Wednesday 1 October 2014

Listry GAA go to the dogs to remember Steve Kennedy

Kevin Hughes

Published 01/05/2013 | 05:36

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n Seamus Moynihan (centre) launching the Steve Kennedy Memorial Sweep in aid of the Listry GAA Development Fund with Karen Kennedy, Anthony Kennedy, Caoline Kennedy, Mickey Joe Burns, and Kieran Kennedy (centre row from left) Marie Cronin, Jackie Kennedy, and Mary Kennedy with (at back, from left) Brian Kelly, Noel Kennedy, Neil Blennerhasset, Jim Kennedy, Tommy Bracker O'Regan and John Joe Tangney which will be held on Saturday, May 11, in the Kingdom Greyhound Stadium, Tralee. Photo by Michelle Cooper Galvin

MEMORIES of Listry man Steve Kennedy will be recalled on Saturday, May 11, as The Kingdom Greyhound Stadium gets set to host the final of the Steve Kennedy Memorial Sweepstake.

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It's certainly an apt event in honour of the sports fanatic who was integral in setting up the Kingdom Greyhound Supporters Club and the club will jointly host the final along with Listry GAA Club and Steve's friends and family.

The Kennedy family, meanwhile, have extended an invitation to all who knew Steve to come along on the night to honour his memory.

Steve represented Kerry in athletics on several occasions and served as chairman of both the Listry GAA and St Paul's Basketball Clubs as well as trainer of the Listry senior team. His two sons and nephews are on the Listry senior squad and his brothers remain heavily involved.

Steve love of greyhounds came from his late father Seamus Kennedy and uncles Moyo and Andrew Larkin, as his brother, Jerome, explains.

"Steve would relish the Friday trips to the track and the great characters and the many friends he developed along the way," Jerome recalls.

"When the track was redeveloped, Steve became involved in setting up the Kingdom Greyhound Supporters Club which was put in place to ensure top class racing and prize money would be provided for owners, trainers and the wider public long into the future.

"He was always a big believer in developing the track facilities to offer a comfortable meeting place where families and communities could gather to enjoy a good night of fun whilst raising a few pounds for their local community or club."

The Steve Kennedy Memorial Sweepstake is off at 7.50pm. Entrance tickets are €10 per person with children U16 are free.

Proceeds raised will go towards the upkeep of the Listry GAA grounds and tickets are available from members of the Kennedy family or Listry GAA officers.


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