Anger in Kerry as winning minors get no reception

The GAA top brass in Kerry has come under fire for not organising a homecoming for the Kerry minor team after they clinched three All-Ireland titles in a row.

The tradition for the Kerry senior and minor teams is for the special train to stop in Rathmore on Monday, travel on to Tralee for a parade, and from there the team travel by bus to Killarney for a rousing reception.

This year, the seniors were defeated by Dublin in the semi-final and only the minors got to the All-Ireland final.

They travelled by coach, but they got no official reception on Monday despite achieving three victories in a row.

Chairman of the Kerry County Board, Patrick O’Sullivan, said it is the policy of the Kerry County board to host homecomings for senior teams only.

The team and all those directly involved were aware of this.

They were also aware of the plan to honour the minors during the County Championship in Fitzgerald Stadium on October 2.

However, fans awaiting news of a homecoming on Monday were disappointed and Radio Kerry has since been inundated with complaints.

Killarney councillor Michael Gleeson, who won senior titles with Kerry, said that when he was mayor of Killarney a defeated minor team was given a reception and a large crowd turned out.

“I understand people’s disappointment,” he said. He was unaware of the official position.

An event for the team in Kenmare last night was organised by the Kenmare Shamrocks, the home club of team captain, Bonane man Sean O’Shea.

It drew close to 2,000 people who gave the team a rapturous reception.

The event in Kenmare was addressed by County Board vice chair Diarmuid O’Shea on behalf of the County Board.


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