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Something Special Happening In Kerry Under Ex-Shamrock Rovers Man

Something Special Happening In Kerry Under Ex-Shamrock Rovers Man
By Balls Team

In the week where Kerry's Gaelic footballers will look to stop Dublin's bid for a history-making five All-Ireland titles in a row, the Kingdom will have their own footballers - in a different code - looking to write history of their own.

On August 28th, at Mounthawk Park in Tralee, the Kerry District League under-17 side will take on Cork City in the Mark Farren Cup semi-finals. It is the first time a Kerry side has reached this stage of the competition. They did so with a 4-1 over Galway United in the previous round.

Kerry are managed by former Shamrock Rovers, St Pat's and Cork City player Billy Dennehy. The Tralee native recently retired from the game at 32 and has moved into coaching.

"There is a lot going on here in Kerry," Dennehy told FAI TV.

You can see the work being put in behind the scenes and the facilities down here are unbelievable.

The current structure which is in place in the underage leagues is fantastic. If these players can continue to play in the league into the under-19s, they'll have had a lot of competitive games under their belt.

They'll be so much more developed than the likes of myself. I came from a league that wasn't that competitive, depending on the odd national cup game and there was only one or two of them each season. These boys are getting 25 to 30 top quality matches a season, that will stand the players in massive stead for the future.

"We've got four teams now competing at League of Ireland level which is fantastic," continued Dennehy.

"When I was asked to get involved to help out on the pitch, I felt it was the right thing to do.

"I'm putting myself wholeheartedly into it, I want to learn as I'm very new to coaching. To be back home is great as well. Any of my former teammates would have told you that I'm a home-bird and any chance I had to get back home, I was always driving down.


"I missed a lot of family and friend events over the years, being away to have the career I did but I wouldn't change any of it. I had a fantastic career and have some fantastic memories, and feel privileged to have had the playing career I did coming from Kerry.

"Now, it's all about working with the next generation of talent in the area and I'm enjoying every minute of it."

FAI TV went behind the scenes at Kerry's victory against Galway.



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