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Tralee Parnells Hurling & Camogie Club AGM
The club held its AGM last Friday night virtually via Zoom. As the club now has Senior club status, Tralee Parnells elected a Senior Chairperson & Secretary for the first time. At a well attended meeting, the following was a list of the Officers elected for 2021:

President – Rory Kerins

Chairperson (Senior) – Stephen Buttimer

Chairperson (Juvenile) – Dermot Reen

Vice Chairperson/Chairperson Camogie – Suzanne Chute

Secretary (Hurling) – Natalie Hennessy

Secretary (Camogie) – Claire Salmon

Secretary (Juvenile) – David Brick

Treasurer – Gerard O’Connell

Asst. Treasurer – Katie Trant

PRO – Kieran Fitzgerald

Asst. PRO – Mike Roger O’Sullivan

Registrars: Ger O’Brien & Siobhan Corridan

Development & Facilities Officer- Carmel O’Shea-Maloney

Health & Wellbeing Officer – Caroline Somers

Children’s Officer (Hurling) – Agnes Sheehy

Children’s Officer (Camogie) – Marie Gaynor

Coaching & Games Officer (Hurling) – Colm O’Brien

Coaching & Games Officer (Camogie) – Diarmuid Brennan

Scór Officer – Siobhán Fitzgerald

County Board Delegate (Hurling) Damien Kissane

Coiste Na nÓg Delegate Damien Kissane/Dermot Reen

North Kerry Board Delegate- Damien Kissane/Dermot Reen

County Board Delegates (Camogie) – Mike Roger O’Sullivan / Hazel O’Leary

Player Representative (Camogie) Lia O’Connell

Reports from all the outgoing officers were read out and the primary theme of the majority of the reports was how indebted the club was to all those volunteers who fulfilled Covid Supervisor roles when we returned to play in July and for consistently keeping the Covid guidelines at the forefront of everything we did .

It was their responsibility to ensure that all players, teams and volunteers knew their responsibilities when it came to ensuring a safe coaching and playing environment. Thankfully, the message was well received and there was excellent compliance in advance of the return to play as well as on a regular basis once players returned to Caherslee.

The outgoing Chairperson, Dermot Reen, during his address noted that for 2020 we lived and played under the shadow of Covid. A season that promised so much looked doomed but then a window of opportunity arrived, and our club certainly made the most of it.

He reflected that our seniors did the club proud reaching the county Intermediate Final and took satisfaction in the fact that for any young hurler there is now a progression route to top class training and management.

Looking ahead to 2021, he said that the year is likely to be financially challenging where fundraising opportunities are likely to be restricted, therefore tighter control will be essential which will require the cooperation of all.

He also noted that with the move at National level to uneven age groups, Parnells may need to field an U19 team as well as recruiting managers for an U5 age group, as the U7s will be too advanced. Finally, he thanked the outgoing executive and complimented the Covid supervisors.

He said that he was stepping aside from the Chairman’s role after many years at the helm but that he would continue to stay involved with the club and had confidence that given its ambition, Tralee Parnells was here to stay.

The outgoing Camogie Chairperson, Carmel O’Shea-Maloney, presented her report for the year and included observations for 2021 including a move to Saturday morning training for some of the older age groups, as Caherslee is too congested on a Friday evening and teams don’t get a chance to practice on a full-sized pitch.

She also suggested the club recruit some experienced lead coaches from U14s up. She commented on the fitness levels of all camogie teams this year, which was thanks in no small part to the strength and conditioning programme put in place by Diarmuid Brennan throughout the winter of 2019/20.

She too was stepping aside from her role after 8 seasons at the helm and thanked the Executive and all the members of the Camogie club and most especially the girls who made the role very enjoyable and great fun. She said she was delighted to put her name forward as Development & Facilities officer for 2021.

The incoming Chairperson, Stephen Buttimer acknowledged and thanked Dermot Reen for his work and achievements since he took over as Chairman a number of years ago. The success of the club to date is testament to his dedication to the role.

He also said that Dermot must have taken enormous pride to build it up from its origins to achieving senior status last year and actually reaching a county final for the 1st time this year. He also welcomed the fact that Dermot was staying on the Executive and that he had no doubt that he would continue to have a very big role and influence on the club and that the Juvenile section would be in safe hands.

He also thanked the outgoing Camogie Chairperson, Carmel O’Shea-Maloney and acknowledged her key role in building Tralee Parnells to be one of the strongest and most vibrant camogie clubs in the county. Likewise, he welcomed the fact that she was also staying on the Executive for 2021 and looked forward to working with her on the Development Committee.

He also congratulated all incoming Executive members in particular, Suzanne Chute as Vice Chairperson and the new Camogie Chairperson and Natalie O’Shea, the club’s first Senior Hurling Secretary. He outlined his goals for the club during his term as Chairperson and looked forward to working with all members of the Executive and the coaches as Tralee Parnells embarks on the next phase of its journey.

Kerry Camogie
Ian Brick and his Kerry Camogie team (including Tralee Parnells panelists Kate Lynch & Lia O’Connell ) bowed out of the All-Ireland Intermediate Championship at the weekend after a heart-breaking extra-time loss to Laois in the quarter final. The team did the county proud in their first year at this level and it bodes well for the future of Kerry Camogie. Well done girls!

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