Trip to Kerry for Sligo U15s

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DUR­ING the mid term break the Sligo U15 De­vel­op­ment squad trav­elled to the King­dom of Kerry for a three day coach­ing camp. It in­volved at­tend­ing a num­ber of dif­fer­ent coach­ing ses­sions with GAA per­son­al­i­ties from Kerry, mo­ti­va­tional talks and chal­lenge games. This trip was to recog­nise and build upon the com­mit­ment shown by the U15 squad in 2017. It was also an ed­u­ca­tional ex­pe­ri­ence for each player both on and off the pitch. In to­tal, 43 play­ers trav­elled. The squad left on Thurs­day and made the 4.5 hour jour­ney to the Banna Beach Re­sort, their base for the four days. Here they were greeted and made at home by Wil­liam Mur­phy, who man­ages this ex­cel­lent fa­cil­ity. The squad had ac­cess to the swim­ming pool, games room, astro pitch and ca­ter­ing fa­cil­i­ties. Big thank you to Peadar Ni­land for ar­rang­ing this.

Each morn­ing, all of the squad were up early to cook their own break­fast. On Fri­day morn­ing, they trav­elled to Ca­her­slee GAA pitch, where they had both a train­ing and a Q&A ses­sion with twice All-Ire­land win­ning Kerry Mi­nor Foot­ball man­ager, Peter Keane. The lads picked up some qual­ity in­for­ma­tion from Peter and were grate­ful for lend­ing his ex­per­tise and time. Af­ter the ses­sion the squad had lunch be­fore they de­parted for John Mitchells GAA pitch for a game with Moun­thawk Sec­ondary School. The lads won the game with 21 play­ers all tak­ing part. They are in­debted to the Kerry Games Man­ager, Donal Daly, who or­gan­ised op­po­si­tion and pitches for them over the week­end. Af­ter the game, the team trav­elled back to Banna for din­ner and a mem­o­rable and very en­ter­tain­ing quiz night. On Satur­day morn­ing the squad had an in­spir­ing Q&A ses­sion with Kieran Don­aghy from the Kerry Se­nior team. He was both gen­er­ous and en­gag­ing with his in­sights. The lads got to ask him lots of ques­tions. He was su­perb and was un­fussed when there was a big de­mand for selfie pho­tos. They re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate the time Kieran in­vested with the squad. Af­ter­wards the group trav­elled to Fossa GAA Grounds to play St Bren­dan’s Sec­ondary School. The other mem­bers of the squad all took part in this game and recorded an­other vic­tory. Once again it was back to Banna for a re­cov­ery ses­sion and din­ner. In the evening they trav­elled into Tralee to watch Kieran Don­aghy and his Tralee War­riors teams­mates play UCD in the Na­tional Bas­ket­ball League. This rounded off a fan­tas­tic few days, with ev­ery­one up early on Sun­day morn­ing to re­turn home.

The or­gan­is­ers said a num­ber of peo­ple made this trip pos­si­ble and it’s im­por­tant that they are ac­knowl­edged and thanked. Peadar Ni­land for or­gan­is­ing and ar­rang­ing Banna Hol­i­day re­sort; Sligo GAA County Board for sup­port­ing the trip; Padraig Clancy for ar­rang­ing spon­sor­ship and back­ground work in mak­ing it hap­pen; Aurivo Co-op­er­a­tive for gen­er­ous spon­sor­ship of break­fast food; Gerry Mullen for spon­sor­ing milk; Gabriel Kelly, John Gor­man and John­son,Mooney and O’Brien for spon­sor­ing bread and cook­ies; Ger Can­ning of Can­nings Sligo for spon­sor­ing piz­zas; Des Henry for putting to­gether a su­perb quiz; Damien Eames for his kind do­na­tion. Credit also to the coaches in­volved for giv­ing up their pre­cious time to travel with the group and mind them. The par­ents and guardians who sup­ported the trip were also praised, with­out it the trip would not have been pos­si­ble.

The Sligo U15 squad: Jack Teape - St Marys; Liam Done­gan - Castle­con­nor; Tola Car­way - St Mo­laise Gaels; Daniel Cun­nie - Tourlestrane; Mark McGowan - St Johns; Ethan Scully - St Johns; Ryan Gal­lagher - St Mo­laise Gaels; Jack Lavin - Bal­ly­mote; Joe Keaney - St Mo­laise Gaels; Eoin Carty - Tub­ber­curry/Cloona­cool; Oisín Hynes - En­nis­crone/Kil­glass; Ciaran Mc Keon - St Michaels; Aaron Davey - St Michaels; Roland Scanlon - Bun­ni­nad­den; Shane Mol­loy - St Far­nans; Conor Keav­eney - St Pats; Shane Mul­downey - St Marys; Oran McDon­agh - Cool­era/Strand­hill; John Ker­rins - St Mo­laise Gaels; Keith Feely - Curry; Ian O’Brien - Drum­cliffe/Rosses Point; Eoghan Smith - Drum­cliffe/Rosses Point; Fionn Moy­lan - Easkey; Tom Gavin - St Marys; Jack Davitt - St Mo­laise Gaels; Shane Towey - St Mo­laise Gaels; Conor Matthews - Tub­ber­curry/ Cloona­cool; Oisin Gor­man - Bun­ni­nad­den; Oisin Mur­phy - Curry; Michael Kielty - East­ern Harps; Con­nor Finn - Bal­ly­mote; Daniel Bres­lin - Bal­ly­mote; Zak O’Dowd - Bal­ly­mote; Lee Deignan - Sham­rock Gaels; Brian Mar­ren - Coolaney/Mul­linabreena; Jim Davis - St Pats; Rowan El­liot - Calry/St Josephs; Conor St­in­chon - Calry/St Josephs; Lee Cum­mins - Drum­cliffe/Rosses Point; Michael Gillen - St Mo­laise Gaels, Michael Mor­gan - St Marys; Gavin Duffy - En­nis­crone/Kil­glass. Coaches:

Michael Duffy, Jimmy Smith, Bill Carty, Damian Eames, Ross Dono­van, Benny Kenny and Liam Óg Gorm­ley.

The 43-man Sligo U15 squad in Kerry with their coaches.

Kerry star Kieran Don­aghy gave a talk to the squad.

The 4-day trip was ex­tremely ben­e­fi­cial.

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