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.”