Powerful second half for 5 in a row Kerry Juniors

All Ireland Junior Football Final

Powerful second half for 5 in a row Kerry

Kerry     3-14       Galway  0-13


By Donal Barry


A fantastic second half performance by Jimmy Keane’s charges saw them complete five in a row All Ireland Junior Football Championships as they overcame Galway in O’Moore Park.

Indeed, if Kerry were completing their fifth it was Keane’s third as the Knocknagoshel man created yet another All Ireland winning team from scratch with last years winning team excluded from him.

The opening ten minutes were played at a blistering pace with the sides sharing 8 points having been level on 4 occasions as it was Galway with the impressive Gary Kelly opening up the Kerry backline at will.

Keane wasted no time in rotating both Brandon Barrett and Philip O’Connor to drop back and act as a sweeper in front of the Williamstown forward who was reduced to frees after that.

The sides would divide a further four points evenly between them before Kerry finally wrestled the lead for the first time when Stephen O’Sullivan fired over on the 25th minute with Daniel Daly securing a two point half time lead at the break with a 28th minute point.

Daly had created a goal chance out of nothing earlier when he took a quick free from the 21M deciding to fire for goal and not the point that was on offer. Cormac Heslam was more than equal to the effort pushing it wide for 45, which was put wide by Kerry Keeper Eoghan O’Brien

O’Brien too was called into early action as he had to be at his best to smother a 13th minute goal bound effort from Galway’s Colm Brennan but both goals stayed intact for the opening period.


It took Galway all of two minutes to wipe out the Kerry lead in the second half with Kelly from a free and then Kelly sent Sean O’Currin on his way with a clever pass as the half back levelled matters on the 32nd minute.

However just as it looked as if Galway would mount a serious challenge, enter the Kerry half back line of Foley, Breen and Brosnan, all of who were superb, all ending the game with a point each from play and more often than not made themselves available for the overlap. None more than Jack Brosnan who turned in a man of the match performance.

When Kerry got their first goal on the 34th minute, there was more than a little luck attached as Barry O’Dwyer’s punched effort dipped below the bar but with the on rushing touch from Conor Costello it went over the line. After a minute’s consultation the goal was awarded.

A few seconds later Stephen O Sullivan fired over his third point of the day to give Key their biggest lead 1-9 to 0-8 and in truth the never looked back with further goals arriving from O’Sullivan (40th minute) and replacement James Crean (55th minute) who benefited from a Jack Brosnan run.

Stephen O’Sullivan would finish the day with 1-4 and a booking for not having a mouth guard, an eventful afternoon for the Templenoe man

Philip O’Connor climbed the steps to accept the Cup in front of a large gathering of Kerry support, mostly made up from friends and family with a large travelling group from Cordal.


Kerry Scorers: Stephen O’Sullivan 1-4, James Crean 1-0, Own Goal Conor Costello (Galway) 1-0, Eoghan O’Brien 0-2 (0-1F, 0-45F), Daniel Daly 0-2 (0-1F) Jack Brosnan 0-1, Mike Breen 0-1, Michael Foley 0-1, Philip O’Connor 0-1, Thomas Lynch 0-1, Caolim Teahan 0-1

Galway Scorers: Gary Kelly 0-8 (0-4F), Lorcan Molloy 0-2, Sean Denvir, Padraic O’Donnell, Sean O’Currin


Kerry Team

Eoghan O’Brien, Cian O’Murchu Padraig O’Connor, Padraig Jackie O’Sullivan, Jack Brosnan, Mike Breen, Michael Foley John Mark Foley, Nathan Breen, Philip O’Connor, Chris Farley, Brandon Barrett, Stephen O’Sullivan, Daniel Daly, Barry Dwyer


Subs: Caolim Teahan for Chris Farley (36), James Crean for Barry O’Dwyer (45) Thomas Lynch for Brandon Barrett (56), Gerald O’Sullivan for Daniel Daly (58), Fionan Clifford for Cian O’Murchu (59), John Spillane for Jack Brosnan (60)


Galway Team

Cormac Haslam, Eddie O’Sullivan, Dara O’Ruairc, Thomas Rabbitte, McDara Geraghty, Enda Tierney, Padraic O’Donnell, Alan Molloy, Johnathan Ryan, Sean Denvir, Conor Costello, Thomas Gleeson,Padraic Eoin O’Currin, Colm Brennan, Gary Kelly

Subs: Sean O’Currin for Enda Tierney (BC) 6 mins, Lorcan Molloy for Thomas Gleeson (35), Enda Concanon for Dara O’Ruairc (45) Conor Brady for Padraig Eoin O’Currin (56) Aongus O’Hiarnan for Sean O’Currin (58)  Ger Gibbons for Johnathan Ryan (64)


Referee: Martin McNally (Monaghan)

Killarney set for running bonanza

On Saturday 20th of July Killarney will play host to one of Ireland’s premier running events when more than 3000 competitors take part in the Gleneagle Hotel Run Killarney half-marathon and 10K road race.

This sold out event will welcome all types of runners, walkers, newcomers and people who just want a challenge and a great day out. Participants will represent 15 countries from around the world including China, Brazil, Republic of Congo, Australia and UAE.

For the first time ever Run Killarney will be plastic bottle free, replacing cups and bottles with compostable cups for water at the various water stations and the finish line.

As part of this year’s event, organisers have teamed up again with The Sanctuary Runners to help raise awareness of their mission and to collect donations of running gear from the public and those taking part in the race. The Sanctuary Runners were set up by Graham Clifford in 2018. Their aim is to enable local runners to run alongside, and in solidarity with, those in Direct Provision thereby fostering friendship, positivity and respect while bringing greater awareness to the system in which asylum seekers live.

Event Organiser Oliver Kirwan said, “We are really excited that Run Killarney returns next week and is still going strong and continues to be a significant date in the running calendar in Ireland.  We are delighted to welcome The Sanctuary Runners to the event for their second year. Running is all about mental and physical health and achieving a balance in your life. It’s a great way to connect and interact with other people no matter what your or their situation is.  I’d like to welcome everyone to the event and wish them the very best of luck, see you on the beautiful course!”

The race routes give competitors the chance to run one of the world’s most breathtaking and scenic road races through Muckross House and the Killarney National Park. Both routes are fast downhill courses with amazing scenery. The half-marathon starts at Molls Gap and continues through the National Park to the finish line and party atmosphere at the Gleneagle Hotel.

All competitors will receive a customised t-shirt and finisher’s medal and can embrace the great atmosphere at the Gleneagle hotel once they cross the finish line.

Local residents are to be aware of the road closure on the N71 Molls Gap to Muckross House Killarney from 6.30am to 11.30am on Saturday the 20th of July.  

Pitch and Putt Tournament to honour Danny Broderick a popular son of Castleisland

The Danny Broderick memorial scratch cup now in it’s 9th year takes place this Sunday 21st July at Castleisland pitch & putt course.  

Widely regarded as one of the most talented and unassuming players in Kerry. Danny passed away suddenly on May 13th 2010 playing the game he loved. He loved the game with a burning passion & took great pride in the success of all players club & county. 

The tournament is open to players from all over the country & it shows each year with the massive support it gets from players throughout the country.

Reigning champion Liam o’Donovan from Bruff Co. limerick will be challenging for his third title in a row.Hopefully one of our local lads can put up some challenge this year.

Along with the Danny Broderick memorial cup, there’s the intermediate cup to play for & the Lorna Looney – Brosnan junior cup also kindly sponsored by Paudie Looney & family.

Play will commence at 8.30am and last card will be 2.30pm. Final 18 will commence at 5.00pm approx.

Please come along to support our watch. You will enjoy it. Thanks to everyone for their continued sponsorship and support. 

Young Scart Cyclist still making the headlines

Sean Barrett from Scartaglen has enjoyed a very successful season so far this year as a first year junior rider. The 16 year old  O’Leary Stone Kanturk rider has already secured 70 points. This means that he is now included in the official junior ranking published by cycling Ireland. He now sits on top of the list in second position.  

Sean travelled to the Netherlands in February for an intensive training programme. He raced in Belgium in an Elite race and finished in 6th position overall. he raced in Holland in march again in an elite race and finished in 10th overall position. Recently he was given the opportunity to raced with the Nicholas Roche performance team in the nation’s cup in France in May and finished all stages in the group. He was one of the four finishers out of a team of six.

“This was my first Nations cup and I felt absolutely privileged to be part of this unreal event and enjoyed every minute of it.

.These are some of Seans achievements over the last number of months.

Kanturk three day 1st Junior and 2nd overall out of a field of 140

The Hub TT 8 week league 1st Junior and 4th overall

Cork County Championship first Junior (Cork County Champ)

Lacey cup 2nd junior 10th overall

Johnny Drumm Cup 2nd Junior third A3

Blarney  grand prix 2nd A3

Newbridge Grand Prix  4th overall

Denis kennedy memorial race co Tipperary 2nd overall

Sliabhra Luachra junior race second overall, king of the hill and won the prime

De Ronde classic 2nd A3

Gorey three day placed in the top 20 in each stage out of a field of 160

Ornwell wheelers stage race 6th in GC and 20th overall

Fermoy League which runs for 10 weeks at the moment Sean stands on top with 24 points.

The last few days have been spent in Derry where the Irish national TT and road race Championships have been held and run by Foyle CC. This is where the top of the Irish cycling talent could be found this weekend.

“It was an unreal experience to be racing the same course as a former member of my club  Eddie Dunbarr. Team ineos. Sean Finished in 9th position overall in ther TT and was the 2nd fastest 1year Junior.

Saturday was a tough day’s racing.45 first and second year junior riders started off in the morning at chapel road Derry for 5 laps of 101.45 km circuit.which only 11 riders finished.The atmosphere was electric as the riders faced a challenging climb up Irish street,a steep narrow climb through a city centre street.The wearing down process began and the bunch was decimated as the riders faced the Fincairin road climb time after time.Sean fought a hard battle but unfortunately had a mecanical on the last lap but managed to finish the race.

Sean’s next major event will be the Junior tour of Ireland which will run from 9th to 14th July. The race is in excess of 540 km in length which has been described as “testing”

This is an 6 day international cycle race for under 18s which attracts teams from all over  Ireland the UK ,isle of man, Scotland and as far afield as america and Africa. now without doubt not only a top cycling event for Juniors in Ireland and the UK but is now one of the top Junior events in Europe with fast roads, sharp bends and steep climbs….

Following on from that Sean will travel to Holland for six weeks where he will be given the opportunity to race in Belgium, Holland and France with Tempo Hoppenbrouwers VIRO under the watch ful eye of  Henk Wintermans.

“This is an unreal opportunity for me to be able to race with Some of the Elite European riders.

When Sean returns to Ireland at the end of August there will be some more schedules to fulfill.

Time to get up and support our boys

Last Saturday evening I decided to head along to the LIT Gaelic Grounds in Limerick to see what a battle of the neighbours looks like as an “outsider” so to speak.

Arriving early, there was already that usual feel of a GAA occasion as Mayo and Galway fans streamed into the Mackey Stand with those late ushered towards the open stand which didn’t look as inviting with the grey skies but as it turned out, no one was drowned as the rain never went past mist level.

The first game up was a very entertaining Connacht Senior Ladies Final Replay in which Galway took the honours before the hour and a half delay took place ahead of the 7pm throw in with late comers all looking for the elusive seat.

Soon it was time for the action as both sets of fans welcomed their teams into the arena. Galway received a generous applause from their fans before the roof was almost taken off the stand upon Mayo’s arrival.

And it stayed that way for most of the 70 minutes to follow only to be raising a little higher upon the arrival of Lee Keegan to the pitch and upon the final whistle.

It was both amazing and frightening in equal measure as their passion completely drowned out the considerable Galway support. In the end when the final whistle went James Horan ensured that his players returned to the dressing rooms without any celebration. Their focus was now on Kerry in Killarney.

Mayo supporters will no doubt travel in big numbers to Killarney on Sunday and it will take some effort from the home support to match what will arrive. Having seen how fanatical they are at first hand, they will roar on their team from the first whistle to the last.

So Kerry fans, no excuses, no sitting at home watching it on telly, no “the day is wet”, or “Parking will be hard to get” just pack up, colour up and head to Killarney early and get behind this largely young Kerry team who will need to hear you on Sunday.

Scartaglin far too good for Na Gaeil as they are crowned champions

The Division 2 U16 County League Final took place in Currans Kerry Centre of Excellence, a very sporting game played in front of a large Scartaglin following.  

Scartaglin have remained unbeaten in the Division so far and got off to a great start scoring 1 – 5 in the opening 11 mins without reply. Scartaglin had a very strong midfield unit with Jane Lawlor and Shauna Tangney showing their dominance throughout the game, with excellent score coming from Emma Kerins and Leah Boyle in the first half to mention a few.  We led at the half time whistle 3-10 to 5 points kicking into the breeze.  The second half started off at a blistering pace with star forwards Leah Boyle and Tara Kerins showing their skills with two further goals and 3 points with no response.  Although Na Gaeil were quiet a young team they hit a purple patch and tested our backs and keeper Bernadette O Mahony but she kept her composure with some fantastic kick outs to get Scartaglin back on track. It must be said a fantastic, solid, stoic performance from Rachel O Sullivan joint captain sealed Scartaglin’s faith on the night. With some exceptional young talent coming from Scartaglin Ladies such as Katie Kerins, Mikaela Buckley and Ellie Mai Walsh its exciting times ahead for the rural club. Scartaglin remain unbeaten with the final score line speaking for itself 7-18 to 2-6.  A special mention of thanks and congratulations to their coaches Pat O Connor, Tom Boyle, Anna Kerins  and Mary Collins.

Team lineout: 1. Berndatte O Mahony, 2. Aoife Walsh, 3. Grainne Walsh, 4.Katie Kerins, 5. Muireann Walsh, 6. Rachel O Sullivan(c), 7. Abbie Mahony, 8. Jane Lawlor, 9. Shauna Tangney, 10. Tara Kerins, 11. Emma Kerins, 12. Caz Summers, 13. Abbie Kelliher, 14. Leah Boyle, 15. Muireann Rahilly, 16. Ellie Mai Walsh, 17. Maire Collins, 18. Mikaela Buckley, 19. Jessica Riordan, 20. Ciara Casey, 21. Mollie Mahony – Joint Captains Rachel O Sullivan, Jane Lawlor

Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Holy Family School Rathmore Capture Division 3 Hurling Title

Holy Family School Rathmore played Sliabh A’ Mhadra N.S. Ballyduff in the Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Division Hurling Final in Abbeydorney on Thursday evening last in dry but windy conditions. From the outset this final was keenly contested with scores at a premium as both sets of players went all out to deny their opponents clean possession and when their opponents did win possession they were hassled and hooked and blocked and denied clear shots at goal. Callum Carey Sheehy did break free to score two first half points for Sliabh A’ Mhadra and Adam Lynch turned and stole forward to land another. Rathmore who had top performers throughout landed their opening score through Shane Daly and a well worked team goal cleverly dispatched to the net by Ross Moriarty saw them lead 1-1 to 0-3 at the break. 

Jack Galway registered the opening goal of the second half and he followed up with a point to put Sliabh A’ Mhadra a goal ahead as they piled on the pressure. However, Pádraig Moynihan tightened up on Jack Galway and the Rathmore outfit settled and a goal and a point through the influential Leah Daly put them ahead. A well taken point by Adam Lynch left the teams deadlocked as we entered the final minutes. Holy Family went on the attack and Shane Daly went through to score a brilliant goal. Sliabh A’ Mhadra went in search of the equalising goal but the Rathmore defence stood resolute and with the last play of the game Conor Moynihan extended the lead with a fine point to ensure the Allianz Cumann na mBunscol shield headed to the Sliabh Luachra District. Final score: Holy Family: 3-03; Sliabh A’ Mhadra: 1-05.

Sliabh Luachra Camogie Club unveil new gear

The young hurlers of Sliabh Luachra Camogie club were looking dressed for success this week as they participated in the North Kerry camoige blitz in Causeway in their new jersey’s which were sponsored by local company Educate.ie

The Sliabh Luachra Outlook dropped into them last weekend as they continued their training for a trip to the GAA Development Centre in Abbotstown ahead of their “Come Hurl with me” programme.

For more you can visit our Facebook Page for the video we shot of the occasion and feel free to share it with others and help them spread the word.

Kilmurry 5km – Walk, Jog, Run but most importantly have fun

The Parents Association of Kilmurry N.S. are hosting a 5km Fun Run on Friday June 7th at 7pm. 

Registration will take place at Cordal Community Centre from 6.15pm. Race entry is €5 per person, with all primary school children going free. With 100 children on the role books next year, the school are hoping to expand its playing facilities. All monies raised at the event will go towards a new soft surface playground area. 

Kilmurry N.S. has a proud tradition of sporting excellence and athletics is no exception. Athletics is a very popular activity within the school and children compete in various competitions throughout the school year. The school has some very accomplished athletes in its midst and they will be hoping to showcase their talent in this event. 

The event will be opened by a special guest on the evening and the race route will begin at the Old Kilmurry School and go through the townlands of Kilmurry, Kilberehert, Glenlarhan, Ballyplymoth and up Ardmona, finishing at the Cordal Community Centre. 

There are numerous prizes and medals to be won on the night. Refreshments and baked goods will also be served in the Centre after the race, in which everyone is more than welcome to join.


On Sunday June 16th the Currow Cycling and Ladies Football Club’s will come together to host its annual Leisure Cycle. The Cycle is a perfect “Warm UP” for the Ring of Kerry Cycle with 3 Courses on the day over 20 Kilometers, 60 Kilometers and 100 Kilometers. This is the 6th Year of the Cycle and it has attracted big crowds every Year so we would ask you to come out and support the Cycle this year and be part of a great day out. 

The Cycle will begin at the Currow Community Centre at 10.am with registration from 9.15 am. The short course goes to Davy Roches Cross, into Castleisland, to Camp Cross, Dysert and back to Currow. The 60 KM course goes via Davy Roches Cross, Castleisland, Tralee, Castlemaine, Firies Cross, Ballyfinane, Currans, Farranfore and back to Currow. The long course goes to Davy Roches Cross, Castleisland, Tralee, Castlemaine, Milltown, The Golden Nugget, Aghadoe, Two Mile School, Firies cross, Ballyfinane, Currans, Farranfore and back to Currow. 

For details about the race or to sponsor,  see Facebook Page currowlfc or the Currow GAA Web Page.