Kerins O’Rahillys GAA Club News

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Kerins O’ Rahilly’s proud Kerry minor Jake Foley making his debut last week with selector Mark Fitzgerald . Proud of you Jake !

Senior Division 1 County League Round 6

Kerins O Rahillys 2-13

Rathmore 2-09

Rathmore were the visitors on Saturday evening last , for the latest round of the county league. Played in ideal conditions the home team started brightly with two points from the Jack Savage in the fourth minute and Shane McElligott a minute later.

Jack Savage kicked a close in free , and young TJ Heaphy kicked a neat point off his left to leave us ahead 4-1 after twelve minutes.

The East Kerry side then struck for a goal , coming from some sloppy play in our forward division , when we should have pointed from close in, instead we lost possession and the opposition broke upfield and palmed to the net to leave the sides level midway through the half.

We responded well with points from Barry John Keane and Jack Savage and a goal from Tommy Walsh . The goal coming after Tom Hoare gathered around the middle and after a driving run found Walsh at the edge of the square for the easy finish.

At this stage we were dominating possession, with David Moran, Sean Walsh, Tom Hoare and Gavin O Brien dominating the midfield area. Tom Hoare was to get our second goal two minutes later to put us into a commanding lead of 2-6 to 1-2.

Credit to Rathmore however , as they rallied and kicked five points in a row to narrow the gap at the break to two points. A half where O’Rahillys really should have converted more chances, some poor decision making and poor shooting leaving the opposition well in the game at the break.

We started the second half similar to the first with two quick points from Jack Savage and Shane McElligott.

The four point lead would not last long as Rathmore would soon strike for their second goal, again we were guilty of taking the wrong option, when we had an open goal at our mercy at the other end, Ross O Callaghan had made a lung bursting run off loaded to Shane McElligott, and should have received the return enabling him to finish to an empty net, however McElligott opted to shoot , the ball smothered by the Rathmore keeper, this resulted in the ball ending up in our net moments on again.

Rathmore levelled in the next passage of play to leave the score 2-08 apiece. The large crowd then witnessed a scoreless next twelve minute, during this period the blues again squandered a number of good scoring chances.

The Rathmore men were well in the game right the way through and the result could have went either way as we approached the closing five minutes.

Barry John Keane , who up till this point was having a mixed evening , kicked up into the lead , but again Rathmore levelled. But Barry John showed all his experience when he took on his man and struck a sweet point off his left, Keane added a close in free soon after to put us two up.

Then came the score of the game , when Sean Walsh , who impressed throughout, fetched superbly from a Rathmore kick out, and launched a sixty yard diagonal ball into brother Tommy, who in turn won a fantastic mark.

Tommy converted from in front of the goals to put us three points up as we approached the thirty minute mark. The final passage of play saw Gavin O Brien kick the insurance point from thirty yards out on the right, with the final whistle sounding soon after.

Players and management will be happy with the win against a strong Rathmore side, who showed just why they are top of the table.

While it was undoubtedly a good win for the home side, some work is needed with some of our decision making and conversion rate going forward.

We are out again this coming weekend with a journey to Kenmare on Saturday evening.
Team:S Foley, S Nix,RO’Callaghan,D McElligott,P Neenan,C Coffey,TJ Heaphy(1),D Moran,T Hoare(1 goal),G O’Brien(1), J Savage (3,1f),S Walsh,BJ Keane (3,1f), T Walsh(1-1),S McElligott (2)
Subs Used: B Hanafin,G Savage, D O Sullivan, C O Sullivan.

Division 6A
Kerins O Rahillys B 0-11      Fossa B 2-13
Our second team were out on Sunday afternoon to Fossa in Strand Road.
There was very little between the teams in a low scoring first half .
Fossa scored two quick goals early in the second half which ultimately decided the contest. The team tried hard to reduce the deficit, but the gap was too great and the visitors ran out worthy winners.

Upcoming Fixtures
Saturday May 21st
SFL DIV 1 Rd 7
Kenmare Shamrocks v Kerins O Rahillys @7pm
Sunday May 22nd
Kerins O Rahillys B v Kenmare Shamrocks B @2pm.

We are looking for everyone within our club and community to take part in the Lidl ‘One Good Club’ programme  with us –  family, friends, schools, areas and communities.

Many a person’s social, emotional and mental well-being has been impacted over the past few years because of dare we mention it , the dreaded ‘Covid.’
We now want to go all out and treat and spoil our club members and community.

We want to get  the kids, friends, parents , grandparents out there and have a bit of fun!!

What’s in it for everyone… more opportunities to meet up with others, more engagement and more awareness about how the simple things in life are good for us.

We believe that our club plays a vital role in promoting and supporting the mental health and well-being of our young people and of our community. Being involved in Kerins O’ Rahilly’s Club is an outlet for many and can provide a supportive and safe environment for our youngsters .

We ask that you keep an eye on our social media for our upcoming events. Lots of fun to be had by all….


Great craic as always at Kerins O’ Rahilly’s Gaelic4Girls session

What a brilliant morning in Pat Healy Park, Ballyrickard  last Saturday for fun, enjoyment and football.
The monsters were a big hit again for our ‘FUN‘ drills. Lots of great ideas for our G4G dance , hard to decide on the music though!! Looking forward to seeing what each girl has planned for our dance next week…
We finished off with well deserved deliciously colourful treats – Random ice pops and Smarties.

Welcome  to our new team mate Abbey O’ Connor.
Happy birthday to Ruby and Taylor Kate who celebrated their birthdays during the week.
A great turnout at training again last Saturday by this eager team of fantastic young ladies. Keep up the good work! We are proud of you!


Strand Road Blues posing for a post game photo last Wednesday in Ballyrickard.

Our U12 Blues team played Beale in Ballyrickard last Wednesday in round 1 of the Co. league. We had 14 girls and Beale a panel of 22.
The game  saw Beale having the upper hand throughout and the Blues defending with great courage while the forwards chipped  in a couple of excellent points. Beale scored a succession of points  early in the first half which put the match beyond the reach of the Strand Road girls, however all coaches and parents were delighted with the way that our girls continued to battle for every ball. Well done to everyone!
In round 2 we are away to Listowel Emmets. Throw in will be at 6p.m. in Frank Sheehy Park.
Best of luck to all!

A trip back to Neidín last Wednesday for these young lassies who treated us to some lovely football in round 1 of the Co. league. Well done to the girls, their coaches and parents on a fantastic display of skills v ISG. For many it was their first ever game played in South Kerry. Comhghairdeas!
In round 2 we are away to Listowel Emmets. Throw in will be at 7.15p.m. in Frank Sheehy Park. Best wishes to everyone!

A well deserved break last week from training…school football, community games etc. Busy busy  ladies!
Next up is the Co. League so back training again this week in preparation for this competition. We welcome Aimee and Lily who have permission to play with us and are bursting to play games! Best of luck to you and hope that you’ll both enjoy your football.

Many of the NCP County League finals were played in Ballyrickard on Sunday and what a bonanza of games the girls had under glorious early summer sunshine. Great to see!

Kerins O’ Rahilly U14 Kerry players Aoibheann McCarthy and Saoirse O’ Connor MacCarthy only speechless to have met Gavin White and David Clifford at their training last Saturday

With less than a week away to the biggest game of the season for the Kerry U14 team and management, Kerins O’ Rahillys would like to wish the team and management all the best in the final and no doubt they will do the county proud.

• Show your support for the team and management and especially for our Aoibheann McCarthy and Saoirse O’ Connor MacCarthy.

Tickets for the game can be purchased by clicking on the following link

Cork v Kerry
Saturday 21st May
Pairc Ui Rinn
Throw in 1pm

The excitement is building as we are Féile bound on Saturday, June 4th to participate in division 3 in Mallow.
The management have set up a GoFundMe so check out our Facebook page. If you would like to make any contribution at all we would appreciate it.
As everyone can only imagine the girls are still on cloud 9 and so looking forward to their day out.

In round 5 of the Co. League division 3 we hosted Moyvane / Duagh . It was a very sporting game with some lovely scoring and fantastic team work.
Our team was understrength but played out a great game . Special mention to our goalie Millie Hayes who had a terrific game .
Final Score:
Kerins O’ Rahilly 3-09
Moyvane/ Duagh 4-15

In our final round of the Co. League we host Moyvane. Throw in will be at Ballyrickard pitch next Friday, May 20th.
Best of to everyone!

Our senior ladies made the trip to Glenflesk last Sunday evening. Our ladies went in with a lead at half time but unfortunately  didn’t hold onto it for the second half.
Final Score:
Glenflesk 1-18
Kerins O’ Rahilly 1-08
In the next round of the Donal Curtin Cup we host Southern Gaels B. More details to follow…

“Take time, a door will open ,“ inspiring words by Donal Walsh who left us far too early nine years ago! Donal touched so many lives with his writings and his appearance on Brendan O’ Connor’s Saturday Night Show.
We still remember your beautiful smile , what you did for the youth and what your family are doing every day! Thinking of everyone!

Gentle reminder..
If you have paid ‘Family’ membership to the club via Club Zap this does not include LGFA membership unfortunately.

Any girl born in 2011 and before it must register with the LGFA on the Foireann system.
Unfortunately those who don’t register on time will no longer be eligible to train and play as everyone MUST be registered with the LGFA for insurance purposes and it is also an absolute requirement without exception.

It is therefore imperative that all are paid up by May 23rd.

If paying in 2 instalments both must be paid before registration can be processed.

Players, coaches and admin all need to register with the LGFA on the Foireann system ONLY.

Juvenile Notes
Another great turn out for our Juvenile Academy last Sunday morning in all ages in Ballyrickard.  We also welcomed new players in various age groups which is lovely to see. Everyone made them feel very welcome and we look forward to getting to know them and see them in action on the pitch.

Thank you to all our players for attending and putting in a huge effort as always and of course thank you to their parents and guardians for bringing them.
All ages took part in training under the supervision of our enthusiastic and qualified coaches. There was huge focus on various skills required and the children really enjoyed learning and improving their skills as they practiced in the sunshine followed by a fun and friendly game with their team mates to put their skills to practice. All ages were asked to practice various skills at home during the week, so why not take 5-10 minutes each evening if you can to practice some of these skills with your child.

New members are always welcome so if your child is interested please come along. Juvenile Academy training continues in Ballyrickard next Sunday 22nd May at 10am. Thank you to everyone who has registered on ClubZap you have been added to your relevant groups to ensure you receive important information regarding training, games etc. If you are having any difficulty in setting up your clubzap a member of our club is always available on Sunday mornings to help out. We look forward to seeing everyone next week for another fantastic morning of training.

Lotto Coordinator
Our club are looking for an honest ,trusted and committed club member to coordinate our weekly lotto,this would involve approx 2/3 hours work per week mainly on Mondays and Tuesdays,
If you are interested in helping out,please reply  to Tony Corridon at

Club Function Rooms to Rent.
The club currently have two function rooms available to rent.
The upstairs Pat Healy Room is a large function room perfect for exercise classes, seminars, meetings, private functions , parties etc.
Downstairs is a smaller more intimate venue again ideal for any event.
The rooms are available at hourly, daily or weekly rates.
For further information contact Katie at 087 6967542

Lotto Results
May 2nd


No Winner of Jackpot €5,100

No Match  3 winners €25

Draw for 4 €250 December 2022
Paul Ryan DD
Sinead Trant c/o Rock St PO
Paula O Sullivan c/o Rock St PO
Johnny & Bunny c/o Betty’s
Dan Walsh DD

Next Weeks Jackpot €5,200

To the Families of –
Tommy Foley , St John’s Park.Tralee
All in Kerins O RAHILLYS Club were saddened to hear of the passing of Tommy Foley.
Tommy wore our senior jersey with distinction winning 3 senior co championships by age of 20 .. the youngest player we had on ‘53,’54 and ‘57 winning teams,he also played Kerry minor and contested All Ireland minor final in 1954. He was also a great supporter of the club throughout his life , never forgetting his blue roots.
May He Rest in Peace.

Noirin O Donnell , Princess Street, Tralee.
May she rest in peace.

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