Tralee Tennis Club Championships 2018 with Eamon Costello (Kerry) Ltd

80 matches / 7 events / 4 courts / 8 days…and one hell of a do…it was an action packed week.

We have just celebrated one of our most successful championships as a club.  From our newest & bravest to our most seasoned members, the level of tennis was superb from start to finish in all levels.  Despite quite a battering from storm Ali, all players were eager to get out and get the job done.  It’s fair to say we had four seasons in one week:  sun; gale force winds and flash flooding.  Although conditions were quite wet at times, it didn’t stop the championships or dampen our spirits.  Well done to everyone who battled through.

Huge appreciation to our wonderful Lady’s captains Mags O’Grady and Siobhan O’Nualláin who organised this championship down to the finest detail. The introduction of a plate competition meant more work for the captains, but more games for the players!  They worked tirelessly on scheduling all the groups through the implementation of the new tournament software, which was a great asset and success according to the overwhelming positive feedback received from our members. Our Chairperson Gemma Lougheed updated the system on a daily basis, while our hardworking committee and members took it in turn to keep both the players and the dedicated spectators fed and entertained.  It was a fantastic team effort by all. Siobhan & Ciaran got the party started early on semi-finals night with their famous tasty curry keeping us warm. The whole event was rounded off with a beautiful prize giving at an end of summer celebration in the Ashe Hotel on finals day.

Thank you to Eamon Costello (Kerry) Ltd for their very kind sponsorship throughout the championships, which made all of this possible.  As a club we greatly appreciate it.

Men’s Singles (Green):
1. James O’Brien
2. Adrian Kennedy
Men’s Singles (Green) Plate:
1. Jeremy Foley
2. Tom Walsh

Men’s Singles (Orange):
1. Peter Holly
2. JT O’Sullivan
Men’s Singles (Orange) Plate:
1. Rico Stein
2. Jeremy Walsh

Men’s Doubles (Blue):
1. Jeremy Foley/Shane O’Sullivan
2. Hamid Mustafa/James O’Brien
Men’s Doubles (Blue) Plate:
1. Gerry Jeewoonarain/Saurabh Anand
2. Brian Waldron (JNR)/Brian Waldron (SNR)

Ladies Doubles (Purple):
1. Cliona Ruthledge/Sorcha Finnegan
2. Gemma Lougheed/Miriam Rohan
Ladies Doubles (Purple) Plate:
1. Berna Waldron/Niamh O’Hora
2. Brid Carroll/Triona Daly

Ladies Doubles (Yellow):
1. Cathryn Casey/Jane O’Loughlin
2. Alison Walsh/Dolores O’Callaghan
Ladies Doubles (Yellow) Plate:
1. Hannah Healy/Maeve Kneeshaw
2. Ann Moriarty (O’Callaghan)/Fiona Morris

Mixed Doubles (Grey):
1. Sorcha Finnegan/Timmy Hennessey
2. Niamh O’Hora/Hamid Mustafa
Mixed Doubles (Grey) Plate:
1. Linda O’Neill/Alan O’Sullivan
2. Elaine Larkin/Chris Sun

Mixed Doubles (White):
1. Ayshe Djemal/Anthony Barry
2. Hannah Healy/Edward Deniel
Mixed Doubles (White) Plate:
1. Amanda Brolly/Andy Fisher
2. Maeve Kneeshaw/ Rico Stein


2018 Tralee Tennis Club Championships Sponsored by Eamon Costello (Kerry) Ltd

The countdown to our 2018 Tennis Club Championships is up and running.

Championships run from Saturday September 15th to Saturday September 22nd.

A player is guaranteed at least two matches in each event you enter.

Players may enter either 1 or 2 events (i.e. singles/doubles, singles/mixed, or mixed/doubles). If you would like to enter a doubles or mixed event but do not have a partner, we will do our best to find a partner for you.

Entry Fee:
€10 for one event
€15 for two events

Main Draw Match: 2 full tie break sets with a championship tie break in the event of a 3rd set. Final matches will be 3 full tie break sets.
Plate Draw Match: First to win 8 games, tie break at 7-7. Final matches first to win 10 games, tie break at 9-9.

Weekend matches will be played throughout the day; weekday matches will be from 6pm. We will do our best to accommodate any unavailability players may have.

The club championships are for all senior club members. A lot of members have taken part in the club events that have been run so far this year, either on day events or the various club nights or singles ladder. We would love to see you all get involved in the club championships, which will have sections so you will be playing at your level.

We are delighted to announce that Eamon Costello (Kerry)Ltd, will sponsor the 2018 Tralee Tennis Club Championships.

Eamon Costello Ltd, is a family-owned construction services company which has been active in our community for over 45 years.

Tralee Tennis Club extends our sincere appreciation to the Costello Family (Declan and Triona) and are extremely grateful for their generosity.

We look forward to a great tournament.



Rose of Tralee BBQ & Mixed Doubles

Some highlights of our annual BBQ day. We had a fantastic day of fun tennis and some lovely tasty treats served from the BBQ.
It’s great to see our newer members and long standing members all taking part. A big thank you to Pam Baily, Nuala Finegan, Stephen Roche who helped The Captains greatly with this event.

Winners from group 1:
Fergal Curtin & Anne O’Donoghue Runners-up : Betty Ryan & Edward Deniel

Winners from Group 2 :
Saurabh Anand & Niamh O’Hora Runners-up : Tom Reidy & Dolores O’Callaghan

Well done to everyone who took part & congrats to all the winners.  We look forward to seeing you all at our next event.



Tennis Ireland Clubmark ‘Bronze Award’

Tralee Tennis Club has been awarded the Tennis Ireland Clubmark ‘Bronze Award’. Award presented by Lucy Penkova, Munster Development Officer and Roger Gerahty, Tennis Ireland Development Director.

 The Tennis Ireland ‘Clubmark’ is the National Governing Bodies’ Club Accreditation Programme which identifies, develops, accredits and recognises high quality tennis clubs and their contribution to the development of tennis in Ireland.


This award is acknowledgment by Tennis Ireland that Tralee Tennis Club has consistently met the standards expected of a well-run Club. It also represents a recognition of all the hard work that the Committee and members have put into our club over the years.

Men’s Doubles Day

There was a great turnout for our men’s doubles day this month, it was great to see new members arriving on court and joining in the fun.  The sun was blazing, the atmosphere even hotter.  The standard of tennis was epic.

Our men’s captain Richard Hurley of Hurley’s  veterinary hospital was very kind to sponsor this great event.  He mentioned how extremely competitive the play was, yet everyone really enjoyed their day.

Men’s Doubles Winners were Shane Roche and Timmy Hennessy.  Runners Up were Saurabh Anand and Jeremy Foley.


Event sponsored by TTC Captain Richard Hurley, Hurley’s veterinary hospital.

Ross Jewellers Ladies’ Day

Tralee Tennis Club hosted their annual Ladies’ Day last Saturday which was very generously sponsored by Ross Jewellers. It was a fantastic day from start to finish, with the club decorated in style for this very elegant event. Banners, beautiful bunting and flower baskets in bloom were on display with a perfectly dressed function room for the evening prize giving. All the ladies turned up in their glamorous tennis attire looking dazzling and very cosmopolitan.


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The weather was mostly glorious with the rain holding off and everyone was in fantastic form while some great afternoon of high-level tennis got underway.
The competition was divided into three groups, Ruby, Sapphire and Emeralds in keeping with our lovely Sponsors Ross Jewellers. There was really exciting tennis from all three groups. The standard was incredible; some matches were extremely tight and entertaining to watch. As the finalists of each group battled it out on court for the title, spectators watched from the side-lines and balcony cheering on with excitement.

Following the fabulous tennis, there was a beautiful meal awaiting all the ladies in the decorative function room. This was a very welcome treat, greatly organised by our fantastic Lady Captains Mags O’Grady and Siobhán O’Nualláin. Concluding the event were spectacular prizes of stunning Jewellery, presented by Heather O’Sullivan and Sandrene Brassil of John Ross Jewellers.

Winners of the Ruby group were Kate Falvey and Christine O’Sullivan, runners up Roberta Kneeshaw and Alison Walsh. Winners of Sapphire were Jill Fitzgerald and Sorcha Finnegan, with runners up Elaine Larkin and Miriam Rohan/Fiona Brick (subbing). The winners of Emerald were Jean Hollywood and Kate Guerin, runners up Margret Shea and Claire Salmon. The entire event was a smashing success and fantastically organised. All the ladies are looking forward to their next event.

May Mixed Doubles Day Event

The weather was very kind to us for the first day event of the Tralee Tennis Club season. The May mixed doubles was a great success with all players involved enjoying themselves on and off the court. Players were limbering up from 12 noon, play got under way around 12:45 and finished around 17:00. While taking a well earned break from play everyone got to enjoy some lovely threats supplied by all the players (thank you to all for a great effort) and some delicious soup, brown bread & the good old reliable toasted sandwich. There were also some lovely fresh strawberries and ice cream for dessert! Some players suggested that their intake of food had adversely affected their play 🙂

Tennis wise, 28 players took part with only one all female pair required so things balanced out nicely. We had a “16 Person Section” and a “12 Person Section”.

“12 Person Section”
In this section a round robin format was played with 4 rounds of 7 games played. Due to time constraints on some players we went straight into a Main Final and Plate Final out of the round robin.
Main Final Winners: Ayshe Djemal & Martin O Sullivan
Main Final Runners-Up: Sally Ryle & Louis Ryle
Plate Final Winners: Delores O Callaghan & Guillaume PY
Plate Final Runners-Up: Claire Salmon – Araiza & Anthony Barry

“16 Person Section”
This section was broken into 2 sub groups that played out a round robin. After the round robin, the 2 groups mixed into a Main Draw Semi-Finals & Final /Plate Draw Semi-Finals & Final.
Main Draw Winners: Niamh O’ Hora & Hamid Mustafa
Main Draw Runners-Up: Jill Fitzgerald & Timmy Hennessey
Plate Draw Winners: Mary B Murphy & Ray Moroney
Plate Draw Runners-Up: Ann Courtney & Gerry Jeewoonarain

Fantastic tennis throughout the day, well done to all for taking part!

The captains would like to thank all the players that joined them for the day and the members that popped in to say hello. It was great to see such a good mix of newer members and long standing members taking part. There was some great tennis played across all the courts and everyone was in good form which makes for a great day in the club. Finally, thank you to everyone who helped on the day with set up, making sandwiches, serving desserts and the dreaded tidy up, you know who you are!

Looking forward to the next event!

Leaders’ Course

Tralee Tennis Club welcomed the visit of Lucy Penkova.

On Wednesday evening members of the Tralee Tennis club enjoyed meeting with the Munster Development Officer, Lucy Penkova. It was a fun day of training, organised play, presenting different levels of awards and skills.
The course objective:
To help participants understand how to introduce appropriate programmes of organised play and competitions, that can be delivered to all participants in clubs, parks and schools regardless of age or ability.
Congratulations to all the committee members and coaches who completed the Tennis Leaders’ Course. This was a great opportunity for our club and a fantastic experience for all who attended.



1st social event of the year!!!

Our first ever Tennis, Pizza & Games night was a smashing success!   The evening was brilliantly organised by the captains Mags, Siobhan and Richie. A big thanks to everyone who came along on the night, it was a packed house. The sun was blazing on court; we couldn’t have picked a better day to kick off our first event.

The draw consisted of 2 groups with 16 players in each group, with a couple of super subs popping in when needed! There were 4 rounds of 5 games. Players arrived for warm up from 7pm, and play got underway at 7:40pm with super exciting tennis until 10:15pm.
For those not on the court, there were plenty of fun board games and some very competitive table tennis in the clubhouse. Outside, spectators were treated to extremely entertaining tennis on court!  Well done to all the players.

Group Winners:
Hamid Mustafa
Decklin O’ Driscoll
Maeve Kneeshaw
Richie Hurley

Miriam Rohan
Chris Sun
Jean Hollywood
Margaret Shea

After a fantastic start to the year we look forward to equal success over the coming months, hope to see you all back.