Tralee Parnells GAA Club News

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Tickets for Launch Party 25th May Ashe Hotel: 
There are still some tickets available from Tralee Parnells team mentors for our celebratory party on Saturday the 25th at the Ashe Hotel.

This will be a great night of club history, where we will formally mark 2019 as the year when, after several years building our underage structures and membership, our adult men and women took to the field to represent Tralee in hurling and camogie, in the year we were formally confirmed by Kerry GAA county board as a full senior club.

We will also be publishing a once off commemorative programme for the occasion, with photos of our teams and messages from supporters and well wishers.

South Kerry Hurling League:
Well done Tralee Parnells Hurling and Camogie Club men Wednesday in your win at Duagh in the South Kerry Hurling League. Thanks to Duagh Gaa Club for hosting us in your fine facilities with a playing surface in top hurling order.  Final score 5-12 to 0-12.  First win for our adult men in this our first year competing as an adult club under Kerry GAA county board.

Intermediates vs Ladys Walk:
Disappointing loss for our Intermediates Friday evening in the 1/4 of the North Kerry Championship. It looked good for around 40 mins with Darragh Reen running riot up front and our defence well on top but the loss of Ciaran Breen was a bad loss for an already under strength Parnells.

Fair play to Ladys Walk driven on by the great Liam Boyle who dragged themselves back into the game and took their scores when it mattered. Great effort from our lads and the experience for our players in games like this is what a new club and panel needs. If we can start eliminating foolish frees and start taking goals chances we’ll be right up there. Thanks to Mike O’Halloran for the report.

NKIHC 1/4 Final played in Caherslee, Tralee Parnell’s 0-13. Lady’s Walk 0-15.  Liam Boyle’s frees edged The Walkers over the line in this entertaining game, Parnell’s were in command as they led early in the second half by four points and seemed to be on their way to the semifinal, the loss of Ciaran Breen was huge for Parnell’s as he was having a fine tussle with Liam Boyle.
Parnell’s lined out without Tadhg Brick and Colm O’Gillogain (who to my mind is one of the finest forwards in Kerry hurling at any grade).

Lady’s Walk were guilty of some wayward shooting which was their undoing in the first half, that poor shooting could have cost the Walker’s this game but they were kept in it by the concession of frees by Parnell’s.

Parnell’s came very close but they need a little more experience at this level and perhaps a little bit more cuteness in difficult situations,7 that comes from competing against teams who may not be better than them but are much further down the road.

Schools Coaching Outreach:
As noted on social media; Blennerville National School … Many thanks to Diarmuid Brennan from Parnell’s hurling for taking 5 classes today for the first of some hurling lessons. Safety was key to today’s session.

It was great fun to wear the helmets and after being warned that they were dangerous and not swords, an Infant was overheard saying that hurleys make great walking sticks.  Check out the fun in the photos at

U14 County League:
Defeat in the last round of the U14 county league for Parnells. After a promising first half where we played against a stiff breeze and went in level our lads seemed to run out of steam. St Brendan’s were the much better team in the second half and pulled away in the end.
Semi final still to come so plenty to play for yet.

U14 Camogie Féile:
Great game of camogie Sunday evening in Abbeydorney where Parnells faced Killarney in the county B final of Féile 2019.  While both teams created good scoring opportunities and Tralee Parnells had a goal chance cleared off the line by stout Killarney defending, in the first half the southern side were more efficient with their opportunities and held the lead at half time, with .  Parnells have continued to show progress this season and as the second half went on they defended well and created opportunities down the field that brought the spectators a nail biting finish with just 2 points separating the sides.

Killarney stayed ahead at the whistle, while Tralee can take heart in another game where they upped their level and showed further improvement as a panel.  Great preparation for our participation in national Féile which is now almost upon us.

Under 11 Boys:
Our under 11s traveled to Abbeydorney Monday evening to play two games in the North Kerry U11 league. A glorious evening for hurling and our lads started well against the local side winning 5-03 to 1-02, Luke Hanafin did most of the damage for us and look to be a great prospect .
We then played a very talented St Brendans team who had Brody Leen in top form. Our lads played well and actually led by a point with 5 mins to go but St Brendans pushed on and scored 2 goals to get the win. Final score Parnells 3-03 St Brendans 3-07.

Under 10 Boys:
Well done to our under 10 boys who played in the first South Kerry blitz of the year yesterday evening in Firies.   We fielded two teams and both played very well. Our 9 years olds are coming on nicely and the likes of Luke Hanafin, Daniel Spring, Ben Litchfield, Jayden Sugrue, Sean Sargent and Ronan Brick are playing mighty hurling at the moment.

Under 6 and 8:
Our under 6 boys and girls and Under 8 boys headed for Dromakee Friday evening to take on Crotta and Lixnaw. Under 6 manager Damien Kissane and Under 8 manager Fiona Reidy were delighted with the performance of both squads and the kids hard work in training is paying off.

Notes on the History of Tralee Parnells:
Unearthing and documenting more fully the early history of hurling and camogie in Tralee
and the activities of the original Tralee Parnells, is one of the goals identified in the club

plan published by Tralee Parnells Hurling and Camogie Club in 2015. There is a great photo from 1919 at the back of that booklet. In its current incarnation, Tralee Parnells was re-launched as a club in 2012, under the auspices of Kerry County Board and the GAA Munster Council.
As noted in that plan document, since 2012, the volunteers involved had not been idle.
From small beginnings, the player and mentor numbers have been grown progressively each
succeeding year, to a point where, in 2015, Tralee Parnells trained players and fielded mixed
teams under 6 and 8, camogie under 10, 12 and 14 and boys under 10, 12, 14, 16 and Minor.
From among these players, Tralee Parnells had an encouraging number of our members
called up to participate on the 2015 County Development Panels. Among these players we numbered
Cathal Dunne, Brian Lonergan, Clodagh Begley, Katie Dwyer, Saoirse Maloney, Lia
O’Connell, Ruth O’Connell, Hannah Sharkey, Yasmine Sultan, Devon Burns, Darragh
Reen and Ruarí O Sullivan.  In the years since, the number of our players in Kerry jerseys has continued to increase and in 2019 it was a proud moment for all in Tralee Parnells when our own Kerry hurler Tadhg Brick took the field for the men from the Kingdom in Killarney against the Meath hurlers.  Tadhg and his teammates through their teenage years played in the Parnells colours from the reformation of the club in 2012 and we hope his is just the first of many Parnells who will don the green and gold and strike a sliotar for the Kingdom as adults representing our club.

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