On Sunday August the 7th 2011 Listry U-8/U-10 boys and girls travelled to Cahirciveen.In glorious sunshine we played two fantastic games of football against the famous St.Mary’s GAA club in Con Keating park.Both U-8 and U-10 teams played really well,they passed the ball, defended brilliantly,took some great scores and wore the green and white with pride.The most pleasing thing of all was the enthusiasm of the large number of parents.Every kick and score was applauded loudly and the players really responded to it,thank you. After the games,thirty eight parents and children travelled to the marina and boarded the ‘Boat with Wheels’.This is a purpose built boat that can travel on land or water.Still buzzing after playing such great football we headed for ‘Beginish’ island,wearing our Listry jerseys and waving our green and white flag.On our way to the island we could see Ballycarbery castle,once home to McCarthy Mor,one of the last Irish Chieftains.Then we passed Church island with its monastic settlement before we finally,like the vikings before us,invaded Beginish island.What a beautiful island,two beaches,a viking settlement, ancestoral home of the great Kerry footballer Mick O’Connell and fantastic scenery. Back on the boat again and heading for Valentia,skipper Tom spun the boat 360 degrees several times to roars of approval from all on board.More excitement followed later when our guide Aine spotted some seals. Next stop was Valentia island,where we had some refreshments, watched the All-Ireland hurling semi-final and strolled along the harbour in Knightstown.On arriving back to the boat we noticed skipper Tom had mounted the Listry flag and with the green and white flying high we headed back to the marina in Cahirciveen. On the way back to the marina Aine our guide showed some pictures of wildlife to the kids and asked them to name what they had seen on the day.The younger kids got to colour a picture of the boat. Finally we were back at the marina,tired,but glad to have spent a few hours together as a club in a beautiful harbour. Thank you to; *Barry O’Shea,St.Mary’s GAA club *Football trainers Pa Murphy,Jamie Clifford and Jerome Kennedy *Peter and Siobhan Keane ‘SuperValu’ for the ‘Goodie bags’ *Sean Walsh, referee. *The fantastic U-8 andU-10 Listry footballers *The wonderful parents *Tom and Aine O’Connell ‘Valentia Harbour Tours’ Hope you all had a great day. Up Listry, Murt Broderick.

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