Tralee Parnells GAA Club News

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Register Online Now For Parnells:
Club Registration has commenced for 2018.  €50 one child, €80 two per family, €100 full family membership including parents. Club membership for adults €20.

Register online from the web link at at  This online facility also includes simple instructions, on how to also pay for registration for your family members online,using internet banking.

Academy for 7 weeks from 6th of Feb: 
Our 7 week academy for kids born 2005 to 2013 in the complex starting Tuesday 6th of February, €2 per session and is open to all boys and girls.

Indoor session; Under 6 Kids born 2012/2013 6pm to 6.45pm; Under 8 kids born 2010/2011 6.45pm to 7.30pm.  Outdoor Astro 6 to 7pm for under 10 & 12 kids born 2009/2008/2007/2006.  As usual Equipment is available to borrow and all boys and girls are welcome so existing players should bring a friend to try it out.

Tralee Parnells Scór Quiz 2018: 

Tralee Parnells Scór Quiz for 2018 is taking place Wednesday 24th Jan 2018, at 8:00 pm. Venue to be confirmed. This quiz is to decide our quiz team to participate in Kerry Scór quiz. Children have to be in primary school. Suits children in 5th and 6th class. Interested parents should contact the Secretary or PRO, message Tralee Parnells on Facebook, email or text 087 224 0437.

Parnells Young Scientist: 

Well done to our player Robin Porter from Mercy Secondary School, Tralee whose project was the development of an antimicrobial smartphone screen protector.

Tralee Parnells Music and Drama Group: 

Calling all primary school Parnellites who would like to participate in the Tralee Parnells music and drama group. Musicians, dancers, budding actors/actresses, storytellers and singers (solo and in groups). Practice weekly for 10 weeks.

Note, no beginners in music please, need to be able to play a few tunes or sing a song. Parents are requested to contact the Secretary or PRO, message Tralee Parnells on Facebook, email PRO.TraleeParnells.Kerry@GAA.ieor text 087 224 0437.

Workshop For Coaches Fri 02 Feb: 

David O Dea has organised a workshop for the club with two of the top hurling men in the country attending.  All managers, coaches and parents thinking of getting involved with coaching should attend.

Details,  I.T Tralee on the 2nd of February from 6.30 to 8pm.  All current club managers and coaches are encouraged to attend.   Format includes; Half hour talk from Martin Fogarty the current National Hurling Development Manager and former Kilkenny senior hurling selector and coach; one-hour workshop on the IT astro turf pitch that will be divided into 3 groups covering the following; U6 and u8 workshop with Joey Carton the Coaching & Games Manager for Munster GAA;  U10 and U12 workshop with Martin Fogarty; U14/16/18’s workshop coaching.

These sessions run at the same time and will be suitable for both hurling and Camogie mentors.  As well as allowing our current managers and coaches to learn from coaches with a vast amount of knowledge, the club want to use the workshop as an opportunity to recruit new coaches.  A recent newspaper article from Martin Fogarty says he wants show people that you don’t need a background in hurling in order to be able to coach it or introduce it to your club or school.

The first step in this process is for our current managers and coaches to encourage any parent with kids currently playing hurling or camogie with Parnells to attend the workshop.  This Workshop is provided as an event free to all Parnells mentors, so looking forward to seeing ye all.

Minor Training: 
Parnells Minor training has resumed Thursdays on the Green astro from 7 to 8pm.

Health and Wellbeing 2017:

The report to the 2017 AGM from the Health and Wellbeing area included details on this function for the year.

This year involved continuing on with some initiatives previously tried last year as well as  introducing a couple of new events with the continued aim of promoting health and well-being both within the club and wider community.

In March as part of our participation in the St Patrick’s day parade, where our talented scór participants provided some fantastic Ceoil, Our Camogie team wore their jerseys supporting the Jigsaw logo and we proudly displayed al ‘Jigsaw’s’ banner on the side of our float, helping to raise awareness of this valuable service.

On the 5th April we welcomed Lindsay O’Sullivan a PHD student from Galway who gave a detailed talk on Concussion.  Numbers were relatively low for this despite advertising and inviting schools/clubs,  but for those who attended it was a very informative professional talk and Lindsay provided us with useful literature which we distributed to coaches and included as part of our feile pack aiming to continue to raise awareness.

On the 7th April in conjunction with Irish Life  we presented the grounds at Caherslee with a new defibrillator.

Following on from last years successful Zumba session in May we welcomed back DJ Nat and enjoyed another lively Zumba session.  On the 6th May as part of BOI initiative celebrating clubs we displayed a poster detailing the journey of Tralee Parnells as part of the Healthy Club Project, promoting our involvement in this national event.

Finally, on the 4th November Tralee Parnells were amongst the first clubs in Ireland to receive Official Healthy Club status.  My thanks to everyone in the club and local community who supported and helped organising events, promoting health and wellbeing and assisting the club in reaching the criteria to achieve this recognition.

School Liaison 2017:  

Primary School Coaching; In the past year I have provided coaching in 11 schools in Tralee town and its surrounding areas. These schools are – Scoil Mhic Easminn, Spa NS, Listellick NS, Caherleheen NS, Balloonagh NS, Holy Family NS, Blenerville NS, Moyderwell NS, Tralee CBS Primary, O Breannain NS and Nohoval NS.

The minimum coaching each school received was 9 weeks. I believe the coaching in the schools is the first step in enticing children to play hurling with Tralee Parnells but the setting up of blitzes is the most important and I am currently planning dates to run these blitzes to coincide with the club starting back next year.

Post Primary School Coaching; The strength in which the club has grown can now been seen in the Post Primary schools in Tralee Town. Many of the club players are back boning the teams in these schools and through competitions and coaching in these schools, I plan to keep these players hurling all year round.

Club Age Groups; It has been a highly successful year for the club in 2017 and I would like to congratulate and thank all the mentors for their hard work and time throughout the year.

Tuesday Night Club Sessions; The Tuesday evenings in Caherslee during the summer and autumn and the Tralee Sports Complex in the spring and winter has grown from strength to strength.  Numbers have been upwards of 50 kids on most nights throughout the year and where before we were reliant on IT students or outside coaches, now the club coaches are running these sessions and this is a huge step forward for the club.

Minor Hurling Team; Another step towards a major milestone for the club was taken on the Thursday night when the minor hurlers had their first session in preparation for the coming year. I wish the mentors and players every success in the coming year.

2018 plans/suggestions;   Non Competitive Schools Blitzes for 2nd and 3rd classes.  Cuman na mBunscoil (5th and 6th class) blitzes along with 4th class blitzes will be run in the spring with prizes for the winning schools.  Coaching workshops with the all Parnells coaches/parents before and during the season.  Looking at the possibility of helping out some of our main feeder schools to be self-sufficient with Hurleys and Helmets. This will help when providing coaching in the school and also will entice the school to run internal lunchtime leagues.

In the 4-6 week period as the club season gets back up and running I think it would be worthwhile in providing an additional coach to coach in the schools in Tralee as we have done in the past. Targeting a specific age group that the clubs feels need attention.

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