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South Kerry champions Dromid Pearses braced to lose several players to emigration next year

Manager Brian O’Leary: “Dylan (O’Donoghue) is going away. Shane O’Connor is going to Australia. Kevin Sheehan is going to America. So for a small rural club, when you’re missing numbers like that, it’s a hard blow’

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The Dromid Pearses captain Dylan O'Donoghue with the Jack Murphy Cup in the company of his family after the South Kerry SFC final win against Skellig Rangers. Photo by NC Photography

The Dromid Pearses captain Dylan O'Donoghue with the Jack Murphy Cup in the company of his family after the South Kerry SFC final win against Skellig Rangers. Photo by NC Photography

The Dromid Pearses captain Dylan O'Donoghue with the Jack Murphy Cup in the company of his family after the South Kerry SFC final win against Skellig Rangers. Photo by NC Photography

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Dromid Pearses will enjoy their South Kerry SFC title win this week, and deservedly bask in the glory of Saturday’s gritty win over Skellig Rangers, but in time the grim reality will dawn that a successful title defence in 2023 is going to be mighty difficult. Not just because history isn’t on their side in the search for the Jack Murphy Cup – Saturday was just the club's third Championship title win – but because a number of players are set to emigrate and possibly won’t be playing football in south Kerry this time next year.

Speaking to The Kerryman after the final, Dromid Pearses manager Brian O’Leary confirmed the stark news. “Dylan (O’Donoghue) is going away. Shane O’Connor is going to Australia. Kevin Sheehan is going to America. So for a small rural club, when you’re missing numbers like that, it’s a hard blow. But we’d a panel of 31 there today, so we’ll come again.”


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