s what we think here in Kerins O’Rahillys Juvenile Academy and all the children who attended on Sunday seem to think so too. It’s great to see such large numbers throughout each group turn up every Sunday for training.

And we are still welcoming new members each week as we say our gates are always open and everyone is welcome to join our fantastic club. This week we must say a huge thank you to Jane Kerrisk of Ryles Pharmacy , Ash Street, who presented us with First Aid Kits for our Juvenile Academy. We truly appreciate this very generous contribution.

U5 Boys

Another energetic fun filled training session was had by this amazing bunch of boys. They practiced their skills through fun games and drills and showed their coaches how much they have improved in just a few weeks. Keep up the good work boys.

U6 Girls:

Fantastic session with our U6 girls on Sunday. Fitness really comes into our drills and the girls are well able to run. We worked on running backwards which is tricky but everyone made a fantastic effort. We practiced or hand passing and throwing as well and we look forward to another great session next week

U7 Boys:

The U7 boys are showing phenomenal skills and team work throughout their sessions. It’s easy to see that they are also practicing at home during the week which is key to improving your skills and ability. The boys are showing that no matter what the coaches ask of them they step up to the challenge and give it their all. Keep up the good work boys.

U8 Girls:

We had great numbers up at the U8s training despite communion celebrations. It was our biggest number yet this year. We had two new girls join us who did very well and we hope they enjoy been part of the team. Our understanding of the game is improving every week and the skills are progressing also. In the next few weeks we hope to put those skills to the test with some up and coming friendly go games so please make sure you check clubzap for updates.

U9 Boys:

This week’s U9 training session was snappy and action-packed, with a range of drills and small-sided games that kept the kids engaged and motivated throughout. Credit is due to the parents, who have clearly been working with their children at home to help them develop their skills. It’s clear to see that this group is improving every week. See you all Tuesday evening at 6pm in Na Gaeil for our next Go-game!

U10 Girls:

These girls are improving with every week that passes. They are becoming a mighty team with huge energy and enthusiasm throughout the field. We are looking forward to taking part in friendly go games in the coming weeks so please make sure to check clubzap for updates.

U11 Boys

U11 s played last Thursday against Kilcummin they played very well and showed great team work well done to all of the boys they should be very proud of themselves. We have no hand this week, that was the end of phase 1. We will have training this Thursday as normal. Hope to see everyone in attendance.

U13 Boys:

U13 boys had no games this weekend and will train as normal this Wednesday evening and Friday evening at 6.30pm in Ballyrickard in preparation for Phase 2 of the County League.

U15 Boys:

Div 9c V Keel/ Listry.

We travelled to Keel on Friday 28th April With only 13 boys available they gave a great performance. Our hosts were able to field a much stronger team and won out in the end.

Cian Daughton, Jamie Bowler, Ben Pierce and Sam Keane were our best performers on the night.

Div 5A v Dromid/Waterville.

We traveled to Dromid on the 3rd of May in what was a winner takes all duel in South Kerry.

From the off the hosts were difficult to break down and we could have made more of our early chances. The hosts were two points to the good after 15 min before we got a score from Darragh. The next 13 min we scored another 3 points when from a fortuitous break Darragh Murphy got an opening and managed to get a shot away, the keeper couldn’t get enough on it and the ball ended up in the net and we went in at half time a point to the good. 1-2 to 4 points.

The second half we came out all guns blazing with Ryan scoring straight from the throw in. From then on we dominated with goals coming from Ryan and Michael.

Chriatian Dunne and Daniel Mc Carthy also chipped in with a brace of points each before the hosts could reply.

Our second half performance won the day and the lads enjoyed the trip home.

Ruairi, Killian, Jack Costello, George Keane and Jack Flavhive all had good games.

Final Score Dromid/Waterville 0-5 KOR/ St.Pats 3-9

League section now complete with 4 wins out of 5 games played.

Feile Peil na nòg, held in Blennerville.

We contested the county competition on Friday evening with Ardfert been our first game up. We struggled to get scores early in this game that ultimately cost us in the match overall. We provided a stern test to Ardfert who are playing two divisions above us in the county league with Ardfert leading by a point at half time. KOR/St.Pat’s 1-1 to 5pts Ardfert.

Second half again we struggled to get a grip on the game around midfield and were wasteful with possession in our opponents half. We managed to get scores but weren’t able to match Ardfert’s physicality throughout and a late goal took the game away from us. Score KOR/St.Pats 1-5

Ardfert 2-7.

We played Northern gales in the second game and although we could still qualify we decided to give the younger boys a chance and they performed extremely well. Score NG 2-4 KOR/StP. 1-5. Ardfert won out by beating Northern gales in the third game.

KOR/St.Pat’s Squad For County League.

Ruairi Kennedy, Conor Cronin, Conor Donnelly, Sean O’Neill, Ciaran Griffen, Jack Costello, Killian McGrath, Dyllan Walsh, Micheal Enright, Christian Dunne, Jude Lacey, Ryan Onequery, Jack Flahive, Cayden Roche, Darragh Murphy, Daniel McCarthy, Jayden Collins, Aimer Fernandez, George Keane, Cian Daughton, Jamie Bowler, Jamie O’Keeffe, Conan Seino, Jack Cashman, Garry Scollard, Kevin Horgan

Conor Sheehan, Rohan Calloo, Ryan Malloy

Mark Hasset, Nick Lacey.

County League S/Final v Tarbert

Wednesday 10th May in Tarbert at 7pm.


KoR/St Pats made the long trip to Dromid last Monday in R2 of the Central League and came away with a hard fought victory that wasn’t reflected in the final score. Dromid/Waterville fought tooth and nail for every ball and took the game to us, dictating much of the game. Our ability to get goals made all the difference and kept our harder working opponents at arms length. Next game is in Blennerville against St Mary’s/ Renard in round 3.

Juvenile Fixtures for week beginning 8th May:

U17s KOR /St.Pats V St.Marys/Renard Central Region Monday 8th May in Blennerville at 7pm.

U9 Boys v Na Gaeil Go Games

Tuesday 9th May in Na Gaeil Pitch at 6pm.

U15 Boys v Tarbert County League Semi Final

Wednesday 10th May in Tarbert GAA Pitch at 7pm.

U8 Girls v Kilcummin Go Games

Sunday 14th May 2023 in Kilcummin at 9.30am

U10 Girls v Kilcummin Go Games

Sunday 14th May 2023 in Kilcummin at 9.30am

U13 Boys Phase 2 of the County League

Sunday 14th May Fixtures to be confirmed


All is quiet on the playing front next week with the exception of a few teams.

When it comes to football those of us who become totally engrossed in a match can allow our love, passion and competitiveness take over.

Back in March the LGFA launched its ‘Take a Second’ campaign aimed at encouraging and celebrating a culture of positivity and mutual respect for all.

Kerry star Anna Galvin is hopeful that it will have a long lasting impact across all grades of the association.

Unfortunately we have all seen supporters , players and coaches shouting abuse at referees and the opposition over the years . There’s no need whatsoever for this. It also filters through to the players.

Treat everyone with respect is the message. Go out and enjoy your football.

A video from the campaign highlights how it can only take one second to make a good decision as well as a bad one. Be that person who takes that second to think and make the right decision. Don’t roar, abuse or  lose your temper. There’s a human being at the receiving end.

Make the right call and keep our sport the wonderful game that it is . Take that deep breath, stop and think!

Silence is golden.’

We will share this ‘Take a Second’ campaign on social media and with our teams.


Our U12s returned to winning ways in Pat Healy Park, Ballyrickard on Tuesday evening when they entertained Annascaul in rd. 3 of the North Kerry ,division 3 Co. League.

A superb opening two quarters from our home team, where they scored 2-03 with a response of 0-01 set the tone for a convincing performance and we emerged victorious on a score line of

Kerins O’ Rahillys 4-04

Annascaul 1-01

Some nice passing movements put together and overall a balanced performance from both teams.

Lots of smiles from our girls as they headed home last Tuesday evening. Well done to everyone!

Next Tuesday will see the conclusion of the North Kerry League for this age group when we take on Annascaul in the division 3 shield final. Throw in will be at 7pm. in Pat Healy Park, Ballyrickard. Embrace the challenge girls and the best of luck to everyone!


Goals key as Legion got the better of Kerins O’ Rahillys U14s last Saturday afternoon in Legion’s pitch, Direen , Killarney in round 5 of the NCP Co. League…

Our girls had a confident start getting the opening score. The first period of the game was an evenly matched affair with both teams exchanging scores. At half time we were leading by 2 points.

A determined home team emerged for the second half and Legion quickly jumped in front .

The home team struck with goals to take the spoils. Well done to everyone on putting in a gallant effort!

Congrats to Legion on their win and best wishes for the remainder of the competition.

On Thursday, May 11th we have a back game against Na Gaeil.

Throw in will be at 7p.m. More details to follow. Best of luck to the team and management.


Cumann Na mBunscol is an organisation that promotes Gaelic games to primary school children all over Ireland and beyond.

Pat Healy Park, Ballyrickard was a hive of activity last Friday morning as girls from Tralee and other parts of Kerry descended upon the venue for Cumann Na mBunscol.

It’s wonderful to see so many of our girls playing school football as well as club football.

Congrats to the girls and their coaches from Scoil Eoin who won their group and are now through to the semifinal of the Division 1 competition . In their next round they will play Killorglin. Best wishes to all!


Joyous scenes as our U15s claim the division 3 , Kerry Féile title again this year….

For the second time in two years , Kerins O’ Rahillys are Féile champs. That’s some going for a club that prior to 2022 haven’t represented our county since 2010 under the management of Kay and Paul Hayes.

Our ladies kicked off the competition with a draw against the blue and whites from Killorglin .

We played Finuge/ St. Senans in the second match and won.

In a thrilling final in Pat Healy Park,

Ballyrickard they saw off the brave challenge of Laune Rangers to win

1-02 to 0-04… a very close match.

Well done to all teams for playing such great and exciting football.

Féile games are an U15 competition and are played on a 15 a side basis with a maximum of 24 players.

Regional Féile is scheduled for Saturday, July 1st with venues TBC.


The Kerins O’ Rahillys U16 ladies headed to North Kerry’s Bob Stack Park in Ballybunion last Wednesday for round 3 of the Co. League.

They got off on a good footing against Beale’s young ladies.

From the start goals seemed to be on our mind and even though we had the benefit of the breeze points seemed hard to find. The Strand Road ladies rallied strongly and at the interval the score was

Beale 1-01

Kerins O’ Rahillys 2-04

As the match progressed into the second half ,the opposition playing with the breeze kicked some good points. We continued to work hard but the Beale ladies would not be denied on their home ground and came out on top when this sporting contest between both talented teams ended. Congrats to Beale!

Full time score:

Beale 2-11

Kerins O’ Rahillys 3-06

In round 4 we are away to Laune Rangers on June 28th ( TBC.) This gap in fixtures is to allow for those who are doing their junior cert.

In the meantime there will be a non exam league for those who aren’t doing exams to keep you busy. Any player doing exams is also welcome to play if they wish but no pressure!


Last Tuesday saw these ladies play their first game of the division 3 Co. League when they were away to Moyvane in Knockanure pitch. We started brightly and monopolised possession throughout the game. It was a very one sided affair as Strand Road proved too strong for the Moyvane team. A fantastic performance from our ladies who played some outstanding football.

Best wishes to Moyvane in the remainder of the competition.

We have two back games to play before the next round, dates tbc.


Huge Congrats to Strand Road‘s minor Gráinne Diggin who was involved in the All Ireland winning Kerry Camogie team last Saturday defeating Down in the Minor C final in Clane, Co. Kildare. Well done to everyone!

What an achievement for the girls, their mentors and the county


Training commences on Saturday, May 27th ( venue and times TBC) with an U17 Blitz in Abbotstown, Dublin on July 11th.

*Open to all girls born in 2006 and 2007.

Aims of PDP

*An inclusive programme for all girls, focusing on players at various stages of development .

*Provide an opportunity for girls to develop individually with different players , learn new skills and develop the fundamental skills in a safe and positive environment.

*Expose players to high quality coaching experiences that are in line with demands of our game ie.technical, tactical, physical, psychological and social.

*Create good county and club relationships.

*Focus on coach development and create awareness of good coaching structures and methods

The link has been sent to the relevant groups for registration.


In the next round of the Donal Curtin Cup we are away to Fossa, date and time TBC.

Best wishes to our ladies who are doing their college exams at the moment.


For all of you who love designing jerseys here’s your chance to be creative …

In 2024, the LGFA will be celebrating its 50th anniversary. Lidl are giving shoppers a chance to design a special edition 50th anniversary jersey .

The winning design will be printed on 10, 000 jerseys and awarded to LGFA supporters via Lidl Plus .

Pick up an entry form in store and off you go !


It was with great sadness last weekend that we learned of the passing of Ellen Clifford (née O’ Shea) , late of Fossa and Gortatlea.

A lady who loved her football and was always so proud of her boys and Kerry football. Kerins O’ Rahillys Club extend our condolences to Ellen’s husband Dermot, daughter Shelly, sons Paudie and David, her siblings and the extended O’ Shea and Clifford families and many friends. May Ellen’s gentle soul rest in peace.

Our condolences also to the families and friends of John Joe Harrington, Ballyard,Jerry Horgan, Oakpark, Elsie Mallon ( née Carmody), Caherslee and John O’ Callaghan, Racecourse Rd.

May their souls rest in peace.

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