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Saturday 19 April 2014

Kerry GAA raises €163k in New York

KERRY legends Eoin 'Bomber' Liston, Mikey Sheehy, Ogie Moran and Darragh O Se, who share a haul of 29 All-Ireland medals, led a county board delegation to New York that netted $210,000 (€163,000) in four days.

The money will go towards the GAA's new Centre of Excellence, which it hopes to develop at Currans near Castleisland, part of a €2.7m project in conjunction with IT Tralee.

The former Kerry greats were part of a seven-man delegation led by county board chairman Patrick O'Sullivan, Michael McCarthy and John O'Dwyer.

Mr O'Sullivan said the trip targeted the Kerry diaspora and about 25pc of the total raised was down to Sneem native Johnny Riney and the Kerry supporters' club in New York.

A site has already been bought in trust for the centre of excellence, which has been approved by the Croke Park following its audit of all county boards. The total estimated cost of the development is €2.7m but €1m has been secured in a grant from the Munster Council.

Irish Independent

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