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Ciarraí Abú! 2015-09-20 07:00:00

We send our best  wishes the Kerry Minor and Senior teams and management today.
Safe journey to all our supporters.

Ciarraí Abú!

Post Match Reception
The usual post-match party for the Kerry senior and minor teams will take place in the Ballsbridge Hotel (formerly Jurys) on Sunday night.
Admission is by ticket only and tickets may be purchased from the Kerry GAA Store in the Outlet Centre Killarney up to 1pm on Saturday.

Tickets will also be available at the door while stocks last
. As there is a huge demand for tickets, supporters who have not already purchased tickets are advised to do so at the venue early on Sunday evening. Doors open at 6pm. Live Music by Foggy Dew followed by Disco.

Kerry GAA Golf Classics are a huge Success
The two major fundraising Golf Classics held in Mahony’s Point course in Killarney and the Lucan Golf Club in Dublin on Thursday and Friday were a huge success with 140 teams in all taking part in the events.
Results from Killarney were as follows:
1st Prize – Tricel Team of Michael Stack, Paddy McGuire, John Wall and Katie O’Connell (100 Points)
2nd Prize – Willie Murphy’s Team of William Murphy, Jimmy Murphy, Joseph Murphy and Naresh Dhadel (97 Points).
3rd Prize – Fota Island Resort Team of Tom Stack, Sean O’Sullivan, Brian Corrigan and Alan Dooley (97 Points)
4th Prize – Malachy Walsh and Partners Team of Michéal O’Donoghue, James Long, Gerry Costello and Mike Crowley.
Best Score – 97 Points by Matrix Dou Team of Peter Fleming, Paudie Lynch, Kevin Nolan and John Cahillane who ended the day with three birdies.
All proceeds go towards the Kerry teams training fund. Kerry GAA would like to thank all who took part at both venues and any one who helped in any way to make the fundraising venture such a huge success.

All Day Match Parking for €10

Following the success of the initiative last year Euro Car Parks, Ireland’s leading car parking operator has a special €10 match day parking offer for this Summer. The offer will allow GAA fans travelling from Kerry, Tipperary and Dublin to book their Croke Park car parking spaces in advance on the Euro Car Parks website.

The special offer is available at the Mater Car Park; the closest official car park to the stadium, with all day parking available for only €10. Last year thousands of GAA fans from all over the country availed of the offer and booked on materparking.ie

The results of The Kerry GAA Supporters club raffle:
1 John Kelly Currow
2 Paudie Hickey Gneveguilla
3 Donal Geaney C/O Dan Dwyer
4 Shelia Moynihan Kilcummin
5 Seamus O'Brien Rathmore
6 Tom Canty Pallas Listowel
7 Paul Shanahan Killarney
8 John Mulvihil Moyvane
9 Mossie Kelly The Kerries Tralee
10 Teresa Clifford Caherdaniel
Congratulations to all and a big thank you for your generous support

The following won a ticket each in The Supporters Club Confined members draw:
1 J.J. Buckley Listowel
2 Alan Breen C/O Jimmy O'Brien bar Killarney
3 Peter Carmody The Spa Tralee
4 Barry O'Connor Tarbert

Kerry GAA Supporters Club wish our Kerry teams the best of luck and safe traveling to all Kerry Supporters this weekend.

Kerry Team Announcements
Both the Kerry Senior Team and Kerry Minor Team for Sunday’s All Ireland Finals will be announced on Thursday evening and posted on the Kerry GAA Website at 9pm.

Croke Park the place to be this weekend
Croke Park will be the Mecca for all Kerry GAA followers this coming weekend when Kerry go in search of a rare two in a row of All Ireland titles at both Minor and Senior level. This is the third such occasion that the Kingdom have been involved in such a scenario the others being 1931/1932, and 1979/1980. The only blot on that achievement has been the defeat of the Minors in 1979.

Kerry and Dublin renew rivalry
The scene is all set for the culmination of the 2015 All Ireland Championship with a Kerry V Dublin showdown in Croke Park on Sunday next.
It is fair to say that once the draw had predetermined that the big two would be kept apart in the earlier rounds, Kerry and Dublin were everyone’s favourites to reach Sunday’s final. The game has captured the imagination of the general public like no other and games between these two sides rarely fail to live up to expectations. The rivalry between the men from the Kingdom and the Metropolitans is indeed legendary and really took off when Kerry, captained by the redoubtable John Dowling, overcame the Dublin “machine” in 1955 causing one of the greatest upsets that the fledgling Association had seen till then. Indeed, years ending in “5” have been particularly good to Kerry and invariably Dublin have been at the wrong end of the result in those years. One need only reflect back to 1975 when a youthful Kerry fifteen shocked the Dubs and they repeated that dose ten years later when captained by the late Paidí Ó Sé.
So what does 2015 hold in store? Both teams will feel that they have not played to their full potential thus far this season and both had a hiccup or two along the way. Kerry, despite a fine first half showing, left the door ajar for Cork in the drawn Munster Final between the sides but the Kingdom needed no second request to finish off the job in the replay with a much more focused display having taken lessons learnt in the drawn encounter on board. Dublin on the other hand almost managed to lose a semi final from a very commanding position of seven points to the good, however, like Cork, Mayo were unable to close the deal. The big difference was of course that had Dublin fallen through the trap door then they were out of the Championship while Kerry were in the comfort zone of being able to fall back on the Qualifiers if needed.
There is no doubt that the replay matches were of enormous benefit to both teams – particularly Dublin who, if they had driven on in the drawn game when seven points to the good, would have papered over many cracks that Kerry would have been only too glad to reveal. It’s a different ball game now and there is little doubt but Kerry will have to produce a season best display if they are to get the better of this latest Dublin “machine”. No doubt, if Kerry can invoke the spirit and passion of the trailblazers of 1955 on Sunday next there is no reason why they cannot put back to back titles in place. They carry the best wishes of all Kerry followers both within the county and beyond.

David Coldrick is the Referee

David Coldrick from the Blackhall Gaels Club in Meath is the Referee for the Kerry V Dublin Senior Final. Coldrick is an experienced Referee having refereed the All Ireland Finals of 2007 and 2010 as well as 6 Provincial Finals. He has officiated at games involving both Kerry and Dublin in this Championship being the man in the middle in the Leinster semi final between Dublin and Kildare and also refereed the Quarter Final between Kerry and Kildare. It will be recalled that he also refereed the Kerry V Mayo drawn All Ireland Semi final last year. Joe McQuillan of Cavan is the stand-by Referee.

Kerry and Tipperary Minors meet again

Having gathered their first All Ireland Minor title in twenty years just twelve months ago, there was little expectation that this year’s Kerry minor team would be challenging for honours this September. It is after all essentially a new team with the likes of team captain Mark O’Connor, and Andrew Barry the only survivors from the starting fifteen that saw off Donegal last year. However, the likes of Jason Foley, Jack Morgan, Stephen O’Sullivan, Gavin White, Conor Geaney and Brian Ó Seanachain were part of the substitutes bench or the extended panel and that experience is sure to have stood to them. The team showed great character in surviving the onslaught of a fancied Cork side in the Munster semi final, a game which Kerry controlled for long periods but which hung in the balance in an extra time classic. Against Tipperary in the Munster final, Kerry got the boost of two first half goals and that was enough of a cushion to see them get another provincial title. They easily accounted for Sligo in the quarter final and in the semi final they had it much their own way against a Derry side that flattered only to deceive. So Jack O’Connor, who barring a draw, will be managing the Kerry minors for the last time, is on the verge of achieving a unique double and hopefully the Kerry minors will give him the perfect send-off on Sunday.
Another Meath man, David Gough, will referee the game which throws in at 1:30.

Post Match Reception

The usual post-match reception for the Kerry senior and minor teams will take place in the Ballsbridge Hotel (formerly Jurys) on Sunday night. Admission is by ticket only and tickets may be purchased from the Kerry GAA Store in the Outlet Centre Killarney and from Austin Stack Park on Wednesday and Thursday from 3 to 5pm. Note that the office is closed on Friday.

Church Gate Collection

Kerry GAA extends a special “thank you” to everyone who contributed to the Annual Church Gate collection in respect of the Kerry Teams Training Fund which was taken up last weekend.

Kerry GAA Golf Classics
Two major Golf Classics are planned for the O’Mahony’s Point course in Killarney and the Lucan Golf Club in Dublin on this coming Friday September 18th with all proceeds going towards the Kerry teams training fund. Due to the huge response the Killarney outing will be spread out over two days, Thursday and Friday.

Kerry GAA Supporters Club Draw

The Kerry GAA Supporters Club are running a fundraising draw with 20 ALL Ireland Stand Tickets up for grabs.
The following are the prizes
1st Prize: Two All Ireland tickets, two nights hotel accommodation and two return rail vouchers
2nd Prize: Two All Ireland tickets and one year membership of Kerry GAA Lotto
3rd Prize: Two All Ireland tickets and free transport for two on Kerry Supporters coach to All Ireland final
4th-10th Prize: Two All Ireland Tickets
The draw will be held on Wednesday 16th September and the results will be live on Radio Kerry after the 10 o’clock news on that night. Entry is €5 per line and lines are available throughout the county or from members of the Kerry Supporters Club.

Kerry GAA Supporters Club Buses

Kerry GAA Supporters Club are travelling to Dublin for the final as usual on Sunday next and the following are the times of departure: Farranfore 6am; Tralee 6.30am and Listowel 7am.

Welcome Home
The Kerry Minor and Senior teams will be welcomed home to Tralee and Killarney on Monday evening next. The team will arrive in Tralee by train at approximately 6pm and will make their way to the Ashe Memorial Hall in Denny St, before travelling on to Killarney where they are expected in the Glebe Car Park at 9pm approximately.

Austin Stack Park Office Opening Hours
The office in Austin Stack Park is open on Wednesday and Thursday from 3 to 5pm and will be closed on Friday 18th.

Kerry GAA Store
All official Kerry GAA merchandise is now available in store and online including the official team wear for the finals which features green polo shirts and tops with grey trimmings. A ladies line will also be available. The GAA Store is located in the Outlet Centre in Killarney and customers are advised to get their orders in early to avoid disappointment. The store will be closed on Sunday 2th.

Cumann na mBunscol Colours Day

Cumann na mBunscol want to wish both Kerry teams every success on Sunday and as part of their send-off they want to encourage all school children to wear their county colours on this coming Friday and show their support for these two great teams.

• Cáirde Chiarraí
Cáirde Chiarrai, a group who contribute handsomely to the financial well-being of Kerry GAA have a number of membership places still to fill for 2015. The big incentive is that membership entitles the member to two All Ireland Stand Tickets every year.

All Ireland Final Tickets, costing €80 for Stand and €40 for Terrace, will not be available to Kerry until Monday next (7th). The first allocation will be available to Clubs on Thursday 10th. Club allocation is expected to be similar to last year. Only the Club Secretary or a Nominated person of the Club secretary may collect ticket.

Irish TV Pre All Ireland Show live from Tralee
Irish TV will be screening a Live Pre Match show from the Fells Point Hotel in Tralee on the Tuesday prior to the Finals from 8 to 10pm. Admission is free but prior booking through Irish TV is essential. The show will air on Sky Channel 191.

Kerry Team Open Day
The Kerry Senior Football Team Open Day in Fitzgerald Stadium on Sunday last was, despite a number of teething problems, an outstanding success. Hard to believe that this was the ninth such event since the first in 2004 and the huge crowd that turned up – in excess of 3,000 – and probably the second biggest - was testament to the esteem in which this group of players are held by Kerry GAA followers in the county. The players spent over an hour and a half in the hot sun signing autographs and taking photos and selfies while the crowd, to their credit, were very patient and co-operative throughout. My thanks to The Kerryman and Kerry’s Eye newspapers for providing posters and also to Croke Park who provided free handouts.
It is a matter of regret that, following a change in the time for team training, a timing error on my part when publicising the event, led to delays gaining entrance to the grounds while the team finished what was a very important session. Sincere apologies to those inconvenienced.
Click here for photos from the day