HE STARTED out with Killarney Legion GAA Club as a six year old and 35 years later Enda Walshe was proud to take up office as its chairman.
Enda and Kieran Cronin, new senior manager, are at the helm following the club’s annual general meeting in the clubhouse on Friday.
Enda, who spent three years as vice-chairman and one year as juvenile chairman, said: “It’s a proud moment for me to be elected chairman of a club I joined as a six-year-old 35 years ago. The club has come a long way in that time when you see the superb facilities we have, the thriving membership and the on field progress. This is due to the outstanding work of previous chairmen, officers, members and executives.”
Kieran Cronin, whilst playing for the Kerry under-21s, suffered a career-ending injury which necessitated an extended spell in hospital.
Following recovery he kept up his GAA passion by getting involved in coaching. Having been involved in the background of St Michaels Foilmore’s All-Ireland Intermediate success he stepped forward to spend four years (one as selector and three as manager with his native club). In that period they cemented their place in the top four of the County League Division 1 and under his management won back-to-back South Kerry Championships.
Having moved to Cork, took up the role of coach with the Macroom senior team and spent two years in that position. He is currently assisting Jack O’Connor preparing the Kerry under-21s based in Cork.
His backroom team will be finalised in the very near future.
Outgoing chairman Jimmy Reen thanked the committee for its ongoing hard work, including outgoing officers
Barry Slattery, Kevin Griffin, Paddy Osbourne and Tom Moriarty. He swapped roles with last year’s vice-chairman Enda Walsh. Denise Fogarty is the new club secretary while the treasurers are John Foran and Marion O’Connor, with Tom Griffin as registrar, Brian Moriarty as county delegate, John Hegarty as East Kerry delegate, Carol Ann Spellman as Scór officer and Tommy Galvin as hurling officer.
In more recent times the club has seen a sharp upturn, noted new chairman Enda, with All-Ireland medal winners (senior men and under-16 girls) All Star and Footballer of the Year Awards. “We also launched events for Croke Park and the GAA and hosted the GAA president,” said Enda. “Legion reached the county finals and our juvenile teams enjoyed outstanding success.”
He added: “Some 13-year-olds won six winner’s medals in 2015 and the club has also seen the emergence of a strong ladies football section. This is all down to the outstanding work of the members – progress and positivity which every member can be proud of. It’s imperative that this work continues and that we even redouble our efforts. It’s only when you see the smiles on the faces and the tears in the eyes that you fully understand that it’s not GAA it’s DNA.”
There will be challenges on and off the field, added Enda. “The drop-off in playing numbers for all clubs between the ages of 15-18 is a slide that must be arrested.
Financially clubs are becoming almost like businessses. The increasing costs that go hand in hand with it,” he said.
“I will do my best to keep the great momentum created by previous administrations on track. And with a hardworking executive, sub-committees and club membership there is no doubt that as a club some of our best days are yet to come.”
The secret is in the book!
By Michelle Crean The secret to finding your true happiness is all in a new book which will guide readers to unlock their potential. Brazilian native Michelle Hadad, who moved to Ireland 14 years ago has written ‘The Secret Box: Concave and Convex’, a 432 page book which addresses the issues of suicide and develops into […]
By Michelle Crean
The secret to finding your true happiness is all in a new book which will guide readers to unlock their potential.
Brazilian native Michelle Hadad, who moved to Ireland 14 years ago has written ‘The Secret Box: Concave and Convex’, a 432 page book which addresses the issues of suicide and develops into two different narratives.
It is also a follow up to her previous work ‘The Secret Box…Finding the Key’, a 192 page paperback launched by Michael Healy-Rae TD and reviewed by now retired judge James O’Connor, in October 2017.
Michelle, who studied adult psychology and is a NLP practitioner who encourages clients to transform limiting self-beliefs, explains that this version continues the story of Maria from the first book.
In the first book, the reader compares and contrasts their own life experiences with those of Maria and ask themselves the very question posed at the end of the book in the final chapter or ‘Padlock 13’ – “who are you?”
“Readers are outside the box, they see their own stories – that’s when we judge others,” Michelle told the Killarney Advertiser.
“It is fiction and the story is in two versions, the positive is bigger than the negative. There is always hope regardless of pain.”
She added that people need to forget about what others think, and focus on their own values and traditions.
“It’s a self help book, it doesn’t matter what people think of us, life’s too short. I’m motivating people in a positive way because of my NLP and psychology qualification.”
However, she emphasised that readers don’t have to have read the first book to understand the second one.
“Maria is the leading figure and there’s a few characters from book one but you don’t have to read that to get book two.”
She added that she’s thankful to everyone who helped her along the way.
“I have been blessed to have met so many people to help with my books.”
Both books are available from O’Connor’s Centra, The Reeks and Horans Health Store on Beech Road.
Green light for teen accommodation
By Michelle Crean Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead. An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment. The teens living within the premises […]
By Michelle Crean
Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead.
An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment.
The teens living within the premises will be supervised by applicant Eileen O’Brien who will live on the ground floor of the premises.
The two one-bed apartments on the second floor would either be rented out or used for independent living for the teenagers as they reach adulthood.
The two-bed apartment will be on the third floor. There are also plans for balconies at second and third floor levels.
The proposed apartment building is contemporary in design with a mix of stone and render finish on the lower floors and synthetic burned timber finish on the upper floors. The second floor is recessed at the front and the third floor is recessed at the front and the rear with a decorative feature on the front elevation comprising dark grey timber steel poles. The building will also have a flat roof.
Planning permission was granted subject to 14 conditions including a two-metre high boundary wall to be constructed on south, south-western boundaries of the site and there’s to be no overnight commercial guest accommodation.
Fans return to Fitzgerald Stadium after eight months
By Sean Moriarty Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game. Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the […]
By Sean Moriarty
Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game.
Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the first game at the stadium since the 2020 Kerry Petroleum Intermediate Club Football Championship Quarter-Final when Glenbeigh-Glencar played Beaufort on October 4 last year.
Due to current restrictions only 200 fans were allowed attend Saturday’s big match. That will remain in place for Kerry’s opening Munster Championship tie with Clare on June 26.
“It had been more than eight months since Fitzgerald Stadium welcomed back fans to the venue,” stadium PRO Tatyana McGough told the Killarney Advertiser. “Everything went exceptionally well.”
She is hopeful that more restrictions will be eased on July 5, paving the way for an increase in capacity to 500 fans in time for the July 25 Munster Final.
“It is likely that from July 5 up to 500 spectators may be permitted to attend games. We hope this number will increase for the Munster Final. If it is a Cork versus Kerry Munster Final the game will be fixed for Sunday July 25 at 4pm in the Fitzgerald Stadium. The stadium’s staff are very confident in being able to host any number of fans that may be allowed.”
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