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Leo Gaxha signs for the Blades

Tralee ICG wish to congratulate Leo Gaxha who this week signed professional forms for Sheffield United FC. This is fantastic news for Leo and his family and a fitting reward for the support he has received in many quarters over the years, and especially his family. 

Leo represented Tralee ICG at the Kaunas Games of Lithuania in 2017, with great determination, skill and heart, and his never say die attitude was always to the fore.

We at Tralee ICG wish you continued success in Sheffield Leo and in your future life and career. 

Kecskemet 2020 cancelled due to Coronavirus

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Wed, 18 Mar at 09:37

Dear Sports Friends,

On Monday the Hungarian Government declared that all festivals, events, including sports should be cancelled.

I am sorry to inform you that according to the national emergency measures due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Kecskemét City Operational Body decided to cancel the organization of the International Children’s Games.

We hope to organize the Games once in the future, but right now we cannot predict what future effects of the pandemic would have.

We are in close contact with the Executive Committee of the Games. We are all sad about the decision but we have had no other choice.

Thank you for all your support and cooperation.

We are deeply sorry, and do hope for the best for all of us.

Stay healthy and take care of yourselves!!

Yours sincerely,

Klaudia Szemerey

Mayor of Kecskemét

Teams selected for Hungary

Teams selected for Kecskemet Games, Hungary, June 30-July 5th


In 2005 Kerry was represented at the International Children’s Games for the first time in Coventry by a team of 20 athletes from Tralee, joined for the first time also by the city of Kecskemet, Hungary. Now, 15 years later the team from Kerry travels to Hungary for this year’s event, which will be hosted by Kecskemet, the 8th largest city in Hungary, situated along the banks of the Danube. It promises to be an exciting time for all participants in a city steeped in Hungarian culture, history and sporting achievement.

In total 107 cities have registered for the Games, with Tralee ICG the only Irish representatives, as they have been since 2009. “It’s a tremendous experience for these young athletes” said ICG chairman, Mike Culloty, “who get the once in a lifetime opportunity to compete at against their own peers at an International level this age (13-15). There is so much to be gained from a social, cultural, educational and sporting perspective for our athletes through participation at the Games, the world’s largest annual Youth-Sport event in the world, that the effort made to ensure participation each year is continually rewarding and satisfying for all of us involved”.

The team selected for Hungary will feature 10 athletes in Track and Field, 3 in Judo and 5 in Swimming. Swim coach Ger Mc Donnell was delighted to accept the invitation from the International Children’s Games for a group of swimmers to attend this year’s games in Hungary. Ger has previously travelled with the ICG to the Games in Thailand, Bahrain and Scotland and is looking forward to the experience in Kecskemet: “I can honestly say that the competition is extremely tough but this will help our athletes to bring the very best out of themselves. This swimming squad are extremely hard working and driven athletes- arguably the best group that we have ever sent to the Games-and I look forward to their performances, which I am sure will portray Tralee in the best possible light in Kecskemet”.

This will mark the 5th time that Kerry School of Judo will have players representing the club at the Games, much to the delight of head coach Danny Roche, who is of the opinion that the sporting and cultural experience of the Games is quite unique and not to missed if at all possible: “Our athletes have fought and performed well at National Level and are thrilled to have the opportunity to compete in Hungary against their peers from Israel, the Ukraine and Holland, who are always very strong in Judo. It will be a wonderful experience for everyone”.

The Track team is comprised of 6 female and 4 male athletes, who will be coached by former ICG participant in 2006 and 2007, Dearbhail Foley, now coaching with Tralee Harriers. The Games represent “a once in a lifetime experience and an athlete’s dream come-true on a world class stage” says Dearbhail: “This is our largest contingent of athletes since the Coventry Games, 2005. Thirty boys and girls attended the athletic trials at An Riocht in early February and the ten selected will perform in sprints, relays, middle distance, and field events, which this year includes the Javelin for the first time. We are all enthusiastically looking forward to the event”.

From here on in it’s all systems go as the necessary arrangements for travel, accommodation, fund raising and team preparation begin. “The children are all very excited at the prospect of travelling to the Games and competing in their chosen disciplines against athletes from America, Canada, England, South Korea and Thailand, to mention just a few of the 45 countries represented at the Games”.

The level of support in the local community is a critical aspect of continued participation, a point readily emphasised by Mike Culloty: “The participation of athletes from Kerry is simply not possible without the support of families, local communities and local businesses. As a voluntary organisation within the local community, we are acutely aware that without that level of support the athletes would never have this opportunity or experience this level of competition at such an early stage of their sporting lives. We are most grateful and appreciative of this support”.

The ICG team, with athletes from Tralee, Killarney, Listowel, Firies and Ballymacelligott, together with their parents and team coaches, held their first meeting on Friday night last at the Education Centre, Tralee, where details of travel arrangements, registration requirements and plans for the next four months were communicated to all present.

The ICG Teams for Kecskemet:

Track and Field

100m: Nicole Walker and Melissa Ahern; 400m: Rachel Neylon ; 800m: Cara Gannon

Long Jump: Lucy O Connor; High Jump: Rachel O Mahoney

100m: Samuel O Regan ; 1500m: Mohamed Abdalla; High Jump: Cian Caplis

Javelin: Cathal Murphy

Judo: Luke Costelloe, Cian Forde, Zara Ozaslan

Swimming: Cian Mason, Rory Boyd, Evelyn Fox, Anu Breheny, Grace Reidy

Delegation: John Byrne, Ger Mc Donnell, Danny Roche, Derabhail Foley, Michael Culloty and Paula Henry


The International Children's Games Committee in Kerry have decided to enter a team of 8-9 Track n Field athletes from the clubs in Kerry at this year's Games, in Kecskemet, Hungary-(about an hour from Budapest) and invite athletes who are interested in participating at the event to take part in trials which take place :
On Saturday Feb 1st at 11:00 am at an Riocht
This year's Games will take place from June 30th to July 5th
The Tralee/Kerry team will travel
 to Budapest on June 28th from Cork and stay 2 nights in Budapest and then onto Kecskemet, returning to Budapest airport and Cork on July 5th
Age Category:
The age requirements are as follows: Any athlete who is 12 on Jan 1st 2020 and still 15 on Dec 31st 2020 may compete at the Games. All within those age categories may attend the trials
Athletic Events:
Boys: 100m, 400m, 100m hurdles, 1500m; Long Jump, High Jump, Javelin, Shot Put; 4 x 100 m relay; 4x100m relay-mix (2 b, 2 g)
Girls: 100m, 400m, 80m hurdles, 800m: Long Jump, High Jump, Javelin, Shot Put; 4 x 100 m relay and mixed relay-4 x 100 m
Athletes may compete in 2 events max plus a relay
Two athletes max per one event
The ICG Games are running since 1968 annually-a multi sport event, with athletics and swimming as core sports.They are organised through City Councils worldwide and recognised and supported by the International Olympic Committee.
Tralee/Kerry are participating since 2005 organised by a voluntary group of people who arrange selection, travel, accommodation, preparation and fund raising activities in conjunction with the requirements of the host city organising committee.
Each participating city or town are allowed carry maximum 18 children-boys and girls-plus 4 coaches and 2 delegates = total delegation of 24. 
Tralee/Kerry have had representation in soccer, athletics, swimming, golf, basketball, judo etc since 2005 and won a Gold Medal in Manama, Bahrain in the long jump and silver medals in the 4 x 400 m relay in San Francisco. Last year's team in Ufa Russia included Melissa Ahern, Lisa Cassidy, Aine O Shea,Bobby Byrne and Alison Butler.
Tralee/Kerry will have athletes competing in Swimming, Judo and Athletics at this year's Games in Hungary.
The date for trials is Saturday Feb 1st at 11 am in An Riocht
Any Queries to Mike Culloty, Chairman (087-6383892 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
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Presentation of Ufa Certificates

Today marked the final event of the Russian International Children's Games in Ufa last July. The Presentation of Certificates from the Ufa Games Organisers took place at the Rose Hotel in Tralee at 5:30. In a very special and unique celebration , the Mayor of each Municipal District in Kerry presented the Certs to the athletes who resided within their District. Mayors Jim Finucane, Jimmy Moloney, Mick Gleeson and Breandan Mac Gearailt, along with former Mayor of Kerry, Norma Foley, were on hand to present to 7 Killarney athletes, 6 Tralee athletes, 3 Listowel athletes and one from Kenmarel It was a lovely evening for all involved and great to meet again as a group for the first time since the return from Russia. Thanks to all involved and best wishes for the future.

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