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Parnells Adult Camogie Debut:
Another fantastic milestone achieved for Tralee Parnells when our adult camogie players took to the field in the Kerry Adult Camogie Invitational Blitz at Kerry GAA Centre of Excellence, Currans on Saturday the 28th of April.

Check out Tralee Parnells social media for a fuller account of the proceedings on the day.  Well done to the adults and  teenagers over 16s who played for our first ever competitive matches as an adult camogie club, in three very competitive games.

Our squad on the day had a great blend of experience, youth and newcomer enthusiasm and it was great to see all the gym and on-field preparation this year come together, as the players worked for and encouraged each other and put in a superb effort throughout the tournament.  Some of our members who have been training with us could not make it on the day, but not to worry, no doubt this is just the first of many outings for this squad.

Kerry Adult Camogie Invitational Blitz:

A very successful Kerry Adult Camogie Invitational Blitz was played off at Kerry GAA Centre of Excellence, Currans on Saturday the 28th of April. Teams from Cork, Clare and Kerry played a series of round robins, followed by cup, shield and plate finals.

After some well contested group games, Inagh-Kilnamona met St Vincents in the cup final, Newtownshandrum of Cork played Causeway-Cillard in the shield final, while adult camogie newcomers Tralee Parnells and Kilkee-Bealaha faced off in the plate final.  In the cup final, Inagh-Kilnamona and St Vincents showed the skill and strength that had been on display in their group games.

They put on a good exhibition of the level the other teams will want to aim for, in a game that finished with Inagh-Kilnamona  lifted the cup trophy.  The shield final was dominated in the scoring stakes in the opening half by Causeway-Cillard who took their scores well and held out strongly defensively.

However in the second half Newtownshandrum found the net and narrowed the gap to set up a close and intense final few minutes, with the Kingdom side holding out to claim the shield trophy.

The contestants for the plate are both newcomers to adult camogie and Sunday was the first ever competitive outing by Tralee Parnells as an adult camogie team.  Their opposition Kilkee-Bealaha did not let their relative inexperience take from their enjoyment of the game and they contested strongly with Tralee Parnells who had the best of the scoring in the opening half.

Kilkee-Bealaha took their own scores in the second half, leading to huge cheers from their followers and great celebrations among the players.

At the final whistle Tralee Parnells had a narrow lead that gave them the plate trophy, but it is fair to say both sides enjoyed the tussle immensely.  As the Players and mentors wound down on the sideline, we could already hear plans being suggested of a return trip to West Clare for the Tralee side.

We wish a speedy recovery to the players who picked up knocks and injuries over the course of their 4 or 5 games.

As Joe Walsh of Kerry Camogie County Board told the assembled teams as he presented the trophies, adult camogie is in a development phase in Kerry and we are delighted to have the support of teams from more established club scenes, come and play us as we seek to drive on and increase our numbers of players and teams and our level of ability and competitiveness.  Overall a very enjoyable day of camogie and very well worth the effort it took to organise and run.  Outings like this are vital to the development of the game in Kerry and beyond and we hope to see many more similar initiatives.  Many thanks to the organizers and officials, in particular Teresa O Connor, Fixtures Secretary, Kerry Camogie.

Launch Night Party 25th of May:
Parents and Volunteers from each Tralee Parnells team will be selling tickets shortly for our Launch Night Party on 25th May 2019.   This is a huge night for our club, to mark the Launch in 2019 of both our adult men and adult women teams in this milestone year for our club.

Under 16 Boys:
The following are the fixtures for the Co U 16 Hurling League Div 2 semi finals.

Thursday May 2nd 7.00 pm. Extra time.

First named teams at home.

Crotta v Tralee Parnells

Lixnaw v Abbeydorney

Féile Locations for June:
The venues for the initial games and first playoff have been published.  In camogie, Tralee start Friday at Killarney Spa GAA vs Roscommon 2 and then vs Killarney. Saturday morning has Tralee at home in Caherslee vs Monaghan.   Saturday afternoon sees us crossing the county bounds to Baile Mhuirne.  For the boys, our Féile hurlers in division 7 start in Currans vs Sligo 2, then vs Kenmare-Kilgarvan, all on Friday evening.  Saturday morning has them vs Tyrone 2 at home in Caherslee in a double header with our girls.

GAA Social Media Policy and Guidelines:

All members are invited to make themselves familiar with the GAA Social Media Guidelines. See the summary and line, posted online at

Camogie Rules Players Survey:

A WGPA survey has shown that 82% of inter-county camogie players are in favour of trialling new rules to bring the game more in line with how hurling is officiated.

Ahead of Saturday’s Camogie Association ‘feedback forum’, this Women’s Gaelic Players Association survey will have left the game’s top officials in no doubt as to the strong desire among players for a sweeping overhaul of the camogie rulebook.

At Congress earlier this year, a motion was passed to allow for the trialling of new rules. At present, the camogie rulebook outlaws shouldering and ‘moving into an opponent’s body’, effectively rendering the game a non-contact sport.

Last September’s All-Ireland camogie final between Cork and Kilkenny made for pretty turgid viewing, the game blighted by 36 frees and containing only nine scores from play. Similarly unappealing was the Galway-Kilkenny semi-final, a fixture which also had a freecount in the thirties and produced a meagre seven scores from play.

Elsewhere, the majority of players (95%) were in favour of double-headers with men’s games, with 96% of players keen for integration with the GAA in terms of a strategic plan and matched investment for camogie.

See fuller details online at


Tralee Parnells would like to express our sympathies to the Canty family on their recent bereavement.

Tralee Parnells would like to express our sympathies to the O’Shea-Maloney family on their recent bereavement.

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