To James O Donoghue who was once again named as Munster GAA Player of the Year.Following on his previous wins in 2013 and 2014 there is no doubt that when clear of injury he is a huge influence on both club and county.His O Donoghue Cup final performance bodes well for 2018.Well done James.
SENIOR TEAM REVIEW
Our season may have ended in disappointment with an agonising one point defeat to Rathmore in the O Donoghue Cup Final.But when looking back at 2017 there was a lot of positives to be gleamed from the year.Some of the teams performances were most heartening.The opening County League games against Kilcummin and Spa were real humdingers. The 2 game(draw and replay) arm wrestle with Kenmare in the County Championship were tight and frantic before we eventually got the better of a team who later proved themselves to be a formidable unit in their own right.Dingle,with so many quality players,were put to the sword in Pairc an Ashaigh in a performance which earned the team an ovation from the club’s faithful who travelled in great numbers.To go through Division 2 of the County League undefeated, without your Kerry players,was a remarkable feat.We are also currently one of only 8 Senior clubs in the county.An elite position.Of course there was low points.Losing to West Kerry in extra time in the County Championship,to Kenmare in the Club Championship semi final and of course the Rathmore final.But all these games are played at the top level and even if you are a fraction short you can be punished.Our loyal Honorary member Joanne O Riordan wrote an uplifting piece in her weekly column in the Irish Times last week,outlining her pride and anguish at being one of us.I think to quote Joanne is probably the best way to look back at 2017 and forward to 2018.
“I cannot predict what the future holds for Killarney Legion, and, as I cast my eye over the other results and see other teams lose finals, all I can say to you right now is yes, it’s awful, and it sucks . . . but it gets better. If you have the hunger and desire to keep pushing forward and keep elevating yourself to further heights. Because, at the end of the day, the only fight that matters is the one you are in.”
Many thanks to the management team of Alan O Neill,Sean and Jamesie O Sullivan,team attendant Connie O Shea and Brian Moriarty, Justin and Kevin Healy who completed the back room team.Not forgetting Joanne Downey who helped look after the lads all year with wholesome meals.
Well be back!!!
Numbers were 4,7,9,24
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1.Mary O Sullivan 10 Monastery Gardens
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3.Declan Glavin c/o Laurels
4.Barry + Peg ,Woodlawn
5.Joe Whelan,Wick low
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Sunday Dec 17th @9pm in Murphy Bar.