Kerins O’Rahillys GAA Club News

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Following our win in Listowel on Saturday night in the opening round of the county senior football championship ( see match report below), the draw for the second round sees us pitted against favourites Dr Crokes in a game which will take place next weekend – the venue and time will be known on Monday night next following a meeting of the CCC.

A win would see us through to the quarter finals which are down for decision on the weekend of 29/30 Sept whilst a defeat would see us enter round 3 and a game on the weekend of 15/16th September.

Kerins O’Rahillys 3-15, Feale Rangers 0-16.

The 10 minutes immediately after half time, often referred to as championship minutes were the crucial period in this game when we mined  2-02 to just two points in response,  effectively killing off this game as a contest and ensuring our passage to round 2A.

The opening half saw us dominate around the middle through the excellent David Moran but a lack of support at crucial stages saw our efforts come to nought and our half time lead of 4 points, 1-07 to 0-06 could and should have been more.

The divisional outfit had started promisingly with the ever dangerous Conor Cox twice failing  to open the scoring before Jack Savage from a free had the opening score and shortly afterwards a quick exchange between Tommy, Barry John and Gavin O’Brien saw the latter find the net to leave us 4 points to the good after as many minutes.

Cox had Feale’s opening score from a free and though Jack replied  Cox was again  on the score sheet shortly afterwards  and both sides traded scores from here to the half time whistle with the pick of the scores coming from Moyvane cousins Martin and Shane Stack; even though we had the better of the exchanges around the middle,  thanks to David’s strong showing, we often failed to find our inside men and were grateful to Ross O’Callaghan in the 25th minute when he smothered a shot close to goal which could otherwise have raised a green flag.

The game was just 3 minutes old in the second half when John Ferguson picked out Gavin O’Brien and offloading to the advancing David Moran we stretched our lead to 7 points when David fired home; a point from Jack was soon followed by a third goal from John ( Ferguson)  following a good fetch and run by Gavin and suddenly we were 10 points to the good. The home side continued to probe however and reduced the deficit to 6 points with about 10 minutes left – we lifted the siege with scores from David and Barry John but were grateful to Gary Kissane who twice denied the opposition with good saves to see us advance by 8 points, 3-15 to 0-16.

The 2nd round draw has paired us with favourites Dr Crokes next weekend and we await confirmation of the fixture.

Team: Gary Kissane, Danny O’Sullivan, Ross O’Callaghan, Darragh McElligott, Cian Sayers, Ryan Carroll, Karl Mullins, David Moran ( 1-01), Con Barrett, Gavin O’Brien ( 1-0), Jack Savage ( 0-07, 6fs), Cormac Cofffey, Barry John Keane ( 0-01), Tommy Walsh ( 0-03), John Ferguson ( 1-02).

Subs: Shane Brosnan, John C O’Connor, Tom Hoare, Gearóid Savage ( 0-01), David Murphy & John Keane.

Molyneaux Cup:

We came up short against old rivals John Mitchels on Friday night last when losing out on a final score line of 4-11 to 3-08 in a game that we looked like winning for long periods. The fixing of the game 24 hours before our county championship encounter with Feale Rangers was the deciding factor in this game as it deprived us of 6/7 guys who otherwise would have been available to bainisteoir Eugene McGrath.

We held the upper hand in the opening half and were 3 points to the good approaching half time when the concession of a goal levelled matters up @ 1-05 each; our scorers in this half were Johnny Keane (2), Rory Molloy, Donagh O’Brien & Bryan Scannell with Rory O’Connor chipping in with a goal from wing back.

The second half saw us take the game to the lads from Boherbuí with Johnny Keane to the fore scoring 2-02, one goal from a penalty and with less than 6 minutes remaining we led by 3 points – however, from here to the finish we conceded 3 goals to lose out by 6 points in most disappointing fashion.

Team: Killian Moran, Gary Nolan, Thomas McGrath, Aidan Mangan, Rory O’Connor (1-0), David Murphy, Seán Collins, Gearóid Hartnett, Rory Molloy (0-01), Donagh O’Brien (0-01), James Lyons, Seán Griffin, Bryan Scannell (0-01), Johnny Keane (2-04) and Shane McElligott ( 0-01).

Kerry Minors:
Congratulations to the Kerry minors who made history on Sunday when winning a fifth All Ireland minor title in a row – having gone 20 years without a title from 1994 to 2014 the recent dominance is unprecedented and a testament to the great work being carried out at under age level in all areas of the county – at schools, clubs and development squads. A special word to Peter Keane and his management team who have remained unbeaten over past 3 years.

Its fair to say that Sunday 2nd Sept will remain long in the memory of Tomás Kennedy as he made his Croke Park debut on All Ireland finals day. Tomás was selected to play at wing forward on a “Tyrone” team which played an exhibition game at half time in the Kerry/Galway minor final and then stood with the senior players as they were introduced to the President Michael D Higgins – a day he will never forget. Well done to Tomás and to Tommy & Catriona, no doubt very proud parents.

A big gathering this morning in Healy Park for the Sunday morning club where John Mitchels U-10s were our visitors – a great morning was enjoyed by all with the following taking the players of the week awards:

U-6 Boys: Oisin Priestly & Adam Quill

U-6 Girls: Corey Boylan

Our U-11s took part in the Jerry Foley tournament on Sat last in Farranfore; we were in a group with: Firies, Listry, Milltown/Castlemaine, Currow, Newmarket & Ballymac – a total of 6 games were played and we won 4 which was not enough to make the final. The boys did the club, their coaches and parents proud producing some great football during the day – our thanks to Firies GAA for organising the event and for their hospitality – it was much appreciated.

Both A & B teams travelled to Ballyseede on Monday night last to take on John Mitchels.

Our A team proved too strong on the night, playing some fine football winning eventually on a score line of 5-13 to 1-04.

Our B team were competitive throughout against a good side and eventually went down on a score line of 5-20 to 5-09.

We are in action this week with both teams involved – first up this Monday night (3rd) the A team take on Desmonds in Castleisland @ 7 pm with our B team making the short journey across town to take on Na Gaeil in Killeen on Weds night ( 5th) again @ 7 PM.

Texts will be sent with training times. Hopefully you’ve all settled in back at school.
Our Kerins O’Rahilly’s Blues team played St. Pats during the week. It was a very exciting game with the final score of St. Pats 4-11 , KOR 6-4. Our Strand Road ladies team are away to Duagh next week. Date TBC.
Well done to Katie Nix and Hollie Leane who played in The U13 Kerry Ladies blitz in Mallow last Saturday.
Last Friday evening we headed back to Dingle to play Dingle in the North Kerry League. Each player gave 100% and we won well.
This week we are home to Castlegregory. Texts will be sent. Training on Monday at 6.15p.m.
Training continues for this ladies and juvenile fundraiser. You don’t have to be a club member to join in. It’s great fun! Please support us. For further details contact Shirley (086) 8713552.


There was no winner of last week’s lotto jackpot where the winning numbers drawn were: 4, 18, 19 & 21 – Seán Colllum and Seán, Grd & John ( c/o Seán Kissane) matched 3 and each wins €25.

The five entrants for the special December draw are as follows: Richard Walsh, M O’Donghue, Irene Commane, Martin Hartnett and Susan O’Callaghan.

Tickets €2/3 for €5, can be purchased from the kiosk in the clubhouse, at Jimmys on Strand Road, Counihans Princes St and Foleys Spar on the Castlemaine Road – also available online by visiting our website,

Next week’s lotto jackpot will be €2,200.

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