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Parish League in aid of Pieta House:

Our Parish League in aid of Pieta House was a wonderful success. Played on St. Stephen’s Day, in monsoon like conditions, there was a wonderful atmosphere throughout the afternoon.

The winning team was Callinafercy/Kilderry under the management of Jim O’Connor. Over 55 players participated in the tournament, with all proceeds going to Pieta House- supporting Mental Health.

Our chairman, Podge Leane, provided tea/ coffee and delicious ‘Larkin’s Brack’, ensuring players and supporters were kept hydrated and fed.

Mike Hickey and Martin Boyle were the men in charge of refereeing and they did a brilliant job.

Mattie Roche and Brendan Twiss did a super job as umpires for the entire tournament- many thanks to you both.

John O’ Sullivan and Linus Óg Burke were busy on the sideline keeping the scores too.

A huge ‘bualadh bos’ must go to the tournament organisers,Pa Wrenn, Ian Twiss and Garry Murphy for their initiative. Finally, míle buíochas to James O’Mahony and his staff, in Dragons Den, for giving us the use of their facilities free of charge. We sincerely appreciate your generosity.

Senior Presentation Night:

Our club had its end of year night in Larkin’s Bar and Restaurant last night, to celebrate the year gone by.

It was a lovely evening where many people from our community joined to acknowledge all the work done in our club in 2017 on and off the field.

Medals were presented to the winning teams of our Parish League Fundraiser (for Pieta House).

There was much applause for Patrick O’ Connor, from Ballyfinnane, when he was announced as Young Player of the Tournament.

Gavin Horan was awarded Senior Player of the tournament much to the delight of his fellow club mates.

The first award for the Senior Club was the ‘Johnny Giles Memorial Shield’.

Club secretary, Mike Carroll addressed the gathering, which included Johnny’s wife Catherine and young son Conor- reminding them what an exceptional man Johnny was both on and off the field.

Johnny’s young son Conor, was on hand to present the shield to Senior Player of the Year, Stephen Roche.

Junior Player of the year was awarded to Kieran Carroll while the young player of the year went to David Roche.

Well done Stephen, Kieran and David.

Medals were also presented to the Mid Kerry League and Co. Junior League winning teams.

The final presentation was for Club Person of the Year. This year’s recipient was Ian Twiss-whose 110% commitment to the club was acknowledged by one and all.

Comhghairdeas Ian on a richly deserved award.

Outgoing officers John Joe Harmon, Larkin Ann McCarthy, John Murphy and Tomás Barry were acknowledged for their commitment and dedication to the club over the past years.

Special thanks to Mike, Breda, James, Caitriona and the staff of Larkin’s Bar for their hospitality on the night.

Here’s to a great 2018.

Children’s Choir:

Well done to all the children from our club who participated in the Christmas Day Mass. Both your beautiful singing and musical accompaniment made it a very special celebration- for all the parishioners. Sincere thanks to Fr. Kevin for leading us in prayer and for giving the children the opportunity to have such an active part in our church celebrations.

All the children enjoyed a complimentary selection box as a ‘thank you’ for their singing throughout the year.


Juvenile Presentation:

A most wonderful evening was had at our juvenile presentation ceremony in Nagle Rice Community Centre last evening. Our Coiste Na nÓg chairman Damien McCarthy addressed the huge gathering of our young footballers and their families to celebrate the end of a fantastic year of football. All the children were presented with a photograph of their team while some teams received medals for winning in their respective competitions.

Our special guest, Peter Keane – Keane’s Supervalu, Killorglin and All Ireland winning minor manager, addressed the crowd, encouraging the young footballers to stay involved, keep practicing and always try to improve your skills and of course to listen to your trainers and mentors! The Coiste Na nÓg Club Person of the Year was then presented to Eileen Lovett.

Eileen does tremendous work in the background including scheduling games, organising referees and forwarding results of games. She is always so obliging -helping out with the Lotto along with any catering for club activities. Well done Eileen- your award is richly deserved. Our main sponsor Norman Foley’s generosity was acknowledged along with Burke’s Butchers. A sincere ‘Thank You’ to all those who brought home baking and treats on the night. We were overwhelmed with the vast array of food donated and sincerely appreciate the generosity and kindness of the families in our club.

Finally, Míle Buíochas to Jerry and Don for the use of the Nagle Rice Community Centre.

Here’s to a great 2018

Milltown Listry Comhaltas: 

Surf the night away at the “Google Friendly” table quiz in O’Shea’s Bar on next Friday, January 5th at 8. Great prizes on the night for the winners along with various spot prizes. So make sure you’re charged up for a great night out. (You can also still enter a team for the “5 quiz league” which will run until May.)

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