Linus at the helm of Valentia Young Islanders football
ANOTHER year of football lies ahead for the Valentia Young Islanders footballers with the seniors embarking on their campaign, having enlisted the services of Linus Burke (pictured) of the Milltown-Castlemaine club as their manager-trainer and the former Valentia footballer Fionán Murphy as his assistant. It's a new innovation and a historical first for the club by virtue of going outside island boundaries for a manager.
Down through the years Linus Burke has been no stranger to the Kerry domestic football scene, having played for about 20 years at a high level for Milltown-Castlemaine. He won with that club a Co. Junior Championship, three Co. Intermediate Championships, a Senior Club Championship and two Mid Kerry Club Championships. He had the misfortune to break his hand in 1994 and he retired in 2004. He then spent a number of years as his club's trainer, as they took part in the Co. Senior Football Championship.
Valentia Young Islanders will compete in Div. Five of the Co.League and will play St . Senans in the upcoming Co. Novice championship. They also look forward to acquitting themselves well in the South Kerry Championship. Good luck to all concerned.
Footnote: A few weeks ago I referred to the Valentia teams of the 2005 -1986 eras, comparing both teams with regard to emigration statistics. Nobody, it was found, emigrated in 1986 with another very significant man and a forward from that era being Michael A. O'Connell, now domiciled in Dromid.
The man from Knightstown has nine South Kerry Senior Football Champonship medals and two Co. Senior Championship medals among his collection. He managed Dromid Pearses and St. Marys of Cahirsiveen in the recent past.
Greetings are extended to John Noel 'Pampas' Cahill now domiciled for many years in London, who was a selector in those halcyon days of the eighties.