Club Notes Week 9 2021   01/03/2021

LOTTO draw took place on Monday, February 22nd numbers drawn were  3 8 14 25 JACKPOT  €5,000 was not won.   6 patrons Matched  3 numbers and receive €70. Geraldine Tagney c/o Larry, Eddie Tatler, Mark & Pat Clifford, Assumpta O`Donoghue, Daragh & Philip Stack Colm Tracey Jackpot for the draw on March 8tht will be €5,000 

We are calling on all members to support our weekly lotto as this represents one of the main sources of revenue for the club. With activity likely to recommence on the fields over the next few weeks we need people’s support to maintain our facilities in Lewis Road. We have made a number of alterations to make things easier for members to play the easiest one is to play it online by following the link below And follow the instructions attached

When you click on the link it brings you to the Clubforce Main page. From here click Club name Dr. Crokes GAA. This brings you to another page that you again put in Dr. Crokes, which in turn brings you to the Dr.Crokes home page. From here click lotto and the rest follows on. Alternatively download the Clubforce app, 

CHELTENHAM BUSTER 16TH -19TH MARCH €1, 500  entry fee €20. Pick a horse in each race on 4 days of Cheltenham Festival. If your horse wins you get 10 points plus the number of points for SP of your horse. 6 points for second 3 points for 3rd. enter online by text, whatsapp or by returning your card to Vince Caseys office before 11.30pm on each day of racing. Further info Vince 0872461599 Conor 0874075766. Daily updates on  

MEMBERSHIP Registrations now open...This is a reminder that Dr. Crokes GAA member registration is now open for 2021 season. 

If you want to register and cannot remember your password, please click the “Reset Password” button and follow the steps. 

 We ask that you register as soon as possible so as to reduce the significant burden of managing this process on club registrar and committee. 

 You can register online using the link below...Here's looking forward to a successful 2021 for us all...! 

We are appealing for members to download app on their phone as this will be the main means of communicating going forward. If possible if registering more than one member you give individual phone and emails. (for communications). 

LAST MAN STANDING we had a tremendous entry for this fundraiser thanks to all who participated. 3 participants remain Sean Collins, Anton O`Callaghan, and Der Brosnan. 

DR. CROKES SHOP you can now shop worldwide new selection of Jackets, gilets masks and snoods and other items. Shop online https/ 

ANNUAL AWARDS NIGHT  took place virtually on Saturday 27th February.  a large crowd logged in to what was a wonderful presentation. 

the following people received the Awards 

Young Hurler of the Year Tom Doyle. This young man has been to the fore from his time in our Saturday Morning Academy right up to the current day. Even though he was preparing for his Leaving Cert exam to be held later this year, he maintained his high standard of play. He excels in both hurling and football, as well as other sports outside of the GAA. But it is for his hurling displays that he receives tonight’s award. He was a key player with Dr. Croke/Kenmare/ Kilgarvan U18 minor team and big performances with that team were acknowledged, when he was called up to the U20 Kerry hurling squad. He has also been called into the U20 Kerry football squad this year. As we know, our senior hurlers had a terrific year in 2020, winning the Intermediate Hurling Championship and our young hurler of the year was called up to the senior ranks. This promotion did not unnerve this man and playing in the full forward line, he was a thorn in the side of many defenders throughout the championship. He was at the end of many important scores on the journey to claim that Intermediate title. 

Young Male Footballer of the year Cian McMahon. Another young man, who has excelled at every age group and has honed and improved his footballing skills with each year. A young student in fifth year, he finds time to participate in a number of sports. But football is his passion. This year gave him little opportunity to play for Dr. Crokes, with only three games. However, he took every opportunity presented to him. He has been a constant on Kerry Development Squads through the years and it was no surprise, when he was called into the Kerry Minor panel. It was in this realm that our young male footballer of the year got his opportunity to shine. And boy, did he shine, scoring vital goals and points at vital times in each game. The free-taking fell on his young shoulders and he did not shirk this responsibility, pointing a number of pressure free-kicks to keep the journey to Croke Park alive. 2020 young male footballer of the year is Cian McMahon. We wish Cian and the Kerry minor team and management continued success, when the 2020 All Ireland series recommences later this year 

Young Ladies footballer of the year Holly Power. A wonderful young lady is this year’s young female footballer of the year. In 2019, when she was about to break on to the Kerry minor squad, an illness halted her progress. Indeed, she had to step back from a very successful U16 Dr. Crokes team. However, she showed her true mettle and loyalty by supporting her team-mates from the sideline. Her perseverance, resilience and heart were truly demonstrated and she returned to play in 2020. She was soon back to her brilliant self-confident and self-assured presence within the squad and her performance with the ladies’ senior team was heroic. Our senior ladies’ team also had a terrific season, winning the Kerry Junior Championship and our young female player of the year put in a starring role in this great achievement for the club. A young lady with a bright future, it gives me great pleasure to announce our young female player of the year 2020 – Holly Power. 

Holly was presented with the Michael Haulie Keogh Memorial Cup. Young hurler of the year, Tom Doyle and young male footballer of the year, Cian McMahon will share this perpetual trophy during the year. We thought that we would be chivalrous and give Holly the first rotation.  

Junior Footballer of the year Adam O'Shea. Our junior players had a very short campaign in 2020. However, it is a source of great pride to Dr. Crokes that we can, simultaneously, field three senior teams. When the county leagues were halted, the County Board organised a series of Junior league competitions. Unfortunately, on 40% of these games were completed. However, both Dr Crokes’ teams fulfilled their fixtures 100%. Our junior player of the year played a major role in these games. Of quiet demeanor, he lets his football skills do all the talking. He is a slick forward player and a keen marksman. His free-taking is up with the best of them. His style of play makes it easy to pick him out… that and the mullet haircut. A dedicated trainer and always available for games, he was pulled between the Division 2 and Division 6 management teams. However, both managers agreed on their joint nomination for the 2020 junior player of the year. 

Ladies footballer of the year  Rheanne O`Shea We move to the senior ladies’ player of the year. This player returned to play in 2020, having recovered from a serious injury. Having seen her rehab in the gym (pre-Covid), I could see her determination to regain full fitness. Although she may thank Brendan O’Connor for his monthly challenges of five-minute planks and 100 burpees per day that he set for us morning gym-goers. On her return to full training, this player was a leader on the field and helped push our senior ladies to a Junior Championship final. It was always a case of never say die. In the dying seconds of that final game and with Dr. Crokes a goal down, all seemed lost But this lady stood up and took responsibility. A last gasp charge through the opposition defence and a rasping shot saw the Fitzgerald Stadium net rattle and the game went to extra time. With her captain sidelined, due to injury, she stood up and showed great leadership to inspire her teammates to a tremendous and well-deserved victory and claim the Junior Championship title. Senior ladies player 2020 is Rheanne O’Shea. 

Senior hurler of the year Jack Lenihan Our senior hurler of the year is another man to come through our underage structure. He is an accomplished footballer as well as a hurler. He has been called up to many County teams and has two All Ireland Minor B Hurling medals among his many accomplishments. While he moved to Dublin, attending college there, this young man remained loyal to Dr. Crokes and has served the club well. A quiet man off the pitch, he shows his true grit and prowess on the pitch. A solid man in defence, there are few attacking players that can get the better of this Dr. Crokes’ stalwart. He is known for his attacking abilities and supply the forward line and when the opportunity arises he can claim his own scores too. A vital part of last year’s Intermediate Hurling Championship team, he claimed the man of the match award on three occasions, including for the final. While proficient in both codes, it is for his hurling performances that the recipient of the 2020 senior hurler of the year award is Jack Lenihan. 

Senior Footballer of the year Miceal Burns This man can only be described as a warrior. He wears his heart on his sleeve and you are never in doubt about how he is feeling after a game. He is one of those people that you are always thankful that he is on your side. There are no half-measures, no half-heartedness, no let-up. It is always full throttle, full intensity and full commitment. Another member, who is proficient in both football and hurling. But it is football that he has concentrated on in recent years. He has played a huge part in our successes over the past number of years and was real leader on the pitch for Dr. Crokes, during 2020. Without fail, he leaves everything he has on the pitch and as I said earlier, a real warrior for our club. He has been a part of the Kerry minor and senior panels for a number of years now and how we longed to see him appear in Páirc Uí Caoimh last year – a game that would have suited him down to the ground. I am sure all in Dr. Crokes are looking forward to seeing a lot more of this man in the black and amber and the green and gold. 

Supporter of the Year and Club Person of the Year were awarded to to two Club Stalwarts and  it also happens that both are our long serving delegates to East Kerry Board Donie O`Leary and P.J. O`Brien respectively. both are highly deserving of the awards.  

A Special Award was made to former Chairman  and current Central Council Delegate Patick O`Sullivan for his tremendous commitment to the club. 

Special thank you to the people for putting the show together Events Committee chairperson Maggie McAuuliffe, Cultural Officer Rachael Foley Chairman Matt O`Neill and IT Officer John O`Shea. thank you to musicians Tony & Holly Power, Jean & Lily Foley Jack Lenihan and  Fionbharr and Cilian Hickey. Thank you to Tom Tobin Killarney Medals and Trophies and John Lenihan Moneysense on sponsoring Individual Awards. 

VIRTUAL ST. PATRICKS DAY PARADE  We are looking for 10 to 15 second video clips of our juvenile members (or senior members, if you are brave enough) in club and national colours to put together a virtual Dr. Crokes' St Patrick's Day Parade on our club media platforms on 17 March.  So, get inventive and submit your video clips through WhatsApp to 087 955 4831.  Then, sit back and enjoy our Dr. Crokes' St Patrick's Day Parade to be aired early on our National Festive Day. 

 FAMILY Fun Competition in the next few weeks we will be running a fun competition all ready committed to participating are Colm & Mark Cooper  Fionn and Cilian Fitzgerald  Tony and Steve Brosnan Micheál and Mickey Joe Burns. Áine and Leah McMahon. Further detail to follow. 

 HEALTH & WELL  Crokes’ Health & Wellbeing Club- Phase 3 

We can’t go to Croke Park in person, but all of our members can link-in there. They are planning several initiatives for clubs such as ours and it is all going to be free. 

First up is the------------ 

GAA Museum Virtual Book Club 

You can still learn more about Gaelic Games and the history of the Association by becoming a member of their new virtual GAA Museum Book Club. Each month the GAA Museum team will choose a well-known GAA book to read and review. At the end of the month, the museum will host a free online interview with the author, in which you can submit questions and comments. The ambition of the book club is to review some of the great GAA books and to give us all a much-needed sporting boost as we stay at home. 

You can find out more and how to get involved via the following link: 

It is a simple sign-in and away you go then; 

I have already asked Croke Park to consider featuring excellent GAA books written by Dr Crokes’ members. 

1 How to play Gaelic Football published in 1914 Author Dick Fitzgerald 

2 King in a Kingdom of Kings ( 2008) The biography of Dick Fitzgerald. Author Canon Tom Looney 

Any queries, you may contact me. Eamonn Fitzgerald r Crokes’ Health & Wellbeing Club- Phase 3 

We can’t go to Croke Park in person, but all of our members can link-in there. They are planning several initiatives for clubs such as ours and it is all going to be free. 

First up is the------------ 

GAA Museum Virtual Book Club 

I have already asked Croke Park to consider featuring excellent GAA books written by Dr Crokes’ members. 

1 How to play Gaelic Football published in 1914 Author Dick Fitzgerald 

2 King in a Kingdom of Kings ( 2008) The biography of Dick Fitzgerald. Author Canon Tom Looney 

If you have any queries, you may contact  Eamonn Fitzgerald 0876298606 

To whom it concerns and/or applies check into the Croke Park 

February Wellbeing Calendar 

Irish Life Health have developed a Calendar of resources for February, with a Focus on Women’s Health & Cancer Care, it is available to view and download here: 

WorkLife-February-Wellbeing-Schedule_Health.pdf ( 

PLAYERS INSURANCE 1. Because all GAA activities are discontinued at the moment any claim for injury is unlikely to be entertained by the Player Injury Fund Administrators if sustained during personal training activity or during other training before clubs are given the green light to resume activity by GAA Headquarters. Until then all players must understand that they participate in training activity at their own risk. 

2. Heretofore the Player Injury Fund could pay injured players €300 per week for 26 weeks in respect of Loss of Wages. All clubs have now been notified by GAA Headquarters that for the moment and the immediate future Loss of Wages Claims WILL NOT be paid. 


CLUB SPECIFIC GUIDELINES– for activities post Dec 31st 

In level 5 and under the current restrictions in the North, individual training only is permitted – neither adult nor underage teams may train collectively. 

GAA club grounds must stay closed. 

Club games are not permitted 

Dressing rooms, showers and all other indoor training facilities should remain closed for club activities. 

Club Gyms must remain closed until further notice. 

No indoor meetings can be held. 

All officer Training must be delivered online. Outdoor coaching education courses are not permitted. 

No organised indoor gatherings can take place under the current restrictions. 

Commercial use of indoor halls (for example by state bodies – e.g. HSE/Schools is permitted where agreement was in place prior to March and relevant insurance are in place. No outdoor gatherings on GAA property are permitted. 

Exception: Walkways may stay open for use by the community with social distancing in place. 

SYMPATHY to former hurler Johnny Dunphy on the recent death of his father Tom and to underage hurler and footballer Charlie Keating on the death of his uncle Mikey Callaghan. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a n-anamacha dilis. 

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