Hurling has always had a home at Na Gaeil and the club have tried over the years to give an outlet to the game in Tralee town. A number of years ago hurling flourished briefly at the club under the banner of Tra Lí óg. Tadgh Condon was a member very much associated with this effort. This was a town based effort which unfortunately fell away. A new generation of parents have now come on board and taken up the torch and hurling is again a feature of the landscape at Killeen. The clash of the ash resounds around the surrounding Oakpark area. The present genesis found its way with the help of the CountyBoard, who began a new initiative aimed at reviving hurling in Tralee. What the CountyBoard started was continued by a dedicated and committed group of parents at the Na Gaeil club. Out of the Tralee initiative in 2009, hurling interest again grew and the hurling club reformed. Parents including Maurice Lawlor, Dermot Reen, Mike O’Sullivan and Tim Horgan set out on that uncertain journey and were joined over time by Martin Lowe, Ger O’Brien, Ann McLoughlin, Deidre McDonnell, Alan Conway, Tim Lynch, Denis Sugrue, Colin Feely, Tim Kelliher and Philip Dewey and others, to give club hurling structure, sustenance and support.
Great appreciation is due to both the junior and senior Boards at the club for their fulsome support. Facilities at the club are great and all have come on board to give guidance and support. Friday night at the club is now a regular night for hurling at the club and in Tralee, when training starts at 7pm. Attendance at these sessions has steadily increased with up to 50 juveniles now taking part. Hurling training extends from a start in February to October each year, giving the budding hurlers a sound basis for sharpening their skills. The visiting and competing North Kerry clubs are now also a firm feature of the hurling clubs new found status at Na Gaeil. In 2011 the club competed for the first time in the County league fixtures at under 12’s. An historic beginning, beckoning greater achievements for the future. The club now has teams’ competiting on a regular basis at Under 8, Under 10 and Under 12’s and further expansion is planned. Dedicated hurling coaches look after the needs of each of the individual teams. Anyone wishing to join this expanding and vibrant club should visit the clubhouse and see for themselves.