The Park hit Listowel Celtic for six
Munster Youths Cup
Munster Youths Cup
WITH Christmas almost arrived I extend best wishes for a Happy Christmas and a healthy and prosperous New Year to all the readers that tune into these pages every week whether at home in other parts of the country or in distant shores.
THE FAI has confirmed that it is in the process of creating six new positions, mainly related to revenue generation opportunities.
AFTER getting to the final of the Oscar Traynor Cup last year Kerry bowed out of this year's competition at Turner's Cross last Wednesday night when they could only manage a scoreless draw against Cork AUL. They created a good few chances on the night but just could not put them away.
THE Under 14 and Under 16 development programmes concluded in Mounthawk in Tralee on Saturday.
DENNY DIVISION 1A Tralee Dynamos 6 Castleisland 0 THIS top of the table game clash was a one-sided affair with a strong Dynamos side winning in a canter. It was nice to see Adam Pigott back playing again after being out with injury for a number of weeks and he bagged a hat trick for good measure.
Killarney Celtic 10 Rathkeale 1
DENNY PREMIER A Killarney Celtic 3 Spa Road 0 KILLARNEY Celtic moved five points clear at the top of the division when they saw off the challenge of Spa Road who gave a good account of themselves. Gary Keane bagged two goals for the winners while Tony Brosnan also found the net. Despite going down Spa Road were happy enough with their overall performance. Castleisland FC 3 Classic FC 0 CASTLEISLAND FC moved up into a title challenging position after a comfortable win over Classic FC. The first half was scoreless but goals by Pa Hickey, Aidan O'Callaghan and the ageless Tim O'Donoghue wrapped up the points for Castleisland.
DENNY DIVISION 2A Classic FC 0 Skelliga FC 5 SKELLIGA FC remain at the pinnacle of the division after a big win over Classic FC. Rad Keating got them off the mark and another from Stevie Boyle put them 2-0 up at half time.
SOCCER fans around the county were saddened at the death of John Joe Naughton of St Brendan's Park Tralee.
THE Park appeared to be bowing out of the FAI Junior Cup on Sunday at Christy Leahy Park when they trailed Kingswood FC from Dublin 3-2 as the game went deep into added time but they came back from the dead with Shane Brosnan heading home the most dramatic of equalisers in the sixth minute of added time.
NATIONAL CUP WHEN we review this season next summer one of the highlights will be the run of Ballyhar in the National Cups. Their Under-14s pulled off another great win this week as they saw off Granagh to qualify for the last 32. Goals from Jake Flynn and David Kenny saw them defeat Granagh 2-1 at Murt Scott Park to set up another home tie in round 5 clash against New Oak Boys.
UNDER-12 PREMIER IN the JK Sports 12 Premier Killorglin continue to lead the way as they made the long trip to Listowel Celtic a winning one. Ger Hassett and Martin Foley got the goals for the winners.
TRALEE TROPHY WORLD U-16 NORTH THERE are now two unbeaten sides in the Northern section. Listowel Celtic weren't playing and sit on 12 points from four games. The Park joined them on this number after they proved too strong for Castleisland. Jack Dugglan netted a hat trick, Shane McLoughlin and Ryan Dolan (2 each) and Murrough Connolly. Ethan O'Connor and Killian Moloney replied for Castleisland.
Relatives of a local resident who was left severely traumatised by an egg attack on his house last week have handed in a list of names to the Garda station.
SOLDIERS who served their country with pride were back in full military regalia in Tralee as the Thomas Ashe Kerry branch of Oglaigh Náisiunta na hEireann held its annual Lá na bhFíann.
Sir, The recent destruction of the demesne wall and trees at the Green, Dingle, by Kerry County Council exposes what I consider to be a fundamental problem at Kerry County Council. That is that it appears to be led by engineers, best demonstrated by the car priority network they are proceeding with in Dingle. This should have involved much more consultation and any plan to cut down trees should have been highlighted.
KILLORGLIN'S Astellas Ireland pharmaceutical plant has been named as overall winners of IBEC's annual Environmental Awards.
LINKS with the world's new superpower are being forged in a north Kerry secondary school that hosted a delegation of principals from China this week.
THE SOUTH Kerry group 'Cunamh Iveragh' are "thrilled" with the news that €20,000 of government funding has been granted to their residential project for people with special needs.
FROM our oldest monuments to our modern political and social history, a new book by a Ballyduff historian Seán Quinlan offers a remarkably comprehensive view of the big picture in Kerry.
HOW WELL do you know Killarney town? We all have a bit of local knowledge but the competitiors in this year's Christmas in Killarney Treasure Hunt needed to be on the ball as they raced around the town on Saturday, frantically deciphering clues as they sought out hidden treasure.
OVER 80 large bags of rubbish were cleared from Kerry beaches over the weekend, giving an indication of the growing threat of litter to our coastal environment.