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Paudie Dineen, Co. Board Hurling Officer presents the Hall of Fame award to Paddy Walshe.

SENIOR CLUB AWARDS NIGHT : A very successful Senior Club Awards night took place on Saturday, Feb 3rd in The Clubhouse. Paudie Dineen, Co. Board Hurling Officer presented the Minor team with their Co. League Div 1B winning medals.

The following awards were presented on the night : Minor Player of the Year – Adam Maunsell, U21 Player of the Year – Stevie O’Sullivan, Intermediate Player of the Year – Stevie O’Sullivan, Senior Player of the Year – Jamesie O’Connor, Clubperson of the Year – Brian O’Donovan.

Paudie Dineen, Co. Board Hurling Officer presents Minor Player of the Year award to Adam Maunsell.

Special Merit Awards went to Michael Slattery for his All-Ireland Minor Football success and Ronan O’Donovan, Stevie O’Sullivan and Michael O’Leary who were part of the Kerry team that won the All-Ireland U21 B Hurling title in 2017.

Paudie Dineen, Co. Board Hurling Officer presents Clubperson of the Year -award to Brian O’Donovan.

The Hall of Fame Recipient this year was Paddy Walshe. Born in 1947, this hurling stalwart started out his playing career at a young age, in the early 1950s.

Following success at various levels underage, this man went onto have an illustrious playing and management career with the club at Senior level. In 1965, he lined out between the posts on the Killahan team that won the N.K. Intermediate League for the very first time.

In 1971, he was sub-goalie on the Abbeydorney team that lost out to Kilmoyley in the Co. Senior C’Ship final. Mr. Paddy Walshe went on to play a most significant part in determining the outcome of the eagerly-awaited 1974 Co. C’Ship Final.

As John Barry, Austin Stacks and Sports Editor with The Kerryman at the time said: “I never saw a man make so many impossible saves as O’Dorney goalkeeper Paddy Walsh did that day; then Jackie Condon put three in the net at the other end, that finished us off.”

While the pinnacle of his playing career was conceivably winning the 1974 Co. Senior Hurling C’Ship, his hurling achievements did not stop there. He returned once again to his native club in the 90’s and in 1999 he was selector with the Minor C’Ship winning side. In 2000 he managed the Junior team to County C’Ship success and became the club’s most successful manager when the team completed the historic 3-in-a-row in 2002.

Congratulations to all award recipients and also to everyone who supported the event on the night.

CLUB MEMBERSHIP : Abbeydorney GAA Senior and Juvenile Annual Club Membership 2018 is now open and you can NOW REGISTER ONLINE…. You will have the facility to pay online by Credit Card, Debit Card (such as Visa/Debit). Please follow the link : and Select one of the Membership plans to REGISTER. COSTS :- ADULT (Over 18) : €60, JUVENILE (9 – 18) : €25, ACADEMY (U6/U8) : €15.


PERMISSION TO PLAY : All players wishing to apply for Permission to Play Football for another club MUST submit an application form to the Kerry County Board. Forms can be downloaded from the club’s website or are also available in The Clubhouse. Any queries please contact Secretary on (087) 699 3914.

INTER-COUNTY HURLING : Round 3 of the Allianz Hurling League -v- Kildare will take place this Sunday, Feb 18th -v- Kildare in Newbridge @ 2pm. Best of luck to club players, Jamesie O’Connor, Niall O’Mahoney and Brendan O’Leary(currently injured) who are part of the Kerry Panel for the League. Oisin Maunsell, Jedd Maunsell and Brendáin Walsh lined out with the Kerry U15s last Saturday afternoon -v- Sarsfields, Cork, played @ John Mitchels Pitch, Tralee.

MONTHLY DRAW : The Club’s Annual Draw will commence again this month, with the first draw taking place on Sunday, February 25th. It will run over 4 months this year from February to May. Entry is €10 per month with the following prizes each month : 1st Prize – €1000, 2nd Prize – €200, 3rd Prize – €100. This draw is paramount in subsidising the running costs of the club for the year and your support once again would be greatly appreciated. You can contact any club officer for entry or you can enter the draw online also at :

SCÓR SINSEAR : Scór Sinsear County Final will take place on Saturday February 24th in Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal,  Casteisland, starting with the Quiz at 4pm, followed by all other competitions at 6pm. Any club member interested in taking part in any of the events, please  contact Secretary on (087) 699 3914. Events include : Quiz, Figure Dancing, Novelty Act, Ballad Group, Recitation and Set Dancing.

CONGRATULATIONS : to Darragh O’Connell and his Cuala teammates who have reached the All-Ireland Senior Club Hurling Final again this year. The club would like to wish Darragh and his teammates the best of luck in the final on St. Patricks Day in Croke Park.

REFEREEING COURSE : Kerry GAA are running a foundation level course for referees in the coming weeks. Any club member wishing to take part in the course, please contact Club Secretary on (087) 699 3914. Courses will take place on Feb 23rd and March 2nd in Austin Stacks Park, Tralee @ 8pm.

NORTH KERRY HURLING BOARD : Patrick Slattery has been elected as the Club’s North Kerry Hurling Board Delegate for 2018, along with Jackie Treanor.

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