Sunday 18 February 2018

Kennelly to face Galvin in comeback

Tadhg Kennelly in action for Kerry
Tadhg Kennelly in action for Kerry

TADHG Kennelly is set for a sensational Gaelic football comeback with his club Listowel Emmets on Sunday.

The Ireland International Rules star, who retired from Sydney Swans at the end of last season after 10 years with the AFL club, jets back into Ireland this morning and is expected to line out for Listowel Emmets in their North Kerry football championship semi-final against Paul Galvin's Finuge in Tarbert.

Kennelly (30) is returning home for a special commemorative ceremony tomorrow that will honour his late father Tim, who died in 2005.

In honour of his father's sporting legacy, in which the Emmets legend won five All-Ireland titles with Kerry, the roundabout located at the top of Cahirdown in Listowel town will be renamed The Tim Kennelly Roundabout at a plaque-unveiling ceremony tomorrow at 3.0.

Listowel Emmets chairman Mike Kennelly explained: "It was never planned that Tadhg would be home for the North Kerry semi-final but that's the way it has worked out. I am hopeful that he will tog out with us. It would be a great boost to the club.

"He has played in nearly all the North Kerry championships over the last 10 years and it would be a great benefit if he could take part because we are going in as underdogs. We need any boost that we can get."

Playing some part on Sunday will only increase speculation that Kennelly may return to re-ignite his inter-county career with the Kingdom, having hinted during the International Rules series that he is considering a return to Kerry football.

Irish Independent

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