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Galvin leaves Kerry minor post

Kerry minor selector John Galvin has announced his intention to withdraw from his position despite the Kerry minor team ending a 20-year famine by claiming the Tommy Markham Cup last month.

Galvin, former All-Ireland senior club championship winner with Dr Crokes and county championship winner as a manager with South Kerry in 2009, has withdrawn from his post as minor selector.

Galvin also managed Dr Crokes for two seasons and worked with the Kerry Development Squads down in South Kerry. He was an integral part of Jack O’Connor’s management team, along with Micheál  O Sé (Castlegregory), Eamon Whelan (St Senan’s) and trainer Alan O’Sullivan.

Kerry not only won the Munster championship, but backboned by PS Chorca Dhuibhne players who had won the Hogan Cup, they ended a famous barren spell when they beat Donegal in this year’s All-Ireland Final.

John Galvin did not elaborate on his sudden departure midway through a two-year term.

“I am merely confirming that I will not be involved in the Kerry Minor set-up in 2015, and I have informed County chairman Patrick O’Sullivan of my decision.”

Kerry chairman Patrick O’Sullivan, was not available to comment.

So right now Kerry are looking for a replacement for John Galvin in the minor set-up while the players bask in the glory of a long-awaited success.

Tomás to sign for Nemo

Five-time All-Ireland medal winner and Kerry legend Tomas Ó Sé is on the verge of completing a transfer to Cork club Nemo Rangers.

The 36-year-old has played little football in 2014 concentrating instead on his burgeoning media career.

Tomás lives just outside Cork city in Broadale and teaches at Gaelscoil de hÍde in Fermoy and the west Kerry native was due to finalise his switch to the Cork city club this week.

The transfer of Ó Sé will be a major boost to Nemo who were beaten in this year’s Cork SFC semi-final by Ballincollig and haven’t won a county title since 2010, but are still the most successful senior football side in Cork, with 18 titles.

“I can confirm that Tomás Ó Sé’s transfer forms have been put through to Cork County Board,” Nemo secretary Bernadette Allen stated this week. “He will be a Nemo Rangers player, provided there are no late hiccups, which shouldn’t be the case. Tomás will be a huge addition to our club and his experience will be invaluable.”

It was also confirmed this week that Tipperary will not have a representative in this year’s Munster Senior Club Championship. This means that the Kerry representatives, one of Legion, Dr Crokes or Austin Stacks, will play host to the Cork senior champions, either Balincollig or Carbery Rangers, in the Munster club semi-final on November 16th.

Lixnaw captured their 8th Kerry Senior Hurling title with a hard-fought 3-point win over Kilmoyley in Saturday’s eagerly anticipated replay in Austin Stack Park.

Ciarán Carey’s men finally got their hands on the Neilus Flynn Cup in what was their 6th Senior County Final appearance in this century.

The Kerry champions now face a trip to Ballyhea in north Cork in the quarterfinal of the Munster Intermediate Hurling Championship on October 26th.

Speaking after their county final win, Lixnaw manager and former Limerick legend Carey was confident that his side could do well in Munster.

“I think this team will thrive in Munster club hurling. There won’t be a whole pile expected of them so the lads have a lovely opportunity to express themselves to the maximum individually and as a team collectively.”

Carey also called for the Kerry County Board to take a look at the standard of refereeing at Kerry County Championship level.

“I would maintain that if the standard of refereeing was up about five notches I believe the standard of hurling in Kerry would also come up to that level. “They get a lot of referees from outside counties and it’s a mentality thing with them too.

“Whereas you’d get a red card in Limerick for a certain type of pull, up here in Kerry it seems to be kind of the norm. It’s the one thing that has hit me since I came here and I am saying this for the good of Kerry hurling. “Funnily enough, the best referee that I have seen since I came here was local ref Mike Hennessy.”

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O’Mahony faces hat-trick of operations

Kerry defender and 2014 All Star nominee Aidan O'Mahony will be out of action for six weeks once he undergoes a number of operations to deal with injuries to his ankle, nose and fingers and he won't make a decision on his future until at least January.

O'Mahony (34)  hasn't yet decided on his future in the green and gold. Despite a massively successful championship, his physical condition will largely decide his future.

He's to meet Kerry manager, Eamonn Fitzmaurice, between now and Christmas.

He's already signalled that the 2014 season could have been his last in a Kerry jersey. He's due to get married in Portugal next August.

"I'm to meet Eamonn (Fitzmaurice) and we'll talk things out and we'll do whatever is best for Kerry football. I've two or three operations to do on my ankle, nose and fingers and hopefully I can get them all done all together. I'm waiting to be called by Santry (sports clinic). I'll see how the body is in January," he said.

O 'Mahony struggled most in the latter stages of  the championship with his ankle. He received two injections at SSC  - including  one in the run-up to the All-Ireland final  - which effectively got him through the pain barrier.

He's no stranger to playing through injuries He famously moved to full forward and played on for 40 minutes after breaking his fibula in a championship match against Laune Rangers - scoring two points in the process.

Given his huge commitment to his home club, it's highly likely he will continue  to play for Rathmore long after he hangs up the Kerry jersey.

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