Kenmare Shamrocks

The year is all but put to bed and the stock-taking is underway. In the football we avoided relegation on the last day with a great win down in Portmagee. In the end we were not far from the top of the table either! The year was not without its troubles but that is the way things are and it is just a pity we did not win our first round Intermediate Championship game against Finuge – at the time they were many peoples pick for the IFC and yet they did not even make the final. We undeniably have the players for a proper tilt at the Intermediate next year, we need to make it happen.
Our senior hurlers went out to Castlemartyr in Tralee in the Munster Junior hurling quarter final but the margin flattered the Corkmen and our disappointment has been compounded by the fact that they have since been given a bye to the Munster final. Unfortunately also we were denied a home game by the Munster council rules which states that these matches must be played in a venue with a permanent covered structure. There are moves afoot to get that bye-law removed or changed which is only fair, Ardfert also had to move their game away from their pitch. We have a young team and a break-through in the Munster Junior Championship is coming. Well done to the team and management.
The schools around town reacted with delight to the arrival of the Sam Maguire, achieved with the help of our own Stephen O’Brien . Kenmare hospital and nursing homes were also in the itinerary on the Monday to ensure that all were included. It is a credit to Stephen O’Brien, Stephen O’Sullivan and Killian Spillane (with the Tom Markham cup) the way they carried themselves and in particular the way they engaged with the children in the various national schools. It was a long day but speaking as someone with children in national school, it was very much appreciated and enjoyed. Within a short space of that, Stephens’ father Noel passed away and the thoughts of the club are still with him and his family.
So to next year and already people are rubbing their hands looking forward to our meeting with Templenoe! Bragging rights up for grabs (not that there is any rivalry betwixt our neighbouring clubs!!), but so also is it good for the district to have two teams in division 2 and with the District board set for change following the sad passing of long-time servant PJ McIntyre, the time is ripe for the District to make a proper assault on the county championship. We have the players, time to end the wait since 1987. Again it will take the right mind-set and support, but why not?