Kil­gar­van toasts a vic­to­ri­ous 2018

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - NEWS - BY TADHG EVANS

KERRY may not be the first county one thinks of at the men­tion of dual GAA ex­cel­lence, but Kil­gar­van’s suc­cesses in both codes last year have to be chalked down as im­pres­sive.

Whether it was the big ball or slio­tar in play, Kil­gar­van racked up big scores and ti­tles aplenty in 2018, and it was only right that a year of years was toasted at a vic­tory so­cial last Fri­day night at the Ken­mare Bay Ho­tel.

On the night, last year’s ul­tra-suc­cess­ful play­ers took the plau­dits, and there was also time for a hard-earned dance or two, with mu­si­cal en­ter­tain­ment pro­vided by The Ban­sha Boys ahead of a big disco to round things off.

But it was mainly about cel­e­brat­ing suc­cess on the field, and Club Sec­re­tary JoAnn Mur­phy ex­plained that this was done with no lit­tle style.

“Es­sen­tially, you had one team win­ning four com­pe­ti­tions be­tween foot­ball and hurl­ing,” she ex­plained. “Of the foot­ballers, only two did not play hurl­ing.

“It was a huge year of suc­cess. In foot­ball, we won the County Novice Championship and went on to win the Mun­ster Championship at Ju­nior B. In hurl­ing, we won the South Kerry Championship and the In­ter­me­di­ate County Championship.

“It was a great night and very de­served for those in­volved af­ter a very long year be­tween matches and train­ing ses­sions.”

County Board Chair­man Tim Mur­phy was present on the night to present the medals for the four com­pe­ti­tion wins, and there were plenty of awards be­stowed be­sides – 17 in all.

Amongst these were prizes for play­ers in­volved with de­vel­op­ment squads; Donal O’Sul­li­van for his part with Kerry Mun­ster Championship-win­ning un­der-20s; Gearóid Fen­nessy for play­ing with Kerry’s un­der-21 All-Ire­land B Championship win­ners; and club player of the year Seán God­frey.

Off the field, the club also wel­comed launch­ing its new flood­lights and a suc­cess­ful spon­sor-a-sod ini­tia­tive, while the play­ers were never short of sup­port on its many trav­els. For this and more be­sides, Chair­man John Fo­ley gave a warm ‘thank you’.

Photo by Michelle Cooper Galvin

Kil­gar­van – win­ners of the South Kerry Hurl­ing Championship, County In­ter­me­di­ate Hurl­ing Championship, Mun­ster Ju­nior B Foot­ball Championship and County Novice Foot­ball Championship – with the Mun­ster U20 Foot­ball Cup. Front from lef): U20 Foot­baller of the Year Donal O’Sul­li­van; se­lec­tors Flor Mur­phy and Pat Twomey; Club Chair­man and se­lec­tor John Fo­ley; team cap­tain Pa­trick O’Shea; club sec­re­tary JoAnn Mur­phy; and team man­ager Mickey Fo­ley. Sec­ond row: Con­nie Cremin, Gar­van Kelle­her, Michael O’Sul­li­van, Martin God­frey, Liam Twomey, Flor O’Donoghue, Con God­frey, Sean Casey, Padraig Dil­lon, John Mark Fo­ley. Back: Daniel Cremin, Michael God­frey, Sean God­frey, Daniel Casey, Patie Mur­phy, Gearoid Fen­nessy, Keith Har­ring­ton, Ger Dono­van, Christopher Cree­don, Richard O’Sul­li­van, Jack O’Brien. Miss­ing from pic­ture are Paul Glee­son and Adrian O’Sul­li­van.

Photo by Michelle Cooper Galvin

Sean Glee­son, Ja­son O’Sul­li­van, Flor O’Donoghue and David O’Con­nor en­joy­ing the Kil­gar­van GAA vic­tory so­cial in the Ken­mare Bay Ho­tel, Ken­mare, on Fri­day.

Photo by Michelle Cooper Galvin

Un­der-20 Foot­baller of the Year Donal O’Sul­li­van; Club Sec­re­tary JoAnn Mur­phy; County Board Chair­man Tim Mur­phy, Club Chair­man John Fo­ley and team cap­tain Pa­trick O’Shea cel­e­brat­ing Kil­gar­van’s vic­to­ries at the Kil­gar­van vic­tory so­cial in the Ken­mare Bay Ho­tel, Ken­mare, on Fri­day.

Photo by Michelle Cooper Galvin

Gearoid Fin­nerty with his mother, Ma­jella, and grand­mother, Kath­leen O’Shea, en­joy­ing the Kil­gar­van GAA vic­tory so­cial in the Ken­mare Bay Ho­tel, Ken­mare, on Fri­day.

Photo by Michelle Cooper Galvin

Pat and Caro­line Twomey en­joy­ing the Kil­gar­van vic­tory so­cial.

Orla and Michael O’Sul­li­van en­joy­ing the Kil­gar­van GAA Din­ner in the Ken­mare Bay Ho­tel, Ken­mare on Fri­day.

Gerry and Mar­garet Do­ran.

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