Tralee Par­nells in search of mem­o­ra­bilia

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - CLUB NEWS -


With the launch of a Tralee Camogie adult team this month, the time is right to be­gin to re­dis­cover some of the early his­tory of Tralee Camogie, prior to the be­gin­ning of adult Camogie team train­ing in Jan­uary 2019. A num­ber of Tralee Par­nells mem­bers held a re­cent meet­ing to re­view his­tor­i­cal news­pa­per re­ports and try to fill in some of the gaps in our knowl­edge of the his­tory of Camogie in Tralee.

So now, When Tralee Par­nells was re-founded in 2012, at our in­au­gu­ral AGM the first per­son nom­i­nated and rat­i­fied was Eileen Cot­ter RIP as club Pres­i­dent. Eileen sadly passed away in 2017 hav­ing served with dis­tinc­tion as Tralee Par­nells Pres­i­dent for our early years as a re-es­tab­lished club. In a sig­nif­i­cant link to the dis­tin­guished his­tory of hurl­ing in Tralee, Eileen and fam­ily have strong con­nec­tions to the men’s team that won the county cham­pi­onship for Par­nells a cen­tury ago in 1918 and 1919. Eileen’s fa­ther (Jerry =91Unke’ O Con­nor) was part of the Par­nells team that won county hurl­ing cham­pi­onships a cen­tury ago. Eileen’s son Der­mot was reg­u­larly to be seen ac­com­pa­ny­ing Eileen to Par­nells events in re­cent years.

Par­nells are de­lighted to have a copy of a pho­to­graph of the men’s team that won the 1918 and 1919 county hurl­ing cham­pi­onship. But what we dis­cov­ered re­cently is that Tralee Camogie was also flour­ish­ing in those early years. Thanks to Der­mot Cot­ter, we have copies of 1925 news­pa­per re­ports, with a team sheet and also a match re­port in that year, when Tralee faced the more es­tab­lished Lis­towel Camogie team. From these sources, we see that there were fam­ily links be­tween a num­ber of mem­bers of the Tralee Par­nells men’s and women’s teams. Der­mot Cot­ter’s grandaunt was Nance O’Con­nor (sis­ter of his Grand­fa­ther Jerry ‘Unke’ O’Con­nor).

The cap­tain of the team was Sally Sheehy, sis­ter of John Joe. So we can see there were good fam­ily links be­tween the Par­nell hurlers and the Camogie team. Eileen Cot­ter had a pic­ture of this Camogie team, but de­spite his best ef­forts Der­mot can­not lo­cate it at this stage.

So now Tralee Par­nells would like to is­sue an ap­peal to the pub­lic and in par­tic­u­lar to any­one in­ter­ested in and fa­mil­iar with the his­tory of lo­cal sports.

If any­one can help us lo­cate a copy of this photo, we would be de­lighted to hear from them. Peo­ple can reach us through our so­cial me­dia, by email to PRO. TraleePar­[email protected] or con­tact any club of­fi­cer.


Very proud night for Par­nells and the Kerins fam­ily at the North Kerry awards. An­drew picked up his Man of the match award for his phe­nom­e­nal per­for­mance in the U13b North Kerry fi­nal. Fr Mossy Brick still talks about Pa Kerins and his days hurl­ing with John Mitchels, his son An­drew is now mak­ing a name for him­self with the small ball.


Tralee Par­nells were de­lighted to see 100+ play­ers, in­clud­ing many Tralee Par­nells’ girls, at the Kerry Sec­ondary Schools Camogie Blitz at Mounthawk. In this bid to pro­mote the game among girls lo­cally, ten teams from seven schools took part, drawn mainly from Tralee and north Kerry. The schools were Mercy Mounthawk, Pre­sen­ta­tion Tralee, Gael­choláiste Chiar­raí, Castleis­land Com­mu­nity Col­lege, Pre­sen­ta­tion Lis­towel, St Joseph’s Bally­bunion and Cause­way Com­pre­hen­sive.

Ac­cord­ing to TraleeTo­day, ‘It’s to de­velop skills for first to third year girls who haven’t re­ally played the game be­fore. We’ve only gone into schools in Lis­towel and Castleis­land two weeks ago and now they’ll play games,=94 said Laura Collins, Kerry Camogie Devel­op­ment Of­fi­cer who was co­or­di­nat­ing the event. two girls at­tend­ing the blitz are ex­celling in camogie at county and provin­cial level. Dako­tah Carter O’Flynn from Tralee and a stu­dent in Mercy Mounthawk and Brid Ho­ran from Kil­moy­ley and Cause­way Com­pre­hen­sive played for South Mun­ster this year. We hear both girls will be in­volved in the Tralee Par­nells adult camogie team next year.


We were de­lighted to see our Scór na nÓg Com­peti­tors rep­re­sent­ing Tralee Par­nells in the Scór na nÓg St. Bren­dan’s Bord re­gion com­pe­ti­tion, Satur­day night Dec 1st. De­spite this be­ing the first ever Tralee Par­nell foray at this age cat­e­gory, we showed the ben­e­fit of the ground­ing in Scór na bPáistí and all in­volved can be very happy with their per­for­mances in their Scór na nÓg de­buts. The Drama Group had some very strik­ing cos­tume and im­per­son­ation con­tri­bu­tions and drew a lot of ap­plause and laughs from the au­di­ence. Ail­isha did very well in pre­sent­ing her sketch and brought put the dra­matic and hu­mor­ous el­e­ments well, achiev­ing high marks. Those tak­ing part were, Drama Group : The Aras Sym­po­sium, Saor­laith Ni Mhora, Lana Ni Con­aill, Saoirse Ni Mhaoldomh­naigh, Sadbh Ni Chéadagáin, Ail­isha Ni Dha­tuin, Grainne Ni Laochdha, Caoilinn Ni Hici, Recita­tion : The Um­brella, Ail­isha Ni Dha­tuin.


The club re­ceived a lovely me­mento team photo from Mun­ster GAA from our trip to Croke Park ear­lier in the year. Our Un­der 12 boys had the hon­our of play­ing three games in what was a won­der­ful day for the play­ers, men­tors, par­ents and sup­port­ers who trav­eled. We’ll try and get a copy to each player ASAP.


Im­por­tant Club Of­fi­cer train­ing for HCO/Club Health & Well­be­ing Of­fi­cers, will take place on Wed­nes­day 5th De­cem­ber 2018 at 7.30 pm in Austin Stack Park, Tralee. Club mem­bers who have an in­ter­est in Health and Well­be­ing/ Healthy Club ac­tiv­i­ties are also wel­come to at­tend. This is new and up­dated Health and Well­be­ing/Healthy Club train­ing and will be co-fa­cil­i­tated by the Na­tional Com­mu­nity Health Ad­min­is­tra­tor, Col­lette Cody. Please pass this in­for­ma­tion on to any other club mem­ber who would be in­ter­ested in at­tend­ing.


Re­sults 26/11/2018 Venue: O Ri­ada’s Bar Jack­pot: €7,500 Num­bers Drawn: 4, 7, 9, 21 NO WIN­NER

Lucky Dip Win­ners: 1. John Groves c/o Dave All­man 2. Mary B o Sul­li­van c/o Tony Mar­shall 3. Brid Doyle c/o Diar­muid Lynch 4. Tina O Con­nor c/o Paula Silles 5. Vera Crowe Chute­hall Seller: Dave All­man Next weeks Jack­pot: €7,600 Venue: Bal­ly­garry Ho­tel Date: 03/12/2018


Bal­ly­mac GAA have of­fi­cially launched the 2019 Strictly Love Danc­ing which will take place on Satur­day 26th of Jan­uary at the Bal­ly­garry Ho­tel.

In what will be the fi­nale of this ever pop­u­lar event it prom­ises to be the best show yet and our ea­ger dancers are all set for the chal­lenge. Tick­ets are now avail­able from the club and all en­quiries can be made through the Bal­ly­mac GAA face­book page or con­tact any com­mit­tee mem­ber , but hurry as they will go fast.

We still have open­ings for any­one that would like to join our fan­tas­tic dance team , just con­tact Noelle on 0871613069 and we will do the rest.


Town Board An­nual Gen­eral Meet­ing this Wed­nes­day at 8. 00pm in Kerins O’Rahillys. All mem­bers are urged to at­tend.

Na Gaeil U12 boys and their men­tors at the awards evening in the club­house on Sun­day

Na Gaeil U16’s and their men­tors at the awards evening on Sun­day

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