For the first time in Kerry hurling and camogie history, the John West Féile na nGael will be hosted in Kerry combined with our neighbours in Cork. Kerry have twelve hurling clubs and four camogie clubs hosting and competing in the All Ireland tournament. This prestigious affair will be setting the county alight with the clash of the ash from June 7th to June 9th.

Local clubs, Killarney Camogie and South Kerry Hurling have put in huge efforts over the past four months to generate the necessary funds required to host and participate in Féile. Local schools were called upon to hold jersey days, bag packing took place in Dunnes Stores, a fun quiz night, several flag days and bucket collections. The clubs are extremely grateful to the schools, local businesses and the local community who have contributed to this memorable weekend.

Both clubs have a big community to pool from with South Kerry being an amalgamation of hurling clubs St. Pat’s East Kerry, Rathmore and Dr. Crokes whilst Killarney Camogie Club is made up of players from Glenflesk, Gneeveguilla, Spa, Fossa, Kilcummin, Laune Rangers, Legion, Rathmore and Dr. Crokes.

For the two clubs, their home games will take place in Spa GAA who have generously offered their facilities for the weekend. Here, South Kerry will host Cumann Micheál Breathnach from Galway and Killarney will host Four Roads Camogie Club from Roscommon.

One of South Kerry’s mentors, Martin Mulready, is just a as excited as the players. “It is very exciting to be hosting Féile na nGael for the 1st time in Kerry this year. Our players have been preparing very well in training and during the U14 League, and are very excited about participating in Féile na nGael 2019. The South Kerry Hurling Team had a great experience of Féile last year in Claremorris, where the team, mentors and families were shown the utmost in hospitality. We hope to reciprocate this year to our visiting team CLG Michéal Breathnach of Co. Gaillimh, to whom we wish a huge Céad Míle Failte to Kerry. Looking forward to a great weekend.”

 Paul O’Brien, one of the Killarney Camogie Club’s coaches was singing from the same hymn sheet. “This will be  Killarney Camogie Club’s second time in two years playing in Féile na nGael and our first ever year hosting. For a small club it has been a big ask to get everything organised and to raise the funds needed to be able to show our hospitality to the clubs staying in Killarney this time round. A huge amount of credit goes to the committee and the parents that have helped through out the year to get to this stage. Now it will be up to our U14 girls to get out there on the pitch and show that Killarney can play and compete in a national club camogie competition and hopefully win our division. It will be a great experience for the girls and lots fun to play the best field game and such a high level. Best of luck to our Killarney girls.”
Both clubs would like to extend an invitation to all hurling and camogie fans to come down to Spa GAA Pitch on Friday the 7th from 5.30pm to 8pm and Saturday the 8th at 10am and enjoy the skill and competition on display.
**Féile update both Killarney Camogie Club and South Kerry Hurling won their first two group games and will proceed to the Cup Quarter Finals on Saturday afternoon**
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