Na Gaeil GAA Club News

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Na Gaeil Annual Cycle   Na Gaeil Annual Cycle took place on Saturday last and was a great success considering that it clashed with the Kerry v Mayo match in Croke Park.

Over 60 cyclists took part, some cycling the 40km route and the more experienced cyclists doing the 80km route. The weather conditions were ideal for the event.

Everybody thoroughly enjoyed themselves and it was great to see so many young people taking part. Thanks to everybody who helped to make it such a successful and enjoyable event: The families that provided all the delicious and tasty food.

There was a huge array of tasty sandwiches, scones, cakes, buns, tea, coffee and delicious hot soup.

Thanks to the people who served the food in the clubhouse all day, the Civil Defence for providing the ambulance and the stewards for their presence at the various traffic junctions.

A special thanks also to the people that manned the food stations in Abbeyfeale and Castleisland and to Fr. Casey’s GAA Club Abbeyfeale for the use of their facilities. Last but not least thank you to all the cyclists that took part and supported this fundraising event for the club and helped to make it such a wonderful occasion.

Cyclists gather before the start of the Na Gaeil GAA Club Cycle on Saturday morning. Photo by Dermot Crean

Replay   It didn’t happen for Kerry in the All Ireland semi final replay against Mayo in Croke Park on Saturday last but that is the nature of sport.

We will have better days ahead with many fine young players in the county at the moment. Jack Barry has had a great first season in the Kerry jersey winning a National League title at midfield earlier in the year.

He made his championship debut in the summer against Clare and put in some great performances against Cork, Galway and Mayo. We look forward to having him back on club duty for the remainder of the season.

U16    The Tralee Town Board Suits Select U16 League will commence shortly. Na Gaeil play Ardfert away in round1 on Wednesday evening September 6th at 6.30pm. They play Austin Stacks at home in round 2 on Sunday September 10th at 12.00pm.

U6 & 8    All roads led to Abbeyfeale on Sunday last for our annual trip to Fr. Casey’s. We had two teams in both age groups and all players showed mighty spirit and determination. A huge thank you to Fr. Casey’s for hosting the event and providing a splendid post-match spread.

Clothes Collection    Na Gaeil are holding a fundraising clothes collection over the next few weeks. If anyone has bags of old clothes to dispose of please drop them up to the clubhouse when it suits you. It would be much appreciated.

Na Gaeil Cycling Club    Na Gaeil Cycling Club is now up and running with its summer schedule: Monday and Wednesday evenings at 6.30pm and Saturday mornings at 9am from the clubhouse. ALL ARE WELCOME, high vis essential.

Fir na Gaeil     Light Football Training for Men who have retired from playing football and for those that have not played and would like to try it out.

Very little skill is required. This is a great way to keep fit with light training, ball games and a bit of a laugh. Contact Eddie at 0876791460 for more info. Indoor Core Training on Mondays from 7.00 to 8.00 in the gym and Friday nights from 7.30 to 8.30pm in the I.T.

Mná na Gaeil     We are a Gaelic for Mothers and Others team who come together and do a bit of exercise, football training and socialising. Anyone who would like to join are most welcome, No skills are required, just a good attitude and a sense for fun. We are now doing indoor Core work for the winter on Wednesday and Sunday evenings.  Contact Eddie at 0876791460 for more info.

Lotto   The draw for the jackpot of €3,500 took place on Tuesday evening last. Numbers drawn were 8, 13, 17, 24.There was no winner. €50 winners were Mícheál Maher, Derrylea and Seán Kelly, Ballydesmond.

€25 winners were Sandra Kirby, Ballymacelligott, Maurice Whelan, The Coin, Tralee, Seán Moynihan, Quarryvale and Betty Culloty, Ballybeggan. Next week’s lotto is worth €3,600. All are welcome for the draw in the club each Tuesday night at 10.30pm.

Bingo    Bingo is on every Monday night at 8.30pm sharp. We have prize money of over €1,000 guaranteed every week with a mini jackpot that increases fortnightly when not won.

A door prize and a half-time raffle with lovely prizes will also take place every week. A bus service is available at 087 2817577.  You can ring this number for pick up and drop off.  100% of the funds raised go back directly into the club.

The bingo is run on a total voluntary basis.  A huge thank you to all the parents who offer their time to run this vital fundraiser for the club.  If anyone wants to donate a spot prize for our weekly bingo raffle, please leave it at use and mark it “Bingo”. Thanks to all our patrons who support this event on a weekly basis.

Cards   A card game is held every Wednesday night in the clubhouse. This is a very sociable occasion where you meet your friends for a great night’s entertainment.

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