KERRY eased their way into the semi-finals of the Munster GAA McGrath Cup with a 2-12 to 0-10 victory over Billy Morgan's UCC side at Fitzgerald Stadium on Sunday last.
The visitors, with Kerry Under 21 player Conor Cox excelling, were three points to the good in as many minutes soon after the throw-in, but 1-4 without reply in a six minute spell at the end of the first quarter had Kerry in charge and when Paddy Curtin scored his second goal in the 25th minute Kerry were on their way to a semi final meeting with Limerick on Sunday next in Fitzgerald Stadium with a 2pm throw in. Supporters Club SATURDAY night is a big occasion for the Kerry GAA Supporters Club when they celebrate a quarter of a century in existence with their 23rd Annual Social in the Ballingarry House Hotel, a venue that has hosted all previous socials.
Centre of attention and guest of honour on the night will be the one and only Mick Galwey, who despite having spent most of his career on the rugby fields still left an indelible mark on the GAA scene here in his native Kerry.
He came into the Currow team in the mid eighties, a purple period in the history of the Club that saw them claim the Co. Minor League Division 2 title in 1983 and lose out just one year later to Dr Crokes in the Division 1 final. In 1984 he won a Minor County Championship medal with Castleisland District. 1988 was to be an historic year for Galwey when he lined out at full-forward as Currow defeated Rathmore in the county Junior championship final and he went on to partner his clubmate and team captain Timmy Brosnan as divisional side St Kierans, in their first year of existence, captured the senior county championship title at the expense of Dr Crokes.
Mick played minor for Kerry in 1984 when, in the company of club mates, first cousin Tim Galwey and Tommy Brosnan, the Kingdom went down to a surprise defeat to Tipperary by a point. Incidentally, his uncle of the same name was a selector with that team. He had no luck either at Under 21 level in the following year when Kerry failed to reach the provincial final and in 1986 he was surprisingly omitted from the Under 21 panel though he did line out for Kerry Juniors as they went down to Cork in Kenmare.
However, he made amends in the same year when he won an All Ireland Senior medal with Kerry at the expense of Tyrone having replaced Eoin Liston in the semi final win over Meath. In 1987 he was back on the Under 21 team as Kerry claimed the Munster title at the expense of Tipperary after a replayed final that went to extra time, but Kerry went down to Donegal in the final, again after a replay.
He made one other senior championship appearance for Kerry, a notable one in that he captained the team, lining out at midfield with Jack O'Shea in the victory over Limerick in Askeaton in 1989. No doubt, Kerry GAA's loss was rugby's gain as Galwey went on to represent his club Shannon, Munster and Ireland with some distinction indeed during a glorious career. He has never forgotten his roots, however, and it is fitting that he is the recipient of this accolade from the Kerry Supporters Club on Saturday night.
Others to be honoured include Junior All Ireland winning manager and captain, Sean Moynihan and Marcus Manning respectively, Kerry Minor Hurling manager Seanie O'Shea and captain Kevin Hanafin, Handballers Áine Lucey and Dominick Lynch, and outgoing PRO of Coiste Chontae Chiarraí, Maureen O'Shea.
Music is by Uí Bhriain. Tickets costing €35 each, can be purchased any member of the Supporters Club.
Supporters intending to travel to Castlebar for the Mayo match on February 3 are reminded that this is a day trip and tickets have to be purchased before January 30 from usual sources. Presentation Night LAST Friday night in Austin Stack Park Tralee, Eamonn Whelan, Kerry Coaching & Games Officer, presented the 2012 Keanes Super Valu Killorglin Minor Championship and League Medals to the clubs.
Eamonn extended a very warm welcome to all the clubs present and to Seamus Kerrisk and Noel Byrne who represented the sponsors. He thanked Keanes for sponsoring the Minor League and Championship and praised the Keane family for their loyal and dedicated support of Kerry.
Minor Roll of Honour 2012: County Football Championship winners 2012 : St Brendan's District; County Hurling Championship winners 2012: Lixnaw; Div. 1 County League winners: John Mitchels; Div. 2: Templenoe/Tuosist; Div. 3A: Na Gaeil/Castlegregory; Div. 3B: Beaufort; Div. 4: Kenmare/Kilgarvan; Div. 5: Keel/Listry; Div. 6: St Senan's; Div. 7: Cordal/Scartaglin.