By Sean Moriarty
Local soccer club Killarney Celtic has been shortlisted as one of the top soccer clubs in the country – it was revealed by the FAI yesterday (Thursday).
The club are up against five others with each group selected getting a guaranteed €2,000 for their club, with the winners collecting an additional €5,000.
“We are delighted, but this is on the back of a huge effort from the volunteers to club officers and management,” Ramona Keogh, the club’s marketing and PR officer told the Killarney Advertiser.
“The initial part of the application was a huge undertaking. When we do things right at Killarney Celtic we do it very right. The news comes after a very successful Barnardo’s Tournament where we had all the top teams in Kerry and beyond.”
Club official’s next step is the preparation of a presentation that will be made in front of FAI officials before the 2019 FAI Club of the Year announcement in Meath, during the FAI’s Festival of Football in July.
Killarney Celtic was founded in 1976 by two Killarney locals, Mike Daly, and Billy Healy who is now living in Seattle, USA.
Five counties are represented on the shortlist, with Galway providing two of the finalists in Colemanstown United and Salthill Devon.
Cork’s Midleton FC have the chance to become the first club to win the FAI Club of the Year on two occasions, having previously been crowned winners in 2012.