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KERRY'S EYE THIS WEEK - Published Thursday 23rd October, 2014

 

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County Championship finals in Tralee on Sunday

Jack’s boys seek Kildare county medals

On a weekend when County Finals were played all around the country, three former Kerry underage stars played leading roles for their clubs.

In Kildare, the O’Connor brothers Cian and Eanna were part of a Moorefield side that snatched a draw against Sarsfield’s in the senior county final while, in Cork, former Dingle player George Durrant starred for Ballincollig in their Cork County Final win over fellow county final debutants, Carbery Rangers.

Durrant has lived in Ballincollig for a number of years but played his football with Dingle at minor level and also for Kerry when he lined out at midfield for the minor side in 2010.

Durrant will now have the opportunity of facing some of his former Kerry team-mates when Ballincollig meet either Dr Croke’s or Austin Stack’s in the Munster Senior Club semi-final in a couple of weeks time.

The O’Connor brothers will also be back in action next weekend in the replayed Kildare senior county final.

Cian and Eanna, who played for St Michael’s/Foilmore and Kerry and are, of course, the sons of Kerry minor manager Jack O’Connor, both played leading roles in Moorefield’s championship campaign.

Cian has been in outstanding form at midfield while Eanna is currently the top scorer in the Kildare Championship.

A bumper crowd is expected in Austin Stack Park on Sunday for the eagerly-awaiting Kerry Senior and Minor County Football final double bill.

 The throw-in for the Garvey’s SuperValu Senior County Final between Austin Stack’s and Mid Kerry is at 3pm and it will be preceded by the Keane’s SuperValu Killorglin Minor Championship final between Dr Croke’s and Dingle at 1pm.

There will be three ticket vans in operation outside the ground, opening at 11.15 with 16 windows in operation for ticket purchase. Admission is €15 and €10 for students and OAPs with valid ID – juveniles (under 16) will not need a ticket and will be admitted free of charge through the designated turnstile in the stand area. Patrons are asked to purchase tickets in advance where at all possible through the various ticket outlets at Garvey’s in Dingle, Tralee and Castleisland, Peter Keane’s in Killorglin, Austin Stack Park and the Kerry GAA Store in Killarney.  The 1989 Laune Rangers county final winning side - they defeated John Mitchel’s in the final - will be the Jubilee Team honoured at half time in the senior final.

It was also revealed this week that the final report of the Senior Football Championship Review Committee will be presented to the County Board delegates at the next meeting of the Kerry County Committee to be held in Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney, on Tuesday, October 28th, next at 8pm.

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League medals beckon for Kerry brothers

Kerry players have only rarely tasted national success in Irish soccer, although there have been more frequent instances in recent years.

 In 2012, Limerick won the Division I title with Derek O’Brien and Shane Guthrie in the ranks while Derek has also been with the Cork City side that won the second tier the previous year.

The former Kingdom Boys and Sunderland player Billy Dennehy came into the current season with two Premier League medals, though - both won with Shamrock Rovers in 2010/11 and the following season.

And on Friday night, if Cork City avoids defeat in the last game of the campaign in Dundalk, he will collect his third. As the border club was being held to a draw by lowly UDC on a fearsome Friday night last, it was Billy’s goal that won Cork’s game with Bohemians at Turner’s Cross.

In fact, if the Rebels do secure the title on Friday, history will be made for Billy and his younger brother Darren will become the first Kerry pair to win the top league title in the League of Ireland. Darren, who had three years on Everton’s books and two with Cardiff City, is a defender with City, while Billy is actually in his second term with the club.

So if Cork does draw or win at Oriel Park on Friday, it will be a special night at the boys’ home in Gallowsfield, Tralee, as well.

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Kerry has three Christy Ring All Stars

Kerry received three Christy Ring All Star awards this week with Bryan Murphy (Causeway), Daniel Collins (Kilmoyley) and Padraig Boyle (Ballyduff) all honoured for their contribution to Kerry’s march to the Christy Ring Cup final in Croke Park earlier this year.

Bryan Murphy was also one of four Kerry men who represented Ireland in the annual shinty international in Scotland last weekend. Murphy, Darragh O’Connell, John Egan and Shane Nolan were all part of the squad that lost in Scotland. The second part of the series will be played in Pairc Esler Newry this Saturday.

The Christy Ring Cup awards will be presented at Friday night's GAA GPA All Stars banquet sponsored by Opel at the Convention Centre, Dublin.

Kerry also have 11 football nominees and the All-Ireland champions are expected to get at least six awards on the night. Fionn Fitzgerald, Paul Murphy, Aidan O’Mahony, Peter Crowley, Anthony Maher, David Moran, Johnny Buckley, Donnchadh Walsh, Paul Geaney, Kieran Donaghy and James O’Donoghue have been nominated for awards this year. O’Donoghue is also the firm favourite to pick up the 2014 Player of the Year award.

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