East Kerry Notes 17th Dec 2012
All our football competitions are concluded for 2012 – the last being the O’Donoghue Cup final won by Dr Crokes for the seventh year in a row. Incidentally it was the second time in 2012 that they won the O’Donoghue Cup – the 2011 final was played on Jan 22nd! Congratulations also to Dr Crokes on their 15 points win at Ruislip last Sunday. Well done to Vince Casey, Malachy Walsh, Noel O’Leary and all the players. We wish them a well earned rest over Christmas.
With the O’Donoghue Cup concluded, preparations are under way for the 2012 All Star celebrations sponsored by The Aquila Club and The Kerryman newspaper. The big night is on Saturday January 19th in the Gleneagle Hotel when this year’s All Stars in East Kerry will receive their awards. Guest speaker on the night is our own East Kerry Gneeveguilla great – Ambrose O’Donovan.
On Thursday Jan 24th we’ll have the East Kerry Annual Convention in the Killarney Heights hotel. Under the five year rule Chairman Dermot Griffin and PRO Pat O’Brien must step aside and make room at the top table for new officers. The arrival of new officers at the Board will bring fresh thinking and new ideas and such developments are to be welcomed.
Firies. PRO Brendan O’Connor notifies all that the Firies Club will hold its AGM on Friday Jan 4th in the club rooms.
Would you like a job as a games Coach?
Donal Daly tells us that in February the Kerry County Board will be employing Coaches under the G.A.A JobBridge Internship Scheme. These positions are advertised on www.jobbribge.gaa.ie. The jobBridge programme was launched in July 2011 to assist people who are returning or entering the work force. It has been hugely beneficial to the Kerry G.A.A as we have employed some excellent people over the last 12 months who have added hugely to our coaching programme. It has provided the coaches that are now finishing the programme with invaluable experience which will benefit them when applying for employment positions. The Kerry County Board will employ a second group of Coaches with the positions beginning in early February. To qualify for the programme applicants must have been out of work for a 3 month period over the last 6 months (Further information on this available on the website).
If you have a Coach in your club that may be interested in one of the positions can you please let them know that the positions are being advertised. In may often be the case that there are suitable people for these positions in many clubs but they do not know about them.
Paudie O’Shea RIP
All East Kerry was shocked to hear of the untimely death of Paudie O’Shea, one of the greats of Kerry Football. A larger than life character, he wore his pride in Kerry on his sleeve for all to see. He was forever loyal to football and to Kerry. Innumerable are the stories and anecdotes about Paudie in his well filled life of football and business. We extend our condolences to his family and all in An Gaeltacht. Ar Dheis De to raibh a anam.
Did you know?
In 2000, an East Kerry Club had 8 trophies in the club. In what may be a unique achievement for any club, the Glenflesk Club was in a position to photograph eight trophies won in the previous twelve months. This nugget of club history is contained in a beautiful club calendar for 2013 which features eye-catching photographs by Damien Switzer. Each month features characters and supporters from the club depicting various aspects of pride in their club. And for the record, those eight cups photographed in 2000 were:- Sam Maguire Cup – Seamus Moynihan was Kerry Captain; Bishop Moynihan Cup as County Champions; The Munster Club Cup; Michael O’Connor Cup as Kerry Club Champions; Fexco Millenium Cup; Barrett Cup; Kerry Junior League cup and of course the biggest little cup in football – O’Donoghue Cup as 1999 East Kerry champions. Well done to all in Glenflesk for that special achievement.
Thanks and Happy Christmas.
East Kerry Board Chairman Dermot Griffin, the officers and delegates say thanks and a Happy Christmas to all our Clubs, their players, managements and mentors; to our referees, gatemen, Scor competitors and adjudicators; to our sponsors and all who support our games ; to our East Kerry senior team, manager James Sheehan and his management team; to the reporters of the radio, newspapers and magazines for telling us the stories of the games that we couldn’t attend; to the photographers who portrait the athleticism of our players and especially to you the reader of the East Kerry notes each week. Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.