Tralee Parnells GAA Club News

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U7 Hurling

Our under 7s braved the elements in training on Friday evening in Caherslee. The boys were full of enthusiasm and energy as they battled through the drills and ended training with two fine games of hurling.   Congratulations to this week’s players of the week Peter Faggetter & Timmy Sheehan- well done boys and well done also to all of our young hurlers who started school this week.

Tralee Parnells U9s after a Saturday morning hurling biltz at the new GAA Community Pitch in Ardfert

U9 Hurling

Well done to our U9s who had the honour of being one of the first teams to play on the new GAA community pitch in Ardfert as they took on St Brendans and Abbeydorney in a 11-a-side blitz on Saturday morning. In wet conditions, the boys played excellently – the practice and matches of the last few weeks is really paying off. Maith sibh a bhuachaillí!

U12 Camogie

Our U12 Blue team had a very exciting encounter on Monday evening against Cillard in the U12 County League semi final. It was a hard-fought victory for our girls against a very skilled and determined Cilliard side. Many thanks to Cillard for a very sporting occasion and to all the supporters on the night

Our Amber team were also busy last week as they played the division 2 semi against AbbeyKilLix in Crotta on a lovely fine evening.  It is a true testament to this team that 14 players turned up tonight at this stage of the season. Well done to every single player on that pitch.  We were up against it from the blow in and every puck was contested.  The girls continued to fight to the end. The difference at half time was too much but Parnells held their own and won the second half.  Well done to AbbeyKilLix and we wish them all the best in the final. Well done girls and here’s to a better result in the plate final.

U14 Camogie

U14 Blues travelled to Lixnaw on Monday to play AbbyKilix in the last round of the County League.  The game was played in ideal conditions and we were well impressed with the ballwall developments underway at Lixnaw GAA. Our girls won the game and so finish the round stages undefeated and will play the semi final on Tue 13. There was a real improvement in skill on display and as usual a great work-rate all round the field. Coach Alan enjoyed his last side-line duties with us and we wish him and his family every happiness in Canada.

Minor Camogie

A very young Tralee Parnells Minor panel travelled out to take on Causeway last Tuesday evening. Numbers were very tight and we were lucky to have so many under 16s available on the night. Against an older home side these players showed great determination and did everything that was asked of them by their mentors.

Without the stalwart defending of Jessica O’Loughlin. Ciara Casey and their fellow defenders we would have shipped multiple goals from an always threatening Causeway attack. Around the middle Róise, Alice, Ella and their teammates were tireless in harrying for possession and they set up plenty attacks themselves. Our forwards did not get much possession in the opening stages against a strong defence, but as the game went on they came more into the game as the supply of ball improved and were unlucky not to take a goal or two from close range. At half time the selectors Lynda Murphy Harris, Ann O’Loughlin and Chloe Sweeney all agreed that every player was making a great effort and working for her teammates.  In the later stages Alice expertly pointed a free from distance and raised a cheer from the supporters, but in truth it was a real team score, with the repeated pressure on the defence paying off in drawing the foul.

Throughout the game it was notable how many of our younger players stepped up to the challenge against older more experienced opposite numbers and did their club proud.  The big challenge now for this group and for the full minor panel, is to get to as many training sessions possible in the next couple of weeks, to properly prepare for upcoming the county B minor final.  As Lynda told the players after the game, there will be regular Wednesday, Friday and Sunday training in September.  So we look forward to seeing as many people as possible attend those sessions.

Team Alice O’Connell, Caoilinn Hickey, Ciara Casey, Éabha Ní Loingsigh, Ella Breen, Eugenie Kerins, Grace Hamilton, Gráinne Leahy, Jessica McGibney, Jessica O’Loughlin, Maeve Trant, Nóra Cadogan, Orla Leahy, Rachel Sargent, Róise O’Donnell.

The Tralee Parnells Junior hurling squad with the South Kerry Junior Cup when they defeated Kenmare in the final AET

Junior Hurling

Tralee Parnells B 3-12 Kenmare B 3-10 AET

On a beautiful evening for hurling in the hallowed environs of Fitzgerald Stadium last Monday, Parnells Junior hurlers won the club’s first adult trophy when they were victorious in the South Kerry Junior Cup after extra time against Kenmare B.

Kenmare got off to a much the better start, scoring a goal within the first minute, but for the remainder of the half scores were shared fairly even. The Parnells lads started to get to grips with the dangerous Kenmare forwards but tended to be wasteful with their distribution at times. Though playing with the wind, Parnells were not using it to their advantage and more often than not, the ball ended up with the Kenmare sweeper. However, by half time, there was only 1 point in the difference. HT Parnells 0-5 Kenmare 1-3.

The start of the second half was a similar affair with each side swapping points. With the benefit of the wind, and some indiscipline on the Parnells side, Kenmare started to build up a lead. Parnells were keeping the scoreboard ticking over but with the game in added time, Kenmare still had a lead of 4 points, 1-10 to 0-9. Parnells didn’t panic however and continued to supply good ball into their forwards. One such ball ended with Eddie Sheehy, who was now operating in the forwards, and he turned and cracked a great goal into the net. With the minimum now between the teams, there was still time for one more play. Parnells won the Kenmare puckout around midfield, and with a no-look over the shoulder shot, our captain Pip Gilsenan levelled the match to the delight of the small but vocal travelling Parnells support. FT Parnells 1-10 Kenmare 1-10

The impetus was now with Parnells and in the first half of extra time two more goals followed, first Eddie Sheehy broke through the defence and flicked to the net and then Daire Keane found himself free and buried the ball in the net. Parnells were definitely in the ascendancy as half time in extra time approached, but a moment of complacency in the defence saw a ball drop in from a long free and this was expertly finished to the net by Kenmare. HT ET Parnells 3-10 Kenmare 2-10.

With light fading, the teams turned around for the last 10 minutes. Parnells looked to be in control, but a mishit free by Kenmare resulted in another goal, so the sides were level again. At this stage, it was impossible to call the result and penalties was a possible outcome. However, fresh legs from the subs bench certainly helped and points by Declan Cooney and Kevin Hannafin stretched Parnells lead. Kenmare went in search of the goal they needed, but despite some nervy moments, the Parnells defence held firm and Parnells had a famous victory. Pip accepted the South Kerry Junior Cup from Vice-Chair of the South Kerry Board Dermot Reen. Thanks to the South Kerry Board for arranging the competition and to Fitzgerald Stadium for the use of the venue. Commisserations to Kenmare who put up some battle. We wish Cillian Litchfield a speedy recovery from a shoulder injury which we picked up in the second half.

Team: 1. Diarmuid Brennan 2. Donal O’Brien 3. Tim Kelliher 4. Stephen Morrissey 5. Eddie Sheehy 6. Tommy O’Connor 7. Tadhg Reen 8. Darragh Maloney 9. Barry Lyons 10. Cillian O’Riordan 11. Ronan Gilsenan 12. Andrew Morrissey 13. Cillian Litchfield 1. Paul Daly 15. Niall Cassidy Subs: Ian Moynihan, Kevin Hannafin, Declan Cooney, Martin Savage, Brian Hamilton, Stephen Ryan, Daire Keane, Jonny Lowe

Tralee Parnells U14 players Órla Costello, Georgia Kennedy, Anna Chute, Eimear Dillane, Caoilainn Culloo, Jessica Leen and Anna O Sullivan who played their final development blitz of the season for Kerry at the weeknd


Congratulations to U14 camogie players Órla Costello, Georgia Kennedy, Anna Chute, Eimear Dillane, Caoilainn Culloo, Jessica Leen and Anna O Sullivan who played their final development blitz of the season for Kerry today in WIT. They won all four games against teams from Carlow, Waterford and two teams from Offaly.


Congratulations to Marnie O’Sullivan and Gregorio Araiza Remember who won the luck dip prizes of €25 each in last Mondays draw. The next draw will take place on 12th September. For just €5 you can be in with three chances of having the winning combination for the jackpot.  Play via the Clubforce app or follow the link at All support is greatly appreciated, thank you.

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