Tralee Parnells GAA Club News

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Annual General Meeting

The club AGM was held on Sunday evening in the sports hall at the Sports and Leisure Centre, Oakpark.  As this was the first in-person club meeting in almost two years, everybody was delighted to attend in a more sociable and relaxed atmosphere even if we did have to wear masks! A number of club members also attended remotely via Microsoft Teams.

With just a few changes from 2021 the following officers were elected for 2022:

President – Rory Kerins

Chairperson (Senior) – Stephen Buttimer

Chairperson (Juvenile) – Dermot Reen

Vice Chairperson/Chairperson Camogie – Suzanne Chute

Vice Chairperson (Camogie) – Katie Trant

Secretary (Hurling) – Natalie Hennessy

Secretary (Camogie) – Claire Salmon

Secretary (Juvenile) – David Brick

Treasurer (Hurling) – Gerard O’Connell

Treasurer (Camogie) – Katie Trant

PRO (Hurling) – Kieran Fitzgerald

PRO (Camogie) – Mike Roger O’Sullivan

Registrars: Ger O’Brien & Siobhan Corridan

Development & Facilities Officer- Carmel O’Shea-Maloney

Health & Wellbeing Officer – Caroline Somers

Children’s Officer (Hurling) – Agnes Sheehy

Children’s Officer (Camogie) – Marie Gaynor

Coaching & Games Officer (Hurling) – Colm O’Brien

Coaching & Games Officer (Camogie) – Diarmuid Brennan

Culture & Irish Language Officers – Siobhán Fitzgerald & Damien Kissane

County Board Delegate (Hurling) Dermot Reen

North Kerry Board Delegate –  Dermot Reen

Coiste Na nÓg Delegate – Dermot Reen

County Board Delegates (Camogie) – Mike Mc Carthy & Lynda Murphy

Player Representative (Hurling) Gearoid O’Doherty

Player Representative (Camogie) Lia O’Connell

The Treasurer and Secretary presented their reports for the year and the Chairpersons from Camogie and Hurling gave their address to those in attendance.  All reports commented on another year of disruption due to Covid and the challenges presented especially in the early part of the year as we were all still in lockdown.

Despite these challenges, 2021 was a positive year for the club with membership numbers growing, especially on the Camogie side of the house.   It was also the first year that the club was able to field two adult hurling teams.  The lockdown period also provided an ideal opportunity to review the club development plan.

On the finance side the National Club Draw was a great success and helped to grow the club’s capital account which will be used for the future development of the club.  Winning a prize for being the top selling club in Munster was an added bonus and a great testimony to all involved in organising this draw.

The popularity of the club summer camp and the Kellogg’s Cul camp was noted in a number of the reports.

The club was well represented this year at county level in both hurling and camogie.  A special congratulations was mentioned for our U12 Camogie teams who won their respective county league competitions.  Congratulations was also given to our U13 hurlers who won the St Patricks GAA Invitational blitz in early October.

A number of references were made to the success of the new position of Development and Facilities officer that was created last year and credit goes to Carmel O’Shea who took on the challenge for the year.

Carmel has put in a lot of ground work to help the club find a permanent home.

This role also took responsibility for a lot of the day to day activities such as ensuring pitch availability, scheduling matches/training and improving our facilities at Caherslee.

The club are also very grateful to Kerins O’Rahillys who shared the use of their Healy Park grounds during the busy summer season.

As the club heads into it’s ten year anniversary a number of club members commented on the positive future for the young club with growing numbers and now competing at both juvenile and adult level in both hurling and camogie.

While most of the founding members are still involved it was noted as another positive that none of the current senior club executives were involved initially.

While the future is looking bright, it was noted that we would like to see more members getting involved to help build on the first nine years of work.

The annual reports from all club officers and coaches will be published on our blog page in the coming few days.

Launching the Tralee Parnells Fundraising Fashion Show last week were, from left Sinead and Michael McCarthy of The Kerry Wedding Store with Lisa Curran of Tralee Autism Friendly and Suzanne Chute of Tralee Parnells. Photo by Dermot Crean

Debs and Evening Wear fashion show

Tickets are still available for the upcoming Debs and Evening wear fashion show which will take place on the 21st of November at 4.30pm in Ballyroe Heights hotel. This promises to be a great evening of entertainment with drinks on arrival, a magician, guest speaker, and a live band after the show.

The event is hosted by the Kerry Wedding store with the menswear supplied by Tuexodo.  Don’t miss this great opportunity to see club members on the catwalk.

We ask all club members to support this event as all proceeds will go to Autism friendly Tralee and to Tralee Parnells. Tickets are available at

Club Development Plan

The club’s original five year development plan was created in 2016.  This plan was reviewed and updated during the year and was ratified at a recent club executive meeting.  The club would like to thank everybody who contributed to the document. All members are encouraged to review the plan and to contact any club officer if they wish to contribute to put the plans into action.

Social Hurling

Boys from U9 to 15s are welcome to meet up on Saturday mornings at the astro pitch at the MTU Sports academy for an hour of social hurling.

This is an opportunity for the boys meet up and to keep up their practise during the off season.  Games will be supervised and whoever is available can just turn up that morning.  U9 to U11s meet at 9am, U12 to U15s meet at 10am.

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