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KERRY'S EYE THIS WEEK - Published Thursday 25th June, 2014

 

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Brighton sign Rian O'Sullivan

It was a good weekend for Tralee Dynamos not just because they beat Listowel Celtic 6-0 in the Premiership Final but also because former under age star Rian O'Sullivan has signed a contract with cross channel side Brighton.

Dynamos' chairman Noel White was clearly pleased for Rian.

"This is a fantastic opportunity for the player to show his full potential and that's important for the club. We are delighted for Rian and hope that things go very well for him.

"It's great credit to Rian and to his parents Mike and Theresa for the commitment all through the years and their dedication to the game. It speaks volumes that four clubs came in for him and Brighton was the one he finally went to. Brighton will announce in the next week whether he will be signed on a three-year or four-year contract".

 Rian played his early soccer with Castleisland, spent a spell with Killorglin before putting down roots in Tralee. He is also a current U16 Irish international.

Jack O'Connor - New Kerry U-21 Manager

Former Kerry senior manager and current minor boss, Jack O'Connor, was ratified at this month's County Committee meeting at the Austin Stack Park Pavilion, when his name was put to delegates by County Chairman Patrick O'Sullivan.

O'Connor, who ended the Kingdom's twenty years gap without winning an All-Ireland Minor title in 2014, will be a popular choice as well as the logical choice as most of the that All-Ireland winning side will be available to O'Connor for the next two seasons at U-21 level.

The Dromid Pearses man has managed the U-21 side before and sources close to the County Board are not expecting late hitches as he replaces Darragh Ó Sé.

O'Connor will continue in his role as manager of the Kerry minor side until they exit this year's championship and then the search for a new man will start.

Early possibilities include Legion manager Peter Keane, who was involved with Mikey Ned O'Sullivan, just before O'Connor's current term, and former Kerry defender and midfielder Tommy Griffin from Dingle, who trained Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne along with Eamonn Fitzmaurice to back to back Hogan Cup successes.

But there will also be pressure to give Ardfert manager Pat O'Driscoll a second term having only been beaten by eventual All -Ireland winners Tipperary in 2011. O'Driscoll reconstructed a young Ardfert side to victory for the third time in February in Croke Park.

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Galvin stars for Ireland Sevens

The Ireland Women's Sevens rugby team enjoyed a super run in the European Olympic Qualifying Grand Prix in Malemort, France last week, and one of the big stars of the show was a very familiar face to Kerry sports fans.

Louise Galvin has played basketball for Ireland and full forward with the Kerry Ladies. A physio in Limerick University Hospital, Louise is also very well known for her charity work on behalf of cystic fibrosis sufferers. Louise scored two tries in Ireland's defeat of Scotland and another against Germany, and she was clearly blocked illegally for England's winning try. She also scored one of the best tries of the tournament against France.

Amazing as it seems, this is actually Louise's first year playing rugby, having never played underage.

Ireland went down to France in the Cup quarter-final, which consigned them to the Plate competition. They won a nailbiting game with the Ukraine to set up a final meeting with the Netherlands, winning out by 19-5 to win the Plate and finish in a hugely commendable fifth place overall. This was their second Plate win in a week, having overcome the same opposition in Russia, and Louise and her team-mates can look forward in confidence to the Lisbon Repecharge qualifier next month.

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Next stop London for chairman

Kerry County Board Chairman, Patrick O'Sullivan, heads for London this weekend, on another fundraising mission for the Centre of Excellence.

"We had a very successful trip to the States a couple of weeks back, and now on Friday night we are having a dinner over in London. The Chairman over there is John Chute and along with his committee, they work very hard on our behalf".

The chairman explained this would be the end of the fundraising for the Centre of Excellence this year.

"That will end the fundraising for the Centre this year but we have plans to fundraise again next year to make up the shortfall.

"We as a Board want to thank everybody for their support. I would like thank Maurice Regan in particular, in New York, who ran the function over there for us. I would also like to thank the people of London for their continued support for Kerry GAA here at home in Kerry"

While the monies are still coming in from the New York trip, Patrick O'Sullivan is sure that after London this coming weekend, €1million profit will have been made on the ventures. The Chairman is confident that the balance on the €6million Centre of Excellence project is manageable.

"I would think €400,000 is the balance that we will have to raise and when we started this project. Few thought we would come up with the balance so quickly".

Mr O'Sullivan is pleased with the progress being made in Currans. "We are on target and with the fundraising going so well, it's exciting times for Kerry GAA".

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