On Friday 3rd May 2013, Kerry senior footballer Johnny Buckley visited Listry GAA grounds. Johnny is named after his grandfather who came from Listry. Johnny’s grandfather R.I.P. and granduncles Mickey R.I.P. and Tom R.I.P.all played for Listry and Mickey was Chairman when the present field was purchased.
It was nice to hear Johnny speak about his links to the club and the Buckley name has been associated with Listry from the foundation of the club in 1932 to today with Micheal Buckley a member of the U-12 team. Johnny Buckley is a great footballer and on Friday he passed on some tips to our U-6/8/10/ 12 boys and girls. He spent some time with all the groups and I hope the kids enjoyed the session and practice the skills of the game at home.Johnny has all the skills,defending, attacking,high fielding and kicking and always plays the game fairly.
It was great to have a Kerry player at the pitch and it was great to welcome Johnny back to Listry.Thank you to all the great kids in Listry for your good behaviour as always and I know some of you will go on and play for Kerry some day.
Thank you to Derry Ahearn for setting up the pitches and thank you to all the officers and parents for making it a great evening for the kids.Thank you to all the great parents for bringing home baking, serving tea/coffee and best of all cleaning up after the party.Thank you to all the great coaches for your time, coaching ability and kindness to the kids. Remember-it’s all about the kids!
Thanks again to Johnny,a true gentleman and please God we will all be heading to ‘Croker’ on ‘Buckley’s Bus’ to support the Kerry team later in the year. Up the Kingdom and Up Listry. Murt .