Kerins O’Rahillys GAA Club News

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Round 3 of the Coiste Trá Lí league saw us in Connolly Park for a 12.30 start against local rivals Austin Stacks.

The winter like conditions from the off,  with wind and driving snow showers militated against good football but with the elements at their backs Stacks took control early and fired over some good scores despite the best efforts of an overworked defence where Danny O’Sullivan, David Murphy and Ryan Carroll were to the fore.

It was Ryan Carroll who had us first on the scoreboard when knocking over a good score in the 6th minute but by the 25th minute this was to be our only score with Stacks notching 6 points in that time.

However, some improved play from the back with Shane Brosnan prominent, aided in no small part by Karl Mullins saw us kick two fine scores from the returning John Ferguson to leave the score 0-06 to 0-03 on the 30th minute. Two additional minutes of injury time saw Stacks hit us for two further minors and left them in the ascendancy at the break, 0-08 to 0-03.

The expected fight back on the resumption did not materialise, as it was the home side who tacked on the first 3 scores to push them 8 points to the good after 10 minutes.

A triple substitution on 40 minutes saw Shane McElligott, Seán Collins and Donagh O’Brien enter the fray and they all made an impact, getting on ball and putting pressure on the opposition; a flurry of scores and snow (!) followed, with Rory Molloy, Gazza , Seán Collins & John Ferguson finding their range to leave just four points in it, 0-11 to 0-07 with 5 minutes remaining.

Then a mix up in midfield handed the initiative to Stacks and they lifted the siege to push ahead by 5; worse was to follow as the kick out was snapped up by the opposition and though Gary Kissane parried the initial effort, Stacks were not to be denied and they  found the net from the rebound.

It was left to John Ferguson to wrap up matters when he kicked points from play and a free to leave final score line, Austin Stacks 1-12, Kerins O’Rahillys 0-09.

On a day when few players shone it is worth mentioning the contributions of Danny O’Sullivan, Ryan ” Chucky” Carroll and the returning John Ferguson who all carried the fight to our neighbours.

The game was excellently refereed by Ian Liston of Finuge who was up with the play throughout and applied the rules diligently.

The next game in this competition takes place on Friday night next, 16th Feb when we play Na Gaeil, under lights in John Mitchels complex with a 9 pm start time.

Team: Gary Kissane, Darragh McElligott, Danny O’Sullivan, David Murphy, Chucky Carroll, Shane Brosnan, Karl Mullins, Con Barrett, John C O’Connor, Padraig Griffin, Cian Sayers, Gavin O’Brien, Gazza Savage, Rory  Molloy & John Ferguson.

Subs used: Seán Collins, Rory O’Connor, Jason O’Leary, Donagh O’Brien, Shane McElligott & John Keane.

The minors opening game in the Tralee town league was postponed on Sat to a later date – new fixture will be advised once known and will appear on our website.

In county minor league, we will compete in Division 3A with the competition commencing next week end when we travel to Churchill for the opening round.

This game will take place on Sat 17th Feb, with a throw in time of 4 pm. Again, all fixtures are available to view on the calendar on

Strictly Club Dancing:
Anybody fortunate enough to have witnessed last year’s inaugural “Strictly” will not want to miss out on this year’s event which is scheduled to take place on Friday 16th March in the Brandon Hotel commencing at 8 pm.

At a press release last week, chairman Haulie Kerins outlined the plans for this year’s spectacular, and while it’s the club’s main fund raiser of the year, the  central thrust of the night is one of celebration and fun, centred around the community and their coming together.

The dancers are currently being put through their paces by Strand Road woman, Jackie O’Mahony and she has promised another breathtaking event with some surprises on the night. In addition to the funds raised, two charities chosen by the popular and judges winners will benefit from the occasion.

The club would also like to thank Nathan McDonnell of Ballyseedy Garden Centre and (now also with a location at the Wetlands) for his support as show sponsor which is a significant bonus for the club. So, mark the date in your diaries – Friday 16th March – it promises to be a great night!

Junior Blues:
Preparations are well under way for our return on Sunday mornings. Some of the older age groups have already commenced training.  We will keep everyone updated.

The lucky winner of our juvenile kit is Saoirse McCarthy, congrats! The winner of our competition  by the narrowest of margins was kit B. Check out our facebook page. Thank you to all those who voted for our 2018 kit.

Looking forward to seeing old and new faces. For any enquiries text Adrian (085) 1500199.

U12 Girls
Outdoor training commenced on Sunday for the girls on the astroturf pitch. It was a hardy winter’s morning to say the least. Well done girls!
U14 Girls
Likewise the U14s got off to an early start on Sunday morning on the astroturf pitch. They also braved the elements in the heavy hail and snow showers . Well done to the girls and Danny and Con for training in such wintry conditions. Brrr!
U16 Girls
Diarmuid is busy working on the girls fitness indoors every week. Keep up the good work everyone.
Enjoy the midterm break !
Senior Ladies
There was no training last Sunday morning. Texts will be sent during the week.
Clothes Recycling
Thank you to everyone who contributed and helped out with our  fundraiser towards buying new jerseys.

We are now recruiting for all age groups. New faces always welcome!
For further information text Shirley (086) 8713552 or email Check out our facebook page or our website.

Last week’s lotto jackpot of €2,600 was not won and will climb to €2,700 this coming week. The winning numbers drawn were: 4, 8, 25 & 27. There were 2 match 3 winners, they being – Paula O’Shea and Monika Wojyalike, and they each receive €25.

The five entrants for the special Christmas draw were as follows: Caitlin Lyons, Nora O’Sullivan, Danny Flynn, Paul & Mary Mullins & Tommy Walsh.

Remember, draw takes place each Monday night in the club house, tickets €2 each or 3 for €5.

Sincere sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Una Crowley ( née Spring) who passed away at the weekend – ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

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