Clare hosts Kennedy Cup warm-up event

Clare hosts Kennedy Cup warm-up event


The Clare Schoolboys/Girls Soccer League last week launched their annual CSSL Pre Kennedy Cup Event, to be held across the County this coming Saturday and Sunday.

The event now in its 8th year, will see 14 Kennedy Cup Squads featuring 280 players participate in a series of games aimed at fine-tuning each league’s respective preparations for the annual SFAI Kennedy Cup at University of Limerick from June 8th to 12th.

The CSSL Pre Kennedy Cup event is now an established player development  event in Irish underage football, and is in fact the largest event held in Preparation for the prestigious Kennedy Cup.

This year’s event will see Newmarket Celtic, Tulla Utd and Lisdoonvarna Failte hosting games on Saturday May 9th.  On Sunday May 10th , Tulla Utd will play host to further games, while the CDSL County Grounds will also stage games.

As ever the event sees a mix of Schoolboys Leagues from across the country take part. The North Eastern Counties League will be making their debut and will be joined by Wexford, West Waterford/East Cork and Athlone Schoolboys League who will be based at McDonagh Park Newmarket on Saturday with the action kicking off at 12.30pm.

The Lisdoonvarna Sports Complex will host Clare, Kerry, Desmond and South Tipperary Leagues with a 12noon kick off, and the superb facilities at Tulla Utd will host Roscommon, Waterford, North Tipperary and Sligo/Leitrim who will kick off at 12.30pm.

On Sunday, the Clare Squad will be based at the CDSL County Grounds, where they will meet visitors Cork and Mayo (11.30am), while  Tulla Utd will host Kerry, Desmond, Waterford, NEC, Roscommon and Athlone in a series of games commencing at 10am.

Speaking at the launch of this years event: FAI County Development Officer  Denis Hynes stated: “The CSSL Pre Kennedy Cup event, has increased and grown in popularity since its inception in 2008,  the event is now seen as an important part of the final preparations for each League for the Kennedy Cup itself. The event also is a great  chance for players to play in a relaxed , and pressure free manner, before they enter the demanding Kennedy Cup.”

“The event also showcases the excellent facilities that we have across Co Clare. This year will see McDonagh Park Newmarket host a series of games for the first time, as well as the established facilities at Tulla Utd, Lisdoonvarna Failte and CDSL County Grounds. The standard of facility and access to suitable accommodation in each region is also very important in making the event such a success. The event is now established to such a level, that all games are monitored by FAI Technical Staff, and year on year an increasing number of UK Clubs are sending representatives to monitor  each League in advance of the SFAI Kennedy Cup itself,” he added.

Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.