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NEWS July 2008

29th July

ACTIVE RETIRED GROUP
A Lunch for the Abbeydorney/Kilflynn group will be held at Tralee Golf Club, Barrow on Wednesday 30th July. A Coach will be leaving the community centre, Abbeydorney at 1.00 p.m. Transport can e arranged for anyone requiring it. Contact Noreen at 7135831.

Newly Weds: Patrick and Treasa O’ Connell, at their reception in Ballygarry House Hotel, Tralee on Saturday 26th July

WEDDING BELLS
Heartiest congratulations and best wishes to Treasa Daughton daughter of Tess and Edmond Daughton, Ballinageragh, Lixnaw and Patrick O’ Connell, son of Frances and Dominic O’Connell, Clounsillagh, Lixnaw who were married in St. Michael’s Church, Lixnaw, on Saturday 26th July.
Fr Maurice Brick officiated at the beautiful ceremony. The Bestman was Maurice O’ Connell (Brother of the groom) and groomsmen were Matthew Barry, Thomas McElligott, Kevin Galvin ,and Cyril Lynch. The Chief Bridesmaid was: Marguerite Ronan and Bridesmaids were Lisa Ronan, Elise O’ Connell ,Evelyn Cullinane and Aoife Cantillon. The flowers girl was: Kate Lynch and the Pageboys were Phillip O’ Connor and Conor Enright. A large crowd of family and friends attended the wedding ceremony and afterwards the wedding reception, which was held in Ballygarry House Hotel and Spa, Tralee. A great day and night, was had by all in attendance. We wish Treasa and Patrick many happy years of married life together.

CROTTA U-10 HURLING NEWS
Last Saturday 26th July, The Crotta U10's hurlers completed a clean sweep of the U10 'A' hurling competitions when they added the John O' Gorman memorial trophy (normal hurling rules - no solo) to the Eddie Godley memorial trophy (lift and strike hurling - no solo or no catch). Ir was a double that was well deserved with the effort put in by all players over the last number of years. This tournament was based on the results of last months tournament. Crotta were placed in a group of the strongest teams. This included Lixnaw, Ardfert and Causeway. Their first match was against Lixnaw (whom they had beaten in the final last month). A tough game was envisaged and it turned out that way. Crotta were not playing welll in the first half and Lixnaw took the lead from a free. Just before half time a superb Barry Mahony sideline from an acute angle levelled matters at a point a piece. That indeed was the half time score. Crotta now had to face the wind but the lads in green and red were up to the task and gave it their all. The ball was not running for them but a break upfield resulted in possession beign gained by Sean O'Donoghue. He evaded his marker and hit a thunderous shot which struck the Lixnaw bar and went over for a point.

The victorious Crotta under 10 panel and their mentors with the John O' Gorman memorial trophy at Ardfert on Saturday 26th July

Shortly after the same player rattled the Lixnaw net to complete the scoring. Fulltime Crotta 1-02 Lixnaw 0-01. Our second match was against the home side and to sum up this match is to say they gave us a lesson in hurling. Ardfert 1-04 Crotta 0-00. After a break of half an hour and a chat from the coaches Crotta had to beat Causeway to reach the final. The players form started to return and they defeated Causeway with goals from Barry Mahony, Cathal Kennelly and points from Barry Mahony (2), Brandon Conway (2), Sean O'Donoghue and Darragh Sheehan. Ardfert defeated Lixnaw and now it was Crotta/Ardfert final. Ardfert were firm favourites the way they were hurling all day and all the coaches asked of the Crotta boys was to give it their all to try and bring another trophy back to the village.
From the time the ball was thrown in it was clear to see that this was going to be a totally different game to the earlier group game between the teams. Crotta hassled and harried but also played superb hurling. Chances were created at both ends but defences were on top. Crotta's mid field trio of Cathal Kennelly, Colin Browne and Barry Mahony started to gain the upperhand in this sector . A long range Barry Mahony strike went all the way to the Ardfert net to give Crotta a 3 point lead. Following a great courageous tackle by Darragh Kennelly Ardfert were awarded a dubious free 10m from goal. It was struck well but Adam O'Sullivan made a marvellous save and then cleared downfield. Following another tight call Ardfert pointed from the resulting free. Half time Crotta 1-00 Ardfert 0-01.
The second half was equally as tough as the first and scores were scarce. Four minutes from time Mackessy (Ardfert) picked up a Crotta clearance and put the ball inside the Crotta post to put the home aide ahead for the first time. To be fair to Crotta they dug deep and with time running out substitute Jack McKenna who made a massive contribution when introduced drove a ground ball to Sean O'Donoghue. He twisted and turned but had his shot half blocked down. Brandon Conway who had gambled by leaving his midfield spot picked up the loose ball and from a impossible angle found the back of the net. It was now Crotta 2-00 Ardfert 1-01 and the match was in time added on. From the puck out Ardfert gained possession and the ball was heading for the top corner but Adam O'Sullivan effected a great save to deflect the ball over the bar. One point ahead now the lads hurled superbly to keep the sliotar out. The full time whistle sounded to scenes of jublication from the players, supporters, parents and mentors. This team had shown tremendous character in beating Lixnaw in Lixnaw in last months final and now beating Ardfert in Ardfert in this final.
Pat Dineen North Kerry Board presented captain Sean O'Donoghue with the John O'Gorman Memorial Trophy to scenes of great delight. Sean in his speech thanked the coaches, Ardfert Hurling club for organising the day and led three cheers for Ardfert U10's.

Pat Dineen North Kerry Hurling Board presenting Crotta under 10 Captain Sean O'Donoghue with the John O'Gorman Memorial Trophy to scenes of great delight

Two under ten trophies stand side by side in Crotta now and no more can be asked then that. We must not rest on our laurels though and alot of hard work has to continue. Great credit to all involved. The team and subs all played their part: Adam O'Sullivan was safety personified all day and brought off three great saves. He had the craft to defect that last shot over the bar to defy the oncoming forwards. The defence of Tom Quinlan, Darragh Kennelly, Dominic Nolan/Dylan McElligott was solid as a unit. Darragh and Tom were the two most consistent players throughout the day. Dominic Nolan regained his place in the match against Causeway and never put a foot wrong. He had a great final. Cathal Kennelly blunted the threat of Ardferts dangerman and one fine catch after a tremendous leap in the air was spectacular. Brandon Conway found it hard to repeat his heroics in Lixnaw a month ago but was to have a massive say as it turned out. A mighty point against Causeway restored his confidence and he scored the all important winner in the final. Colin Browne played at midfield in the final and saved his best form till last. His work rate and physical play wore down the opposition. Darragh Sheehan played his part and his replacement in the final by Jack McKenna proved to be a master stroke. The 2 man forward line of Barry Mahony and Sean O'Donoghue (Captain) worked well together. Barry again scored in the final and covered every blade of grass. Sean O'Donoghue took the captainancy in the stride and had a great tournament.
A number of the panel also played their part. They were as follows: Mark Egan, Jack McKenna, Tiernan Ball, Brian O'Connell, Nathan Fahy, Darragh O'Donoghue, Aaron Murnane, John Quilter, Cillian Mullins and Padraig Dillon.

CROTTA U-8 HURLING NEWS
Our Under 8's were invited to the U-8 tournament in Abbeydorney on Monday evening last 21st July.
They played Ardfert in the first match and with Darragh O'Donoghue hurling superbly they won by 6 goals to 2. Then they played the hosts and this was a really good U8 match and although down by 4 goals to one at half time, Crotta put in a great second half to eventually win by 6 goals to 5. James Sheehan was playing his first games for Crotta and played extremely well in both games. Darragh and Sean Murnane, Darragh O'Donoghue, Denis Nolan, Declan O'Donoghue, Aodhan Behan, Eamon Rohan and Aodhan McKenna played their hearts out.
Panel: Edith White, Aodhan McKenna, Eamon Rohan, Darragh Murnane, Sean Murnane, Darragh O'Donoghue, James Sheehan, Killian Trant, Aodhan Behan, Denis Nolan and Declan O'Donoghue.

SENIOR COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP
AIB County Senior Hurling Championship Round one: Crotta will play St. Brendan’s Ardfert at 7.00 p.m. in Austin Stack Park Tralee on Saturday 2nd August and Abbeydorney take on Causeway at 5p.m. Best of luck to the lads in green and red.

SILVERWARE FOR CROTTA SENIORS
At Austin Stack’s Park, Tralee, on Friday evening 25th July, The Crotta Senior hurlers bridge a 11-year gap, when they defeated a disappointing Lixnaw side by 12 points (1-15 to 1-03) in the North Kerry Senior hurling B Final. Sean Heffernan’s trained side led by 1-10 to 0-01 at half time.

Celebrations at Parkers pub
Crotta Captain Andrew Keane,Crotta Players and supporters with the Denis O’Halloran Memorial perpetual Cup at Parker's Pub, on Friday night 25th July

The score of the match Andrew Keane.
The victorious Crotta panel was as follows: Shane Nolan, Darren Twomey, Cyril Lynch, Tom McElligott, Richard Nolan, Pa Quille, Diarmuid McKenna, Andrew Keane (0-03), Ian McCarthy (0-02), Mike Lynch (0-01), Jack Twomey, Colm Mc Elligott, Sean Twomey (0-07), Matt Lynch (0-02) and Shane Mc Aulliffe (1-00). Subs: Jonathan Caffrey for J.Twomey, Paul Costello for R. Nolan, Alan Leen for S. Mc Aulliffe, Paul Lenihan for Matt Lynch, Paul Culhane.

Crotta players Paul Lenihan, Richard Nolan and Alan Leen with The Denis O’ Halloran Memorial perpetual Cup at Parker's Pub on Friday night 25th July

After the game North Kerry Hurling Board Chairman Tom Lawlor presented the Denis O’ Halloran Memorial perpetual Cup to victories Crotta Captain Andrew Keane. Andrew scored a beautiful point from a sideline cut, with Sean Twomey being the Crotta’s top scorer with 0-07. This was a great victory for this young Crotta team and every panel member played it’s part to bring the cup back to Crotta.
Congratulations and well done to the lads , their trainer Sean Heffernan and Selectors Brendan Twomey, Cyril Nolan and Jimmy Lawlor. St. Brendan’s Ardfert defeated Ballyheigue in A Final on 3-10 to 1-07 score line.

CROTTA LOTTO POSTPONED
The Crotta Hurling lottery Jackpot draw was postponed on Monday Night 28th July, until Tuesday night 29th July as a mark of respect to the late Pat O’Neill, Castletown, Kilflynn, who passed away on Saturday 26th July. Pat was always a great supporter of Crotta Hurling Club. The club send it’s sincere sympathy to his family, relatives and friends. May he rest in peace.

DARTS IN PARKER’S PUB
Shane Nolan and John Leahy defeated Richard Parkinson and Paud Twomey in the weekly darts tournament final in Parker’s Pub, Kilflynn on Saturday 26th July. The winners received a leg of Lamb each. The weekly Darts Doubles Tournament will continue this Saturday night 2nd August in the Parker’s Lounge Bar. The winners will receive a leg of lamb. Names must be in for 10.00 p.m.

JUNIOR HURLERS
The Crotta Junior hurlers continued their winning ways with a 6-09 to 1-06 victory over Austin Stack’s in the Credit Union County Junior Hurling League Division 3A on Wednesday 23rd July at Connelly Park, Tralee.

HERBERT’S BAR
Music in Herbert’s bar next Sunday evening with Danny Goggin.

CHURCH NEWS
Those Required for Church duties in St. Mary's Church Kilflynn are follows: Readers for: Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd August, Vigil: John O’Flaherty, Morning: Josephine Lynch.
Eucharistic Ministers for Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd August, Vigil: Sheila Walsh, Morning: John Cashell. Mass on Wednesday morning, 30th July is at 10.00 a.m. On Friday evening 1st August at 7.00 p.m. mass will be celebrated for the First Friday. Mass will be celebrated on Saturday evening 2nd August at 8.30 p.m. And Mass will be celebrated on Sunday morning 3rd August. Exposition of The Blessed Sacrament:-Kilflynn; Mon. 4.00 p.m.–9.00 p.m. Kilflynn Altar Society for August: Sheila Walsh and Bridie O’Connell.

LIXNAW GOLF SOCIETY
A very enjoyable scramble was held at Ballyheigue Castle Golf Club on Thursday evening last. The presentation of prizes was hosted by Denis and Margaret of Tóchar Bán and the socirty is very grateful to them for their continued support.
Results: 1. Nealie Sullivan(9), Roger Hussey(23), Anne Devaney(36) 28 1/3; 2. Mundy Hayes(19), Angela Fahy(21), Con O'Keeffe(25) 30 7/12; 3. Fergus Fitzmaurice(16), Jerome McCarthy(19), P.J.McAuliffe(25) 31.
The draw for the Matchplay Championship, which took place at Tóchar Bán features some interesting pairings, not least the clash of last year's champion Denny McCarthy and Roger Hussey. The first round is to be completed on or before August 15th.
First Round Draw: Denny McCarthy v Roger Hussey; Mike Hickey v Tom Lynch; Seamus Browne v Brendan Keane; Maurice Fahy v Mick Fuller; Denis Fealy v Michael Barry; Jerome McCarhy v Eddie Enright; Patrick Walsh v Mossie Kelliher; Mick Devaney v Mundy Hayes.

CROTTA HURLING GEAR
At present the club has hurling shorts and jerseys for all ages from 5/6 to 13/14. Contact Paul O'Donoghue re: this gear.
If anyone wants to order a hoodie or t-shirt like the ones worn in Croke Park then place your order with Paul or Jerome. These can be ordered in sizes from 7/8 to Adult sizes.

BLOOD DONOR CLINIC
A blood donar clinic will be held at the KDYS Hall, Tralee from Monday July 28th to Thursday July 31st. Opening times 3pm to 5pm and 7pm to 9pm daily.

NOTES
Anyone interested in submitted items for the Kilflynn notes, can contact Mike on 066 7135129 or 087 9794541 or email mikeparker@eircom.net before 10.00 a.m. on Monday.


28th July

DEATH NOTICE
The death has occurred of Pat O'Neill, Castletown, Kilflynn, Tralee Removal on, Monday28th July, at 7pm from The Gleasure Funeral Home to St. Mary's Church, Kilflynn. Requiem Mass on Tuesday at 11am with burial afterwards in the New Cemetery, Kilflynn. No flowers, please. Donations, if desired, to Kerry Hospice Foundation c/o Kerry General Hospital.

FIXTURES
Kerry play Monaghan in qualifiers next weekend Sunday, 27 July 2008
The Draw for the All Ireland 3rd round Qualifers was made tonight.
The times and dates for the games will be announced tomorrow after The national CCCC meeting.
Kerry will be playing on Saturday, Sunday or Monday next at a neutral venue.
Monaghan V Kerry
Tyrone V Mayo
Down V Wexford
Kildare V Fermanagh


22nd July

TRIP TO CROKE PARK
Last Tuesday 15th July 2008 was a historic day when for the first time a Crotta team graced Croke Park. Our Under 12 team played 4 matches against Cork opposition and acquitted themselves so well. They beat one team and were really close to two other teams (one being the famed Glen Rovers) at the final whistle. The four teams they played were St. Marys Mallow, Ballincollig (who they beat - this is a city team with a massive underage structure), Glen Rovers (how lovely to see a Crotta team side by side with this famous team who have 25 senior county titles) and Carrigtwohill (home of Cork senior Niall McCarthy). Our under 12 team is an Under 11 team with a couple of 12 year olds and 8 of the panel of twenty are Under 10. All players were delighted with the experience of playing in Croke Park and well done to the GAA for coming up with this initative. Thanks to Donal Daly in Kerry County Board. Donal is Secretary of the Kerry Coaching and Games Development Committee and made our day run very smooth in Croke Park.
The following panel of players played on the day:
Adam O'Sullivan, Thomas Quinlan, Darragh Ryan, Brandon Conway, Patrick Fahy(Capt), Adrian Mahony, David Behan, Darragh Regan, Barry Mahony, Raymond Nolan, Bill Keane, Tom McElligott, Sean O'Donoghue, Jordan Conway, Sean Gleasure, Donnacha Brosnan, Colin Browne, Darragh Kennelly, Cathal Kennelly, Ciaran Flanagan.
Other players who are members of the panel but we could only play 20 players on the day are:
Jamie O'Sullivan, Darragh Sheehan, Dominic Nolan, Aoife Behan, Danny Browne, Nathan Fahy, Mark Egan, Aaron Murnane, Dylan McElligott, Jack Glavin.and Daniel Quinland.
The members of the panel received gear bags, hoodies and t-shirts. We were definitely one of the best kitted out teams on the day and thanks for this must go to the generousity of our sponsors. The Bord na Nog Club would like to thank the following sponsors:
Tommy and Margaret Fahy (sponsored the breakfasts and lunches for the children at the Racket Hall hotel, Roscrea), John and Pauline Gleasure (sponsored the gear bags), Patsy McKenna (sponsored the socks worn by the players on the day).
We would like to say thanks to the following sponsors who were so generous in giving money to sponsor gear and other expenses on the day: Ciaran Donovan, Knocknacaska, Kilflynn, Martin Ryan, Knocknacaska, John O'Sullivan, Ahabeg, Lixnaw, Ballingarry House Hotel, Lorraine Flanagan, James (Sparky) and Kay Sheehan, Mike Neenan, Cyril Nolan, Padraig Connor, Rathea, Catherine Browne (Gleasure), Sonny Egan, Mike and Geraldine Parker, Brendan and Catherine Twomey, Pat and Joan Herbert. The total money raised to cover food, gear bags, socks and all other expenses was €2,500 approx which is unbelievable for a rural club in North Kerry hurling. Thanks again for making the day so special for all the children.
Two coaches left the village at 6.10am (we had to wait a few minutes for our Bord na Nog Chairman!) and we had a great journey. One of the drivers was well known former Lixnaw hurler Willie Allen. Both buses were almost full and a great time was had by all. There were people of all ages. Callum Ryan was the youngest and the olderst passenger was Maureen O'Donoghue! Sonny and Willie provided the entertainment on the journey down.
Naming names can be a bad thing at times but the following parents deserve a special mention: Sarah Nolan (Chairperson), Anne Mahony (booking bus and sponsorship money), Maura Egan (incharge of sponsorship), Pauline Gleasure (organising of coaches and food at hotel). All parents and grandparents who sold lottery tickets. A special word of thanks to Kathleen Quinlan who sold 140 lottery tickets in the bars in Kilflynn Saturday and Sunday evening. A special word of thanks also to the senior club and its Chairman Paud Twomey who loaned us money to make it all possible.
It was a great experience for all and lets hope we get a chance again to see the boys in green and red represent out club on the hallowed turf.

CROTTA HURLING GEAR
At present the club has hurling shorts and jerseys for all ages from 5/6 to 13/14. Contact Paul O'Donoghue re: this gear.
If anyone wants to order a hoodie or t-shirt like the ones worn in Croke Park then place your order with Paul or Jerome. These can be ordered in sizes from 7/8 to Adult sizes.

GOLF
Abbeydorney Golf Society held an outing at the picturesque Ring of Kerry Golf Club Templenoe Golf Club last Saturday. We were blessed with a most beautiful day which made the views and scenery simply breathtaking. A total of 35 golfers took part and the scoring was excellent considering that this is such a tough course and the general consensus was that most members would like to come back here again next year. Our thanks to Mike McKenna of McKenna’s Bar who sponsored the outing and the presentation of prizes took place in McKenna’s Bar to whom we express our sincere thanks for their hospitality.
Results: 1st Dan Brassil (14) 38pts, 2nd John Joe Fealy (14) 38pts, 3rd Brendan Keane (20) 37pts, Gerry Doyle (23) 37pts, Front Nine Michael Flanagan (21) 20pts, Back Nine Mike Hickey (15) 18pts.
The presentation of prizes for the recent Fourball outing at Killorglin also took place. Our sincere thanks to the Abbeydorney Traders who sponsored this outing. Thanks to Dermot Dillane, David Power, Jayo Fealy, Molly Scully and Theresa Donovan.
Results 1st Sean Cunningham (16) & Gary Kavanagh (15) 42 pts, 2nd Martin Ryan (14) & Mundy Hayes (19) 40 pts, 3rd Denis Long (20) 39 pts, 4th Raymond Roche (25) & Dan O’Connor (10) 38 pts, 5th John Sexton (16) & Mike Flanagan (21) 37 pts, 6th Brendan Keane (20) & Andrew Fealy (20) 37pts.
The Society would also like to congratulate members who had notable success recently especially Mike Leen winner of the Presidents Prize at Ballyheigue, Gary Kavanagh winner of the Captains prize at Ardfert and to Mundy Hayes our Captain who qualified for the World Mercedes Trophy Final in Germany. Well done and congratulations to all.

JUNIOR HURLERS
Crotta Junior hurlers are at home this Wednesday evening 23rd July at 8.00 pm to Austin Stacks in the Credit Union County Junior Hurling League Division 3A Round Six.

SENIOR FINAL
The Crotta and Lixnaw Senior hurlers will contest the North Kerry Senior hurling B Final in Austin Stack Park, Tralee on Friday 25th July at 6.30p.m Ballyheigue and Ardfert will contest the A Final at 8p.m. Best of luck to the lads in green and red.

CROTTA LOTTO RESULTS
The big hunt is still on to scoop the Big Crotta Hurling lottery Jackpot with several punters going close in recent weeks. The four numbers picked out of the drum in the Crotta Hurling Club lotto by Independent Observer: Catherine Caffrey, Crotta, Kilflynn on Monday night 21st July, in Parker’s Pub, Kilflynn were 1,8 ,11 and 17. However no one came up with the correct combination of numbers and the Jackpot survived for another week.
The Lucky dip prizes winners each receive €35: Niamh McKenna, Ballinclogher, Lixnaw, Bridget Hennessy Ballyduff, and Cal Galvin, Laccamore, Abbeydorney.
The next draw take place on Monday Night 28th July in Herbert’s Bar, Kilflynn with a €13,300 Jackpot. So buy your tickets early and avoid the rush. Tickets are available at €2 from Club tickets sellers or from Herbert's Bar, Kilflynn Parker's Pub, Kilflynn, Knott’s Daybreak Shop, Kilflynn.Galvin’s Shop, Lixnaw, Foley’s Shop, Lixnaw J.J Walsh’s Bar, Lixnaw, McCarthy’s Bar, Finuge, Christy‘s The Well Pub, Listowel, Eamon Carroll’s Pub, Listowel , and from The Half Way Bar, Glenoe, Listowel.

COUNTY SENIOR HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP DRAW
The AIB County Senior Hurling Championship first round draw was made on 19th July. At Austin Stack Park’s Tralee.
The first round games are as follows:
Preliminary game South Kerry play Kilmoyley.
The quarter finals are Lixnaw play South Kerry/Kilmoyley, St. Brendan's play Crotta O'Neills and Ballyheigue play Ballyduff, Abbeydorney play Causeway
Extra Time in all games
The four winners go into group A and play each other in an open draw in Round 2. The four losers go into group B and will play each other in an open draw.

HERBERT’S BAR
There will be a Barn dance held in Herbert’s bar next sat night 26th of July. This is a fund raiser for Kilflynn National school so all support would be greatly appreciated. All country music on the night so bring your straw hats and cowboy boots.
Music in Herbert’s bar next Sunday evening with the ploughmen.

CROTTA SENIORS
The Crotta Senior hurlers had two good wins in the North Kerry League, on Friday 11th July at Dromakee, the home side had a 3-12 to 3-10 over Causeway.
Crotta Team: Shane Nolan, Tom Mc Elligott, Pa Quille, Paul Costello, Cyril Lynch, Diarmuid McKenna, Richard Nolan, Mike Lynch, Andrew Keane, Ian Mc Cathy, Francis Keane,Shane Mc Auliffe, John Caffrey, and Sean Twomey. Subs Jack Twomey for J.Caffrey and Padraig Cronin for T. Mc Elligott.
On Friday 18th July, Crotta defeated Ballyduff on a 5-08 to 1-10 score line at Ballyduff.
Crotta team and scorers: Shane Nolan, Darren Twomey, Cyril Lynch, Tom Mc Elligott, Richard Nolan, Pa Quille, Diarmuid Mc Kenna, Mike Lynch, Ian McCarthy (0-01), Andrew Keane (1-02), Johathan Caffrey, Sean Twomey (2-01), Shane Mc Auliffe, Matt Lynch (0-03), and Alan Leen. Subs: Colm McElligott (2-01)for A.Leen and Paul Culhane for S.Auliffe

KERRY HURLERS
Carlow booked their place in the last four of the Christy Ring Cup with an impressive 1-14 to 2-4 win over Kerry Senior hurlers in Austin Stack Park, Tralee on Saturday afternoon 19th July. The Barrowsiders led by 0-9 to 0-3 at half-time, The Crotta hurling was represented by Tom Cronin (Sub) on the Kerry Squad.

KILFEIGHNEY MASS
Mass will be celebrated in Kilfeighney Cemetery, on Wednesday 23rd July at 8.00 p.m.

DARTS IN PARKER’S PUB
Aaron Sheehan and Graham Harris defeated Mike Fealy and Paud Twomey in the weekly darts tournament final in Parker’s Pub, Kilflynn on Saturday 19th July. The winners received a leg of Lamb each. The weekly Darts Doubles Tournament will continue this Saturday night 26th July in the Parker’s Lounge Bar. The winners will receive a leg of lamb. Names must be in for 10.00 p.m.

JUNIOR HURLERS
The Crotta Junior hurlers had a 1-19 to 4-05 victory over St. Pats, East Kerry in the Credit Union County Junior Hurling League Division 3A on Wednesday 16th July .Crotta laid the foundation for their win in the first half when they put 1-10 on the score board to St. Pats 0-03. St Pats produced a better performance in the Second half. Crotta Top scorer on the evening was wing forward Brendan Mahony scoring 0-12.

V.H.I CUL CAMP
VHI Hurling Cul Camp will take place in Dromakee on July 28th to 1st August 2008 for children aged 7-13 years. Cost for 1 child is €55, for 2 children of the same family is €100. Children attending the camps will receive a jersey, shorts, socks and bag. An autographed Kerry jersey will be raffled as well. Information can be had from any member of the underage coaches at Crotta hurling Club.

U16 NKHC DIV 2 RESULT
The Semi Final of North Kerry U-16 Hurling Championship competition was played on Saturday 19th July against Ardfert at Ardfert pitch on a score line of Crotta/Duagh 3-05 to Ardfert 4-12. Both teams were level on a score of 2-04 at half time with the Crotta/Duagh scores in this half coming from Sean Weir 0-03, Conor O Regan 1-01 and Kieran Duffy 1-00. Ardfert now face Causeway in the final on the 21st . Best for Crotta/Duagh on the day were Sean Weir, Moss Mc Elligott, Eoin Kelly, Tim Quirke and Kieran Duffy. . Team as follows: Mike Kelly, M. Mc Elligott, T.B. Mc Elligott, Paud Whelan, Eoin Kelly, Tim Quirke, Sean Weir (1-4), D. Mc Auliffe, Jason Nolan, Thomas Quille, Shane Dolan, Conor O Regan (1-1)), Kieran Duffy (1-00), Stephen Horgan, Kevin O Mahony, Darren Fuller, Niall Doody, Ger Mc Elligott, and Kevin Rohan.

CHURCH NEWS
Those Required for Church duties in St. Mary's Church Kilflynn are follows: Readers for: Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th July, Vigil: The Leen Family, Morning: Helen Twomey..
Eucharistic Ministers for Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th July, Vigil: Ann Sheehan, Morning: Jerome O’Sullivan. Mass on Wednesday morning, 23rd July is at 10.00 a.m. Mass will be celebrated on Saturday evening 26th July at 8.30 p.m. for Nellie Leen, Rae, Kilflynn. And Mass will be celebrated on Sunday morning 27th July at 10.00 a.m. for Jack Barrett, Cappa, Kilflynn. Exposition of The Blessed Sacrament:-Kilflynn; Mon. 4.00 p.m.–9.00 p.m.

THANKS
The Irish Cancer Society wish to thank all who contributed to their recent Church gate collection which amounted to €686.03


15th July

Mundy Hayes to represent Ireland in Germany

HAYES TO REPRESENT IRELAND
Achievement of the week must go to Mundy Hayes of Glenballyma who qualified to represent Ireland in the Mercedes Trophy World Finals in Stuggart, Germany in September, by winning his section (handicap 17-25) at the All-Ireland Finals which were held in the Hermitage Golf Club, Lucan last Friday July 11th. Mundy had a score of 39 pts which was actually the best score on the day. This was a fantastic achievement given that it was his first time playing the course. Mundy had qualified for the All- Ireland finals last month at Tralee Golf Club, Barrow. Mundy is also the current Captain of Abbeydorney Golf Society. Congratulations and Well Done Mundy.

ACTIVE RETIRED GROUP
A Social afternoon for the Abbeydorney/Kilflynn Active retired group will be held in St Columbas Centre, Kilflynn on Wednesday 16th July commencing at 1.00 p.m. A meal will be served, followed by entertainment. Transport for anyone requiring it can be arranged. Contact Noreen at 7135831. Please note the change of venue on this occasion.

TRACTOR RUN RAISES OVER 5,000
The Kilflynn Vintage Club held a very successful Vintage Tractor Run on Sunday 22nd June, with over 5,000 euros raised once again for The Alzheimer Society of Ireland. The Weather encouraged a large attendance, many coming from long distances, such as Clare, Limerick, and Cork.
There were a total of sixty eight tractors in all covering David Brown, Ferguson, Fordson, International, Massey Ferguson, Steyr, Ford, Renault, Allis Chalmers, John Deere, and Zetor
The Run now in it’s Fourth year, which is getting bigger and better every year and was very fortunate with the weather which was mild and dry. This year also saw a number of lady drivers take part for the first time ever. One minute's silence was observed as a mark of respect to the memory of the deceased who passed away since last years Tractor Run.
The well organised 20 mile run started in Kilflynn Village and proceeding to the beautiful country side.
There stop in Mc Elligott‘s Bar, Abbeydorney to refuel and lubricate both drivers and machines, before returning to base arriving back in Kilflynn village where they enjoyed a well earned B.B.Q in Parker's Bar. Plaques were presented to all drivers who participated. The Money raised will go to The Alzheimer Society of Ireland.
As they drove along their way, along country roads, they were greeted enthusiastically by other road-users and sightseers.
Spectators also turned out in their droves to admire the vehicles, and the day was enjoyed by one and all.
The Kilflynn vintage club would like to thank all that participated and raised money for a very worthy cause, to everyone who supported the event and helped to make the day and evening a great success, to Mc Elligott’s Bar for the lovely food that they provided for the drivers and to Parker's bar who provided an excellent Barbecue with Chief Padraig Dennehy.
Thanks to John Carroll who provided the Disco before and after the Run. A Big thanks to Mike O’Flaherty who was a excellent M.C on the day
A cheque presentation night will be organised in the coming weeks.
Photos from the Tractor run can be viewed at www.parkerspub.com.

KERRY HURLERS
Kerry ended Meath’s interests in the Christy Ring Cup with a 7-10 to 4-13 victory at Austin Stack’s Park, Tralee.On Saturday 12th July As the scoreline suggests, the Kingdom’s penchant for scoring goals proved decisive as they overcame the visitors in a high-scoring affair.
The Crotta hurling club was represented by Tom Cronin (sub) for Kerry hurlers.
The U12 Hurling Development Squads which played at half time on Saturday at Christy Ring Game, Crotta was represented by Tom Mc Elligott, (Village) Darragh Regan and Ciaran Flanagan.

GOLF
Abbeydorney Golf Society will hold an outing this Saturday 19th July in the picturesque Ring of Kerry Golf Club, Templenoe. It is a few years since the society visited this course so a large turnout is expected. The tee is booked between 1:00pm and 2:20pm. This is the final qualifier for the singles matchplay. This outing is being sponsored by Mike McKenna Abbeydorney and the presentation of prizes will take place in McKenna’s Bar at 10:30pm. Presentation of prizes for the Fourball outing at Killorglin which was sponsored by the Abbeydorney Merchants will also take place. Further details from Tom McNeice 086-3263111 or Michael Barry 086-2571230.

JUNIORS
Credit Union County Junior Hurling League Division 3A Results:
Round one, on Wednesday 18th June, at Dromakee, Crotta 0-6 to Lixnaw 4-11
Round two, on Wednesday 25th June, at Spa Killarney St. Pats East Kerry 2-10 to 4-16 Crotta.
Round three on Wednesday 02nd July, at Connolly Park, Tralee, Austin Stacks 1-5 to Crotta 7-17 .

KILFLYNN COURSING CLUB
Kilflynn coursing club held a golf fundraise in Castleisland golf course last saturday. In what turned out to be a very successful event the club would like to thank all those who participated and those who sponsored Tee boxes and prizes. The prize giving on the night was held in Herberts bar where a great crowd danced the night away with a disco. The following are the results: 1st place Mary Murphy, Haulie Costello and Martin Murphy. 2nd place Nelie O Sullivan, Liam Lynch and James Flaherty. 3rd place Donie Kiely, John Collins and John Herlihy. At the prize giving that night Haulie Costello was the winner of a night stay in the Charleville Court hotel with evening meal kindly sponsored by the hotel's general manager Brendan Commerford.

CLANMAURICE FOOTBALL CLUB
The club are holding their Awards Night at Quilter’s bar Lixnaw this Saturday Night 19th July at 07.30pm. All teams and parents are asked to support this night.

ST. MARY’S CEMETERY MASS
A large attendance braved the less than favourable weather to attend the open air Mass at St. Mary‘s Cemetery, Kilflynn on Wednesday evening, 9th July for the repose of the souls of those buried in the cemetery and the other cemeteries of the parish.
Many of those gathered there had spent many hours cleaning up the graves and decorating them with flowers and wreaths.
Celebrant of the Mass, Fr Jack Fitzgerald, welcomed all that attended and thanked those who had helped to make arrangements for the Mass which has been celebrated annually in the cemetery for many year.
He also thanked the people who had worked so hard to make their relative's graves look so well on the day. The Church choir once again completed the evening with their wonderful singing. Since last years mass Eleven people were buried in St Mary’s Cemetery, Joan Kelliher, O’Rahilly’s Villas Tralee, Mary Carmody, Crotta, Sheila Power, Gortclohy, Kilflynn, Paddy Brennan, Rae, Kilflynn, Francis Keane, U.K and Glenballyma, Kilflynn, John Cashell, Gortclohy, Kilflynn, Laurence O’Flaherty, Fahavane, Kilflynn, Kitty Parker, The Oaks, Tralee and Kilflynn Mary Hannon, Gortclohy, Kilflynn, and Jack O’Brien, Stacks Villas Tralee. May they rest in peace.

BIG B.B.Q
There will be a B.B.Q on Saturday 19th July in aid of Childline, at 9.30 p.m. in Parker’s Pub, Kilflynn.

CROTTA LOTTO RESULTS
The Crotta Hurling Club lotto Tickets sales hit a new record for Monday night’s draw with nearly 1,250 tickets being sold, as the big hunt is on to scoop the Big Crotta Hurling lottery Jackpot with several punters going close in recent weeks. The four numbers picked out of the drum in the Crotta Hurling Club lotto by Independent Observer: Billy Donnelly, Kilflynn Village on Monday night 14th July ,in Herbert’s Bar Kilflynn were 6,12 ,16 and 19. However no one came up with the correct combination of numbers and the Jackpot survived for another week.
The Lucky dip prizes winners each receive €35: Bridie Hussey, Kiltomey, Lixnaw, Bill Keane, Rathea, and Eimear Ward, Abbeydorney.
The next draw take place on Monday Night 21st July in Parker’s Pub with a €13,200 Jackpot. So buy your tickets early and avoid the rush. Tickets are available at €2 from Club tickets sellers or from Herbert's Bar, Kilflynn Parker's Pub, Kilflynn, Knott’s Daybreak Shop, Kilflynn.Galvin’s Shop, Lixnaw, Foley’s Shop, Lixnaw J.J Walsh’s Bar, Lixnaw, McCarthy’s Bar, Finuge, Christy‘s The Well Pub, Listowel, Eamon Carroll’s Pub, Listowel , and from The Half Way Bar, Glenoe, Listowel.

HERBERT’S BAR
Herbert’s bar, Kilflynn, Disco next Saturday night with DJ Fla, Music on Sunday evening, with Celtic Clan.

KILFEIGHNEY MASS
Mass will be celebrated in Kilfeighney Cemetery, on Wednesday 23rd July at 8.00 p.m.

THREE IN A ROW FOR J.P
Declan Falvey and J.P Twomey defeated David Carney and John Leahy in the weekly darts tournament final in Parker’s Pub, Kilflynn on Saturday 12th July. The winners received a leg of Lamb each. It was J.P Twomey’s third week winning the tournament. Will he win 4-in-a-row on Saturday night? The weekly Darts Doubles Tournament will continue this Saturday night 19th July in the Parker’s front Bar. The winners will receive a leg of lamb. Names must be in for 10.00 p.m. There is a B.B.Q and Disco in the Lounge and Beer garden at 10.30 p.m.

CHURCH NEWS
Those Required for Church duties in St. Mary's Church Kilflynn are follows: Readers for: Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th July, Vigil: Catherine Nolan, Morning: Catherine Caffre Eucharistic Ministers for Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th July, Vigil: Joe Buckley, Morning: Mary McCarthy. Mass on Wednesday morning, 16th July is at 10.00 a.m. Mass will be celebrated on Saturday evening 12th July at 8.30 p.m. And Mass will be celebrated on Sunday morning 20th July at 10.00 a.m. for Noreen Breen, Laccamore. Exposition of The Blessed Sacrament:-Kilflynn:
Mon. 4.00 p.m.–9.00 p.m.

THANKS
The recent Sick and Retired Priests Collection amounted to €1,571. Thanks to all who contributed and to those who took up the collection.


8th July
ST. MARY’S CEMETERY MASS
The Annual Mass for our departed loved ones will be held on Wednesday July 9th at St. Mary's Cemetery, Kilflynn, at 8.00pm. Regardless to what the weather may be like on the night one can be certain that a large number of family and friends will be in attendance.

CROKE PARK TRIP
Crotta Under 12 team will travel to Croke Park on Tuesday 15th July. A meeting was held on Friday evening last to make arrangements for the trip. A bus will take the team/members and supporters on the day. Depending on the number interested in travelling a second bus will also make the journey. It was agreed at the meeting that the cost for children to go will be €20 each and for adults €25 each return. This money must be paid by friday July 11th. Anne Mahony and Sarah Nolan will be in the clubhouse at 8.30pm to take names of people interested in travelling. Each player will receive a hoodie top, socks and gear bag for the visit to Croke Park. All players will have to wear a club shorts as well. These can be purchased from Paul O'Donoghue at €20 a pair.
The Crotta Bord na Nog Club would like to thank most sincerely the following people who have kindly sponsored us: John & Pauline Gleasure have sponsored the hurling gear bags, Tommy & Margaret Fahy will sponsor the cost of food for the day and Patsy McKenna will sponsor players socks.
If anyone else would like to sponsor some aspect of the trip we would be eternally grateful. The senior club has agreed to cover the cost and the Bord na Nog Club will pay back the money over the next few months. A fund raising dance will be held later on to raise funds. A committee was set up to organise this with Sarah Nolan as Chairperson.

CAMOGIE NEWS
Pride of the place goes to Megan Weir, Castletown, Kilflynn who played on the Kerry Under 14 Camogie team. Megan travelled to the Feile Finals in Laois/Offaly and won an All-Ireland Gold Medal. She had a fantastic time and made everlasting friendship in the true spirit of Feile Na Gael. Megan was vice captain and plays with AbbeyLix Camogie Club. The Kerry team played Five and won Five games and over the course of these games Megan scored a total of 7-02 which made her top scorer.
The Homecoming for the victories Kerry team was a night to remember in both Abbeydorney and Causeway as the players and their mentors paraded through the Villages. Congratulations and Well to Megan, her team mates and their mentors on this historic victory.

RING OF KERRY CYCLE
Congratulations to all the locals who took part in the Annual Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle of 112 miles which took place last Saturday. Weather conditions were thankfully much better than forecasted and an enjoyable day was had by all with a tremendous sense of achievement in having completed the 112 miles.
Those that took part were Graham Harris, Michael Barry, Helen Kelly-Fuller, Karina Lynn, Bobs Barry, Kathleen Lynch, Dan McCarthy, John Mulvihill, John Lynch, Brian Riordan, Denis Culhane, Annika Josefsson, Patrick Carmody, Michael O’Callaghan, John Howard, Tom O’ Mahony, Brendan O’Mahony, P J Barry, Frank Lynch, Caroline Lynch, Mike Leen, Mary Leen, Mike Cronin, Tom Brosnan, Danny Murphy, Maura Barry, Elissa Barry, Joanna Barry, Risteard Pierse, Daniel Pierse and Roger Harty
They were ably assisted by Pat Lynch, on service cum refreshments.
Whilst there were a number of first timers pride of place must go to Tom O’ Mahony who proved that he is truly the Bionic Man as he has had 2 hip replacements and had no difficulty in completing the full trip.
The group would like to express their thanks to Tom Brosnan for providing a van for the day to transport bikes and spares.
They are still collecting funds for Enable Ireland and the Kerry Branch of Down Syndrome Ireland so if you have not contributed already we would ask you to contribute generously, to any of the cyclists, or to the writer of these notes who will pass on same.
Photos from the cycle can be viewed at www.parkerspub.com.

COURSING CLUB
Kilflynn Coursing Club will hold a Golf classic in Castleisland Golf club on Saturday 12th July. Presentation of Prizes in Herbert’s Bar, Kilflynn, that night followed by Disco.

CROTTA LOTTO RESULTS
There is still great demand for Crotta Hurling Club lotto Tickets at present, as the big hunt is on to scoop the Big Crotta Hurling lottery Jackpot with several punters going close in recent weeks. The four numbers picked out of the drum in the Crotta Hurling Club lotto by Independent Observer: Niamh Lynch, Rae Kilflynn on Monday night 7th July in Parker‘s Pub, Kilflynn were 6, 7, 15 and 16. However no one came up with the correct combination of numbers and the Jackpot survived for another week.
The Lucky dip prizes winners each receive €35:Brendan Hennessy, Ballyduff, (Former Ballyduff, Kerry and New York Hurling Star) Deirdre Shanahan, Ballylahive, Abbeydorney and Aiden O’Sullivan, Clieveragh, Listowel.
The next draw take place on Monday Night 14th July in Herbert’s with a €13,100 Jackpot. So buy your tickets early and avoid the rush. Tickets are available at €2 from Club tickets sellers or from Herbert's Bar, Kilflynn Parker's Pub, Kilflynn, Knott’s Daybreak Shop, Kilflynn.Galvin’s Shop, Lixnaw, Foley’s Shop, Lixnaw J.J Walsh’s Bar, Lixnaw, McCarthy’s Bar, Finuge, Christy‘s The Well Pub, Listowel, Eamon Carroll’s Pub, Listowel , and from The Half Way Bar, Glenoe, Listowel.

DRAW WINNER
Congratulations to Mike Power, Gortclohy, Kilflynn who won the €1,000 Holiday Voucher in The Abbeydorney GAA Club benefit night at the dogs in the Kingdom Greyhound Stadium on Saturday 21st June. The winning Ticket was sold by Mike Leen and Eamon Leen.

HERBERT’S BAR
Herbert’s bar, Kilflynn Music on Sunday evening, 13th July, with The Flight of Earls.

UNDER 16 HURLERS
U16 Hurling North Kerry Championship Div 2 First round result for game played on Mon 30 June, played at home in Dromakee, Kilflynn. Crotta\Duagh 1-08 to Causeway 4-14. Crotta\Duagh Team as follows: Jason Nolan, M. Mc Elligott, Eoin Kelly, T.B. Mc Elligott Tim Quirke, Ger Mc Elligott, Sean Weir (0-2)), D. Mc Auliffe (0-1)), Kevin O Mahony , Shane Dolan(0-1), Kieran Duffy (1-0)Thomas Quille (0-4), Kevin Rohan, Darren Fuller, Niall Doody.
U16 Hurling North Kerry Championship Div 2: Second Round result for game played on Mon 7th July Dromakee, Kilflynn against Abbeydorney with Crotta/Duagh running out winner on a scoreline of Crotta/Duagh to 1-07 Abbeydorney 1-05. This was a much improved performance from the previous weeks game with an all round team work rate particularly in the second half. Crotta\Duagh Team as follows: Mike Kelly, M. Mc Elligott, T.B. Mc Elligott, Tim Quirke, Eoin Kelly, Shane Dolan , Sean Weir (0-03)), D. Mc Auliffe (1-02)) , Thomas Quille, , Kieran Duffy(0-01), Conor O Regan(0-01), Shane Mangan RB Jason Nolan, Paud Whelan, Kevin Rohan ,Ger Mc Elligott, Kevin O Mahony.

DARTS IN PARKER’S
Micheal O’Sullivan and J.P Twomey defeated Mike Fealy and Richard Parkinson in the weekly darts tournament final in Parker’s Pub, Kilflynn on Saturday 5th July. The winners received a leg of Lamb each. The weekly Darts Doubles Tournament will continue this Saturday night 12th July at 10.30 p.m. The winners will receive a leg of lamb. Names must be in for 10.00 p.m.

CHURCH NEWS
Those Required for Church duties in St. Mary's Church Kilflynn are follows: Readers for: Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th July, Vigil: Helen Fuller, Morning: Francis White.
Eucharistic Ministers for Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th July, Vigil: Joan Hussey, Morning: Noreen Leen. Mass on Wednesday morning, 9th July is at 10.00 a.m. Mass will be celebrated on Saturday evening 12th July at 8.30 p.m. for deceased members of the Somers Family, Kilflynn And Mass will be celebrated on Sunday morning 13th July at 10.00 a.m. Exposition of The Blessed Sacrament:-Kilflynn;
Mon. 4.00 p.m.–9.00 p.m. Sick and Retired Priests Collection this week end.

BIG B.B.Q
There will be a B.B.Q on Saturday 19th July in aid of Childline, at 9.30 p.m. in Parker’s Pub, Kilflynn.

KILFEIGHNEY MASS
Mass will be celebrated in Kilfeighney Cemetery, on Wednesday 23rd July at 8.00 p.m.

KNOW YOUR NEIGHBOUR WEEKEND
Macra na Feirme’s ‘Know Your Neighbour Weekend’ will take place for the third year on July 12th & 13th next. For more info visit www.knowyourneighbour.ie e-mail: info@knowyourneighbour.ie or text KYN followed by a space and your name and address to 51444.


1st July
Wexford Senior Darts Classic Tournament Winner and Republic of Ireland Under-21 darts player Shane Nolan

DARTS VICTORY FOR SHANE NOLAN
Congratulations to Shane Nolan, Gorthcloghy, Kilflynn who captured the Wexford Senior Darts Classic Tournament In the Darby Lodge Killnick, Wexford on Sunday 22nd June, On his way to the title, Shane defeated David Herts (Check Republican) 4-3, Derek O’Connor (Wexford )4-0, and Ireland’s Number 1, Connie Finnan Limerick 4-3, up next was Ireland’s Number 3, Benny Grace (Kilkenny) 4-2 in the quarter final, Dan Healy (Dublin) 5-3, in the semi final and in the Final beating Kieran Kehoe (Wexford) 6-4.Shane also played in the youths and U-21 Darts Tournaments on the day, He was beating in the youths final and made his exit at quarter final stage in the u-21 tournament. Shane played darts for 10 hours on the day. Congratulations and Well done.
Shane Nolan was a member of The Republic of Ireland Under-21 team who finished in second place to England's Northern Youth in the annual Youth Friendship Trophy in Derbyshire on Friday 23rd to Sunday 25 May.
The Republic got off to a great start with a 10-5 win over Northern Ireland but they were quickly brought back down to earth when they lost their second match 5-10 to Northern Youth.
They got back to winning ways again with a 9-6 victory over Scotland but Northern Ireland' tale of woe continued as they lost 6-9 to Scotland and were hammered 0-15 by the eventual winners.

ACTIVE RETIRED GROUP
An outing for the Abbeydorney/Kilflynn Active Retired Group will take place on Wednesday, 2nd July to Caherciveen and Valentia. Bus will leave the Community Centre, Abbeydorney at 11.00a.m. Sharp. Transport to the Community Centre for anyone requiring it can be arranged. Contact Noreen at 066 7135831.

A section of the crowd at inaugural open air mass at Leith on Friday the 20th of June

LEITH MASS
For the first time an open air mass was held at Leith on Friday the 20th of June at 8PM. Over 100 people from the area and the surrounding districts attended. Fr Padraig Walsh celebrated and there was great participation from both young and old at the mass. Light refreshments were served afterwards and everyone hoped it will become an annual event.

CROTTA UNDER 10 HURLING NEWS
Our under 10 team take all the plaudits this week as for the first time ever we won the U10 'A' Blitz. Crotta captured the Eddie Godley Trophy on Saturday in Lixnaw with an all round performance to send their supporters into raptures. Two groups of four teams entered the draw and we did not get any favours as we were in a group that contained Ballyduff, Ardfert and Ballyheigue. The other group was Lixnaw, Abbeydorney, Causeway and Kilmoyley. Our first game was against Ballyheigue. Games are 10 minutes a side and we got off to a perfect start with a goal from Sean O'Donoghue. Darragh Sheehan then pounced on a loose ball to score another goal. Barry Mahony then pointed a free and Darragh Sheehan again found the net to leave the half time score Crotta 3-01 Ballyheigue 0-00. Brandon Conway scored a goal with a great ground strike at the restart and then Ballyheigue made a comeback with 2-01. Dominic Nolan scored a goal near the end to leave the score at the final whistle Crotta 5-01 Ballyheigue 2-01. Our next match was going to be crucial as we knew Ardfert were very good. With one coming out of the group we had to win. We played the first half with the aid of a strong breeze and soon found ourselves a goal down. Colin Browne scored a goal from close range after a nice passage of play. It was end to end hurling and just before half time Barry Mahony pointed a free. Halftime Crotta 1-01 Ardfert 1-00. The second half was the same as the first with no quarter asked or given. Brandon Conway latched onto a loose ball to rattle the Ardfert net and we were four points ahead. It was a lead we were never to loose despite Ardfert throwing everything at us. It was a performance that the great Crotta teams of the 50's would have been proud with youngsters putting their bodies on the line to keep the sliotar out. Ardfert scored the last score of the game with a pointed free. Final score Crotta 2-01 Ardfert 1-01. Ballyduff was next and all panel members played during this game. We won by 9-00 to 3-00. Scorers were Brandon Conway (2), Barry Mahony (2), Colin Browne (2), Darragh Sheehan (1), Darragh O'Donoghue (1) and Adam O'Sullivan (1). Crotta topped their group and Lixnaw topped the other group. After a twenty minute break the two great rivals took to the field. Before a large attendance (which had now increased in size) Lixnaw elected to play with the breeze. It was a tough encounter with both teams giving it their all. Players could lift and strike or play ground hurling with the exception of the goalkeepers who were allowed to handle. Chances came and went and the only score of the half was a pointed free from Shane Conway (Lixnaw) after referee Maurice Fitzgerald blew for a foul.

Joe Walsh with Under 10s
Joe Walsh (Vice Chairman) of the North Kerry Board and the victorious Crotta captain Colin Browne with the Eddie Godley Memorial trophy
Following the break Crotta settled down to hurl and laid siege on the Lixnaw goal. This was rewarded with a great goal by Brandon Conway. The Crotta supporters jumped with joy and soon after a long range strike by Barry Mahony deceived the Lixnaw keeper and ended in the net. A few minutes later Lixnaw raised a green flag to put only a goal between the teams. Darragh O'Donoghue struck a pile driver to the Lixnaw goal but fullback Shane Conway just like his father Johnny pulled off a brilliant stop. With time up Lixnaw were awarded a free 20m out and Conway (who is a serious hurler) stepped up to level with a shot to the top corner. Full time Crotta 2-01 Lixnaw 2-01 It was decided to play 5mins a half of extra time. Lixnaw again won the toss and played with the breeze. The hurling by both teams was top drawer and after a lovely move which started in their own fullback line and was worked through midfield Brandon Conway again gave the lads in green and red the lead. This was a lead that Crotta were never to relinquish and the remainder of the match was scoreless. At the final whistle scenes of unbridled joy were witnessed. Crotta were champions and Joe Walsh (Vice Chairman) of the North Kerry Board presented Colin Browne with the Eddie Godley Memorial trophy. Colin thanked all the players, coaches and the Lixnaw club for organising the day. To finish he led three cheers for the Lixnaw U10 team.

The victorious Crotta under 10 panel and their mentors who captured the Eddie Godley Memorial Shield, at the North Kerry hurling Under 10 Blitz ,  on  Saturday, 28th June, in  Lixnaw

It was a great feeling for young and old to take the trophy across the border and bring it to Kilflynn. This team did not appear overnight and is due to 4 years of dedication by players, parents and especially coaches Jerome O'Sullivan, Paul O'Donoghue and Francis White. Other coaches have helped along the way as well. A good victory but the club must build on it. The following was the panel of players Adam O'Sullivan who did not make one error all day and was very sure in goals and came out to score a goal against Ballyduff. Dylan McElligott was excellent and cleared his lines all day. Darragh Kennelly played his part with some great clearances. Thomas Quinlan was a rock at the back and got better as the tournament went on. Brandon Conway was Crotta's player of the tournament and the fact that he scored in every game helps in deciding this. His goal to goal running and never say die attitude pushed Crotta over the line. Barry Mahony was outstanding in the matches that were tight. When he was switched to full back on a number of occasions the opposition never scored from open play. He was a star in the final. The other midfielder was Cathal Kennelly who never seems to make an error and uses the ball so effectively never giving away possession. The three forwards all played their part Sean O'Donoghue got the first goal of the blitz, Colin Browne played a captains part with his work rate and crucial scores and Darragh Sheehan also helped himself to 3 goals in the blitz. Dominic Nolan Darragh O'Donoghue (the youngest player) and Mark Egan played in all matches at some stage. The other players who played on the day were: Jack Glavin John Quilter Nathan Fahy Eamon Rohan Brian O'Connell Killian Mullins Aaron Murnane Darragh Behan and Darragh Clarke. It was great to see Sonny Egan Chairman of Crotta Bord na Nog with a smile on his face as he had kept underage hurling going in the club single handed for years during lean times. Training will continue on Tuesday nights at Dromakee at 630pm.

CROKE PARK TRIP
A very important meeting about this trip will be held in the clubrooms in Dromakee at 830pm next Friday evening July 4th. All parents of The Crotta Hurling U12 panel must attend.

LONG PUCK
Well done to Crotta u12 hurling star Darragh Regan who finished 5th in the County long puck competition recently

FINUGE/ST.SENANS LADIES FOOTBALL CLUB
On Thursday our u12s met Chorca Dhuibhne in the 7th round of the County League Division 1. It was a fine competitive match with the sides being level at half time but in the second half our girls put on a great performance and won out by 9 points with the final score being Finuge/St.Senans 5 goals and 9 points Chorca Dhuibhne 3 goals and 3 points. Well done to all.
All u14 games have been suspended for a while but matches are to resume in the next week or so .details will be available at training Monday night.

RING OF KERRY

Local man Frankie Lynch all set for The Annual Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle of 112 miles which takes place on Saturday July 5th

The Annual Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle of 112 miles takes place on Saturday July 5th and it is expected that about 20 locals led by their coach Graham Harris will be amongst over 1,500 cyclists taking part in this the 25th year of the event. They have been in serious training over the past few weeks and can be seen on various roads all around North Kerry. We wish them all the best of luck.
Last year they collected a total of E3, 970 for Enable Ireland and the Kerry Branch of Down Syndrome Ireland and this year they are again collecting funds for the same charities so we would ask you to contribute generously for these very worthy causes, to any of the cyclists or to the writer of these notes who will pass on same. Those expected to take part are Graham Harris, Michael Barry, Bobs Barry, Kathleen Lynch, Karina Lynn, John Mulvihill, Brendan O’Mahony, Maura Barry, Helen Kelly-Fuller, John Howard, Shane McKenna, Danny Murphy, Elissa Barry, Brian Riordan, Joanna Barry, Paul Culhane, Christina Caffrey, Michael O' Callaghan, Frankie Lynch, Caroline Lynch, Dan McCarthy, Derek Bones, J P Hickey Tom O ’Mahony, Sarah O'Connell, Mike Cronin, Tom Brosnan and Paddy Lyons.

CEMETERY MASSES
The Annual Mass will celebrate at Killahan Cemetery, Abbeydorney on Friday 4th July at 8.00 p.m.
The Annual Mass will celebrated at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Kilflynn on Wednesday 9th July at 8.00 p.m

COURSING GOLF CLASSIC
Kilflynn Coursing Club will be holding a Golf classic in Castleisland Golf club on Saturday 12th July. We are looking for teams to participate a team of 3 will be €120. Team names can be dropped in to both pubs or given to any officer of the club. We are also looking for tee boxes and prizes.

CROTTA HURLING CLUB
Any club members looking for tickets to championship games over the summer must inform club officers two weeks in advance of the game. This is only available to club members.
Club Membership
Anyone wishing to obtain club membership can either contact Club chairman Paud Twomey or club secretary Shane Herbert. The membership is €15 per student, €40 per player, and €30 for other members. Players should have already taken out their membership as it covers them with insurance against injuries.

UNDERAGE CLUB HURLING GEAR
The Club has at present got hurling jerseys and shorts for children aged 5/6 years to 13/14years. Contact any of the under ages coaches for information. Training continues every Tuesday evening from 6.30pm to 7.45pm

THE CROTTA LOTTO JACKPOT HITS €13,000
There is great demand for Crotta Hurling Club lotto Tickets at present, as the big hunt is on to scoop the Big Crotta Hurling lottery Jackpot with several punters going close in recent weeks. The last winner of the weekly lotto Jackpot was Jim Doody Junior, Upper Tullig, Kilfynn who won €3,600 on Monday 13th March 2006.
The four numbers picked out of the drum in the Crotta Hurling Club lotto by Independent Observer: Aidan Shanahan, Tullig, Kilflynn on Monday night 30th June in Herbert‘s Bar, Kilflynn were 4, 8, 11 and 18. However no one came up with the correct combination of numbers and the Jackpot survived for another week. The Lucky dip prizes winners each receive €35: Matthew Doody, Upper Tullig, Kilflynn, Maurice Kearney, Ballyhennesssy, Lixnaw, Jeremiah O’Sullivan, C/o Jim Hogan, Lixnaw.
The next draw take place in Parker‘s Pub, Kilflynn on Monday Night 7th July with a €13,000 Jackpot. So buy your tickets early and avoid the rush. Tickets are available at €2 from Club tickets sellers or from Herbert's Bar, Kilflynn Parker's Pub, Kilflynn, Knott’s Daybreak Shop, Kilflynn.Galvin’s Shop, Lixnaw, Foley’s Shop, Lixnaw J.J Walsh’s Bar, Lixnaw, McCarthy’s Bar, Finuge, Christy‘s The Well Pub, Listowel, Eamon Carroll’s Pub, Listowel and from The Half Way Bar, Glenoe, Listowel.

HERBERT’S BAR
Herbert’s bar, Kilflynn Music on Sunday evening, 6th July, with Jessie James.

THREE IN A ROW FOR PHIL

Shane Nolan and Phil Morris who won The weekly Darts Double Tournament in Parker’s Lounge Bar,on Saturday night 28th June

Phil Morris and Shane Nolan defeated Michelle Quirke and John Mulvihill in the weekly darts tournament final in Parker’s Pub, Kilflynn on Saturday 28th June. The winners received a leg of Lamb each. It was Phil Morris’s third week winning the tournament. Will he win 4-in-a-row on Saturday night?
The weekly Darts Doubles Tournament will continue this Saturday night 5th July at 10.30 p.m. The winners will receive a leg of lamb. Names must be in for 10.00 p.m.

CHURCH NEWS
Those Required for Church duties in St. Mary's Church Kilflynn are follows: Readers for: Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th July, Vigil: Helen Condon, Morning: Joe Mc Auliffe.
Eucharistic Ministers for Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th July, Vigil: Liz Breen, Morning: Mary Neenan. On Wednesday morning, 2nd July at 10.00 a.m. mass. Mass will be celebrated on Friday 4th July (First Friday) at 7.00p.m. for Mary-Anne Hannon, Gortclohy, Kilflynn(died recently) Mass will be celebrated on Saturday evening 5th July at 8.30 p.m. for Peggy McElligott, Lower Tullig, Kilflynn And Mass will be celebrated on Sunday morning 6th July at 10.00 a.m. Exposition of The Blessed Sacrament:-Kilflynn; Mon. 4.00 p.m.–9.00 p.m.
Special Collection next weekend 5th/6th for Sick & Retired Priests. Envelopes for the collection are available at Church Porch.

KNOW YOUR NEIGHBOUR WEEKEND
Macra na Feirme’s ‘Know Your Neighbour Weekend’ will take place for the third year on July 12th & 13th next. For more info visit www.knowyourneighbour.ie e-mail: info@knowyourneighbour.ie or text KYN followed by a space and your name and address to 51444.

 

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