Rose Cup Soccer Competition For Girls Launched In Town Park

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Launching the Rose Cup in the Town Park earlier this month were, in front; Keelin Clifford and Isabelle Cushen. Back from left; Galway Rose, Claire Ann Irwin; Kilkenny Rose Molly Coogan; Kerry Rose Édaein O’Connell; Cork Rose Jenny Byrne; Waterford Rose Helen Geary and Wexford Rose Joy Quigley. Photo by Dermot Crean

THE Rose Cup is back for 2022 and it was launched recently at the Rose Wall in the Town Park.

Six of this year’s Rose contestants joined members of the Kerry Girls squad, their head coach Siobhan Cushen and Director of Girls Football Noel White for the launch.

The inaugural soccer Rose Cup for girls took place in 2019 when the KSBGL teamed up with the International Rose of Tralee committee to host a 13’s Girls Inter League tournament.

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The Clare Schoolboys & Girls Soccer League were the first winners and their captain Keelan Madden was presented with the Cup by the then Rose of Tralee Kirsten Mate Maher on the Denny Street stage ahead of the Rose Parade.

The big day in the Girls game will take place on August 20th with Tralee Dynamos FC as the hosts. Taking part alongside host Kerry will be League teams from the MGL (Dublin), Clare, Cork, West Cork, South Tipperary and Limerick Desmond.

The Rose Cup and Shield will be presented to the captains on the stage on Denny Street ahead of the Rose Parade that night which is another of the wonderful parts of the Festival that everyone will be delighted to see on the streets of Tralee again.

Chair of the KSBGL Aidan Murnane said the League was delighted to renew its association with the Rose of Tralee.

“Both the KSBGL and the Rose of Tralee Festival has community at its centre and we believe the association is a perfect match. We provide football for girls and boys at all ages up to and including 16’s and the 2009 Girls are an especially important age group as the players will be representing their Leagues at the SFAI Gaynor Cup in summer 2023.

“And the girls love the connection with the Roses and their visit to the 2019 Rose Cup was one of the highlights of the day and we are delighted that this happen again this year not withstanding their very busy schedule.

“We look forward to welcoming Leagues from around the country to Tralee for the second running of the Rose Cup, an event that we hope will grow year on year and become an inaugural part of the community side of the International Rose of Tralee Festival.”

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