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Killarney pals produce kids' GAA magazine

SPA CLUBMEN TEAM UP TO PRODUCE STUNNING PUBLICATION

BRENDAN MCCARTHY

Published 28/11/2012 | 09:15

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AN exciting new Kerry GAA magazine has been published by two Killarney teachers and well-known footballers.

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Stars of the Kingdom is the name of the full-colour production aimed at promoting gaelic games, not just to school-going readers, but to anyone with an interest in GAA in the county.

The magazine is the brainchild of joint editors Andrew Garnett and Niall O'Mahony, both of whom play for Spa GAA Club and were members of this year's all-conquering Kerry Junior AllIreland-winning team.

Both Andrew and Niall are primary school teachers, in the Presentation Monastery NS, Killarney, and Kilcummin NS respectively. Andrew told The Kerryman that he was inspired to produce a magazine while he was teacher training in Limerick.

"I was in college in Mary I with a good friend of mine, Cork footballer Paddy Kelly, and we saw Green and White the Limerick GAA Youth Magazine that is edited by a man with Castleisland connections, Joe Lyons. We thought it would be great when we got established to produce something like that in our own counties. Paddy and his brother brought Rebel Óg out in the summer and after a lot of hard work, Stars of the Kingdom is now on sale," he explained.

And, if the contents of the first issue of Stars of the Kingdom are an indicator of what will follow, then the publication is one that will be of immense interest to Kerry GAA followers.

"In the first edition there are exclusive interviews with Kerry football star Bryan Sheehan, Kerry hurling dynamo John Griffin, as well as Kerry Ladies star, Caroline Kelly," he revealed.

"Children can enjoy photos and reports from Coiste na nÓg and Cumann na mBunscoil games throughout the county; club profiles on Dingle and Listowel Emmets, as well as the first school to be featured, Tralee CBS primary school," added Andrew.

The magazine also includes juvenile player profiles, a skill demo from county star James O'Donoghue, Cúinne na Gaeilge as well as reports on the Kerry ladies, hurlers and junior teams, crosswords, writing and art competitions, puzzles and word searches.

Stars of the Kingdom is on sale priced at €3 in SuperValu stores in Killarney, Cahersiveen, Kenmare, Tralee, Listowel and Dingle.

Schools, clubs or individuals wishing to order the magazine can contact Andrew or Niall at ciarraiog@hotmail.com.

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