Listowel Races June Bank Holiday Meeting

Listowel Races June Bank Holiday Meeting

Sunday 2nd and Monday 3rd of June 2019


Helen Quealy Murphy, aka Daily Diva Diary
to judge the Listowel Races Best Dressed Lady on Sunday 2nd of June


Listowel Race Company this week officially launched their popular June Bank Holiday Race Meeting which will take place on the scenic course on Sunday 2nd and Monday 3rd of June.  Top fashion blogger, Helen Quealy Murphy, aka Daily Diva Diary, will judge the Listowel Races Ladies Day on Sunday 2nd of June and with a total cash prize fund of €1,400, it is certainly worth dressing to impress! As always, in addition to top quality National Hunt and Flat racing, the Listowel Racing Committee have organised music after racing each evening.  For more information on Listowel Races contact 068 21144 / 21172 or visit


The Listowel Races Ladies Day is expected to attract large crowds from all over Munster. Judging will commence on course at 1.00pm, and Helen Quealy Murphy will personally walk the course and select 10 finalists. The over all 3 winners will be announced in the parade ring after the 5th race. The Listowel Races Best Dressed Lady will receive a cheque for €800, the first runner up will receive a cheque for €400 and second runner up a cheque for €200.


Brenda Daly, Secretary, Listowel Race Company

“We are looking forward to commencing the racing season in Listowel with a bumper 2-days of racing. With Ladies Day Competition and Free Children’s Amusements on the Sunday, Big Screen on both days and with great racing, there’s something for everyone this Whit Weekend in Listowel. ”


Admission is only €15 each day / OAP / Students: €10 and children under 12 have free admission to the race course, when accompanied by an adult. Generous group discounts also available. The June Meeting is the first of two race meetings at the scenic Listowel Race Course, with the second 7 day Harvest Racing Festival meeting on from Sunday 8th to Saturday 14th of September 2019.


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Kerry students show their class in SPAR FAI Primary Schools 5s Programme County Final


Mounthawk Park, Tralee played host to the Kerry County Final of the SPAR FAI Primary School 5s Programme.


The SPAR FAI Primary Schools 5s Programme has seen participation figures grow year on year to become the largest primary schools’ competition in the country. 37,448students from 1,696 schools are contesting the SPAR 5s this year, 1,176 of which hail from Kerry. Through a series of local qualification rounds just 6 schools progress from a hard-fought Kerry County Final onto the provincial finals.


The ‘B’ Cup, for medium sized schools, proved to be a compelling division with 4 teams involved. The final was eventually won by Gaeilscoil Mhic Easmainn Tralee who narrowly won 3-2 over a talented Gaeilscoil Faithleann Killarney side.


The ‘C’ Cup, for large schools, was another hard-fought contest between 9 very talented teams. St Olivers Killarney eventually came out on top of the large school’s division.


The winners will now progress to the Munster Finals on May 14th/15th in the Seanchoill Sports Complex, Limerick.


The rise in the number of girls putting boot to ball has been particularly pleasing for sponsors, SPAR, as 42% of participants are now female. Participation in the girl’s division of the SPAR FAI Primary Schools 5s Programme reached an all-time high this year with 15,344 4th, 5th and 6th class girls registered making it more competitive than ever.


The Girls ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’ Cup finals were held on the 1st of May where there was a fantastic atmosphere throughout the competition.


In the Girls ‘A’ Cup, for small schools, had 5 passionate schools with the final between the talented Kilgarvan Ns and Knockanes Ns. Kilgarvan triumphed in what was a thrilling contest 1-0.


In the Girls ‘B’ Cup Final, for medium sized schools, this again proved to be a compelling division with 4 teams involved. The final was eventually won by Faha Ns after extra time against very talented Firies Ns side.


Holycross school Killarney put in some fine displays to progress from the Girls ‘C’ Cup division for large schools. Holycross finished off the tournament with a 4 goal to 1 goal win and look in fine form heading into the Munster Finals.


The SPAR FAI Primary School 5s Programme has been in existence since the mid 1990’s and has increased student participation levels by 14.5% since 2018 up to 36,320. The competition is run across six divisions, ensuring that schools of all sizes are catered for. Boys and girls are encouraged to play together but there is a separate competition for boys and girls dependent on school enrolment numbers.


Dave Archbold, Secretary of FAI Schools stated, “This is our fifth year with title sponsors SPAR and I am delighted to report that the competition has grown yet again and now firmly holds the title of the largest primary schools’ competition in the country. SPAR’s ongoing support, both nationally and at a local level, has ensured the ongoing success of the programme and given 36,616 children an opportunity to get involved in a professionally-run, fun and inclusive programme. FAI Schools look forward to welcoming schools to the National Finals on Wednesday, May 29th in Aviva Stadium.  We would also like to extend our thanks to all schools who have participated in 2019.”


Colin Donnelly, SPAR Sales Director said, “As a community based retailer, SPAR encourages a healthy and active lifestyle and is proud to be a supporter of primary schools’ soccer in association with the FAI. SPAR retailers in Kerry have been getting behind the SPAR FAI Primary School 5s Programme, which encourages children to get involved in football in a fun, safe and inclusive environment.”


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30 years of pride in the Jersey

On Sunday 12th May last Scartaglen Senior Ladies football team were presented with a set of newly designed jerseys celebrating 30 years of ladies football in Scartaglen. The jerseys are sponsored by Tim & Mary Collins, whose three daughters Siobháin, Ellen & Máire play football with Scartaglen.

Amy Dunlea Captain of the Senior Ladies team accepted the jerseys on behalf of the team. The jerseys were deisgned by Gerard Murphy of Murphy’s Sports Castleisland with input from Pat O’Connor, Club Chairperson & the senior team players. Many thanks to Tim & Mary Collins for the sponsorship & wish the senior ladies many successful games wearing these jerseys.

Presidents Prize: Donal in the Hall of Fame

Heartiest Congratulations this week has to go Donal O’Connor of St Mary’s Basketball Club who has picked up one of the four Basketball Ireland President’s Lifetime Achievement awards.

Since I have arrived to Castleisland, The “Duke” has been the one name that is always held in the highest of regard around the area. While some people build monuments to themselves Donal built a festival of basketball, which is enjoyed every Christmas in Castleisland. 

It is a tribute to him and those who helped and continue to help him that it will now have its 50th outing at the end of this year.

Despite the high presidential honour we’re sure that Donal will remain in his own words “just another helper”.

Well Done Donal 

Make way Katie – Sarah is here


Katie Taylor may well have shown the way for a new generation of young girls who dream the big dream of being a world champion boxer and last weekend for one Ballyheigue girl that dream took one step closer.


Sarah Griffin boxing out of the Ballyduff Amateur Boxing club defeated Loughshore BC fighter Katie Rose Lavery to be crowned national girl 1 champion, a first for the club.


Local TD John Brassil told the large homecoming at Ballyheigue that it just took 30 years to be an overnight success, referring to the years of hard work by John O’Regan the founder of the club.


Sarah’s national title follows on the clubs success with Shane Murphy and Jack Galway


Sarah would like to thank all those who turned out to welcome her home last night in Ballyheigue and Ballyduff. She would also like to thank Collette for looking after her hair during the championship and the final, all her teachers in Bouleehshere National School and to all the coaches and other boxers in Ballyduff Boxing Club for their support and encouragement.


She would also like to thank her opponent in the final, Katie Rose Lavery and her club Loughshore A.B.C club for their agreement to move the fight to yesterday as the original date clashed with Sarah’s Confirmation. Finally she thanked John O Regan, in particular. John has been coaching Sarah since she began boxing at 8 years of age and his passion for boxing and his belief and commitment to all the boxers of the club is evident in the ethos of the club.



Pulling Power: Kerry fans flock to GAA Store

There was a huge buzz of excitement last Monday when the stars of Kerry GAA were on hand to launch the 2019 range of Kerry GAA Championship attire at their GAA Store in the Outlook Centre in Killarney.

Kerry Stars such as David Clifford, Paul Murphy, James O’Donoghue, Dara Moynihan and Brian Kelly joined their manager Peter Keane for over two hours taking time to sign autograpghs and take pictures.

With the championship opener only around the corner, many fans both young and old were using the occasion to get up close and personal with their favourite players.

The Kerry GAA store is owned by the Kerry County Board and all funds from this store go to the training and facilities for the training of Kerry teams.

Ledgendary Day: Crowds come out to meet legends and to remember another one on a special day for Castleisland AFC

It might have taken more than 45 years to finally have a place called home for Castleisland AFC but for those who may never have known the late Georgie O’Callaghan his dream will always be a home to anyone who dreams of being a soccer legend.

The all-weather pitch which was opened by FAI President Donal Conway was funded through grant aid from the FAI, the Education Training Board, the  Department of Sport, and by local fundraising.

The field will now be home to the 250 members of Castleisland AFC as well as pupils of the Castleisland Community College.

Having battled Storm Hannah on the previous night the Castleisland AFC Committee members were out as early as 7am on Saturday ensuring everything would be right for the big day.

Many locals took their chance to catch some of the legends that would take to the pitch at the River Island Hotel for the sponsors’ brunch.

Ahead of the 3pm kick offs many heartfelt tributes were paid to club founder Georgie O’Callaghan who had worked tirelessly on and off the pitch for years.

Then it was time for some ball and even though the years may have moved on for some, the touches were still there to admire as was the admiration for the facility, for many it was their glancing of it.

Later in the evening it was back to team sponosors Tom McCarthy’s Bar for a drinks reception before the GALA dinner.

The GALA dinner was held in the River Island Hotel where George Hamilton joined the Legends for a night of stories and tales from successful Irish teams down the years.

Multi Sports Coaching Course: Want to be a Sports Coach?

New and exciting Multi Sports Coaching Course: Community Volunteering Coaching programme to be delivered in Tralee this coming Month.

The Community Coaching Programme is a joint programme initiative between Kerry Recreation Sports Partnership & NEWkd. The Programme is funded by the Dormant Accounts and supported by SICAP NEWKD.

This course will provide participants with practical and theoretical sport-related skills and help them find relevant work or work experience in their local community.

This Free Training Programme is open to all individuals over the age of 18yrs. It would ideally suit those wishing to further develop themselves as coaches, mentors ,leaders or those living in disadvantaged areas and would like to give back to their communities, But may also suit those who always wanted to get involved in their local sports clubs or community .


Trainee Coaches:

– Must have an interest in sport coaching.

– Be willing to participate in a 10 week program for two days a week, 9.30am to 3.30pm every Tuesday & Thursday taking place in the Tralee area. Starting on the 14th of May 2019. Full attendance is compulsory.  Job placement is included and Garda Vetting will apply.

All successful trainee coaches will achieve a number of introductory level coaching qualifications as outlined on the posters and PR piece.

All of the graduates will get to assist Kerry RSP in delivering projects county wide over the coming months and work carried out by NEWD .

This programme is a fantastic opportunity for anyone so please if you can think of anyone who would benefit from this training contact me as we are only taking 12 people.

For general information and application form on the Community Volunteering  Coaching Programme please contact Jennifer O’Sullivan Coffey NEWkd (066) 7142576 or contact your Local Sports Partnership directly Application can be also downloaded on or

Completed application forms should be returned or e-mailed to ,

This sports coach training programme will commence on Tuesday the 14th May 2019.

Garda Blitz: 11th Annual Castleisland Garda Blitz makes it a good Friday for Basketballers

Last Good Friday at Castleisland Community Centre saw the 11th Annual An Garda Siochána/KDYS basketball blitz take place.  The event was organised by Liz Twomey Garda JLO Castleisland Garda Station and Helena Falvey Youth Justice worker, KEY Service KDYS.   

The event was hugely supported by both participants, parents, volunteers and supporter this year although a clash with a number of events meant that the number of teams was down slightly from other years. 

Eight teams took part over Primary, U15 & U18 with approximately 70 participants on the day with great excitement and heart stopping finals.  Our sponsors on the day were Vincent Murphy Sports, Supervalu, Centra and the Marketstall.  

This event each year is not possible without the assistance of our loyal volunteers of referees: Majella Moloney Ahern, Garda Mary Gardiner Tralee Community Policing, Nathan Egan, Maurice Casey, Eamon Egan who was on call out but still checked in on the event during the day. Table officials:  Tommy and Leah Boyle, Aoibhín and Caoimhe O Mahony and Aoife Bourke.  KDYS youth justice worker Geraldine O’Meara kept everyone satisfied with lovely refreshments during the tournament.  Thanks to Gardaí Cecilia Scanlon, Mike Courtney and Brian O Shea youth justice worker for assisting with the event.  

This event is a true testament to the Castleisland and surrounding areas for keeping the event going as they have a love of basketball and support the youth to be active over the Easter break.  Helena Falvey (joint organiser) spoke to the crowd present applauding them for the efforts with the tournament and thanked the continued support of sponsors of the annual event.

In the Primary Games four teams took part in a round robin series of games with the top two teams going forward to the final.  Teams taking part were Lucky Charms, Slán le do Rúitín, F4 Rockets and Warriors.  There was great support throughout these games and brilliant basketball played by all involved.  Through to the final were F4 Rockets and Warriors which was going to be a close encounter going on the earlier game which saw Warriors win by a basket and a repeat of last year’s final where Warriors won by a basket.  This final was heart stopping throughout with the teams’ level on two occasions at the start of the first half and Cian Downey sinking a free throw to put Warriors ahead on 6-5 at half time.  In the second half with Simon O’Leary brought F4 Rockets back to level on 9-9.  A good run of play by Warriors saw them go ahead and with just a few seconds on the clock in a show stopping shot by Gearoid Evans the teams were level on the final whistle much to the delight of the crowd on a score of 11-11.  Three minutes of extra time was added on and both Coaches Gerry and Joanne got their teams ready for the last few minutes of the game.  Warriors got off to a better stat with two sets of free throws and two being scored, again the game was brought back to level by F4 Rockets but in the last minute and a half Warriors managed to get three unanswered points to take the title.  This was an absolutely fantastic game of basketball and all players should be so proud of their efforts on the day.  Farranfore Rockets team:  Daithi O’Shea, Colm Riordan, Luke Henderson, Simon O’Leary, Gearoid Evans, Michaela O’Meara, Katie Doe.  Coach: Gerry O Leary.  Warriors: Shauna Wilkinson, Amy McCarthy, Amy Curtin, Eoghan Shire, Larry Nolan, Kian Downey, Evan Brennan, Chris Devan, Coach: Joanne Downey. The trophy was presented by Garda Liz Twomey and accepted by joint captains: Shauna Wilkinson and Chris Devan making it two in a row for Warriors.  MVP of the tournament was awarded to Katie Doe, F4 Rockets.

In the U15 category two teams took part Bball Buddies and F4 Flyers the teams played two games, in the final F4 Flyers went into the game on +2.  This game was a very close encounter throughout and at half time 8-11 to Farranfore Flyers.  Farranfore got off to a better start but this didn’t deter the BBall Buddies and they kept fighting back to go ahead in the dying seconds.  With 5 seconds in the clock quick thinking for the F4 Flyers coach Gerry O Leary called a time out and got the team set for a play with a superb shot by Katie O Leary to bring the game to level on the hooter, with the crowd going crazy for another period of extra time.  In extra time F4 got a free throw and scored one and then Warriors scoring a basket to put them one point ahead.  This game was played at ferrous speed and great enthusiasm by all players.  Bball Buddies won on a score of 21-19.  Team: Mint O Connor, Patrick O Shea, Ruairi Bourke, Shane Browne, Rebecca Reidy, Muireann Rahilly, Muireann Walsh and Clodagh Delaney.  Coach: Grainne Walsh.  The trophy was presented by Gda Mary Gardiner and accepted by joint captains: Shane Browne and Rebecca Reidy.  Runners up F4 Flyers: Noah Moynihan, Liam Evans, Josh Vermiglio, Colm O Shea, Katie O Leary, Claire Stagg and Darren Deniel. Coach Gerry O Leary.  MVP was awarded to Patrick O’Shea.

In the U18 section we had two teams St Anne’s and York United who played round one and then a final.  St Anne’s went into the final on +9.  It was York United who put in the early baskets but St Anne’s fought back and returned seven unanswered baskets, this didn’t phase York United who took it all in their stride and smiled throughout.  Half time score 24-8 and in the final again York United clawed back some points but unfortunately it wasn’t enough and St Anne’s won on a final score of 28-13, a third final for the St Anne’s club on the day.  The trophy was present by Majella Moloney Ahern to a delighted St Anne’s team.  Team: Cian Ring, James O Leary, Andrew Moynihan, Tadhg Riordan, Daragh Brosnan, Katie Brosnan and Martha Fitzgerald. Coach: Gerry O Leary.  York United: Katie O Connor, Cian Murphy, Aoife Walsh, Grainne Walsh, Daragh Kelly, Billy Conway and Sean Cronin.  MVP:  Katie Brosnan St Anne’s. 

Thanks to Garda JLO and youth justice workers working together under the KEY Service which is funded by the Ireland EU Structural and Investment fund and the ESF fund through the Irish Youth Justice Service.

Four from four for Castleisland Community Games teams

Castleisland Community games had another successful Munster finals at the weekend, this year the munster finals were held in he new campus at I.T Tralee and four teams travelled in for us, first up were the u13 boys who had a great win over Cork to set up a final spot with Clare, here again the boys lead from the start and ran out winners 30-8.

In the U13 girls we met Tipperary in the semi final where all the girls played great to book their final spot, here they met Cobh if Cork where again the Castleisland team were the stronger and won 32-9.Next up were the U11s, in the semi finals we met Cobh of Cork and the Castleisland team set down their marker early as they also wanted to make the finals, in the final they met Clare where from the start Castleisland were the stronger of the two teams and ran out winners 25-5.Last up on the day were our U16 girls, they played Clare in the semi final and while it was close at time the girls always kept ahead to join the other three Castleisland teams in a final, here they were up against Cork again and they was definitely a tougher game than earlier, the Castleisland girls took the early lead but Cork were not going to let it go and fought back, with 2 minutes to go there was only four points in it but the Castleisland girls dig deep to win 30-23. The four teams now go onto the National finals in UL in May 25th and 26th