Kerins O’Rahillys GAA Club News

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Congratulations to club stalwart Tommy Walsh on his  marriage to Dawn Lynch which took place in Marbella last week – wishing you both many years of health and happiness.

Round 8 of the county league will see us travel to Lewis Road on Friday night next, 2nd June when we take on Dr Crokes where throw in is @ 19.30 – Crokes sit on top of division 1 with 11 points, winning 5 and drawing with Legion – their only loss came at home to Ballymacelligott earlier in the competition.

As usual,  your support would be greatly appreciated.

Best of luck to Tomás Kennedy and Eddie Lacey with the Kerry minors on Friday night next when they take on Cork here in Austin Stack Park in the Munster final – throw in is @ 19.30; both teams will advance to the quarter finals irrespective of the result.

Kerry with Micheál Quirke on the sideline will travel to Páirc Uí Chaoimh next Sat in the 2nd of the round robin games where a win is a must following the first round defeat to Mayo.

Tickets are now on sale via and usual Centra/SuperValu stores.

Pricing is €25 adults, €20 Stu/Oap and €5 juvenile. Tickets are unreserved, area specific.

Noel Kelter – An appreciation:

Sympathy is expressed to the Kelter family on the sad passing of Noel.

Noel played Senior Co. League and Co. Championship football with Strand Road in the 80s . He played at centre field and gave great service to the club at that time. An all round sportsman and footballer ,he will be sadly missed by all of those that had the privilege of playing with him. As a mark of respect to the late Noel ,the club flag was at half mast and a minute’s silence was observed, before our Co. League game v Gneeveguilla last weekend..

Ar dheis dé go raibh a anam.


Another busy morning in Ballyrickard for our Juvenile Academy on Sunday morning. Great to see so many children out on our pitches. A massive thank you to our Juvenile Committee for generously providing ice-cream treats for the boys and girls after the session. A well deserved treat after all their hard work.

U5 Boys

These boys are showing great improvement each week and are putting in huge effort at each training session with their fantastic coaches who couldn’t be prouder of them. Keep up the good work boys and don’t forget to practice as much as ye can during the week.

U6 Girls:

The coaches had a fantastic morning with these girls. They combined with the boys and focused on skills. Hand passing, catching and movement. It was Georgia’s birthday and everyone enjoyed some delicious cake followed by ice cream. Well done to all the girls

U7 Boys:

Fantastic numbers in attendance Sunday morning. The boys skills set is coming along nicely and they are all showing great team work throughout. The boys focused on positions on the pitch, kicking and hand passing the ball working it up and down the field. Keep up the good work and practice as much as you can during h the week.

U8 Girls:

After two weeks of games the girls were back in Ballyrickard for some fun training. There was a massive improvement in all players noted by the coaches. Loads of the girls had a shot on goal or over the bar and it was great to see them all trying during the game.

Aoife and Carragh stood out for committing themselves to the ball and getting stuck in. Overall there was huge progress since we played the games and we can see how the girls must be practising at home.

U9 Boys:

This week’s U9 Boys academy session was a lively affair. We focused on developing fundamental movements, relays, basic skills, and team play. Special shoutout to our superstars Hugh and Coach Ray, who showed us how it’s done by winning the top-bins challenge! Keep up the practice at home and you are making tremendous progress!

U10 Girls:

The girls were delighted to hear from their coaches how well they played at their games the past two weeks. They concentrated on kick passing and hand passing the ball while on the move during a game at the end of the session they put these into practice.

The coaches can see a huge improvement in each girl and are delighted with the girls. Keep up the good work more games to follow.

U11 Boys

Our U11 Boys had a busy week; they travelled to Listowel on Thursday evening for the County League. Well done to all on a fantastic performance. They put in a great training session on Sunday morning with drills and a game against each other at the end of the session. The boys will play Ballymac at home this Thursday. We hope to see full attendance on the night.

U13 Boys:

Honours even at Healy Park 2-10 to 3-7 in a game of 2 extremely different halfs on Sunday, KOR led by 7 at half time but with the wind in their sails in the 2nd half Currow put on the pressure and clocked up some good scores none more important than a goal in the last kick of the game to even the score.

The boys in blue showed glimpses of brilliance but a little lack of consistency in the 2nd half caught up with us, all in all the draw was a fair result on the day.

Well done all we keep learning and improving and we look forward to the next game. U13 Coaches.


U11 Boys v Ballymac Thursday 1st June in Ballyrickard

U13 Boys B v St. Pats Monday 29th May in Blennerville at 7.30pm

Central Region final:

Kerins O Rahillys/St. Pats Minors v Sneem/Derrynane/Templenoe/Tuosist Monday 29th May at 7pm in Dr Crokes pitch


‘Silence is Golden’ or should be on and off the pitch!

With the longer evenings, all pitches are being utilised throughout the week. It’s fantastic to see so many girls and boys having great fun in Pat Healy Park, Ballyrickard.

Going to watch a match is brilliant, win, lose  or draw… supporting our teams is what matters .   It’s good to be competitive but in a nice way. The behaviour of supporters and coaches can sometimes rub off on the players , that’s a good thing once there’s no negativity.

We all need  to control our emotions. If you have nothing positive to say then say nothing at all. This also applies to our players.

Players, coaches and supporters , please allow everyone to have the benefit of  the enjoyment and freedom of football. It’s long enough that we were all locked away.

“Mol an óige agus tiocfaidh siad.”

U12 Girls

Fun in the sun… well done to our U12s who enjoyed training last Saturday in sunny Pat Healy Park, Ballyrickard. The going was heavy with the sun beating down but a Calippo afterwards made the hard work all worthwhile.

We still have some cobwebs to be shaken off so hoping for a full turnout at training next week. Remember practice, practice, practice builds progression steadily.

We are hoping to have a challenge match during the week. More details to follow once confirmed.

Welcome to Lily and Leyia. We hope that you will have plenty of fun and make many lifelong friends here with us.

And the good news is that the Co. league will be commencing in June.


What an evening it was in Austin Stack Park last Tuesday evening for the Cumann Na mBunscol division 1 final.

Scoil Eoin’s football stars shone against Kenmare’s team . Congrats to the team, their manager Robert Kennedy and our Strand Road ladies and Allie Kerins  who was joint captain.


Training continues twice weekly in preparation for the Co. league which will be starting over the next few weeks.

FÉILE 2023

Preparations are underway in preparation for this wonderful day out on Saturday, July 1st. The excitement is building!


Training continues on Tuesdays and Thursday at the usual time of 7p.m.

This team will have no competitive action in the Co. League until after the Junior Cert.


Looking forward to seeing some brilliant displays of football from our minor ladies in the next round of the Co. league when Rathmore will play host on Monday, May 29th.

We have a back game to play v Kilcummin over the next few weeks.


This year’s U17 player development programme is for girls born in 2006 and 2007.

Messages have been sent into the relevant groups.


Don’t stress, do your best as you prepare for your Junior and Leaving Cert. Also for everyone who is doing their summer exams this week give them your best shot and remember that you have a fine long summer ahead of you.

Best of luck to you in your upcoming exams.


Well done to our senior ladies who hosted Ballyduff in round 5 of the Donal Curtin Cup. Our team, which featured a number of ladies emerging from the minor ranks, were focused to dig deep to register another win in this competition.

The Ballyduff ladies failed to settle and Strand Road seized upon their early momentum to move into a commanding lead in the first half.

It was Ballyduff who needed a quick start to the second half but our ladies continued to power on as they did from the throw in. As a team we put together some good moves that yielded some fine scores. Our ladies put in a great performance yet again and came away with the spoils.

Best wishes to Ballyduff who are starting out in their senior football venture. In fairness to the opposition they never threw the towel in and gave it everything but we were the stronger team on the day.

We still have a back game to play v Currow before the next round.

Round 6 of this competition will be on July 17th ( TBC) when we will host Laune Rangers.

The Co. league is starting in June.


Our condolences to the families and friends of Shane Scannell and Jerome Bourke . May their souls rest in peace.

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