2019 Gala Night and East Kerry Awards Ceremony
The 2019 All Star Awards ceremony was held on Friday 17th January 2020 at a Gala Banquet in the Brehon Hotel, Killarney. MC for the night was Niall O’Callaghan, Dr Crokes C.L.G. Guests include the Nominees for Awards, Sponsors representatives from the Aquila Club, Gleneagle Hotel, Eoin Horan & Dieter Gogsch and Paul Brennan Sports Editor Kerryman Newspaper, Kevin Hughes, Editor Kerryman Newspaper & Michelle Cooper Galvin, Photographer, The Kerryman Newspaper.
2019 All Star Award Nominees
SHORT LIST OF 24 NOMINEES FOR 2019 EAST KERRY ALL STAR TEAM
IN GOALS: Shane Murphy (Dr Crokes) and Sean Og O Ciardubhain(Cordal)
Owen Fitzgerald – Gneeveguilla
Cian Gammel – Killarney Legion
Rob Leen – Killarney Legion
Jonathon Lyne- Killarney Legion
DJ Murphy – Gneeveguilla
Garreth O Connor – Currow
Podge O Connor – Killarney Legion
Brendan O Keeffe – Rathmore
Kieran Slattery – Killarney Legion
MID FIELD: Daithi Casey(Dr Crokes), Johnny Buckley (Dr Crokes), Darragh Lyne(Killarney Legion), Liam Kearney (Spa)
Tony Brosnan(Dr Crokes)
Micheal Burns(Dr Crokes)
Brian Looney(Dr Crokes)
Thomas Moriarty(Killarney Legion)
James O Donoghue(Killarney Legion)
Paul O Shea(Kilcummin)
Shane O Sullivan(Gneeveguilla)
2019 EAST KERRY ALL STAR TEAM
In Goal: Shane Murphy (Dr Crokes)
Full back line:
2 Podge O Connor – Killarney Legion
3 DJ Murphy – Gneeveguilla
4 Cian Gammel – Killarney Legion
Half Back Line:
5 Rob Leen – Killarney Legion
6 Jonathan Lyne – Killarney Legion
7 Kieran Slattery – Killarney Legion
8 Liam Kearney – Spa
9 Daithi Casey – Dr Crokes
Half Forward Line:
10 Micheal Burns – Dr Crokes
11 James O Donoghue – Killarney Legion
12 Evan Cronin – Spa
Full Forward Line:
13 Tony Brosnan – Dr Crokes
14 Dara Roche – Glenflesk
15 Paul O Shea – Kilcummin
SENIOR PLAYER OF THE YEAR:
James O Donoghue (Killarney Legion)
YOUNG PLAYER OF THE YEAR:
Cian Gammel (Killarney Legion)
2019 Fr Galvin All Star Nominees
Ronan Buckley (Listry) Padraig Doyle (Gneeveguilla) Eddie Horan, (Scartaglen) Mike Murphy (Gneeveguilla), Philip O’Connor (Cordal)
2019 Fr Galvin All Star (Intermediate player of the year):
Padraig Doyle (Gneeveguilla)
2019 East Kerry Person of the Year Award
The 2019 East Kerry GAA Person of the Year is Jerry O Sullivan, Firies
Jerrys sporting career began in the playing fields and handball alleys of Ballybricken/Bohermore GAA Club in East Limerick. One of Jerrys early achievements was winning a Under 15 All Ireland Handball title in Croke Park in 1985. On moving to Kerry later that decade, Jerry quickly immersed himself in Gaelic games, playing football for Firies and hurling for St. Marys/St. Pats.
Jerry played Minor and Under 21 Hurling for Kerry, before making his debut with the Kerry Senior Hurlers in 1992. Coinciding with Hurlings revolution years, an extraordinary period in the mid 1990s where Clare, Wexford and Offaly all annexed All-Ireland Senior titles, Kerry under the tutelage of John Meyler enjoyed their most successful spell of the modern era. Most famously, Kerry defeated Waterford in Walsh Park in the 1993.
Munster Hurling Championship, with Jerry contributing 0-02. Two years later in October 1995, Jerry was part of a Kerry side that defeated the reigning All Ireland Hurling Champions Clare in the Division 1 clash in Tralee.
At club level, in 1992 Jerry captained St. Marys to win the County Intermediate Hurling title.
Not a man to complain about player burnout, Jerry was ever present for the Firies Footballers for over two decades having made his debut in 1987. During that period, Firies secured promotion from Division 5 to Division 2 of the County Senior Football League. Jerry was a prominent member of the Firies team that won the County Novice title for the first time in 1995.
On the back of his excellent club form, Jerry was a member of the East Kerry Divisional sides that went on to secure 3 in a row County Senior Championship successes in 1997, 1998 and 1999.
As Jerrys long and distinguished playing career came to an end, his focus quickly switched to coaching and management. In 2012 he formed part of the Newcastlewest management team who unluckily lost the Limerick County Football Final replay after extra time. In 2013, Jerry made his first foray into inter county management taking control of the Limerick Minor Footballers. During this period, he also answered the call of his own club side Firies whom he managed for five seasons, guiding them to the 2017 County Junior Championship Final, agonisingly losing to Dromid after extra time. Better luck was to follow in 2018 when Firies gained promotion to Division 3 of the Kerry County League after a six-year absence.
In 2017, Jerry took charge of the East Kerry Under 21 and Senior teams. Successive Under 21 County Titles followed in 2018 and 2019, before Jerrys finest hour on the side line arrived in November 2019 as he managed the East Kerry Senior side to their first Bishop Moynihan success in 20 years.
Not a man to stand still, Jerry is in his 2nd season as manager of the Limerick Under 20 footballers and is currently preparing his charges for their upcoming Munster Championship clash with Tipperary in February.
Off the field, Jerry works as a member of An Gardai Siochana. Jerry is married to Suzanne and they have 3 children; Aisling, Padraig and Niamh.
A most worthy recipient of the 2019 person of the year award, Jerry has played no small part in 4 of the 8 East Kerry County Senior Championship successes.
2019 East Kerry Hall of Fame Recipient
This years recipient of the Hall of Fame Award, was Billy Doolin, Kilcummin
Its 58 years since a young Billy Doolan played his first game for Kilcummins senior team and its fair to say and evident to anyone that knows him that he still retains the love and enthusiasm for a club that he believes epitomises all that is good in his native parish. A senior player from 1962 to 1981 with Kilcummin he won a senior county championship medal with East Kerry in 1965 but winning an O Donoghue Cup medal in 1973 with his club is closest to his heart. During that period he doubled as club secretary in 1963, 1964, and 1965 and club chairman in 1972 and 1973 already showing evidence of his desire to improve the workings and structure of the club for current players and future generations.
After his football days were over he turned his energies to developing a fledgling juvenile organisation that was to reap great benefits in later years. Between 1981 and 1985 he was a major driving force in the development of facilities, upgrading the senior pitch, acquiring a juvenile field and building dressing rooms and sports hall. Indeed the development and maintenance of playing facilities became very much a passion for Billy and remains so to this day believing that playable pitches are a clubs greatest asset. This is particularly true in Kilcummin with its ever increasing population and membership and Billy even only last year oversaw the completion of further playing surfaces to address this necessity. Billy has been an invaluable member of the clubs executive until two years ago where his guidance and expertise was invaluable and welcomed. He served as club PRO for a period of 10 years up to 2013 his aim being to present his club and the GAA in general in a positive light to the greater community.
In 2010 Kilcummin GAA clubs centenary year, the club produced a history of the previous 100 years a feat that was only made possible by the vast collection of photos and material that Billy had collected and retained an exercise which he still continues to do. Between 1998 and 2010 Billy was the event controller with Fitzgerald stadium being responsible for the smooth running of Munster council, Kerry and East Kerry matches and events, in particular Munster championship games and Kerry homecomings.
Billy has huge regard for the GAA as an organisation and takes a very keen interest in all its aspects including scor, ladies football and hurling as well association policy and this year he attended his 47th consecutive county convention. He lists amongst his proudest moments Kilcummins All Ireland success in the club final last year, Sean Kellys election to Uachtaran Cumann Luathchleas Gaeil, winning his O Donoghue cup medal in 1973 but describes the greatest satisfaction for him throughout it all, is just having Being part of it all and the numerous friends he has made along the way.
2019 All Star Award Nominees
The Short list of Nominees for East Kerry All Star Awards along with citations for the East Kerry Person of the Year and The Hall of Fame recipient were published in the Kerryman Newspaper of the 15th January 2020
Photographs and articles on the Gala Banquet and East Kerry All Star Awards night were published in the Kerryman Newspaper of Wednesday 22nd January 2019.
TICKETS (40 EURO) WERE AVAILABLE FROM THE KERRY GAA STORE, KILLARNEY OUTLET CENTRE, EAST KERRY C.L.G. CLUB OFFICERS AND ALL EAST KERRY C.L.G. COMMITTEE OFFICERS.