Tralee Parnells GAA Club News

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Munster Colleges Final Day, Huge Milestone in Tralee Hurling Development:


Congratulations to all at The Green and special mention for the large Parnells contingents on both teams in the final, as Tralee CBS were crowned Munster PPS U19 E Hurling champions, defeating Mercy Mounthawk on a scoreline of 3.14 to 3.04 in the Colleges Provincial final at Tralee IT pitch on Friday.

In an online post, CBS said; “It has been a long long time coming and Mr Ryall deserves great praise in keeping the game of hurling going all these years in Tralee CBS. A lot of work has gone into achieving today’s success. Thank you also to the supporters/parents who turned out to support the team. Well done again to everyone”.

Another huge winner on the day was underage hurling in Tralee. After 6 years building up the club, it was fantastic to see 15 of our Tralee Parnells Hurling & Camogie Club players involved across the two teams, in the Munster Schools Senior E Hurling Cup final 2018. Photos and links to further online reporting of the game are posted at

Very heartening to see 15 Tralee Parnells names listed among the 2 panels.
The Green CBS Tralee;
Devon Burns (Tralee Parnells), Daniel O’Rourke (Crotta), Aodhan McKenna (Crotta), Jonathan Lowe (Tralee Parnells), Ruarí O Sullivan (Tralee Parnells), Tadgh Brick (Tralee Parnells) (JC), Luke Chester (Tralee Parnells), Ryan McElligott (Crotta), Cian McDonagh (St Brendans), Declan O’Donoghue (Crotta), James Sheehan (Crotta), Darragh Reen (Tralee Parnells), Daire Keane (Tralee Parnells), Denis Quill (Crotta), Darragh O’Donoghue (Crotta) (JC), Jerome Daly (Tralee Parnells), Brian Hamilton (Tralee Parnells), Niall Fitzmaurice (Tralee Parnells), Darragh Fitzgerald (Tralee Parnells).

Mercy Mounthawk Tralee;
Robin Porter (Tralee Parnells), Liam O’Brien (Lixnaw), Ciaran Monohan (Kilmoyley)(C) Niall O’Shea (St Brendans), David Ryle (St Brendans), Jack Sheehan (Abbeydorney), Niall Cassidy (Tralee Parnells), Cathal Dunne (Tralee Parnells), Padraig O’Sullivan (St Brendans), Sean Clifford (St Brendans), Colm Healy (St Brendans), Aiden O’Brien (Lixnaw), Sean Brosnan (St Brendans), Darragh Courtney (St Brendans), Billy Daly (St Brendans), Joe Hanafin (Tralee Parnells).

This strength and depth of Tralee Parnells players in this age cohort, is a huge reason our club are applying to become a senior club and field an under 21 team in 2019 DV.

Radio Kerry Interviews with Hurling Managers: 
There were great mentions for Parnells and our many players involved, by both coaches, in the build up to the All-Tralee Schools Munster Hurling E Senior Final. Tadhg O’Sullivan the Mercy Mounthawk Coach spoke about the progress made and building for the future, which we are confident will see more Parnells players progressing through the age groups in coming years.  Tralee CBS were beaten in last year’s final. Their Coach, Mark Ryall said his players would be focused on the task and not listening to talk of being favourites.  Visit the online link at
to hear the two interviews.

2018 Camogie Summary under 12 and older:  
The Camogie Report on our teams from ages under 17 to under 17, was presented to the 2018 AGM by leas cathaoirleach, Carmel Ní Shéaghdha, Bean Uí Mhaoldomhnaigh.
Between 2017 and 2018, there was a 7% increase in female player numbers at U12, U14 and U17.
U12 team highlights:
– Team management was by Ann O’Loughlin and Luke O’Loughlin. The team was trained by
Ann, Luke and new coach, Lynda Murphy Harris.
– U12’s played in the County League, competing in 2 rounds of matches v. Causeway,
CillArd and Killarney. U12’s lost the B Final v. Causeway on Sep 16
– Older U12’s were invited to compete in U14 fixtures and played pivotal roles at Féile na
nGael in Connaught
– U11’s played in blitzes at Killarney and Causeway
– The U12 numbers were tight but players consistently attended training and matches.
There was a marked improvement in their skills from the beginning of the season to the
end. They are acknowledged by other clubs as a strong defensive team.
U14 team highlights:
–  Team management was by Mike Roger O’Sullivan and Séamus Cadogan. The team was trained
by Mike and Séamus
– Fixtures:
U14’s played in Division B of Kerry Féile in “best of 3” matches. Killarney won out and
represented Division B at Féile na nGael in Connaught
– U14’s were invited to compete at Féile na nGael in the developing/new clubs division.
An inspiring parents committee left no stone unturned to kit out the girls and transport
them in style to Sarsfields in Galway. Extraordinary efforts by Mike and his hardworking
mentors saw the girls blossom into confident and tough camogie players. The highlight
of the Féile campaign was the win that saw the U14’s earn a place in the Shield Semi-
Final in their division. It was a proud moment for the loyal Tralee Parnells spectators
–  Féile Skills Competition: having won a club skills competition, Shona O’Connor, Jessica
O’Loughlin and Clodagh O’Sullivan ably represented the club at the county level
– U14’s played in the County League, competing in 1 round of matches v. Causeway,
CillArd and Killarney. U14’s lost the B Final v. Killarney on Oct 6
–  All U14’s were invited to compete in U15 fixtures and some played U17. They played
pivotal roles in the strong performance of the U15’s in Crusheen’s blitz. They played
support roles in the U17’s Munster Summer Club 7’s, and Tralee Parnells’ Spring 7’s and
Autumn 9-aside tournament
–  U14 numbers are excellent, with players consistently attending training and matches.
There was a marked improvement in their skills from the beginning of the season to the
end. Other clubs have indicated that the team is barely recognizable as the team that
fielded for their first match on Mar 19. This is partly due to an influx of new players in
the spring who looked like seasoned pros by the autumn
– Kerry U14 development squad:
– All Tralee Parnells U14 players were invited to train with the squad. Most players took
the opportunity and travelled to blitzes in Limerick, Mallow, Kilkenny and Thurles. 6
players were picked for the All-Ireland U14 Blitz in Dublin on Sep 8: Ella Breen, Aoife
Foran, Caoilinn Hickey, Shona O’Connor, Aoife O’Sullivan and Clodagh O Sullivan

– Tralee Parnells coach, Mike Roger O Sullivan, was actively involved in training the Kerry
U15/17 team highlights:
– Team management and training was by Carmel O’Shea-Maloney
–  Fixtures:
–  There were no U17 county board-organized club matches in Kerry in 2018
– On April 22, U17’s played in a Spring 7’s tournament organised by Tralee Parnells; 7
teams attended from Cork, Clare, Limerick and Kerry; each team got 4 matches; the
Tralee Parnells girls were very competitive
– U16 Poc Fada: our club competition was won by Saoirse Maloney and Lia O’Connell.
We did not enter the county competition as it had to be organized at short notice
– On June 30 and July 22, U17’s competed in Munster Club 7’s in Limerick; the girls were
competitive against teams from Limerick, and met some strong opposition from Tipp.
We played 4 matches each day
– On August 11, U15’s were extremely competitive in 3 matches against teams from
Offaly, Clare and Limerick at a blitz day organised by Crusheen
– On September 22, U17’s played an Autumn 9-aside tournament organized by Tralee
Parnells against 2 Kerry clubs and Tournafulla; each team played 4 matches
– U15/17 numbers are tight but the girls are committed. We had 4 new players at this
age group and they really stepped up to the mark in game situations. It showed that
they practise at home with their siblings and friends from the club
– Kerry U16 and Minor development squads:
All seasoned Tralee Parnells U15, U16 and U17 players were invited to train with the squads. 4
players initially took up the opportunity to play with the U16’s. All 6 players eventually ended
up training and playing with the Minors: Clodagh Begley, Katie Dwyer, Lia O’Connell, Ruth
O’Connell, Saoirse Maloney, Hannah Sharkey. All available players travelled with panels that
played challenge matches against teams from Limerick, culminating in an All-Ireland Minor Blitz in Abbotstown.

In our future notes we hope to bring you further details on Camogie development in 2018 and general team updates.

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