Tralee Parnells GAA Club News

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Reports to the AGM:
Continuing our extracts from Reports to the AGM, this time from the perspective of our Parnells club secretary.   Our Cúl Camp took place in Caherslee in August, around 40 boys and girls took part in the camp.

The club ran two very successful camps during the Easter break in March and in July. Both camps were well attended and the quality of coaching was very good. The Easter camp had 44 boys and girls from 7 to 14, the summer camp had 30 boys and girls from 7 to 14 years of age.

The club wants to thank Rory Kerins of Pro-Plan Property Management for his support in 2016; we wish Rory and his family they very best in 2017.

The addition of the storage unit to Caherslee has made a huge difference for our managers/coaches and schools coaches and thanks to Richard McCluskey for his fine work in building the presses and shelves in the container.

Well done to all Parnells players in hurling and Camogie that represented their county this year, congratulation to minor hurler Ciaran Breen who was a member of the Kerry panel who won the All Ireland B competition.

Thanks to those that attended the club meetings and subcommittee meeting and helped in the development of the club in 2016.

Thanks and well done to Carmel Maloney and her team for their great work in developing Camogie in the town.  Thanks to the club officers for their commitment and hard work during the year.

Thanks to our club treasurers who took a major work load off my table and ensured the club is heading in the right direction financially.  Thanks to those involved in the Sub committees especially the fundraising committee.

Thanks to the coaches and Volunteers the give up their time and helped out throughout the year.  Thanks to the managers and coaches that organised Blitzes, challenge matches and trips away throughout the year.

Thanks to those that help in the organising and running of various events throughout the year.  Thanks to Moss and Michael and the county board for their help with Caherslee field.

Thanks to all the players for their commitment throughout the year.  Thanks to the parents for transporting the players to training and matches, hurling is a not the first sport for many of our players but with encouragement from home there is no reason why the kids won’t keep playing the game.

Thanks to the North Kerry board for allowing us to play in their competitions.  Thanks to the staff of Charlie bar and bistro for their support throughout the year, they have been good supporters of the club since the beginning and it is much appreciated.

Thanks to Dermot Reen our club Chairman who has worked tirelessly in his role as Chairman since last November to ensure the club continues to develop.

Seniors Season:
This past weekend marked the beginning of a new season for the seniors.  We hope our players are all following the action and looking to analyse and emulate the skills, techniques and teamwork on display.

International Link:
There is a a link on the Tralee Parnells Facebook page, to an interesting article and archive video interview from the visit to Gaelic Park in New York in 1965 by legendary commentator ‎Mícheál Ó hEithir.

Since 1926 Gaelic Park at 240th St and Broadway in the Bronx has been the home to the GAA in New York. In this report from 1965 Michael O’Hehir visits Gaelic Park. John O’Donnell gives the history of Gaelic Park, he has been connected with the venue since 1944.

At the pitch side in Gaelic Park commentator John ‘Lefty’ Devine also speaks to Michael O’Hehir. Some young Irish emigrants explain that Gaelic Park is also an important venue for social gatherings and to meet other Irish people.

Some members and supporters of Tralee Parnells Hurling & Camogie Club will recognize the place and maybe some faces too in this nostalgic trip down memory lane.

Marchers Wanted:
In just a few weeks time Parnells would like to have some of our players demonstrating their hurling skills as we march along in the Tralee St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Thursday the 17th of March.

Please contact club officers if you are available to bring along your hurley and sliotar to show boys and girls along the route some of the things that our club is all about.

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