Kennelly last week announced his departure from the Sydney Swans, ending his ten year spell with the Australian Rules Football, as he bids to fulfil his dream of winning an All-Ireland medal with Kerry.
Radio bulletins reporting economic turmoil and snow storms left Kennelly in little doubt as to the Ireland he has returned to.
“It was a nice welcome alright,” he laughed. “I was lucky to get home yesterday with the snow. I flew from Singapore to London and there was chaos at Heathrow with the weather. Then the flight to Cork was put back by two hours. Then we had to walk off across the runway when we touched down. It was a bit of a shock to the system!”
He continued: “The plan over the next couple of days is to get some sleep, recover and take it very easy. Then I have to turn my attentions to trying to line up a job. I’ll go for a few runs and few kicks and then go training with Listowel. I can’t wait.”
As regards a return to the county side, Kennelly replied: “We’ll take it one step at a time and see what develops from there. This is an extremely successful Kerry panel and it would be foolish of me to expect I would walk onto it just because I had success in another sport for ten years. I’m sure my hunger will prove to a lot of people how much I want to play for Kerry. I will train extremely hard. My focus now is getting back into football with my brother Noel and uncle Mike with Listowel. If Jack O’Connor gives me the call so be it.”
Meanwhile Kerry legend Denis ‘Ogie’ Moran, holder of eight All-Ireland senior medals, has taken the reins at Kerins O’Rahillys, following the departure of Jack O’Connor to resume his role in charge of Kerry.
Moran, who managed Kerry back in the lean years between 1992-1995, has agreed to take charge of a very strong Kerins O’Rahillys for a two-year term following defeat in the Kerry SFC final replay to Mid Kerry last November.
Moran has two sons, David and Brian, in the squad. Said O’Rahillys club chairman Sean Kissane: “He was first choice of the club and when we asked him, he went away and thought about it as he wasn’t sure he could afford the time. He came back to us last week and told us that he would take it and we are all delighted.”