Killarney Legion clubmates Jonathan Lyne and Brian Kelly will both be unavailable for selection for Kerry in 2021 after announcing their respective retirements from the intercounty scene earlier this week.
Lyne had been a member of the Kerry set-up since 2011 while Kelly made his debut in 2012, and both were part of the All-Ireland winning side of 2014.
The news came as somewhat of a surprise to Kerry supporters, many of whom took to social media to thank the long-serving players for their dedication to the green and gold jersey.
Lyne, a versatile player who could operate in defence or attack, made a very significant contribution to that successful 2014 campaign when he came off the bench in the semi-final replay against Mayo and kicked two inspirational scores in extra-time. The match is affectionately remembered by Kerry fans as one of the team’s finest results of the last decade.
The 30-year-old schoolteacher followed in the footsteps of his grandfather, Denny, and granduncles, Jackie, Michael and Teddy, all of whom represented Kerry with great distinction in the past.
In a tweet signaling his intention to opt out of the Kerry camp, Lyno, as he is affectionately known, said that playing for Kerry had been “a true honour”.
“The right time has come for me to finish up my Kerry journey and retire. It has been a true honour to represent my family, friends, club and Kerry people. I'm looking forward to supporting the lads just like these 3 legends that I lost this year always supported me #CiarraíAbú.”
The tweet also contained photographs of the three people in question, namely his brother Damien, friend and teammate Derek Twomey and grandfather Arthur O’Keeffe, all of whom tragically died in 2020.
Goalkeeper Kelly was an ever-present for Eamonn Fitzmaurice throughout the 2014 championship and he kept a clean sheet in the Munster final, All-Ireland quarter-final and All-Ireland final against Donegal.
He dropped to the bench for the 2015 championship but regained his place for 2016 and 2017. In 2018 he had to settle for No. 16 again, but he was drafted in towards the end of the year for the Super 8 matches against Monaghan and Kildare.
The Ardshanavooly native was generally a substitute under Peter Keane but he did make a couple of appearances in the league, his final one coming against Meath in Killarney last February.
In a statement released via the Kerry GAA website, Kelly said he had lived out his dream.
“The time is right for me to step away from intercounty football. I would like to acknowledge all the management and backroom teams, the County Board and Kerry Group for their support over the last nine years.
“As a teenager growing up in Killarney I sold match programmes on Munster final days and dreamed of one day climbing the steps of the Hogan Stand to lift Sam Maguire. Thankfully I have lived out my dream and I am proud to have played my small part in the Kerry GAA history books.
“This would not have been possible without the help of my teammates, family, friends, girlfriend, my club Killarney Legion and my employer, O’Carroll Engineering. I am especially grateful for your guidance and encouragement down through the years.
“A final thank you to the Kerry fans for their unwavering support. I look forward to cheering on the team with you in 2021.”
Lyne and Kelly will now turn their attention to the club scene, and the Killarney Legion will be hoping that Kerry’s loss will be their gain.
Meanwhile, another member of the victorious 2014 team has also decided to retire from intercounty football. Defender Shane Enright from Tarbert is calling it a day, citing a persistent back injury and lack of game time as factors.
Pics: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile.
Donaghy’s move to Roscommon “absolute rubbish”
By Sean Moriarty Kieran Donaghy has labelled news reports that he is to become the manager of the Roscommon football team as “absolute rubbish”. Several news outlets, including locally based […]
By Sean Moriarty
Kieran Donaghy has labelled news reports that he is to become the manager of the Roscommon football team as “absolute rubbish”.
Several news outlets, including locally based media, ran stories on Monday night saying the four-time All-Ireland was set to take over as the Roscommon boss.
Almost as quick as the news reports were published Donaghy took to Twitter to correct them.
“Absolute rubbish,” he tweeted.
“I did not speak to one single person associated with Roscommon GAA. What has happened to fact checking a story these days.”
Donaghy has been part of the Armagh county set-up for the last two seasons. He is also preparing for another season in the Irish Basketball Superleague with Tralee Warriors at the age of 39.
Ireland’s newest and toughest cycle will be a thrilling challenge
Ireland’s newest cycling event comes to Kenmare this month with an exciting and challenging course for the experienced cyclist. Already attracting attention within cycling communities around the country, Velo Kenmare […]
Ireland’s newest cycling event comes to Kenmare this month with an exciting and challenging course for the experienced cyclist.
Already attracting attention within cycling communities around the country, Velo Kenmare will tackle some of Kerry’s toughest climbs and highest mountain passes.
Taking place on October 22, Velo Kenmare is an 135km timed loop route starting and finishing in Kenmare. The total climbing distance is 1,650m, and organisers hope to appeal to serious cyclists who are looking for a new and thrilling challenge.
No stranger to cycling events, Velo Kenmare is being managed by Elite Events Management, who also successfully deliver iconic cycling events Wicklow 200, Ride Dingle and the Ring of Beara Cycle.
Cyclists are encouraged to register for Velo Kenmare on the Velo Cycle Ireland website www.velocycleireland.ie but places are limited for the enjoyment and safety of all participants, and anyone interested is urged to sign up soon as places are filling up.
The tough enough mountain climbs are over Molls Gap, Ballaghbeama Pass, Ballaghasheen and Coomakista. The route will take in breathtaking scenery Kenmare is famous for, and incorporating some of the most stunning parts of the Wild Atlantic Way and Ring of Kerry. It is hoped visitors to the cycle event will be encouraged to stay for a few days, and will all be given €20 vouchers or ‘Velo Dollars’ to spend in local shops which will be redeemable against goods and services in Kenmare.
Riders will be allotted a time slot to allow for a staggered start, taking them along a fully marshalled route, with medical cover, bike mechanic support, and hot food and entertainment at the finish in Kenmare.
Making its mark, Velo Kenmare participant race packs will come inside a yellow Velo Kenmare water bottle and finishers’ medals are in the shape of a yellow cow bell. Prizes will be awarded for the quickest top three male and top three female finishers, and fastest male and female will be awarded the title of King and Queen of the Kerry Mountains.
Experienced cyclists are encouraged to take on this exciting new challenge, testing themselves and their clubmates for the fastest finish across these four gruelling climbs, through some of the most beautiful landscape in the country for the best welcome back at the finish.
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