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Killarney man elected to the biggest GAA job in Britain

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TOP JOB: Noel O'Sullivan has been elected to highest job in the GAA Britain

By Sean Moriarty

 

Killarney man Noel O’Sullivan has been elected as the chair of the GAA’s Provincial Council of Britain. The association represents the county boards of Scotland, Yorkshire, Lancashire, Warwickshire, Hertfordshire, Gloucestershire and London. There are a total 82 clubs affiliated to Provincial Council of Britain.

“It is a huge honour for me and a huge honour for my family,” Mr O’Sullivan told the Killarney Advertiser. “This is the highest position that can be reached in the GAA in Britain. I want to thank the seven county boards who put their trust in me.”

O’Sullivan hopes to undertake two major projects in his three-year leadership term.

He wants each county board in the UK to have its own county grounds and he wants to develop the underage structure as the sport moves away from an emigrant sport and becomes more reliant on home-grown players.

“I want see the clubs become self-sufficient with their own county grounds,” he added. “The role in that sense is more about developments than fundraising. I want to see more underage work done too as we move away from immigration.”

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O’Sullivan from Ballaugh on the Mallow Road, has dedicated his life to London and British GAA.

He previously served as the chairman of the London County Board between 2011 and 2015 which was one of the most progressive periods in London GAA.
In that time he spearheaded fundraising efforts to build new grandstands at the county grounds in Ruislip – the total redevelopment cost over £4.3 million.

Other achievements include the affiliation of the Irish Guards – a club made up entirely of members of the British Army – as a junior football team in the London County Championship.

It was also one of the most successful periods in London GAA history. The County footballers qualified for the 2013 Connaught final against Mayo and enjoyed their first only All-Ireland qualifiers (back door) campaign.

A year earlier the county’s hurling team won the Christy Ring All-Ireland Hurling title for second rate teams and this earned them the right to play for the Liam McCarthy Cup which they did for two seasons before being relegated again.

Flying the Kerry flag in Britain

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Noel O’Sullivan flies many flags but they are all rooted in the Green and Gold of Kerry.

He is a long-time member of St Kiernan’s GAA Club in London, a club with strong Kerry ties. Club chairman is Beaufort native Jerome O’Shea.

Noel’s GAA involvement stretches across several other areas including chairman of the All Britain Championship.

He is also a former chairman of the Kerry Association London and served as that club’s Kerry-London Person of the Year in 2011. He is one of the longest serving members of the London Killarney Reunion.

Mr O’Sullivan is the chairman of the London Rose of Tralee Centre as well.

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Life-long supporter to be honoured

By Michelle Crean There’ll be a very special launch tomorrow afternoon (Sunday) as one club dedicate a new boat to a loyal supporter. Muckross Rowing Club are inviting all members, past and present, friends and supporters to the boathouse for the boat launch at 2.30pm. “We are delighted to honour and name our new Janousek Coxed […]

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By Michelle Crean

There’ll be a very special launch tomorrow afternoon (Sunday) as one club dedicate a new boat to a loyal supporter.

Muckross Rowing Club are inviting all members, past and present, friends and supporters to the boathouse for the boat launch at 2.30pm.

“We are delighted to honour and name our new Janousek Coxed Quad, sponsored by the Cahernane House Hotel, after Kathleen Murphy, a dedicated supporter of our club,” Shona O’Sullivan from the club, who is also Kathleen’s granddaughter, said.

“Kathleen is always supportive of our club fundraisers and has been selling the Muckross Lotto tickets since day one. Every year Kathleen’s enthusiasm and love for the club is especially shown from the shore at Killarney Regatta, as she is all decked out in the yellow of Muckross.”

She added that Kathleen’s family are also very active members of the club and she enjoys listening to their stories from the boathouse and regattas.

“We hope to see you all there to honour and thank Kathleen, a life-long supporter of our club.”

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Killarney man wins most-coveted trophy in sheepdog trials

By Sean Moriarty Kilcummin farmer Tom O’Sullivan – one of the main organisers of last month’s Sheep Dog Trials in Fossa – has become the first Kerry man to win the biggest award in the sport. Tom is the chairman of the Killarney sub-committee and was a member of the 15-strong Irish team that participated […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Kilcummin farmer Tom O’Sullivan – one of the main organisers of last month’s Sheep Dog Trials in Fossa – has become the first Kerry man to win the biggest award in the sport.

Tom is the chairman of the Killarney sub-committee and was a member of the 15-strong Irish team that participated in the international sheepdog competition in Aberystwyth in Wales last weekend.

A total of 60 competitors, 15 each from Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales, contested the biggest event in sheepdog trials on Friday to Sunday last.

After getting through the qualifiers on Friday and Saturday, Tom and his dog Northhill Tess, fended off the challenges of the other top-15 qualifiers to win the International Supreme Champion award.

Not alone is he the first Kerry man to win the competition, which has been running since 1947, he is just the fifth Irishman to do so and the first from Munster.

“The qualifying course was similar to Killarney,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

However, Sunday’s final was much more difficult. His dog had to round up a flock of sheep at the left hand side of the course. Then Northhill Tess, under the guidance of Tom, had to round up a smaller flock and bring them to the same holding pen. When finished, five of the sheep were wearing red collars and Tom had to instruct his dog to separate them and bring them to a separate holding area.

“It is the biggest trophy in sheep dog trailing,” he added. “Everyone who trains a dog does so for this day. It is mind blowing. My family are very proud, they know the time and the work involved preparing for this.”

The standard at the Killarney event last month was evident in Wales last weekend. The Killarney winner, Peter Morgan and his dog Moss, ran Tom to a very close second.

His son Peter Og won the Young Handlers award and Team Ireland were declared the overall winners based on aggregate scores in the final 15.

Tom arrived home to Kilcummin on Monday night to a traditional homecoming bonfire.

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