Saints Launch ‘The Tour’

We wish St. Kieran’s GAA Club’s senior team well in their Round 2 game in the Garvey’s SuperValu County Senior Football Championship against The Legion at Desmonds GAA grounds here in Castleisland on Saturday evening , June 7th at 7pm.

On the long-term planning front, St. Kieran’s GAA Club announced details of one of its main fund-raising events for 2014 at Desmonds GAA Club grounds on Thursday night. Club loyalist, Mick Galwey and former Kerry great, Seamus Moynihan cheerfully did the honours on the occasion.

The inaugural St. Kieran’s Cycle Tour will take place on Sunday July 20th. ‘The Tour’ will encompass all the parishes that form the St. Kieran’s Club.
The club draws its strength from a bastion of the GAA in the Kingdom, with seven very individual parishes sprinkled around and including the hub town of Castleisland – home of the Desmonds club. The other clubs in the side are: Ballymacelligott, Currow, Scartaglin, Cordal, Brosna, and Knocknagoshel.

“Having won the County Intermediate Club Championship in 2013, the Currow Senior Team will compete in the Senior County Championship in 2014 and we wish them every success. However, their underage teams will continue to play with St Kieran’s in the County Minor and U- 21 championships,” said a club spokesman.

Members claim that the St Kieran’s club is unique insofar as it does not have gate receipts to help defray team costs during the season and it is not supported by a Divisional Board.  They also point out the fact that St Kieran’s players have helped Kerry teams at all levels most in recent times and the cite the examples of Padraig Ready and Seamus Scanlon who have served at the highest levels possible.

The Tour will include the ubiquitous ‘Something for Everyone’  – or, at least, something for all levels of cycling fitness. There will be a Short Route of 45kms long for leisure/novice cyclists and a more challenging Long Route of 80kms for the experienced cyclists.

The event will start at 10am sharp from Castleisland Desmonds GAA Grounds. Registration will begin at 8am and participants are advised to come early.

Refreshments will be available at the start and finish of the event in Desmond’s GAA Club grounds – along with a food/drink stop at Currow Chuch car-park en-route.

The event will draw a team of stewards from the club membership and in conjunction with the Abbeyfeale Search and Rescue Group.

A closed circuit communications system will be in place on the day and will be supervised by ASR personnel. This will monitor and coordinate all stewarding and the event will have Garda backup at key locations

The Tour will be accompanied by a trained paramedic motorcyclist and a fully equipped Civil Defence ambulance and two trained personnel on the day

The club wishes to record its appreciation to: An Garda Siochana; Currow Cycling Club; the Civil Defence and Abbeyfeale Search and Rescue Group for their combined help and support.

The route details are as follows:  The event will also start at Desmond’s GAA Club grounds on Limerick Road. It will travel through Castleisland town to Ballycarthy Cross and turn left onto the old Farranfore road and onto the N22, left in Farranfore Village for Currow. It will then turn right by Currow Church for the ‘Food Stop’and a brief rest. Then left at Dromulton Cross and straight on at Davy Roche’s Cross. Over along Breahig and turn left at Breahig Cross on the Cordal road. Turn right at the traffic lights in Castleisland and finish where you started at the Desmond’s GAA Club grounds.

The Long Route will take cyclists from the same starting point and through Castleisland town onto Ballycarthy Cross.  Take a left onto the old Farranfore road and onto the N22. Left in Farranfore Village for Currow, right at Currow Church and the ‘Food Stop’and left at Dromulton Cross. Straight on at Davy Roche’s Cross and left at Breahig Cross on the Cordal Road. Then right at ‘Hickey’s Grotto’ on the Cordal Road and right at Kearney’s Cross onto the Brosna Road, left at Brosna Village Cross, left at ‘Patsy’s Cross’and right at Feale’s Bridge. Then left at Kilconlea Cross onto N21and left at Dooneen Roundabout and finish at Desmond’s pitch. Registration Forms will also be available on the morning of the event between 10am. But you can register on-line and view both Route Maps if you visit