Cllr Requests Meeting With Kerry GAA About Lack Of Big Games For Tralee

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Pa Daly out the back of his offices in 23 Rock Street where a tannery was once located. Photo by Dermot Crean

Cllr Pa Daly wants a meeting with the Kerry County GAA Board about Tralee’s lack of big inter-county games.

A TRALEE Municipal District councillor said that a meeting should take place with members of the GAA county board about the lion’s share of big Kerry games being allocated to Killarney.

Sinn Fein Cllr, Pa Daly, brought up the issue at the monthly meeting on Monday and said he would like councillors to meet with board officials about the issue.

Mayor Jim Finucane said he had addressed the subject with Chairman of the County Board, Pat O’Sullivan, over the weekend.

“I spoke to the Chairman of the County Board and he outlined that there was no plans to downgrade Austin Stack Park and that there were no issues regarding its usage,” said Mayor Finucane.

“Well the downgrading has been going on already,” replied Cllr Pa Daly. “I understand that bulbs need to be replaced in the floodlights and that is the excuse for not having national league games.”

Cllr Daly proposed that the councillors talk to the county board on the issue and his party colleague, Cllr Toireasa agreed.

“I don’t see any harm in talking about it. The games are so important to the economy of Tralee that we continue to have as many big fixtures as possible in the capital.”

Cllr Ferris said that if there are issues with Austin Stack Park in hosting big games it’s best to meet with the GAA to see if the venue can be made more attractive for games there.

Cllr Terry O’Brien said there is bad feeling in the town about it. “We are the capital town but we only get the odd game thrown our way,” he said.



  1. Helen Kerins says:

    It’s about time someone stood up for tralee when it comes to hosting big gaa games
    Why not bring national league games to Tralee on a Saturday night? The local business would be glad of the extra trade I am sure and the gaa loving people of Tralee would I am sure love to be able to go to the Austin stack park rather than constantly having to travel to Killarney

  2. This past summer there were NO intercounty championship matches in Killarney or Tralee. I was only in Kerry once during the summer & that was when I went to Ballybunion in July.