Tralee Parnells GAA Club News

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All Tralee Final of Munster Schools Senior E Hurling:

With Tralee Parnells players on both panels, it is going to be a very exciting local derby clash on Friday the 14th of December to decide the 2018 winner of the Munster Schools Senior E Hurling Cup Final.

Well done to Mercy Mounthawk who defeated Meánscoil San Nioclás from Waterford Wednesday the 5th and thereby reached the Munster U19E hurling final.

On Tuesday the 4th, CBS The Green overcame Mount Sion of Waterford to book their place. Not every day a Kerry hurling team reaches a Munster final so it is really fantastic to have two teams facing each other. Final due to take place Friday 14th at 12.30pm, venue to be confirmed.

Kerry Camogie Stars in their Eyes:  

Kerry Camogie are looking for 1 more act to step into the ‘Stars in their Eyes’ world..!

If you or a friend are interested in participating in the show please DM the FB page or our instagram page for further info. The new year is approaching fast, why not do something you haven’t done before.  #kerrycamogie #starsintheireyes

Long Lost 1925 Tralee Camogie Team Photo: 

Check our page 37 of Kerry’s Eye this week for the story by journalist Audrey Reidy about the Parnells search for a long lost 1925 Tralee Camogie team photo. Many thanks to Paddy White for photographing the sub-committee meeting in progress.

Thanks to Radio Kerry Terrace Talk: 

Tralee Parnells thank Radio Kerry Terrace Talk for the opportunity to come on air on Monday evening the 3rd of December. At 7:30 Carmel and Mike Roger were able to tell listeners to their interview with host Tim Moynihan, all about the growth and progress of Camogie in Tralee. Carmel invited invited everybody interested in adult Camogie, to participate by training with the panel on Friday evenings, starting on the 4th of January. All welcome, from Camogie veterans to beginners.

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2018 Camogie Summary under 8 and 10:  
Between 2017 and 2018, there was an 10% increase in player numbers at U8 and U10.

Team Management 2018:

U10’s and U8’s girls trained separately along side each other for the 2018 season with no summer break.

U10’s Lead Mentor Katie Trant assisted throughout 2018 season by Conor Clifford

U8’s lead mentor Suzanne Chute, consistently assisted by Ida Hennessey and Loretto O Sullivan throughout the 2018 season.

Diarmuid Brennan led coaching for both U8 and U10 Camogie groups and engaged the help of parents which resulted in more parents getting involved in training sessions.

Carmel set up a youth coach what app group, great success, regular extra help. Might structure drills for 2019.


Early in the season, Tralee Parnells held a first blitz of the season in April in Caherslee, this was a huge success and helped get players registered early in season. Plan to repeat date 2019 but will cap number of teams that enter.

U8’s and U10’s competed in blitzes hosted by Killarney, Causeway and CillArd. We were able to field 2 teams for each age group on almost all occasions. Met more teams outside the Kingdom which was great to see.

The U10’s girls gave a half-time match display at Abbeydorney at Kerry v. Clare senior camogie.

Tralee Parnells hosted their second Blitz of the season at the start of Sept another huge success and massive improvement seen with all the players.

The season ended with a the Veronica Stack Memorial Tournament hosted by Killarney where we entered 3 x U9 teams and our older U10’s lined out with U12’s.

Older U10’s were also invited to compete in all U12 fixtures through the season.

End of season outing Banna beach last Sunday of Sept- Huge success, charged €10 pp

Registration uptake much improved in 2018.

Mentors must conducted a weekly roll call and most players were registered by May, any new members throughout the season were allowed a 3 week trial and then asked to register.

Players were not allowed play matches unless they were registered.

A Parent supervision rota put in place for U8 and U10 so that coaches did not need to nurse injuries or accompany groups to the bathroom

Other plans for 2019:

Mentors want to visit their own schools in Mar/April to encourage U8 age group especially as numbers low going into 2019 season.

Schools coaching with Patrice Diggins proving very successful to date, confirm that Patrice will be back in schools March?

There should be a blitz the last Saturday before (April), to encourage early registration.

Training will commence the first Friday in April and conclude the last Friday in September.

We need to train the U10’s together as a unit if we want to develop a strong team for the future. Older U10’s will only train with the U12’s for the session leading up to a big match.

Depending on U12’s numbers would encourage older U10’s to play in U12’s matches if player and parents happy with same.

End of season 2019 outing to be combined with end of year awards for U8, U10 and U12’s.

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