East Kerry Un­der-21s pre­sented with medals

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Michael O’Ma­hony

THE East Kerry Un­der 21 team which won the Acorn Life Un­der 21 County Championship last year were pre­sented with their medals by Peter Twiss, Sec­re­tary of the Coun­try Board, on Fri­day last at The Shire Restau­rant and Bar, Kil­lar­ney.

The East Kerry Mi­nor team that won three in-a-row Keane’s Su­pervalu spon­sored mi­nor county championship last year, mean­while, will be pre­sented with their medals by Tim Mur­phy County Chair­man this Thurs­day, Jan­uary 10 at 7.30pm at the Shire Restau­rant & Bar, Kil­lar­ney .

Con­ven­tion

THE East Kerry con­ven­tion will take place this Fri­day, Jan­uary 11 at the Kil­lar­ney Heights Ho­tel at 7.30pm, with mass be­fore­hand at 7pm

All Stars

THE East Kerry 2018 All Stars Gala night will take place on Satur­day, Jan­uary 26 at the Bre­hon Ho­tel.

Tick­ets avail­able at Kerry GAA Store. The event is, as ever, spon­sored by The Ker­ry­man, The Aquila Club and East Kerry GAA. Pre­sen­ta­tions will be made to the fif­teen All Star play­ers as well as player of the year awards at se­nior, in­ter­me­di­ate and Un­der 21 level.

The 2018 Hall of Fame and Per­son of the Year will also be re­vealed.

In­door

EOGHAN Ruadh Un­der 14 / 16 in­door work con­tin­ues on Thurs­day, Jan­uary 10 in Gneeveg­uilla hall. It is im­por­tant that all club play­ers are con­tacted in ad­vance of the ses­sions. Reg­u­lar at­ten­dance will see im­prove­ment in all play­ers. Philip Lyons (ITT) will de­liver the ses­sions. NEWS of his death will have res­onated more in his na­tive Mayo, as well as Gal­way, Ca­van and Meath – the four coun­ties he played se­nior in­ter-county foot­ball with – but John Nallen would also have been a friend of many in Tralee, from his time work­ing as a bank of­fi­cial in the county town in the early 1970s.

Nallen, a na­tive of Cross­molina, had the (pos­si­bly unique) dis­tinc­tion of play­ing se­nior foot­ball for four coun­ties dur­ing a re­mark­able ca­reer. The mid­fielder won Con­nacht SFC medals with Mayo and Gal­way and also picked up eight Gal­way SFC medals with Tuam Stars.

A spell work­ing in Trim earned him a call-up to the Roy­als team in the early 1960s, be­fore he wound up his play­ing days with a brief spell with the Ca­van se­nior foot­ballers.

In 1971 Nallen, a life­long Ul­ster Bank em­ployee, moved to Tralee to man­age their first branch in the town and he made many friends here un­til he was re­lo­cated out of the county in 1975.

John died last Fri­day in Ca­van town where he lived and was buried in Cul­lies ceme­tery.

A de­tailed view of the Kerry jersey hang­ing in the dress­ing room ahead of the Co-Op Su­per­stores Mun­ster Hurl­ing League 2019 match be­tween Tip­per­ary and Kerry at MacDon­agh Park in Ne­nagh Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sports­file

The East Kerry Un­der 21 team who were pre­sented with their Kerry County Championship U21 medals at The Shire, Kil­lar­ney (front) Sean Cronin Se­lec­tor, Jerry O’Sul­li­van Manger, Evan Cronin Cap­tain, Johnny Bros­nan East Kerry Board Chair­man, Peter Twiss Kerry County Board Sec­re­tary, Tim Ryan, Ai­den O’Ma­hony Se­lec­tor (back from left) Ol­lie Favier The Shire, Ruth Allen, Ger O’Cal­laghan Se­lec­tor, , Eoin Fitzger­ald, Dan O’Brien, Dara Moyni­han, David Clif­ford, David Spil­lane, Mike McCarthy, Niall McCarthy, David Car­roll and Sean O’Leary at The Shore on Fri­day. Photo by Michelle Cooper Galvin

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