A major change was agreed as a result of the District Board Review Committee report presented to delegates at Kerry GAA’s Committee online meeting on Monday night. The recommendation passed was that ultimately one board should be formed by the merging of St Brendans District Board and Tralee Town Board.
To facilitate this, a temporary Competitions Control Committee is to be appointed by the Tralee Town Board and St Brendans Board on a trial period of three years to facilitate a more streamlined fixtures programme for the clubs affiliated to the two Divisional Boards. This temporary CCC will organise all Leagues and Championships in the two divisions. This temporary CCC and the CCC of the North Kerry Hurling Board will also consult each other to avoid fixtures congestion for dual players. This will mean more meaningful games with Austin Stacks, Kerins O’Rahillys, John Mitchels and Ballymacelligott, taking on Na Gaeil, Ardfert, Churchill and St Pats. Alex O’Donnell, St Brendans Chairman welcomed the move and thanked the committee and county chairman for getting it over the line.
The District Board Review Group Committee, set up in 2019 under chairman Joe Crowley and secretary Willie O’Connor, presented its findings to delegates at Monday night’s online meeting of the Kerry GAA County Committee.
There are nine Divisional Sub Committees (District Boards), seven football and two hurling. The terms of reference given to the committee formed in 2019 were to review the role and structure of the Divisional Sub Committees (District Boards).
Mr Crowley began by suggesting that life has changed since District Boards were set up. “The Divisional Sub Committee (District Board) Structure is, by and large in place, for up to 60 years.
The annual GAA All-Star ceremony took place on Saturday night and for the first time since 2012 Kerry did not have an award winner in football in spite of our 2020 Allianz League win. David Clifford was the only Kerry player to receive a nomination making light of the notion that the league is valued by the pundits who pick these awards.
Following up on our four-page Kerry All-Star special from two weeks ago, this week, we decided to focus on the clubs who have had the most All-Star winners in the 50-year history of the annual GAA awards ceremony.
Pride of place goes to Tralee side Austin Stacks who have won a whopping 24 men’s All-Stars. They are seven clear of both An Ghaeltacht and Ballymun Kickhams who have won 17 awards each.