Dads will have divided loyalties – or will they?

Mayo full back John MacMonagle with is father David and his aunt Riona MacMonagle

Three young footballers with very strong Killarney links will be hoping to contribute to the demise of the Kingdom when Kerry take to the field against Mayo in the All-Ireland Minor Football Championship semi-final in O’Connor Park, Tullamore on Saturday week.

Highly rated Mayo full back John MacMonagle, the son of David and Bonnie MacMonagle, is widely regarded one of the most promising young players in the country and, although he is a half back with his Castlebar Mitchels club, he had filled the key number three jersey with great impact this season.

David Hurley from Killarney whose twin boys line out with Mayo

John’s father, David, a secondary school teacher in Castlebar, is the youngest son of the late Seán and Lil MacMonagle from Lewis Road and the family were the founders of the still thriving Killarney Printing.

The MacMonagle family has strong links with the Dr Crokes Club but there is also a great connection with Killarney Legion on the 2022 Mayo minor team.

Twins Niall and Dara Hurley – who also line out with the Connacht champions – are sons of David Hurley, formerly of Loreto Road in Killarney, and grandsons of the late Tim Hurley who won a county championship medal with Legion in 1946.

David Hurley played for Legion at juvenile level and he is the man being credited with the great revival of the sport of hurling in Claremorris, Co Mayo where he has lived for several years.

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