Castleisland Desmonds GAA Club News Round-Up

Gerard ‘Gerdie’ Murphy brings us the Castleisland Desmonds GAA Club news of the week. ©Photograph: John Reidy

U-14 Boys Co. League Winners

The Castleisland Desmonds U-14 Boys won the Co. League Division 4 title on Wednesday evening on the score of 2-13 to 1-15 by defeating a gallant and spirited Milltown-Castlemaine team in a  trilling game of football in Austin Stack Park, Tralee.

Going in at half-time leading by 1-10 to five points and having played with a very strong wind to their backs, you always felt, would it be enough for the boys to hold on to this lead.

The opposition then took full advantage of the strong wind and this resulted in the game being a draw at 1-13 each on the 26th minute of the second half, but credit to all of the Desmonds team they worked the ball up towards the Horan’s end of the ground and we saw Mint O’Connor score a cracker of a goal on the 28th minute.

But the opposition brought it down to a one point lead for Desmonds in the remaining minutes of the game

But the boys from ‘The Island’ held on for a very well deserved victory by one point.

Well done to all the players and their mentors thanks also to great support for the team on the night.

Seniors Lose to Glenbeigh- Glencar

Men’s Senior team played Glenbeigh- Glencar in round 3 of the Co. League Division 2. While we went in at half time at five points each , unfortunately the visitors stepped up the tempo of the game and this resulted in them winning on the score of 2-16 to 0-10.

Next game away to Dr. Crokes B Sunday May 26th at 2pm in Killarney

€6,000 LOTTO at Fagin’s

The latest Lotto draw was held in Fagin’s Bar on Saturday night. The numbers draw were 7, 10, 25 and 31.  There was no winner of the jackpot of €6,000.

Lucky dip prizes were won by:  Edmund Hartnett, Castleisland; John McCarthy, Castleisland;  Adele McCarthy, Castleisland; Mike Allen, Firies and Eileen O’Donoghue, Scartaglen.

Our thanks to Jerome for facilitating the draw and to those clubs members who sold tickets and who supervised the draw.

Club Fixtures

Monday. 13th   U-14 girls v  Glenflesk at 7.00 at home

Tuesday.  14th  U-12 girls v  Scartaglen at 7.00 at home

Friday. 17th       Juniors v  St. Senan’s at 7.30 at home.

Sunday 19th Senior Ladies Team play Beaufort at home. Throw in at 12pm.

Desmonds in U-17 Co Champpionship

The club have entered the county U-17 club competition which is due to start shortly.

Club Forum In Tralee

The club was represented at a recent  forum in Tralee where the clubs met the chairman and secretary of the county board to discuss a range of issues.

They included a presentation and discussion on the minor age grade for club competitions and whether the upper age limit remain as it is or be reduced to U-17.

The forum also discussed last month’s club competitions to gauge views.

Croke Park has organised a Demographic Pilot study in four counties including Kerry to see how changing population trends will affect the development of clubs moving into the next decade. Desmonds is one of the clubs which will participate.

Club’s Condolences to Kearney and McGaley Families

The Castleisland  Desmonds GAA Club wish to pass on their sincere condolences to the Kearney family on the passing away of their mother Mary Keraney ( nee Sheehy) and also to the family of Anne McGaley ( Nee O’Connor ) who also passed away. May they Rest in Peace.

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