County Committee Secretary Gives Backing To North Kerry Hosting County Hurling Championship Matches

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The Secretary of County Committee has given his support to Garvey’s Supervalu County Senior Hurling Championship matches being played outside of Austin Stack Park in the future. The unavailability of Austin Stack Park in 2015 meant the games were played throughout North Kerry. Reporting is Jerry O’Sullivan [audio_player src=”http://media.radiokerry.ie/mediamanager/embed/audio/49268/medium/”] Tuarascail an Runaí – CLG Chiarraí 2015 Seo dhibh mo thuarascáil ar ímeachtaí Cumann Lúthchleas Gael i gCiarraí i rith na mbliana 2015. Ba mhaith liom mo bhuíochas a gharbáil do gach éinne a chabhraigh liom i rith na bliana. 2015 proved to be another eventful year in the history of Kerry GAA. As many a previous year our biggest day arrived on Sept 20 when for the second consecutive year our county heroes set about retaining the Minor & Senior All-Ireland titles. A huge challenge in the modern era but as always our great supporters descended on Croke Park full of confidence. That confidence was not in the least dimmed as our Minor team produced as superb performance to overcome gallant Tipperary and retain the Tom Markham Cup. Well done to Team Manager Jack O Connor, his Mgt team and especially to the players. Unfortunately as the rain came pouring down just before the Senior Final our hopes for a famous ‘double double’ sank without trace. An excellent Dublin team proved too strong on the day but not without our lads putting up a mighty battle, still there with a chance in the closing minutes but the ‘break’ that was so badly needed did not come our way. Our sincere thanks to Eamon Fitzmaurice, his fellow selectors and back-up team, and a very special thanks to our players for your outstanding efforts, you have once again given us a great year of excitement and joy, you’re a credit to Kerry and I have no doubt that in 2016 you will once again be to the fore in the race for League and Championship honours. Congratulations too to our Junior Footballers on wining the All-Ireland Title. It was great to see a young and skilful team go all the way and well done to team manager Stephen Wallace and his management team. On the hurling front what a fantastic year for the County. Winning the Christy Ring Cup in pretty emphatic fashion rounded off one of Kerry’s most successful years in recent history. Wining the Allianz League Div 2A title was made all the more significant when we overcame Antrim to gain promotion to Div 1B for 2016. Well done to Eamon Kelly, his selectors and of course the players on this great achievement. Not to be outdone our Minor Hurlers won their 4th All-Ireland B title in a row and we salute them in their achievements. Again the team was well prepared by Team Manager Ian Brick and thanks also to his fellow selectors and backroom team. On the domestic front we congratulate Kilmoyley & South Kerry both worthy winners of the Senior County Championships. Away from the playing fields our Centre of Excellence Development in Currans continues to progress with three all-weather pitches now completed. A fourth pitch and floodlighting for all four plus the building of a club house will be the main objectives for 2016 with the use of the facility starting in the Autumn of next year. The County Board have also undertaken some long awaited development of Austin Stack Park. This Summer a new sand based pitch was installed. New Floodlighting and ancillary works around the Stadium will be installed over the next couple of months with a re-opening date set for 6th March 2016 to coincide with our Allianz League double bill at home to Wexford in hurling and Donegal in Football. On the Field The Senior footballers started off the season participating in the McGrath Cup. With most of the players on a well-deserved team holiday in sunny South Africa it was a very inexperienced team that took the field against IT Tralee. Honours on the day went to the Colleges outfit and attention for the Senior team turned to the upcoming Allianz League. Following the celebrations after our All-Ireland success it was always going to be a big ask for the team to get back up to the required level of competiveness for the League and so it turned out to be. Three wins, three losses and one draw ensured we retained our Div 1 status but didn’t do enough to reach the play-off stages. And so to the Munster Championship and Kerry’s bid to retain their Provincial and All-Ireland titles. Our first game in Munster saw us take on Tipperary in the Semi-Final in Fitzgerald Stadium. A comprehensive six point win ensured progress to the Final against the old enemy Cork. Fitzgerald Stadium again was the venue and what a game this turned out to be. Hero of the day was Fionn Fitzgerald. With time up and Kerry staring defeat in the face Fionn coolly kicked the equalising point from thirty yards. With Pairc Uí Caoimh closed due to development work, it was back to Fitzgerald Stadium on Sat June 20 for the replay. The rain came down and then came down some more but showing the hearts of lions the team overcame the challenge of gallant Cork to retain their Provincial title. The All-Ireland Qtr Final against Kildare proved to be a rather one sided affair with a devastating performance by the Kerry forwards who scored seven goals in all against a Kildare team that just didn’t perform on the day. Semi-final day arrived and our opponents were great rivals Tyrone. Kerry knew they had to play to their best and this they did, coming out with a four point win in the end. Once again Kerry had reached the All-Ireland final and our greatest of rivals lay in wait. With the Minors also reaching the final, the County was gripped with excitement and expectation in the lead up to the game. We congratulate Dublin on their fine victory and we commiserate with our Kerry team on their defeat. We celebrate your victories and we share your disappointments and that will always be the way. A special word of thanks to team trainer Cian O Neill for his work while involved with the Kerry team over the last three years. On behalf of all in Kerry GAA we wish Cian the very best of luck in his new position as manager of the Kildare Senior Football team. The year turned for our minor footballers when they met Cork in the Munster Semi-Final played in Austin Stack Park on March 13. Having comfortably overcome Clare in Rd 1, this game was a real ‘winner take all’ occasion with the losers exiting both Munster and All-Ireland championships while the winners could look forward to a Munster Final and a guaranteed place in the All-Ireland Qtr Finals in August. And what a game this turned out to be, both teams giving their all in an outstanding contest. Kerry eventually prevailed by one point over a very talented Cork side. The Munster Final victory over Tipperary turned out to be more comfortable than expected but in fairness to Tipperary they were to prove what a good side they were when emerging later in the year to face Kerry again in the All-Ireland Final. Having captured Provincial honours our minor team took on Sligo in the Qtr finals, this game played in Tullamore on the Aug bank holiday. A very comprehensive victory here meant a Semi Final date with Derry. Kerry showed great composure in overcoming our northern rivals and so for the second year running our minor team would be gracing Croke Park on All-Ireland Final day. And what a performance they served up. Kerry was simply superb and ran out comfortable winners on the day. Commiserations to gallant Tipperary, some of whose players had suffered similar disappointment in the All-Ireland Minor Hurling final played two weeks earlier. At U21 level our team were once again drawn against Cork in the opening round of the Munster Championship. Having prepared well, including participating in the Hastings Cup tournament for the first time, Kerry travelled to Pairc Uí Rinn with high hopes. Unfortunately it was not to be, eventually going down by three points. Our thanks to all the players for their efforts and to the team management ably led by Darragh O Sé. Our Junior Football team having suffered the disappointment of losing in the 2014 All-Ireland final, certainly put that defeat behind them in the 2015 campaign with a series of wonderful performances to capture Munster & All-Ireland titles. Comfortable wins over Tipperary in the Munster Semi-final and over Cork in the Final ensured Provincial honours, while in the All-Ireland Semi-Final Kerry proved too strong for Wexford in a game played in Dungarvan. In the All-Ireland Final played in Croke Park, Kerry saved their best performance overcoming Mayo on a score-line of 2-18 to 10 points. An outstanding campaign featuring a very talented bunch of players and ably led by team manager Stephen Wallace. Congratulations & well done to all involved. In hurling our Senior team performed brilliantly in the Allianz League. Winning the Div 2A title and gaining promotion to Div 1B for 2016 with a great win over Antrim. Our year started with defeat to the hands of UCC in the Waterford Crystal Cup. The League started with a draw against Derry in Austin Stack Park, followed by a good win over Wicklow. A great win away to Carlow in Rd 4 followed by victory over London ensured a final date with Westmeath who had beaten us earlier in Rd 3. However the final proved a different story with Kerry emerging victorious. The play-off victory over Antrim capped off a very fine achievement. Following Kerry’s success in the League, we entered the Christy Ring Cup as favourites. Kerry overcame Down in Rd 1 and followed this up with a hard earned victory against Meath in Rd 2. Victory here ensured a Semi-Final date with Kildare where Kerry won out easily while in the final played in Croke Park a very well prepared Kerry Team were too strong for Derry. A great year for Kerry hurling and our thanks and congratulations to all involved, from outstanding team manager Eamon Kelly, his fellow selectors and backroom team to the players for their wonderful commitment and effort. To Eamon Kelly a special thank you on behalf of all hurling enthusiasts for your great work over the last two years and the best of luck to you as you take over the managerial reigns in Offaly. Our Minor hurlers did not compete in the Munster Championship but participated in the Leinster League. This proved very beneficial for the development of the team and our thanks to both Leinster and Munster Council for facilitating our request to play in the competition. Kerry achieved victories over Wicklow & Meath before going down to Offaly. In the All-Ireland Minor ‘B’ competition, Kerry proved too strong for Kildare and Down respectively before overcoming Roscommon in the final. Kerry County Board would like to thank Down County Board for agreeing to play the Semi-Final fixture at a neutral venue rather than Kerry having to travel to Down. Congratulations and well done to all the players and the Mgt Team of Ian Brick and his Selectors. Our U21 team were hampered somewhat by our own Senior Hurling Championship fixtures and struggled to get any momentum going in the All-Ireland U21 campaign going down to Meath in the Qtr Finals. Team Management Our thanks to all our management teams who worked so hard during the year to ensure our teams were well prepared. Congratulations to Eamon Kelly who did such a wonderful job with Kerry Senior Hurling team and to Jack O Connor who managed Kerry to win two All-Ireland Minors in a row. Also to Stephen Wallace (Junior Football) and Ian Brick (Minor Hurling). Management Teams 2015 Senior Football: Eamon Fitzmaurice, Diarmuid Murphy, Mike Sheehy & Cian O’Neill U21 Football: Darragh O Sé, John Shanahan & Seamus Moynihan. Minor Football: Jack O Connor, Micheal O Sé & Eamon Whelan. Junior Football: Stephen Wallace, Denis O’Sullivan, Fergus Clifford & Timmy O’Sullivan. Senior Hurling: Eamon Kelly, DJ Leahy & Tom O’Connell. U21 Hurling; Joe Walsh, DJ Leahy, Michael Conway & John Lucid. Minor Hurling: Ian Brick, Stephen Goggin, Aidan O’Mahony & Jonathan Silles Inter County Games 2015 MUNSTER SENIOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP Semi Final 14-Jun Kerry 2-14 Tipperary 2-8 Final 05-Jul Kerry 2-15 Cork 3-12 Final Replay 18-Jul Kerry 1-11 Cork 1-6 GAA FOOTBALL ALL IRELAND SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP Quarter Final 02-Aug Kerry 7-16 Kildare 0-10 Semi Final 23-Aug Kerry 0-18 Tyrone 1-11 Final 20-Sep Kerry 0-9 Dublin 0-12 ALLIANZ FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIV 1 A Round 1 01-Feb Kerry 0-10 Mayo 2-11 Round 2 08-Feb Derry 0-13 Kerry 1-17 Round 3 01-Mar Kerry 0-15 Dublin 1-10 Round 4 08-Mar Cork 3-17 Kerry 2-9 Round 5 15-Mar Kerry 2-13 Donegal 2-11 Round 6 29-Mar Kerry 0-10 Monaghan 1-11 Round 7 05-Apr Tyrone 0-17 Kerry 1-14 MCGRATH CUP SENIOR FOOTBALL Quarter Final 11-Jan Kerry 0-16 IT Tralee 4-12 CHRISTY RING Round 1 02-May Kerry 2-17 Down 2-10 Round 2 A 09-May Kerry 1-23 Meath 2-18 Semi-final 30-May Kildare 0-9 Kerry 6-27 Final 06-Jul Kerry 1-20 Derry 0-12 ALLIANZ HURLING LEAGUE DIV 2 A Round 1 15-Feb Kerry 0-14 Derry 0-14 Round 2 22-Feb Wicklow 1-6 Kerry 2-20 Round 3 15-Mar Kerry 0-12 Westmeath 3-18 Round 4 15-Mar Carlow 3-17 Kerry 1-24 Round 5 22-Mar Kerry 3-17 London 2-10 Final 04-Apr Westmeath 3-17 Kerry 5-17 Promotion/Relegation Playoff 11-Apr Antrim 1-18 Kerry 2-16 WATERFORD CRYSTAL CUP SENIOR HURLING Quarter Final 17-Jan UCC 2-23 Kerry 2-14 ELECTRIC IRELAND MUNSTER GAA MINOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP Quarter Final 15-Apr Kerry 0-14 Clare 0-3 Semi Final 13-May Kerry 0-16 Cork 1-12 Final 05-Jul Kerry 2-14 Tipperary 1-11 ELECTRIC IRELAND GAA FOOTBALL ALL IRELAND MINOR CHAMPIONSHIP Quarter Final 03-Aug Kerry 2-12 Sligo 1-6 Semi Final 23-Aug Derry 1-6 Kerry 1-11 Final 20-Sep Kerry 4-14 Tipperary 0-6 ELECTRIC IRELAND ALL IRELAND MINOR B HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP Quarter Final 01-Aug Kildare 0-13 Kerry 2-19 Semi Final 15-Aug Down 3-9 Kerry 2-22 Final 05-Sep Kerry 6-17 Roscommon 1-7 MUNSTER JUNIOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP Semi Final 14-Jun Kerry 2-13 Tipperary 1-8 Final 01-Jul Kerry 1-20 Cork 0-11 GAA FOOTBALL ALL IRELAND JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP Semi Final 25-Jul Wexford 2-9 Kerry 3-13 Final 08-Aug Kerry 2-18 Mayo 0-10 EIRGRID MUNSTER GAA FOOTBALL U21 CHAMPIONSHIP Semi Final 18-Mar Cork 1-12 Kerry 1-9 BORD GAIS ENERGY GAA HURLING ALL IRELAND U21 B Quarter Final 08-Aug Meath 2-15 Kerry 1-17 Congratulations to the following: • Brendan Kealy, Shane Enright, Anthony Maher & Donnchadh Walsh – All Star winners. • Shane Nolan, John Egan, Pa Kelly & Keith Carmody – Christy Ring All-Stars. • Keith Carmody – Christy Ring Hurler of the Year. • Donnchadh Walsh – on being selected for the Irish Compromise Rules team & Darragh O Sé, selector with the team. • Shane Nolan & Bryan Murphy – Selected on Irish Senior Shinty Team. • Philip Lucid & Keith Carmody – Selected on Irish U21 Shinty Team • Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne – Hogan cup winners for the second year running. • Mark O’Connor & Tom O’Sullivan on their unique achievement of winning consecutive All-Ireland Minor Football championships and All-Ireland Senior Colleges Hogan Cup championships. • To Tomas O Sé on his recently published autobiography ‘The White Heat’. • St Marys (Intermediate) & Templenoe (junior) on reaching 2015/16 Munster Club finals. • Austin Stacks & Valentia on winning 2014/15 Munster Club Senior and Novice Football titles respectively. • To Ardfert and Brosna on winning 2014/2015 Munster & All-Ireland Intermediate and Junior Football titles respectively. • To All-Ireland club winners in Scór – Churchill & Glenflesk (Sinsear) & Lispole, Spa & Lixnaw (Scór na nÓg) • John O Leary on winning the GAA Writers County PRO of the Year award • Cordal & Churchill on opening their new pitches. • Ladys Walk on celebrating their Golden Jubilee. • North Kerry Hurling Board on their publication – ‘North Kerry – a hurling history’. Club Scene South Kerry after a six year absence reclaimed the Senior Football Championship following a titanic battle with Killarney Legion in a final that went to a replay and extra time. Congratulations to Legion on reaching their first SFC final since 1946. The SHC was won by Kilmoyley who beat near neighbours Ardfert in the final. Also congratulations to Abbeydorney Club who hosted the final. The first time the final was played outside Austin Stack Park since 1990. Thanks to the hurling clubs for providing their facilities for this year’s championship. Bringing these games out to the local hurling venues proved to be a great success and even though Austin Stack Park will be back in use for next year’s championships, I see no reason why some of the earlier rounds cannot continue to be played in North Kerry venues. Once again we had a very busy year on the fixtures front with plenty of activity for all our players. My thanks to all the clubs for your commitment and support and especially to the players whose skills and talents ensures plenty of excitement for GAA followers throughout the year. In relation to fixtures a major consultation & review at National Level is currently taking place with regard to the structure on the SFC. This is to be welcomed and supported. It’s a complex issue with so many different views and needs to be considered. I look forward to Kerry Senior hurlers involvement in next year’s Leinster Qualifiers, this is a step up from the Christy Ring and reflects the great work being done in Kerry at intercounty level. At local level, I would have a concern for hurling at Intermediate or Division 2 level. The amount of games that were not played this year in the SHL Div 2 would be a worry, especially the implications for the traditional hurling clubs based in South Kerry. 2016 will also see the implementation of a new rule preventing players under seventeen years of age from playing for their senior club teams. While this will cause problems for the smaller clubs I would welcome the initiative for a number of reasons. The avoidance of exposing very young players to potential serious injury when playing adult teams is important, while any rule that eases the demands on our very talented underage players is also a positive. I would also see this new rule as a great opportunity to review and enhance competition for the U17 age level, now that these players are freed up from the distraction of adult competitions. The next step in this process will be to reduce the intercounty minor age level to U17 thus reducing the amount of competitions our young and talented players are eligible to play in. This will have a very positive impact on our overall fixtures programme which is to be welcomed and even more importantly from the players and their parents viewpoint, more space is created for those players sitting the Leaving Cert exam. In relation to our local fixtures, while we have great competition running throughout the year, there is no doubt that the sheer number of games and the dependency on the availability of intercounty players for our championships games can lead to problems. This was highlighted this year when the entire Rd 3 of the SFC had to be postponed due to the Kerry/Cork Munster Senior Football Final Replay. While all Kerry followers jumped for joy as Fionn Fitzgerald snatched a draw from the jaws of defeat, the consequence from a fixtures point of view only emerged after the All-Ireland Final, when the CCC were left with the unenviable task of trying to complete the games programme in time for Munster Club Championships and to give District Boards an opportunity to complete their Championships before Christmas. By in large this challenge was met and my thanks to the members of the CCC, to the clubs and the players for their co-operation. In relation to the furore that was raised in the aftermath of the drawn SFC Final regarding club fixtures, while welcoming debate and constructive criticism, I felt a lot of the comment was lacking in balance and displayed an alarming lack of understanding of the complexities involved in fixture planning. I welcome the new initiative by An tUachtarán Aogán O Fearghail & Ard Stiúrthóir Páraic Duffy in their attempts to once and for all put in place specific initiatives to free up space for Club championship activity. If people really want something done about Club fixtures then they should give these proposals serious consideration and be aware of that old bugbear we all suffer from – fear of change. Centre of Excellence & Austin Stack Park The Centre of Excellence project continues to take shape. My thanks to Development Officer Tim Murphy who took charge of the development on behalf of the Board from the outset. This is a huge project demanding a lot of time and expertise. The Board is lucky to have someone of Tim’s calibre at the helm. I would also like to congratulate the IT Tralee on securing funding from the Irish Government for their new development in their North Campus Site in Dromtacker. This is well deserved and will bring great benefit to the County as a whole. Kerry County Board of course has a direct interest in this project as it incorporates a key part of our Centre of Excellence. Also this year saw the start of a long overdue refurbishment of Austin Stack Park. A new sand based pitch has been laid, while new floodlighting will be installed over the next month or so. Ancillary work including work at the John Mitchels Terrace side as well as new dugouts will also be completed by next Spring. My sincere thanks to all who have given their support to the project, including the business people of Tralee, local Councillors, Tralee Chamber Alliance and all others who have come together to ensure Austin Stack Park, the headquarters of Kerry GAA is maintained and developed in a manner appropriate to its status. I would particularly like to thank Tony O’Keeffe, Liam Lynch and the Austin Stack Park Development Committee for coming on board to help with the fundraising required. Administration The huge volume of work that now takes place on behalf of the Board is testimony to the great people we have involved at all levels who give freely their time and talent for the benefit of Kerry GAA. My sincere thanks to you all. As an example of the work going on, I will single out two sub-Committees whose work this year, though completely separate from each other, contributed hugely to the workings of the Board. The International Fundraising Committee chaired by John O Dwyer and including some of our former great players, has met on a weekly basis for most of the year. Their objective, to raise funds for our Centre of Excellence has netted over €1 million. They have organised fundraising events in Boston, New York, Chicago & London. Next year they plan to add San Francisco to the above list. The commitment and time given by this Committee and the support they have got from other former players when called upon has been nothing short of outstanding. On behalf of the Board I thank everybody involved and especially our wonderful former players for their support and help. Another group that I would like to single out this year for doing an outstanding job is our Parish Rule and Player Registration Sub-Committee under the leadership of Joe Crowley. For many years, there have been issues with regard to players living in areas adjoining neighbouring parishes. Who they played for has on occasions led to conflict and dispute. Solving these seemingly intractable issues takes great leadership qualities as well as diplomatic and facilitator skills. This year five such areas have been finally sorted out with the Clubs involved signing up to agreements that subsequently were approved by County Committee. My thanks to the Committee for this achievement and my sincere thanks to the Clubs involved for showing the leadership and compromise required to achieve these agreements. Well done to all. To my fellow Officers, my thanks to you for your great work during the year. Again this year we were lucky enough to be involved in an All-Ireland Final and this of course brings on an extra workload but once again everybody rose to the challenge to ensure everything that needed to be done was done. I would have a concern at the huge workload that now falls on some Officerships, particularly that of Chairman and PRO. We are very lucky in this County to have two top class people in these positions, namely Patrick O Sullivan and John O Leary. However I feel going forward the demands being placed on these voluntary positions is becoming almost impossible to satisfy. Kerry Group Our thanks to Kerry Group and in particular to CEO Stan McCarthy and Head of Corporate Affairs Frank Hayes for their wonderful support of Kerry GAA. Once again this year, Kerry Group hosted a banquet for both the Senior and Minor All-Ireland final teams. Despite the disappointment felt for the Senior team, it was a wonderful occasion and on behalf of the players, team management, the partners and parents, we thank you sincerely for your generosity. On behalf of the Board I would like to pay a special tribute to Frank whose hands on help in the lead up to the Final is greatly appreciated. We congratulate you on your continued success in the business world and thank you for your continued support of all our inter-county teams. Other Sponsors We thank our Senior Football & Hurling Championship Sponsors, Garveys SuperValu, in particular Tomás, Jim and all the Garvey Family. We acknowledge the Board’s Associate Sponsors: The Meadowlands Hotel, Gleneagle Hotel, Lucozade Sport, Bons Secours Hospital & Aherns Car Sales. Your support is greatly appreciated. Chapter 23 of the Irish Credit Union continues to sponsor our County Football and Hurling Leagues while Castleisland Mart continues to support our Club Championships. Our thanks to both Sponsors. At underage level Acorn Life sponsor the U21 competitions and Peter Keane (Keane’s SuperValu) sponsors the Minor Championships and Leagues. Our sincere thanks to all for your support. Finance The finances of the Board show a healthy situation. My thanks to our Treasurers Dermot Lynch and Paudie Dineen for their work and diligence and to all who support the Board in various ways, it is greatly appreciated. We thank our patrons who attend our games and to all the people who look after the gates, many thanks for your efficiency and commitment for what at times can be a demanding job. I would like to acknowledge the people involved in organising the various fundraising events that took place during the year and all those who supported them. Our ‘Night at the Dogs’ annual fundraiser is now an established event on the calendar but every year requires a tremendous effort by the organising Committee to ensure its success. My thanks to Christy O’Connell Chairman, Maureen O’Shea, Secretary and all members of the Committee. In the lead up to All-Ireland Final weekend we held Golf Classics in both Killarney & Dublin. Dublin as always was organised by our great friend and supporter Luke Moriarty and we thank Luke and his family and the local organising Committee for their efforts. In Killarney Frank Stephenson, J P Brick, Ger O’Keeffe & Pat O’Connor were some of the key organisers in what was a very well run and successful event. Our thanks to all who supported both Golf events. International Fundraising As mentioned earlier our foray into the International Fundraising arena has proved to be a major success and will contribute handsomely towards the development of our Centre of Excellence. Without doubt the centre piece of this year’s efforts was our Gala Dinner in New York City. Thanks to all our players who travelled over, there is no doubt the presence of these players is a major attraction. Having two other iconic figures with us also went down well. The Sam McGuire Cup and that great man Micheál O Muircheartaigh. To our New York friends we thank you for your outstanding support and generosity. We especially mention Donal and Kevin O Sullivan, Shannon Pujadas, Eoin Moriarty and the man who makes it all happen, Maurice Regan and his wonderful staff. We also held Golf Classics in New York, Boston & Chicago and thanks to everybody in these great cities for your support. Bereavements We offer our sympathy to the families of the following who passed away during the year. Leo Griffin, Christy Kissane, Bride & Murt O Shea, Catherine Whelan, Der Flynn and all others who have lost a loved one since our last Convention. Feile 2016 Kerry along with West Limerick & Nth Cork host National Feile 2016. We wish the organising Committee headed up by Tomas Keane all the best and look forward to welcoming young footballers from all over the country to the Kingdom of Kerry. We hope your stay will be enjoyable and you will return home with happy memories of your visit Buíochas At the end of another year where Kerry captured four All-Ireland titles in Football & Hurling, I wish to thank the following: Our Cathaoirelach Patrick O Sullivan for the huge amount of time and energy he gives to Kerry GAA. His commitment to the redevelopment of Austin Stack Park deserves the highest praise, his success at raising monies for the Centre of Excellence is without par and his overall ability to get people working together for a common goal is an indication of his great leadership skills. Thank you, Patrick. To my fellow Officers for their great work and support during a hectic year for the Board, my sincerest thanks. To the staff in the Office, Kate, Breda & Aileen. Thanks also to Vince, Ger & Moss. Thanks to the Austin Stack Park Committee, Fitzgerald Stadium Committee and Chairman of Caherslee grounds Joe Wallace. To all our Sub-Committees for their huge contribution towards the running and development of the Association within the County. To our excellent Coaching and Games Manager Donal Daly. Thanks Donal and to your fellow coaches for all your work in ensuring the participation and development of our young players is second to none in the country. Thanks to the media for their great coverage of our games. To our Clubs and District Committees for all your support and work. To the Club Secretaries for your great assistance to myself and all in the Office. To Simon Moroney, Kieran Leddy and all the staff at Munster Council. Thanks to all in Croke Park for your support and assistance during the year, especially to Teresa Rehill, Fergal McGill, Fiona O Rourke, Bernard Smith, Pat Doherty and Tom Ryan. To our Referees, Gatemen and Stewards for doing a great job. To all the Clubs, it was another great year on the playing fields and I wish you all the best for 2016. Is mise le meas Peadar Twiss Runaí

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