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Kerry Camogie Stars in their Eyes:
Tickets are now printed and look great.  All is in readiness for the Kerry Camogie 2019 fundraising event “Stars in their Eyes”. It will take place on Saturday 26th January 2019 in Ballyroe Heights Hotel.  #kerrycamogie #starsintheireyes

Jigsaw Kerry Mental Health:  
In this season, Jigsaw Kerry are publicizing a series of Self Care initiatives and tips. For example Self Care #6. Take breaks from others when being around people gets too much. Self Care #5. Know that a gift does not always need to involve money. Be creative-make a meaningful card, suggest a nice activity such as a walk in nature or a homemade breakfast/treat.
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National Camogie PRO of the Year: 
Congratulations to Risteárd Ó Fuaráin on winning the national Camogie PRO of the year.  Nice to see this recent recognition of the great work for Kerry Camogie done by Risteárd.

2018 Camogie Summary under 12 and older:   

As promised last week, further details on Camogie development in 2018 and general team updates.
General team highlights:
– Meet and Greet: 42 Tralee Parnells girls of all ages and mentors traveled by bus to attend a Kerry Senior Camogie Team “meet and greet” in Causeway on June 29. The younger players loved it and the Seniors were delighted with the turn out.
– Easter Camp, Summer Camp and Cúl Camp: players, aged 13 and under, participated in well-run and fun camps that produced vast improvement in the skill levels of participants; well done David Brick and David O’Dea for driving on the camps. Katie Dwyer, Saoirse Maloney, Clodagh O’Sullivan and Hannah Sharkey were on the coaching teams.
– All-Ireland Camogie Finals: our annual club trip on Sep 9 was a huge success; 28 players and coaches traveled by bus to be among 21,000+ camogie fans in Croke Park to watch the senior and intermediate finals, and the highlight: the Kerry team taking on Dublin in the Junior Final.

Veronica Stack Memorial Tournament: organised by Killarney Camogie Club, U9, U12 and U14 competitions were run off on Sep 29. 54 Tralee Parnells players and mentors traveled by bus to Spa GAA to meet club mates who traveled by car. They played teams from Cork, Kerry and Limerick with mixed results and plenty of fun.   – Youth coaches and referees: 3 players took part in the Young Referee Mentoring Programme run by the Munster Council, and including a First Whistle Referee course. This culminated in 2 players: Saoirse Maloney and Ruth O’Connell, refereeing the half-time displays at Croke Park during the All-Ireland Junior Final. 6 youth camogie coaches volunteered to support the pre-season academies, blitz days and camps

Alternative activities included:
– Kerry Camogie Social
– regular parkruns on Saturday mornings by at least 10 players (not to mention siblings, parents, mentors)
– an evening of entertainment to launch Tralee Parnells first foray into Scór na nÓg
– the Great Parnells Bake-Off 2018, won by Karima Sultan
General Notes:
– WhatsApp groups were created for all teams; this streamlined communication and facilitated self-organisation of carpooling by parents
– Camogie Registration System was used by all as the single source of information for player registration
– Child Safeguarding 1: 7 coaches completed the course in Spring 2018
– A hands-on coaches workshop run by Munster Camogie was attended by 13 Tralee Parnells parents and coaches
– No summer break: concept worked very well; there was continuity for players, and coaches covered for each other during holidays
– Season ends on September 30: concept worked very well; apart from the U14 county final which had been delayed, we did not train or compete after September 30, allowing players to commit to their winter sports and coaches to take a well-earned rest
– Schools visits: U14’s visited their primary schools post-Féile, resulting in some new players trying camogie for the first time
– 2 first aid bags were sponsored by Haven Pharmacy, with thanks to Richard McCluskey. A first aid bag and hamper were sponsored by Lloyds Pharmacy, with thanks to Suzanne Chute.
Thank you all our supporters outside and inside the club:
Thank you to all of our supporters from outside and inside the club, including:
– Mike Corridon, Gina O’Donoghue, Mike Roger O’Sullivan (Tralee Parnells), Kevin O’Sullivan: the Kerry U14 mentors, for supporting our U14 players
– Mike “Tricky” Enright, Sarah Leahy: the Kerry Minor mentors, for supporting our U15/17 players
– Sponsor: Rory Kerins of Pro Plan Property Management for his ongoing support of the club
– Club Officers: David Brick, Stephen Buttimer, Mike Roger O’Sullivan, Brian Sargent, Agnes Sheehy, Dermot Reen
– Schools Link/Development Officers: David O’Dea, Patrice Diggin
– Club Coaches/Managers/Mentors: Names included above
– Parents: Ann Moynihan, who took on the role of Child Protection Officer for the Kerry Camogie
County Board; Richard McCluskey for organising the container, equipment and pitch set-up for blitzes and matches
– Families who brought players to training and matches throughout the season
– Players, for all the fun on Friday nights and on various road trips!

Happy Christmas to All: 
Finally, as another year of progress for our Hurling and Camogie development efforts in Tralee comes to a close, on behalf of everybody at our growing and expanding Tralee Parnells Club, Happy Christmas 2018 to all our readers and our fantastic members and supporters.

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