Kil­lar­ney sings the blues af­ter his­toric sea­son

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - BY STEPHEN FERNANE

THE blue half of Kil­lar­ney cel­e­brated in style last Satur­day evening as over 250 mem­bers of the Kil­lar­ney Ath­letic Club gath­ered at the Race­course to mark what has truly been an his­toric moment in the club’s 52 year ex­is­tence.

Win­ning the Premier League for the first time was rea­son enough to hold a party, but to win the Grey­hound Bar Cup only en­sured that a dou­ble cel­e­bra­tion be­came a ne­ces­sity. Club Chair­man Michael O’Shea said the year’s achieve­ments on the field needed to be recog­nised, es­pe­cially given the club had only just avoided rel­e­ga­tion last sea­son.

“This just had to be recog­nised. The club is 52 years old and it was our first time win­ning the league and this cul­mi­nated with only our sec­ond ever win in the Cup. It was a bonus win­ning the league, but to also win the cup was spe­cial,” said Michael.

For team man­ager, Stu­art Tem­ple­man and his as­sis­tant Alan Brady, the night was a fit­ting cul­mi­na­tion to a sea­son’s end as their chap­ter in the his­tory of the club’s an­nals is now as­sured. The evening also hosted the an­nual awards cer­e­mony which recog­nised the con­tri­bu­tion of the play­ers and per­son­nel who keep the club in rude health through­out the year.

It was also sig­nif­i­cant that Ger Daly should have picked up the ‘Club Per­son of the Year Award’ for it was Ger’s man­age­ment that helped steer the club away from rel­e­ga­tion last sea­son; an achieve­ment that helped lay the foun­da­tions for suc­cess this sea­son.

“When I took over as Chair­man three years ago, I en­vis­aged a 5-year plan for our club; so to achieve what we did this year is just phe­nom­e­nal. This sea­son’s suc­cess is over 4 years in the mak­ing and the play­ers buy­ing into the whole con­cept was also cru­cial,” added Michael.

“My fo­cus has al­ways been on the un­der­age struc­ture of this club, which thank­fully we’re very strong in at the moment. We’re im­prov­ing all the time and you need to have a solid un­der­age struc­ture to be suc­cess­ful at se­nior.”

Sen. Paul Cogh­lan, Joe Daly Kil­lar­ney Ath­letic FC Club Per­son oftheYear Award win­ner, Michael O’Shea Chair­man Kil­lar­ney Ath­letic & Cllr John Shea­han

Con Lynch, Billy Hen­ni­gan, Martin Mul­doon and Donie Mur­phy

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