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Around the Districts: Kilflynn and Kilmoyley


Kingdom Wheelblasters about score at their match with Limerick Celtics at the IT on Saturday. Photo; John Cleary.

Kingdom Wheelblasters about score at their match with Limerick Celtics at the IT on Saturday. Photo; John Cleary.

Kingdom Wheelblasters about score at their match with Limerick Celtics at the IT on Saturday. Photo; John Cleary.




It was a weekend of celebrations on the Hurling fields. Last Saturday 8th January at Austin Stack’s Park, Tralee the Kerry Senior Hurlers had a first ever competitive win over Tipperary in the Co-op Superstores Munster Hurling League. The Final Score was Kerry 0-17 to Limerick 0-14.

The Crotta Hurling Club was well represented on historic Kerry team By Stalwarts Sean Weir (Wing Back), Shane Nolan (Wing Forward) 0-01f and James Sheehan (Corner Forward) who was making his Kerry Senior debut, and what a day for the former Crotta and Kerry minor captain to commence his senior career with a memorably victory. A proud day for his Family, Club and County. Congratulations to the Three Crotta players and their teammates. It was a great start to the new hurling season and the new Kerry management. Kerry were defeated by the All Ireland champions, Limerick in the Co-Op Superstores Munster Hurling Cup Semi Final on Sunday 16th January at 2pm in the TUS Gaelic Grounds by Limerick: 4–29 to Kerry: 0 11. The Crotta club was represented by Sean Weir (Corner Back) Shane Nolan (Captain) (Mid Field) (0-01) and James Sheehan came on as a sub.

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Meanwhile On Sunday 9th January at TUS Gaelic Grounds Limerick, Kilmoyley Senior Hurlers became the first Kerry Club to win a Munster Intermediate title when they had a

0-24 to 0-21 victory over Cork Champions, Courcey Rovers after Extra time. A Fantastic achievement by the lerrig men. Congratulations to the players and their backroom team and we wish them the best of the luck in the

AIB All-Ireland Intermediate Club Hurling Championship / Craobh Idirmheánach Iomána Clubanna na hÉireann AIB Semi-Final

Kilmoyley (Kerry) v Banagher (Derry) at Connacht G.A.A. Centre of Excellence, Bekan, Co. Mayo, at 2.00pm on Sunday, 23 January

North Kerry U-21 Hurling Final

The long awaited 2021 North Kerry U-21 Final between Crotta O’Neills and Tralee Parnells takes place on Saturday 22nd January at 2pm in the sportsfield,Dromakee, Kilflynn.

Crotta After victories over Abbeydorney and Ardfert will go into the final full of confidence. And the Tralee Parnells side with wins over Ballyduff and Ballyheigue will be equally confident of victory. We wish the best of luck to the Crotta players and their management. Be sure to come out and support the lads in what should be a cracking game.

St. Mary’s Church, Kilflynn

Mass Intention for the week in St. Mary’s Church: Wednesday 19th January at 10.00 a.m. Friday 21st January at 10.00a.m. Saturday 22nd January at 6.00 p.m. Maurice O’Carroll, Parknageragh, Abbeydorney

Parish Office can be contacted by phone 066 4018996 Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. or by email: Masses from St. Bernard’s Church, Abbeydorney are streamed live on, on Sunday at 10 a.m. Go to Abbeydorney Parish and click on watch live Mass. Kilflynn Eucharistic Adoration Monday (7.00 p.m.-8.00 p.m.)

Kilflynn Eucharistic Adoration resumes Monday 10th January 7.00 p.m.-8.00 p.m.


2020 All-Ireland Camogie Junior Club Final - Clanmaurice’s brave bid just come up short against Raharney Clanmaurice 0- 7 Raharney (Westmeath) 1-7

Brave Clanmaurice finally succumbed, in what turned out to be a numbers game against an excellent Raharney side that came out on top in this competitive 2020 All-Ireland Junior Camogie Club Championship Final played at Templetuohy on Sunday 9th January

But Clanmaurice can hold their heads up high as they once again did themselves proud and in fact getting to the final with just 15 players was a victory for the spirit and never say die attitude of this team. They had only 14 on duty for the semi-final and I don’t think it has ever happened in any sport that their team sheet in an All-Ireland Final would just contain 15 names and no subs! It is probably a stat that will never be repeated but it shows the character and togetherness of these fifteen warriors along with Liz Houlihan who was with the Fab 15 all the way and could well have given birth on a Camogie sideline, but we wish Liz all the best when the baby arrives next month.

Commiserations to Clanmaurice players and their management especially the Crotta players Aoife Behan (Wing forward) and Jackie Hogan Full forward (0-5, 2f, 1’45’).

There was no rest for the ladies as they played Clooney Quinn Co. Clare, in the Munster Junior Club Semi Final 2021 on Saturday 15th January at the John Mitchels GAA Grounds and after Magnificent display Clanmaurice bounce back to reach another final on the final score line of Clanmaurice 4-12 Clooney Quin (Clare) 1-8

Clanmaurice do not believe in following scripts. The narrative was that six days after the pain of losing the 2020 All-Ireland Junior Club Final to Raharney by three points, they would not be able to raise their game against a young and fresh Clooney Quin side. Well, nobody told the Clanmaurice girls that and from the outset they dominated this contest and there was never a moment when anything other than a Clanmaurice victory was going to be outcome at the John Mitchels GAA Grounds on Saturday last.

While their semi-final win over Athleague with only fourteen players in December made national headlines, their incredible spirit and will to win against the odds, goes slightly under the radar locally, the question has to be asked, is there any men’s team in the county that could contest three All-Ireland Finals in a row (five if you count replays) and after beating Clooney Quin on Saturday, they will now try for five in row Munster Junior titles on Sunday next in Mallow against An Rinn from Waterford with 18 players at most! Congrats to the Clanmaurice team and their backroom team, especially the Crotta players Player of the Game: Aoife Behan (Wing Back) and Jackie Hogan Full forward (1-7, 3fs) We wis the players and the management the best of luck. Please come out and show your support for this great bunch of ladies

Every Step Counts Challenge

The MyLife GAA Every Step Counts Challenge starts Wednesday, 19th January to midnight on 23rd February

Any club that tracks 4,000km over the 5 weeks will be entered into a O’Neill’s prize draw. There is a €2,500, €1,500 and €,1000 voucher per province to be won.

You can run, walk, or jog. To take part simply: Download the MyLife app from the App store or Google Play store (This is the same App used for the previous challenge); Register your details; Tap on the social tab on the MyLife app; Select challenges; Select Munster GAA; Click Join & select Crotta; Final Step Go to the TRACK tab, Choose tracking devices/Apps and select which tracker you would like to use. Best of luck & happy walking

Crotta Lotto

Due to the current restrictions the Crotta hurling club weekly lotto draw was held on Tuesday 11th January at Parker’s Pub, Kilflynn at 7.00p.m

The Four numbers drawn out of the drum by the independent observer: Graham Harris, Clounsillagh, Lixnaw were 7, 10,12 and 25. There was no winner of the 6,900 Jackpot. Congratulations to the following who won €35 in the lucky dip draw:

Leann Costello and Sean Weir, Castletown, Kilflynn, Paul Lenihan, Leith Abbeydorney and Aishling Weir, Ballyvolane Cork

The Next draw will take place in Herbert’s Bar, Kilflynn on Tuesday 18th January at 7.00p.m in compliance with Covid-19 restrictions for a €7,000 Jackpot.


Community Care Lotto

There was no winner of the €8,500 jackpot for the 10th of January 2022. Numbers drawn by Mary Brassil were 5,7,8,11. The €50 winner was Eddie Horgan, Listowel and the two €30 winners were Bernie Young, Ballinorig and Paddy Joe O’Connor, Kilcooley.

Scoil Naomh Eirc

As a mark of respect for a fellow teacher and her school community, the staff and pupils of Scoil Naomh Eirc lit up the school on Saturday night in memory of Ashling Murphy, following the terrible tragedy last weekend.

St Brendan’s Athletic club

The inaugural TK8K in memory of Tom Kelly was a huge success on Sunday. There were 170 finishers and all volunteers are thanked for their support. The support of businesses and individuals is sincerely appreciated and will help to grow the club further. A special thanks to all the Kelly family who sponsored and encouraged the TK8K.

Couch to 5k: Continuing every Monday at 7pm in Ardfert Recreation Centre (ARC). This group will meet twice a week to build up to completing Tralee parkrun on 12th March. To join the group become a member of St. Brendan’s athletics club and then training sessions are free. You can join here Brendan’s A.C. (Kerry) We will meet on Mondays 7pm in the ARC and on Wednesdays at 7.30pm in Mounthawk. Participants can complete a third session in their own time each week as a full programme will be provided so that everyone is ready to complete their 5k in March.

Juvenile training: U9-U11 (born 2012-2015) training on Banna Astro turf on Wednesdays 6-7pm and the U12+ training on the all-weather pitch in Ardfert on Mondays 7-8pm. Please ensure to renew your membership before attending training and the same rate of €2 per session applies.


It was with great sadness that we heard of the passing of one of our vice Presidents Michael (Mick) Curran, Lerrig. Michael is the holder of four County Senior Hurling Championships medals and was captain when Kilmoyley completed the double (North Kerry and Co Champ) in 1962.He was Chairman of the Senior Club in 1968, and went on to become Chairman of the Minor club for 10 years, during which time Kilmoyley had tremendous success, including 6 Co Féiles, 2 All Ireland Féiles (Trainer), 6 Minor Champs, Club of the year and numerous other titles both at North Kerry and County.Michael was a member of the original Sportsfield committee in 1984 and was very proud when a field was purchased and developed at Lerrig.He was also a member when the committee went on a fundraising drive in 1998 to finish the development which saw Páirc Naomh Eirc officially opened on June 6th 2000.

Michael was the Hall of Fame recipient of our Club in 2018.He continued to be a great supporter of our club and was present at the pitch last September to welcome home our Senior County Champions.He was great company to meet out at An Tóchar Bán where he loved to discuss all matters of interest, accompanied by Bridie.

We wish to extend our sincere sympathy to Bridie, Michael Jnr., Claire, James, Emily, Timothy, and extended family.

A Guard of Honour for Michael was held by the club at the entrance to our Sportsfield Páirc Naomh Eirc from where the cortege walked with him to the Church. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dilís.

Juvenile club

Split the Bucket: The winner of our Split the Bucket draw this evening was Eoin Corridon with a jackpot of €163. The winning envelope was drawn by Joe Walsh. The Juvenile Club would like to thank everyone who supported the draw and look forward to your continued support.

The next draw will be held on 28th January.

All-Ireland semi-final

For the first time in our club’s history, Kilmoyley play in an All-Ireland club Intermediate championship semi final this Sunday at the Connacht centre of Excellence, Cloonacurry, Knock at 2pm following our memorable victory over Courcey Rovers in the Munster final. Kilmoyley’s opponents are St. Mary’s GAC, Banagher of Derry, who defeated Lisbellaw of Fermanagh in the Ulster final. In an interesting connection, back in 1987 when Kilmoyley won the All_ireland Féile na Gael, Lisbellaw were the defeated semi finalists. Our supporters are still coming to terms with this team’s amazing achievement, yet the excitement of what lies ahead is palpable. The players enjoyed a well deserved few days of celebration before getting back to work on the pitch in preparation for the game. The level of support and good wishes passed on by our supporters at home and abroad has been overwhelming. The generosity received through our GoFundMe online fundraiser has been staggering with donations continuing to be made on our club Facebook page long after the Munster final ended - the club is truly grateful to everyone who supported.The juvenile tickets for the game have already been sold out but adult tickets are still available.

Check the club Facebook page for the link.We wish captain Florence and his team the very best of luck and hope that they can reproduce another brilliant performance that will be good enough to get us into the All-Ireland final. But regardless of the result, we are already so unbelievably proud of this team. Cill Mhaoile Abú.

Munster Colleges

Well done to the Bobby O’Connor, Tomás Godley and the Causeway Comprehensive senior team who defeated Bishopstown of Cork in the quarter final of the Munster Senior hurling Colleges competition on Saturday in Ballinora. Despite trailing by eleven points at the first water break, Causeway rallied to secure a convincing win. Final score : Causeway CS 4-16, Bishopstown 1-18CamogieMunster junior semi-finalCongratulations to Clanmaurice who produced an excellent display to defeat Cloony-Quinn of Clare 4-12 to 1-8 at John Mitchells GAA grounds on Saturday to reach another Munster final.

Following the disappointment of the previous weekend’s All-Ireland defeat, Clanmaurice were quickly into their stride and were comfortable winners in the end, as two second half goals by Brid Horan put daylight between the sides. Clanmaurice will play An Rinn of Waterford in the final following their 1-09 to 0-08 win over Cappamore in their semi final tie.

Unfortunately for Kerry supporters, the final is due to be played on Sunday in Mallow which is a major disappointment as it clashes with Kilmoyley’s semi-final in Mayo. Hopefully, if both teams come through their respective ties, followers of both teams will be given the opportunity to see their teams in action again.

Best of luck to everyone especially the Kilmoyley crew of players Brid Horan, Laura Collins and Jessica Fitzell plus selector Pete Young.