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Tralee Parnells Under 7s who played Ballyduff.

U7 Boys and Girls

We had another great display of newly acquired skills by our under 7 budding stars last Friday evening. Kerry Hurling and Camogie players in the making !.  Congratulations to our newest Players of the Week:

Donal T Kissane

Rohan DSouza Gill

Christian Boyle

The team also played their first match of the season on Sunday against Ballyduff. A wet and dreary evening did little to dampen their spirits, they certainly brought their A game and it was a proud evening for all involved with the under 7’s as the display of skills and teamwork was outstanding. Well done to each and every player.

U8 Girls

The U8s girls have had a great start to the seasons training with lots of old faces and many new ones also.  There has been great interest in the game with players recommending Tralee Parnells to their school friends.

We are grateful for all the coaching support including Gráinne assistant manager, Saoirse and Aoife our youth coaches. There is a lot of skill being shown at this early stage and we are very impressed with each players dedication on the pitch.

U12 Girls

The Amber U12 camogie team got their season off to a flying start with a win over Causeway, a great confidence boosting start to the season. Well done all.

U13 Boys

The U13 boys played round two of the North Kerry Under 13 Championship on Tuesday evening of last week away to Ballyduff. In wet and blustery conditions both teams served up an entertaining game of hurling. Despite robust defending by Parnells, the home team dominated the early stages and had a 2-3 to 0-0 lead at the mid point of the first half. Parnells fought their way back into the game to leave a half time score of 3-3 to 2-1.

In the second half Parnells enjoyed much more possession but Ballyduff had the better of the scoring exchanges. A few late goals saw the home team pull away in the final quarter. The Final score was Ballyduff 6-10 Tralee Parnells 3-3.


Tralee Parnells Camogie would like to congratulate Abbie Canty, Anna Chute, Rachel Sargent, Anna O Sullivan and Caoilainn Culloo who were selected for the Kerry U14 panel. Well done to all the other girls that took part in the recent trials.  The club is really proud to have so many on the county panel.


The minor hurlers had their second league outing of the season in Caherslee last Saturday evening vs Abbeydorney.

The fixture doubled up as a preliminary round in the County Minor Championship, so the match held extra importance for both teams. In an exciting affair with the result in doubt to the final whistle, Parnells emerged victorious by two points.

The initial exchanges were closely fought, but Abbeydorney gradually got on top and their dangerous centre forward Jack Hannon raced through for an early goal.

Parnells fought back with two points from Colm Browne and goals from Barry Hamilton who flicked the ball to the net after a great work by Oran Murphy and a low strike to the corner by wing forward Andrew Kerins left the home side only two points adrift at half time

HT: Abbeydorney 2-6 Tralee Parnells 2-4.

Abbeydorney were quick out of the blocks again in the second half and after Parnells had narrowed the gap to a point, another goal by Abbeydorney full forward Kian Sheehan pushed the margin out to 4 points.

The Parnells boys showed great team spirit and work ethic and continued to keep the pressure on with some great point scoring, particularly from Garry Lynch, Darragh Maloney and Luke Benson.

Abbeydorney replied with points of their own, but just before the final water-break, Parnells got a fortuitous goal when a long ball by Garry Lynch ended up in the Abbeydorney net after Barry Hamilton had put the opposition goalkeeper under pressure to leave Parnells trailing by the minimum.

Parnells brought on Cillian Litchfield at full forward for the final 15 minutes and this turned out to be a game changer.

Every time the ball went in close to goal, Cillian made his presence felt and he ended the game with three critical points. Abbeydorney fought back but were met by stout Parnells defence, led heroically by Edward Sheehy and Rory Reen. With time running out and Parnells leading by three points, Abbeydorney mounted one last attack.

Though Parnells looked like they had cleared the danger, the referee awarded a penalty to the away side, as the attacker fell under pressure in the small square. In what was to be the last puck of the game, a goal would have resulted in extra time.

The O’Dorney centreback struck the penalty really well but luckily for Parnells, it flew just over the bar. Referee Mike Hennessy blew the final whistle and the Parnells boys celebrated their 2nd win in a row to stand top of the league after two games, but more importantly had progressed to the first round proper of the Championship.

Missing a number of regulars, this team showed real grit and determination to come out on top in a real test of their collective character. Next up is a league match at home to Rathmore next Sunday.

Final Score: Tralee Parnells 3-13 Abbeydorney 3-11

Team: Adam Kennedy; Dylan Cunningham, Edward Sheehy, Conor Kirby; Oisín O’Sullivan, Rory Reen, Peter Doyle; Cathal Concagh, Garry Lynch (1-2);Luke Benson (0-3), Darragh Moloney (0-2), Andrew Kerins (1-1, 0-1 free); Barry Hamilton (1-0), Colm Browne (0-2, 0-1 free), Oran Murphy

Subs: Sean Barrett, Cillian Litchfield (0-3, 0-1f, 0-1 65), Brendan Dwyer


Parnells are delighted to be well represented on Kerry U20s panel by Darragh Reen, Luke Chester, Luke Barrett and Ruari O Sullivan.  The squad are preparing for a Munster clash with Clare in early July. Best of luck lads.

Seniors Hurlers 

Tralee Parnells B Vs Dr Crokes B – Round 1 of the County League Div 3.  Dr Crokes B were the visitors to Tralee last Wednesday evening for Round 1 of the County League Div 3. In another milestone for the club we were fielding our first Parnells B hurling team with seventeen players togging out in Caherslee GAA grounds.

Playing with a slight breeze the lads started well and by the end of the first water break we were leading 0-08 to 0-01, Paul Daly with two free and a point from play, Richie Whelan four points and Stephen Morrissey one point. Parnells continued to play some great expansive hurling and with further points from Stephen Morrissey, Richie Whelan, Tadhg Reen, Kevin Hannafin and a free from Paul Daly by half time we were leading 0-13 to 0-04.

Dr Crokes started the second half well and started running at our defence but in fairness to our lads they held up well and Colm ‘Gilly’ Gilligan was rock solid in goals.

We restricted the visitors to four points and in reply we scored a goal and two points, the goal coming from Kevin Hannafin and points from Stephen Morrissey and Richie Whelan. By the end of the 3rd quarter we were leading 1-16 to 0-08.

In fairness to Dr Crokes they never gave up and started piling on the pressure but once again our defence and goalkeeper kept the Killarney men at bay.

We finished the game strong with a goal and two points to put a gloss on the scoreboard.  Scorers in the last quarter we Paul Daly and Kevin Hannafin with a goal each and Stephen Morrissey with two points.  Final Score 3-18 to 1-11

Overall a fantastic team performance by Parnells and a great start to the Div 3 campaign.

1 Colm Gilligan, 2 Donal O Brien, 3 Jonathan Lowe, 4 Eamon Lawlor, 5 Tom Crowley, 6 Tommy O Connor, 7 Johnny Downey, 8 Jerome Daly, 9 Stephen Morrissey (0-05), 10 Barry Lyons, 11 Tadhg Reen (0-01), 12 Paul Daly (01-05, 3f), 13 Kevin Hannafin (02-01), 14 Richie Whelan (0-06), 15 Steven Ryan

Substitutes: 17 Niall Cassidy for Steven Ryan and 18 Daryn Loughlin for Jerome Daly

Thank you

Thank you to Majella OConnell of OConnells Pharmacy St. Brendan’s park who recently presented the U12 camogie teams with two fully stocked first aid bags.

Summer camp

We are now taking bookings for the four day summer camp starting on Monday the 19th July, 10 to 1pm. The camp is open to boys and girls age 6 to 14.  We are including a Parnells training top for all participants.  Bookings can be made through Clubforce.  Contact David on 085 1355566 for further details.

Old Equipment

We would be grateful for any donations of second hand hurleys and helmets that are in good condition.  This equipment will be put to good use especially for newcomers who often borrow equipment for the first few weeks.

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