Tralee Parnells GAA Club News

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Under Management 2017:

Chairman Dermot Reen is delighted to welcome Eoin Burns and his team who will make up Parnells under 6 management team for 2017.  Galway man Eoin originally hails from west of the Shannon and had some of his children already playing on Parnells teams.

Bus Tour 2016:
Please text John Palmer on 087 225 8894, to reserve you seats on the annual Mystery Bus Tour, Thursday the 29th of December.  Leaving the Rose Hotel 9 pm, cover charge EUR10.

Fenit Swim Christmas Day: 
Some hardy Parnells players were spotted in the committed crew braving Storm Conor in Fenit for the annual Christmas Day Swim. Well done to Robin Porter, Ruari O Sullivan and all Parnells family members who faced down the Atlantic.

Reports to the AGM:
This week we have an update from the schools liaison and coaching area.  The schools coaching is going well in the town of Tralee.

The base numbers for under 8s and under 10s is solid and this reflects the coaching that has been done in those age groups in the club and the coaching in 1st to 4th classes. It is important that these classes are not neglected because the younger we get the child into the club the better chance we have of them staying in the club.

The blitzes are something we need to do more of. This can be difficult because there is so much going on in schools already and find a time to suit all is very difficult. But in my experience the blitzes are the best way of getting the child to try out hurling in the club.

The Tuesday nights are also proving a great success and need to be continued and extending to under 12 level at least.  We need to be providing these lads with 2 days in the week for hurling and if they are playing matches on the Friday training on a Tuesday would definitely help them.

Seasons Greetings:
Tralee Parnells Hurling and Camogie Club wish all our members and supporters a happy Christmas and a 2017 full of hurling and camogie.

Games Development Conference:
The 2017 GAA Games Development Conference will take place in Croke Park on Friday, January 6th and Saturday, January 7th 2017 and will focus on issues related to players across the playing pathway (Child, Youth and Adult players).

On Friday, January 6th we will have a special games-based forum, including presentations by expert Hurling and Gaelic football coaches such as Paul Kinnerk, (Coach, Limerick Senior Hurling Team 2017), Mick Bohan, (Coach, Clare Senior Football Team 2016) and former Cavan footballer and Coach to Greater Western Sydney AFL Club, Nicholas Walsh.

As a player, Paul Kinnerk has represented Limerick senior footballers, winning a National League Division 3 medal in 2013. Kinnerk also served as coach to the Clare U21 hurlers (All-Ireland Champions 2012 – 2014).

In 2016, he links up with his native county’s senior hurling squad. Mick Bohan is one of the most sought after coaches in Gaelic football. A physical education teacher, Mick has coached Dublin U21 (All Ireland champions 2010) and Senior footballers (AllIreland champions 2013) and the Clare Senior Footballers (National Football League Division 3 winners 2016).

In 2016, he returns to his native Dublin, taking over as manager to the senior Ladies Gaelic Football team. Nicholas Walsh is backs coach for the Greater Western Sydney AFL club. A native of Cavan town, Nicholas was a prodigious underage footballer, captaining the Irish compromise rules U17 team.

He was introduced to AFL after being drafted as an ‘International Rookie’ in 2000. After three injury affected years, Nicholas returned to Cavan. Walsh joined GWS in 2011 in the area of Strength and Conditioning and has subsequently transitioned into coaching as the interim backline coach for the 2016 AFL season.

In 2013-14, he also worked with the Irish International Rules team as their Performance Coach.

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