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Club News: John Mitchels and Tralee Parnells


Pictured at the opening on Friday of the Churchill Forge Museum, the chairperson Nora Landers cutting the tape with the committee present from left Michelle Burke, Grainne Landers, James Wrenn, Dermot Crowley, Chairperson Nora Landers, John Foley, Colette O'Sullivan and Peggy Daly. Photo; John Cleary.

Pictured at the opening on Friday of the Churchill Forge Museum, the chairperson Nora Landers cutting the tape with the committee present from left Michelle Burke, Grainne Landers, James Wrenn, Dermot Crowley, Chairperson Nora Landers, John Foley, Colette O'Sullivan and Peggy Daly. Photo; John Cleary.

Pictured at the opening on Friday of the Churchill Forge Museum, the chairperson Nora Landers cutting the tape with the committee present from left Michelle Burke, Grainne Landers, James Wrenn, Dermot Crowley, Chairperson Nora Landers, John Foley, Colette O'Sullivan and Peggy Daly. Photo; John Cleary.



Under 7 Boys & Girls

The under 7 boys and girls had a great training session Sunday morning. Numbers are improving each week which is fantastic. The weather held out for the boys and girls so they all went home happy. There is no training next Sunday due to a Club Coaching Course. Next training session will be Sunday June 5th. New players are always welcome.


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We had 25 girls training on Sunday last and it was a really great session. The coaches have noticed huge improvements from both u8 and u10 girls. The girls worked on a kicking drill and then straight into hand passing which came into use straight away during their game. The girls were due to play Churchill on Wednesday last but was postponed due to bad weather conditions. The coaches are working hard to get the girls as many game time as possible, so stayed tuned for further details.

U12 Girls

The Under 12 girls were away to Firies last Wednesday night where they put up a strong performance against a tough opposition but unfortunately missed out on the victory by a single point. Firies 1-5 John Mitchel’s 1-4 The girls recommenced training on Sunday morning and had an intense training session and are looking forward to welcoming Spa at home on Wednesday evening, throw in at 7:15. All support welcome.

U14 Girls

With the break between competitions, the John Mitchel’s u14 girls team have been working hard in training, sharpening up their kicking and skills ahead of the County League. Thanks to the u16 John Mitchel’s players who have been drafted in for training sessions. Training is going well, with some very competitive games, not least last Thursday and Monday, which saw the players working hard.

U16 Girls

Training for U16 ladies continues this Monday evening from 6.00-7.00pm in preparation for upcoming North Kerry League All newcomers welcome.

Under 9 Boys

John Mitchel’s U9 Boys put in another great training session on Sunday last in preparation for our away game to Spa later in the week. This week we once again played very small sided games to make sure everyone is included & gets on the ball as much as possible before we play our normal 7 a side.

Great to see improvements every week but as we keep saying ‘Keep practicing during the week’ We are away to Spa later this week with more details to follow via text. Training takes a break on Sunday due to a club coaching course and of course the Kerry V Limerick Final. All Newcomers Welcome

Under 11 Boys

Our U11 boys put in two great shifts on Thursday night and Sunday morning. Anthony got the sleepy heads awake and gave the boys an ‘Ultimate Hell Week’, hill session and Aaron put them through their paces with some fundamental movement and drills . We had 2 very competitive games with a strong emphasis on tackling. Phase 2 of the County League will resume on Thursday 2 June .

We will train Thursday night at 6pm on the Astro and we will take a break next Sunday morning due to a club coaching workshop.

Under 13 Boys

Both U13s teams games were rescheduled this week so no matches to report on. Our lads returned to training on Friday following a short break and all were glad to be back. Training will be confirmed later in the week as the B team have a rescheduled fixture on Wednesday, while both teams will be in action against Na Gaeil next Sunday in Phase 2 Round 2 of the County League.


John Mitchels B V Firies B @ Ballyseedy, Wednesday May 25th, 7pm Na Gaeil B V John Mitchels B @ Killeen, Sunday May 29th, 5.30pm Na Gaeil A V John Mitchels A @ Killeen, Sunday May 29th, 7pm

Under 15 Boys

John Mitchel’s u15 training continues Monday and Thursday with no fixtures released yet for the central league. We will train away until the start of competition and we need as many training as possible going forward to be competitive

Under 17 Boys

Minors are playing Milltown/ Castlemaine 7pm at Home Thursday night in the Central League, Training continues Tuesday and Fridays evenings

Senior Ladies

Our senior ladies were due to play Beale away Sunday last but due to bereavement the game was postponed. The girls next game is June 26th away to Glenflesk .

Training Continues on Sundays at 12pm. All new players welcome

Senior Men

John Mitchel’s played a vital home game to Na Gaeil in sunny Ballyseedy with some wind. Final score on day John Mitchel’s winning 3-8 to 1-9 Half time score 2-6 to 5 points with goals coming from Mikey Walsh captain on the day and Cian Holden.

This was an excellent team display by the boys in Green and Gold. Big thank you to home support from John Mitchel’s Senior Management Team and also to Brendan O Mahony for his assistance.

Next up Listowel Emmets away.


The Juniors played a tough game against Firies Friday night at home. They missed a few goal chances which was the difference in the end. Great effort by both teams on the night. Final score John Mitchel’s 0-13 Firies 5-10 Next fixture home game V Listowel on Friday 27th throw in at 7.30pm Please show your support


The John Mitchels first live draw took place on Sunday May 22nd at Ballyseedy at 11am. The draw was done by Paddy O Mahony and Rory Kilgallen Senior along with George Lowe and Chairperson Brid McElligott. Thanks also to the lotto committee Claire Connolly, Joanne Noonan, Mark Noonan and George Lowe. The numbers drawn were 26,04,09,06.

Best of luck to all and we would like to thank everyone for their support. You can now play our lotto by visiting:


On behalf of all in John Mitchel’s we extend a sincere sympathy to the families of the following: Pat (Christine Patricia) Tuohy, Curravough South, Tralee; Eileen Nolan, late of Rae Street and Caherslee, Tralee; Margaret Larkin (née Moriarty), Mountain Close, Balloonagh, Tralee; Bridget Gaynor, Casements Avenue, Tralee; Noreen Quirke (née Lyons), Ballymullen, Tralee,; Darren McKenzie Vass, Ardroe, Ballyroe, Tralee; Sheila Hanafin (née Burrows), Mitchel’s Avenue, Tralee and formerly of the Staff Barracks, Boherbee, Tralee; Noreen O’Connor (née O’Riordan), Racecourse Lawn, Tralee/Ballydesmond, Cork; Shaun Arthur James, Connolly Park, Tralee & late of Derrinacaheraugh, Kenmare; Mary Cronin (née Fitzgerald) Knockardtry, Castleisland; Ina Gleasure, Hillview Drive, Tralee/Kilflynn; Derry Vereker, Cork Road, Mallow, Cork/Tralee.


U12 Camogie

The U12s Blue Team came away with a strong home win against a very gallant Killarney team in the Division 1 league. The Blues are improving with every game which is great to see. Thank you to all the supporters and to Killarney for making the trip to Caherslee. Both of the U12 teams will face Abbeykillix in Lixnaw 6pm on Monday evening (23rd).

U14 Camogie

Our U14s travelled to Tournafulla on Sat 21st for a very enjoyable challenge game and were treated to wonderful Tournafulla hospitality. Thanks to all who travelled. It was a great opportunity for our girls to try new positions on the pitch and to meet and mix with players from another County. Thanks to all involved in Tournafulla GAA.


Congratulations to our juvenile members who represented our county over the past week. Our U14 boys, Luke Hanafin, David Sargent and Kyle Benson played for Kerry against Clare on Saturday in their first development match of the season, at the Clare GAA Centre of the Excellence. Kerry led from the start to finish and were well deserving of their win.

Anna O’Sullivan was on the winning the ladies football U14 A Kerry team who defeated Cork in the all Ireland final on Saturday. It was an epic battle as the game went to extra time with Kerry winning by two points in the end.

Our U15 representatives William Sommers, Dan Maloney, Cian Harris, Eoghan Costello, Thomas O’Connell and Jack Canty had a convincing win over Kildare in Lixnaw in round two of the academy fixtures on Sunday.

Congratulations to all players.

U17 Hurling

Tralee Parnells 3-7 Abbeydorney 1-11

Tralee Parnells U17s played their re-fixed division 2 county league game in Abbeydorney against the home team last Friday evening. This was the final league fixture for both sides and both teams knew a win would guarantee them a place in the knock-out phase of the competition. For the loser, the league campaign was over. With many of the Parnells panel unavailable for various reasons, the management team called up a number of the U15 players from the victorious Feile team and they weren’t found wanting. This certainly was a game of two halves. Parnells played with the aid of a strong wind in the first half which certainly helped their cause. After Oisín O’Sullivan had opened the scoring with a pointed free, a speculative shot from out the field from Seán Barrett, a welcome return to the team after a long absence, ended up in the Abbeydorney net. From there, Parnells drove on and wing back Barry Hamilton was causing all sorts of problems for the home defence as he hit 3 super points from play in quick succession. Full forward Eoghan Costello, who was a handful all evening, got on the end of a clever pass from Donnacha Buttimer and rattled the net, despite Abbeydorney defenders hanging off him. Oisín added another couple of frees before another long range shot finished in the net, this time from Rory Reen, who was outstanding at centre-back, showing no signs of the injury that forced his withdrawal the previous week. The Parnells defence held firm throughout the first half, despite many Abbeydorney attacks and restricted them to a solitary point from play.

HT: Parnells 3-6 Abbeydorney 0-1

Parnells expected a fightback from Abbeydorney in the second half and that’s exactly what materialised. Wave after wave of Abbeydorney attacks had the Parnells defence under constant pressure but they dealt admirably with it. Cian Harris was a rock in the Parnells goal, saving his team on a number of occasions, including one full length diving save, which drew gasps from the crowd. Abbeydorney started to make inroads into the deficit with a number of pointed frees and ‘65s. Like the first half, a floated shot from out the field ended up in the net, to give Abbeydorney hope. However, that was to be their only goal as the fullback line of William O’Donoghue, John Joe Hanafin and Liam Cooper stood firm. In the half-back line, Cian Hennessy was having a fine battle with his namesake, Kerry minor, Cian Sheehan with Hennessy coming out on top. Midfielders Dan Maloney and Oisín put in a great 60 minutes effort, covering an amount of ground. In fact, Oisin made a number of solo runs to lift the siege, one of which resulted in a great point. The half-forward line of Mark Lynch, Diarmuid Galvin and Barrett were always available to help out the defence and combined well to supply the forward line of Dylan Cunningham, Costello and sub Jack Canty. Abbeydorney hit over some fine points from play as the Parnells boys tired. They kept attacking to the very end and had a chance to steal the victory with a great catch and turn by their substitute full-forward which was excellently parried by Harris in the Parnells goal. The final whistle followed and Parnells had emerged with a deserved victory, against the odds. Well done to the team and Management and they await details of their semi-final opponents, with the match to be played on Sunday 29th May

Joe McDonagh Cup

Congratulations to our County panellists Tadhg Brick, Brian Lonergan, Luke Barrett, Morgan Madden, Darragh Reen, Cathal Dunne and all the Kerry hurlers and the management team on reaching the Joe McDonagh final after a great win away to Antrim at the weekend. We wish them all the best of luck in their preparations for the final on June 4th. The club are planning to hire a bus to travel to Croke Park for the final. Please contact David at 085 1355566 if interested.

Quiz Night

The club will be holding a quiz night in O’Donnells bar Mounthawk on Friday the 3rd of June at 8pm. The number of tables are limited so text Natalie at 086 8059666 to reserve your place. There will be lots of prizes on the night. A table of four for €40. All money raised will go towards sending our Under 15s to the Feile na nGael finals in June.

Summer Camp

The booking link is now active on our social media pages for the Parnells Summer camp. The camp is for boys and girls aged 5 to 13 and will run from Monday 18th to Thursday 21st of July, 10 to 1pm.

Club Lotto and Website

We will soon launch a regular lotto draw to support the day to day running of the club. We will also soon launch a website as one stop shop to find information on the club. Keep an eye our social media pages and the weekly notes for more details on these exciting developments.