Tralee basketballers Dáire Kennelly and Rap Buivydas have good reason to remember 2020 as a successful year, as the duo will be heading to the US on basketball scholarships this autumn.
After winning an All-Ireland Schools title with Mercy Mounthawk back in January, Dáire Kennelly will be heading to St Andrews in Barrington, Rhode Ireland while Lithuanian native and CBS The Green player Rap Buivydas will be going to The Hill in Pennsylvania.
Having come up through the ranks with their local clubs St Brendan’s and Tralee Imperials respectively, both Rap and Dáire are part of the current Garvey’s Tralee Warriors Under 20 side.
WHEN WE finally return to playing Gaelic football again, we will all look forward to seeing a new generation of young footballers emerging. In this feature, we select the Top 20 young players in the country right now as the new decade of football dawns.
For Kerry supporters the past decade was pretty tough, watching Dublin win seven of the All-Ireland senior titles on offer. The Dubs smashed nearly every record in the game and yet there is a real sense of hope for the future as Kerry’s next generation come bursting out of the blocks.
We could all do with a lift right now so if you can just sit back and imagine the impact that these 20 fantastic young footballers could have over the coming years. The criteria used for our Top 20 was that you had to have played at minor grade in 2016 as our cut-off point, which would make the majority of the players on our list 21 years of age or under.
“What will be the first thing you do when this is all over?”. “Where will you go for your first pint?”
Those are possibly the two most-asked questions in Irish WhatsApp groups over the past three weeks, as we consider what the future holds. The answers to both questions might not be too dissimilar.
Pondering what happens when life returns to ‘normal’ after the threat of the coronavirus subsides is a comforting and almost necessary exercise at the moment. The constant stream of sobering news is a vicious cycle. It is impossible to always be focused on Covid-19, without causing yourself some stress or anxiety. It is absolutely normal to wonder what a back-to-normal life might look like, or to wonder when sport might return.