Kerry FC have announced that they are joining the League of Ireland this morning.
On Twitter, the club posted a video with the caption "Kerry FC - We Are SSE Airtricity League".
— Kerry Football Club (@KerryFC) November 16, 2022
The club also released a statement with the announcement:
It has been a dream for many years to provide the highest level of senior football in the Kingdom of Kerry. Being able to provide this full pathway for all soccer players in Kerry is something that the soccer community has longed for.
We are at a new dawn and have never been as excited to begin this journey. It has been as little over 20 years since Kerry first played on the National Stage at the U21 level vs Waterford United under the lights at Mounthawk Park and we are very much looking forward to bringing those Friday night lights back for the players and community.
There has been so much work that has gone into this journey, and we would like to also take this moment to thank all members of the Kerry District League for your support, this would not be possible without you.
Months Of Hard Work for Kerry FC
The announcement comes after months of hard work for the new League Of Ireland club. The process to join the league was led by Tralee native Brian Dennehy and American based directors Steven Conway and Brian Ainscrough. They worked with the Kerry District League over the past months to complete the dream. The club have competed in the national underage leagues for the past six years.
The club will now compete alongside Waterford, Galway United, Cobh Ramblers, Athlone Town, Finn Harps, Wexford Youths, Bray Wanderers and Longford Town in the First Division,
The Kingdom based side will play their home games at Mounthawk Stadium in Tralee. The ground is currently undergoing renovations to bring it up to First Division standards. At a distance of 139 kilometres, Cobh Ramblers will be the club's nearest rival in the division. The latest addition to the League Of Ireland will hope to compete with the other clubs and prove to be a daunting away trip.