Changing of the guard for Kerry Handball as Dermot Casey is elected new chairman

Dermot Casey is the new chairman of the Kerry Handball Board, having taken over the post from Christy Moriarty.

he sport and voluntary sector in Kerry is widely regarded as one of the best in Ireland, thanks in part to the phenomenal pool of volunteers available to clubs and associations. Key to this success is the vital role county councils play in the continued development and management of all Kerry sports clubs.

As handball in Kerry has declined over the past decade, the newly elected Kerry Handball Board is determined to bring the sport back to its rightful place on the Kerry sporting ladder.

At the 2022 AGM, which took place at the GAA Spa complex in Killarney last Sunday, outgoing secretary Danny Riordan looked back on a year of success and continued promotion of the sport in Kerry despite the long shadows cast by Covid 19. He highlighted the success of the players at the provincial and national levels.

In a detailed report to the meeting, he congratulated the various national winners including Maggie Quirke, Glenbeigh (Golden Gloves in Belfast, National U-13 Softball Doubles); Sinead Moriarty, Killarney (She is Ace in Belfast); Dominick Lynch, Glenbeigh (All-Ireland 40×20 Masters, Irish National 40×20 Plate, USA Over 40 International Tournament, Munster 40×20 Master A, All-Ireland 40×20 Master A, National Master Softball Doubles, Munster 60×30 Over 35 A Doubles, All-Ireland 60×30 Silver Masters, All-Ireland 60×30 Over 35 Softball Doubles, Munster One Wall); Dermot Casey, Ballymacelligott (Munster Diamond Masters B, Munster Diamond Masters B 60×30 Doubles); Pat Lacey, Asdee (Munster Diamond Masters B 60×30 Doubles); Clodagh Quirke, Glenbeigh (She is Ace in Belfast, Munster 40×20, Munster Cumann na mBunscol 40×20 Doubles); Eoin O’Donoghue, Killarney (UK National One Wall Men’s Doubles B); Ava O’Shea, Glenbeigh (Munster Cumann na mBunscol 40×20 Doubles); Roisin King, Glenbeigh (Junior National Plate 40×20); Aoife Walsh, Killarney (She is Ace in Belfast); John Joe Quirke, Glenbeigh (seven international titles in the European One Wall Tour); Jack O’Shea, Glenbeigh (Over 35 Irish National 40×20, Munster 40×20 Over 35, Munster 60×30 Over 35 A Doubles, All-Ireland 60×30 Over 35 Softball Doubles); Adam Sheehan, Glenbeigh (Munster Colleges 60×30).

The continued success of Kerry Handball over the past few years is due to the hard work of a dedicated and knowledgeable Board of Directors who bring years of administrative and gaming experience to their various positions. In 2021/22, under the dynamic leadership of Chairman Christy Moriarty, the sport has continued to grow in Kerry as Secretary Riordan juggles fixtures, venues, competitions and other aspects of the sport very effectively.

County PRO Jack O’Shea works closely with the media to ensure comprehensive coverage of handball in the county, with Treasurers John Joe Quirke and Pat Keane having the unenviable task of ensuring the Kerry Handball Board is properly funded.

Riordan thanked the Kerry GAA Board of Directors for their continued support and in particular the annual stipend to Kerry Handball from program sales. He also acknowledged the support of club coaches, parents and fellow officers over the year.

During the election of officers, many of the current board members changed positions due to the five-year rule, with Dermot Casey (Ballymacelligott) assuming the role of chairman.

Kerry Handball Officers for 2023: President, Fr. Kieran O’Brien (Killarney); President, Dermot Casey (Ballymacelligott); Vice-Chair, Christy Moriarty (Glenbeigh); secretary, John Joe Quirke (Glenbeigh); Treasurer, Danny Riordan (Ballymacelligott); PRO Jack O’Shea (Glenbeigh); Kerry GAA Board Delegates Eddie Riordan (Ballymacelligott) and Brendan O’Donoghue (Spa Killarney); Children’s Officer, Maura King (Glenbeigh).

All Ireland Inter Club

Current Munster champions Glenbeigh Handball Club will represent Kerry in the All-Ireland Inter Club Semi-Finals on December 3. Their opponents in this prestigious competition will be Leinster champions Kells, who have won the All-Ireland title on ten occasions over the past fifteen years.

Glenbeigh won their last Munster title in 2018 but were beaten by Wicklow in the All-Ireland final. In recent years, the glory of the All-Ireland club has eluded the Mid Kerry club who have suffered five defeats. The Glenbeigh team who will face Kells in the 2022 All-Ireland Semi-Final are John Joe Quirke, Jack O’Shea, Tommy Quirke, Dominick Lynch and Sean Quirke. The final will also be played on December 3.

golden gloves

One of the most competitive tournaments on the Irish handball calendar is the Golden Gloves Tournament in Belfast. Taking place on Saturday November 26, it attracts the best players in Ireland with vital national ranking points. Kerry will be represented by Jack O’Shea in the Over-35 competition and Dominick Lynch in the Open Men competition.