Laune Rangers – 1932
Laune Rangers again participated with East-Kerry in the Co. Senior and Intermediate Football Co. Championships.
Laune Rangers, captained by Tadhg McGillycuddy, won the East-Kerry Senior Football League.
Prompted by Rev. Fr. Mangan, a Laune Football League was expanded to ten teams, Lower Town, Upper Town, Gurrane, Cromane, Caragh Lake, Caragh Bridge, Meanus, Dungeel, Steelroe and The Carnegie. A Town League was also played with three teams, Langford St. Iveragh Road and Lower Town.
Mick O Connor (Ardmoniel), the Intermediate School, played on the Munster Colleges’ Football team.
Liam McSweeney was one of the East-Kerry delegates to the Co. Board. He was, also, on the Kerry delegation to Annual Congress.
Jack O Dwyer was elected as Hon. Treasurer of the East-Kerry Board.
The death occurred of John D. Murphy, one of the founders of the Laune Rangers’ Club.
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Laune Rangers Football Club was so energetic that scarcely a Sunday was left pass without a fixture of some description in the Sports-field and the quality of the football had accordingly been very much improved. A keenness and enthusiasm among Gaelic followers, as well as a big increase in their number, was also noticeable. Football supporters had become accustomed to weekly matches that, from sheer force of habit, they crowded to the Sports-field every Sunday afternoon and there was never a grumble about value for money. Rev. Father Frank Mangan C.C. organised a Laune League, Town League and District League and the frenzied amount of games that transpired increased the profile of the game locally and helped to improve the standard of football.
The AGM of the Laune Rangers Club took place in the Courthouse on Thurs. 25th Feb. Representatives had been invited, and attended, from Cromane, Tullig, Meanus, Caragh, Coolbane, Gurrane, Steelroe, Tinnahalla and the Town. The following officers were elected:
Chairman – Rev. Father Frank Mangan.
Secretary – Liam McSweeney.
Treasurer – Paddy Foley.
Committee – representatives of the various areas.
Top of the agenda was the league to be organised in the parish. There already had been some large meetings of followers of the game to decide the area boundaries. Affiliations had been received from Cromane, Dungeel, Meanus, Caragh Lake, Lower Town, Secondary School, Gurrane, Steelroe, Caragh Bridge and Upper Town. It was pointed out, also, that the Gaelic Club had never made a public collection but had always expected the support of the people by attendance at the games and functions and that was again the modus operandi for the coming year.
Co. Senior Football Championship
Six teams entered for the Co. Senior Football Championship, East-Kerry, West-Kerry, North-Kerry, Strand Street, Rock Street and Boherbue.
Rd. 1 on Sun. 29th May at Dingle: West-Kerry 1-2; East-Kerry 0-6.
It was a surprise that West-Kerry were able to run their more fancied opponents so closely. The halftime score was 1-1 to 0-1 in favour of the home team. West-Kerry were still ahead near the end, until two frees gave the Easterners the win after a thrilling game. For the winners, Dee O Connor and Tadhg McGillycuddy were the pick of the defence, Guard Kelly did great work at midfield, while Dick O Clifford and Tim O Leary were best in the attack.
East-Kerry: Charles Aherne (Dr. Crokes), Harry Turner(do.), Dee O Connor (Kilcummin), Danny Healy (Headford), Tadhg McGillycuddy (Killorglin), Pat Murphy (Dr. Crokes), Denis Hurley (Legion), Michael Coffey (do.), Guard Martin Kelly (Crokes), James Tangney (Castleisland), Jack O Keeffe (Crokes), Dick O Clifford (do.), Con O Meara (Legion), Pete Coughlan (Dunloe), Tim O Leary (Legion).
West-Kerry: Jack Sheehy (Dingle), Michael Fitzgerald (Ballydavid), Michael Graham (Dingle), Jack O Connor (do.), Eamonn Moriarty (do.), Maurice Moran (do.), George Graham (do.), John Flannery (do.), B. Galvin (Lispole), Michael Houlihan (Ballyferriter), Tim Keane (Annascaul), Pat Driscoll (Camp), John O Connor (Ballyferriter), Michael J. Graham (Dingle), Charlie O Sullivan (Camp).
Ref: James Quill (Strand Street).
Semi-final on Sun. 17th July at Killarney: East-Kerry 0-3; North-Kerry 1-5.
Final (replay) on Sun. 9th Oct. at Tralee: Rock Street 2-3; North-Kerry 1-5.
Co. Intermediate Football Championship
That was run along the same lines as the previous year. There were five teams, South-Kerry, East-Kerry, North-Kerry, West-Kerry and Tralee.
Rd. 1 on Sun. 22nd May at Killorglin: East-Kerry 1-2; South-Kerry 6-2.
Played before a small crowd, that fixture was rather disappointing. The weather was favourable, but a rather strong wind blowing during the hour, helped to make shooting rather erratic. The East-Kerry combination settled down early and, playing with the advantage of the wind, looked for a time like making things awkward for the Southerners. Backs on both sides were weak, but the East-Kerry forward line was not even up to the rather weak Cahersiveen back line. At the changeover, East-Kerry led by 1-2 to 1-1. There was little to be said of the second half, save that it was disappointing. Boss Walsh and P. O Connor were best of the victors, while Mick O Connor and Sullivan were best for the home side.
Ref: Paddy Foley (Laune Rangers). There was much dissatisfaction from the Cahersiveen followers at the absence of a train for that fixture.
Final on Sun. 20th Aug. at Austin Stack Park: North-Kerry 3-2; South-Kerry 2-4.
East-Kerry Senior Football League
There were eight teams affiliated, Dr. Crokes, Legion, Killorglin (Laune Rangers), Castleisland, Currow, Headford, Keel and Kilcummin.
Rd. 1 on Sun. 5th June at Killarney: Legion 0-4; Killorglin 1-2.
That was a very well contested match, the game being interesting from the start to the final whistle. Legion attacked from the start but Tadhg McGillycuddy proved sound at fullback, clearing repeatedly. No score was registered until a minute before halftime, when John Foley drew first blood for Killorglin with a point.
On the turn-over, Killorglin attacked but were unable to penetrate the Legion back-line. Tim O Leary sent the ball to his brother, Michael, and he pointed. The Legion again returned and the same player sent over the bar off a free. Shortly after, the same player supplemented with a point. John Joe Falvey was very prominent for the visitors. Play was transferred to the other end of the field, where Joe O Shea found the net, amidst loud applause. Play was then confined to midfield, where some lively exchanges were witnessed. Legion fouled close-in and John Foley sent over the bar. Legion secured another point before the final whistle. Best for the winners were Mick Teahan, John Joe Falvey and Frank P. McCarthy.
Ref: Pete Coughlan (Dunloe).
Sun. 7th Aug. at Castleisland: Castleisland 1-3; Laune Rangers 1-3.
Quite a large number travelled to witness that contest and none was disappointed as it was a very good game, in which the issue was at stake until the last moment. Certainly, considering the number of opportunities missed in the first half, the Rangers should have easily won. However, the home side seemed to have better combination and did much better fielding. The Rangers made mistakes and would benefit from them. They saw the effect of each ‘not marking his man’ and that told very much against some of the team.
The result was a draw but Rangers made an objection on the grounds that one of the Castleisland players left the field uninjured at halftime and was replaced by another, contrary to rule and precedent and that new man’s name was not even included in the list of players handed over to the captain. The objection was laid on the field before the start of the second half but the match continued. The Rangers did not like objections, if they could be avoided. However, the rules of the GAA had to be observed and that was a very important rule, which, if once allowed, could lead to serious results, could, in fact, lead to fifteen new men being introduced to play the second half hour. The Rangers felt that a replay would have been the best way out but the matter was then in the hands of the East-Kerry Board. That objection was waived and the Rangers agreed to a replay, on the agreement that Castleisland would field a legal team.
Laune Rangers Panel: Tadhg McGillycuddy (capt.), John Power (goal), J. McGillycuddy, Mick Teahan (Gurrane), Tim Teahan (do.), Pat O Leary (Caragh Lake), Liam Foley (Bansha), Frank Paul McCarthy (Langford St.), Eddie O Reilly (Lower Bridge St.), Monnie O Reilly (do), John T. O Riordan (Iveragh Road), John Joe Falvey (Lower Bridge St.), Joe O Shea (Langford St.), John F. O Connor, Pat Sheehan (Upper Bridge St.), John Foley (Dungeel), Pat Joy, Tim Sheehan (Tinnahalla).
Sun. 11th Sept. in Killarney: Castleisland 4-3; Killorglin (Laune Rangers) 0-7.
The fine weather drew a large attendance. Both teams were evenly matched and good football was witnessed to the end. Castleisland drew first blood by raising the white flag per O Connor. Killorglin put over an equaliser per Monnie O Reilly. Killorglin went into a point lead through Frank McCarthy but Castleisland were not lacking and soon put a major score to their credit through Tangney. Undaunted, Killorglin returned and Pat O Leary raised a white flag, only for Tangney to score another goal, leaving the halftime score at 2-1 to 0-3 in favour of the winners.
Castleisland again started the ball rolling on the resumption and found the net. Again they repeated the dose and Tangney sent over the bar. Killorglin attacked Pat O Leary scored two points, one from a free. Castleisland sent over the bar and Killorglin closed the scoring with two points by Pat O Leary before the final whistle. Best for the Rangers were Tadhg McGillycuddy, John Foley, Monnie O Reilly, Frank McCarthy and Pat O Leary.
Killorglin (Laune Rangers): Cormac Roche (goal), Tadhg McGillycuddy (capt.), Maurice Foley (Coolbane), Mick O Connor (Ardmoniel), Tom O Connor (do), John Joe Falvey, Monnie O Reilly (0-1), Eddie O Reilly, Tim Sheehan (Tinahalla), Mick Teahan, Tim Teahan, Pat Sheehan (Upper Bridge St.), Pat O Leary (0-5), Frank Paul McCarthy (0-1), John Foley (Dungeel).
Ref: N. McCarthy (Killarney).
At the subsequent East-Kerry Board meeting, Killorglin objected to the composition of the Castleisland team on the grounds that two players were illegal, having played foreign games. The objection was upheld and the game was awarded to Killorglin. Killorglin was represented at the meeting by Liam McSweeney and James O Regan. The following appeared in the Castleisland notes in the Kerryman, following the decision of the East-Kerry Board: “I’m sorry to observe that the ‘Island Seniors seem about finished with the East-Kerry League. I can’t help thinking that it was unfortunate that the Laune men didn’t take their licking in a more manly spirit, as Castleisland would have done had the positions been reversed. Had Killorglin won, would anybody say a word about the ‘illegal player’? Before the match was obviously the time to object. Anyhow, I have it on good authority that a similar disqualification might be preferred against Killorglin but was magnanimously overlooked. Of course, the GAA know best, but one is apt to think that the premier athletic body, The Gaels, could afford to be more liberal and, if a player indulges in proclivity once in a while to participate in that fine old rough-and-tumble – let him! There are great men in rugby and I never heard of an objection to a good man because he played Gaelic. Rugby is a well-established game in Ireland, and any suspicion of seoinín tradition cannot be entertained in regard to it at this time of the day.”
Sun. 16th Oct. at Currow: Currow 1-0; Killorglin (Laune Rangers) 2-1.
From the start, life and spirit were displayed and, as the game progressed, it looked for a time that Currow would secure an easy victory. Their inability, however, to get beyond the Rangers’ backs prevented them early on from scoring. A major scored, after a very neat combination, by the visitors, spurred on the home team to increasing activity and their backs and midfield men were hard at work but their forwards failed on more than one occasion. There was a fine, clean, manly display of football with few fouls and, shortly after the resumption, the Rangers again raised the green flag. That apparently put new vigour in to Currow and, after ten minutes play, a very neat and determined effort gave their followers just cause for applause in the securing of a goal. From then until Killorglin added a minor, it seemed as if a draw would result and the final whistle found the ball in Killorglin territory. Ref: M. Sheehan.
Sun. 30th Oct. at Killorglin: Laune Rangers 2-4; Dr. Crokes 5-1.
The game was played under the most unfavourable weather conditions, rain having made the ground very difficult to play on and the showers, which fell during the progress of the matches (Laune Rangers Junior team played Castlemaine on the same day), took much from the play. The attendance was poor although, considering the inclemency of the weather, the gate receipts were good. A stiff wind blew across the field and made it difficult at times to keep the ball in play. The home team had the advantage of that in the first half, at the end of which they led by 2-4 to 2-0.
On the resumption, there was given an exhibition of football seldom seen under such conditions, the Killarney selection intent in wiping out the lead and the Killorglin representatives endeavouring to add to it. How well the visitors succeeded, could be judged from the fact that they scored a major after five minutes of play, leaving just a minor separating the sides. The Rangers got away but an over resulted. After some very fine midfield play, the ball was again in Crokes’ territory but the backs saved and, after a neat, combined effort, the Rangers’ custodian was again defeated, giving their opponents the lead for the first time. Many wides, unavoidable through the wind, took place and both teams played with a vigour and determination worthy of the best Kerry traditions but, try as they would, the home combination could not penetrate the visitors’ goal territory and their opponents succeeded in scoring another major and a point before the end.
Ref: Tom Woods (Milltown).
Semi-final on Sun. 12th March 1933 at Killarney: Killorglin (Laune Rangers) 1-8; Kilcummin 0-6.
A beautiful day drew a large crowd, who witnessed the two best games of the previous year’s league (The other semi-final, Dr. Crokes v Currow, was also played on that day). The Killorglin v Kilcummin match was a very good game throughout, but it looked as if it would come to an abrupt end through a dispute at one of the goals. However, the difficulty was smoothed over and the game was finished in good spirit.
Kilcummin drew first blood by scoring a point but Pat O Leary soon had the equaliser for Killorglin. The men from the Laune pressed hard and Mick O Connor scored a goal and Seamus Roche registered a point. Kilcummin, with a rousing dash, saw the white flag go up per Fleming and, keeping up the pressure, they soon had another point to their credit. In great fighting spirit, Kilcummin got two other points and Dee O Connor, notching another minor, gave them the lead. Mick O Connor scored the equaliser shortly before halftime to leave the scores at 1-3 to 0-6.
The second moiety promised to be good but Killorglin were soon away, notching scores to their credit as quick as a gunman put notches on his gun. John Joe Falvey soon had two points to his credit, while John T. O Riordan quickly followed with another point. Tim Teahan repeated the same trick and Mossy Roche put his side another point ahead. A dispute at one of the goals looked as if the match would finish abruptly, but soon all was right and the game was in full swing. Best for the victors were Tim Teahan, Tadhg McGillycuddy, John Joe Falvey and Mick O Connor. Most prominent for Kilcummin were Dee O Connor, J. Connor, McCarthy, Fleming and B. Cronin.
Ref: M. O Leary, Killarney.
Final on Sun. 26th March 1933 at Killorglin: Laune Rangers (Killorglin) 2-4; Dr. Crokes 1-3.
There was a large crowd at Killorglin to witness that final between Dr. Crokes, holders of the title for previous few years, and the pretenders, Laune Rangers. The Crokes were fancied to an extent but the men, on whose shoulders rested the upholding of that once famous name, the Laune Rangers, set to work with a will and brought victory in a very decisive manner after a very fast hour’s football. The game was of a high standard, fast and vigorous from the beginning and fought in a spirit becoming too such popular teams, clean, manly, spirited and open. There was no doubt of the result, Dr. Crokes being the first to congratulate the new champions. (The junior semi-final, Legion 1-2; Keel 1-2, was played as a curtain-raiser and was refereed by Tadhg O Reilly).
The senior game started some minutes late. Killorglin played against the sun. The pace from the beginning was fast and Rangers seemed slow to settle. It was not until after five minutes play, when a minor from Dick O Clifford for Crokes set the match going in earnest. There was a good contest at midfield, which resulted in a free to Rangers, which went wide. Midfield play dominated for a while, the pace still very fast. A foul to the Crokes forty yards out resulted in a further point per Dick O Clifford. After twelve minutes play, Rangers, who were pressing very hard, Pat O Leary doing great work, were rewarded when Pete Coughlan sent over for a neat point. Within a few minutes, the same player was most unfortunate when the ball struck the crossbar and rebounded back into play. There was a tussle round the goal-mouth but nothing came of it but a free gave the Rangers the opportunity of an equalising point, which was taken. A point by Crokes shortly before the halftime whistle, left the scores Dr. Crokes 0-3, Laune Rangers 0-2.
On the resumption, the O Connor Brothers, F.O and Reddy, were conspicuous for Killarney, whilst John Joe Falvey and Tim Sheehan were doing well for Rangers. A passing movement, started by O Keeffe, was sent along through F.O to Reddy, who netted the ball. That left Rangers far behind and, after a brief lull for an injury, they were on their mettle. There was great excitement when the Crokes’ custodian, Rabb, was beaten for a major, which, after consultation, was not allowed. Mick O Connor then got in some useful work for Rangers, as did Harry Turner for Crokes. A few vain attacks on Rangers’ territory were beaten off by Tadhg McGillycuddy and Michael Sweeney. Then the turn seemed to have come in play, when a free, taken by Pat O Leary about twenty yards out, found the net and gave the Rangers renewed dash. With eight minutes to go, Pat O Leary scored the equalising minor from a free. Then the followers became most enthusiastic and the players, still playing a fast, clean game, seemed to catch the spirit. A rush on the Rangers’ territory was staved off. Seamus Roche gave relief to Killorglin and Mick Teahan worked the ball down and Pat O Leary added a further point for Rangers. Dick O Clifford got away from the kick-out but he was held up by Michael Sweeney and play was again in Crokes’ area. John Joe Falvey passed to Pete Coughlan to score a neat goal to put the issue beyond doubt. The final whistle found Dr. Crokes attacking.
Laune Rangers: Cormac Roche, Monnie O Reilly, Eddie O Reilly, Tim Sheehan, Mick O Connor, Tadhg McGillycuddy (capt.), Mick Teahan, Tim Teahan, Michael Sweeney, Pat O Leary, John Joe Falvey, Seamus Roche, Pete Coughlan, Pat Sheehan, Tom O Connor.
Ref: Denis Shanahan (Sec. East-Kerry Board).
The five surviving members of the original Laune Rangers, who attended the game, gave their reactions afterwards, as follows:
Moss O Brien – ‘The match was very fast and fought in a fine, manly spirit. The lads deserved their win.’
Pat Teahan (who had two sons on the winning team) – ‘It was like old times to see the Blues playing with such keenness and determination. A great match! Pity J.P. couldn’t see them. The Crokes were fine fellows too and very clean.’
Paddy O Regan – ‘The best and fastest match I saw in Killorglin for ages. They were great, every one of them, and they stood the hour well. The match was fought in a fine spirit and the referee was very fair.’
Patsy Begley – ‘Bhí siad go han-mhaith and they deserved their victory. At times during the match, my mind went back forty years to the lads who wore the blue then. But, though I congratulate our boys, the Crokes are a fine, manly team, sports every one of them on the field. Training and practice and Father Mangan have done this for the young fellows. I hope that this will be only a further incentive.’
William O Brien (Secretary Old Laune Rangers) – ‘The spirit of our time has not yet left Killorglin. The Rangers played splendidly and were very good at fielding. The match was of a very high standard all along and very fast but they stuck it well. It was a fine even contest and fought in a grand spirit. The Dr. Crokes were worthy opponents. The referee was good and everything was in order, day, field, attendance and the Rangers won.’
‘Pars from Puck’ by Laune Ranger, in the Kerryman, reported on the game as follows: “The success of our football selection on Sunday in wresting the championship of East-Kerry from the Dr. Crokes has occasioned much delight and congratulation and has shown once more that some of the blood and spirit, which dominated the original Laune Rangers in 1892 – when the followers helped the Dublin Young Irelands to defeat them – still exists. That it has only been dormant or reserved for great occasions as 1900 and 1911 proved, when their successors became champions of Kerry and when the former was defeated in the Munster Final by a team, which won the All-Ireland – Clonmel Shamrocks.
Sunday’s match proved a great occasion, for it was one of the best and fastest played in Killorglin in recent years. Two teams, evenly matched in weight and physique, they appeared in the lineout as they proved afterwards in play, in dash, in combination, in determination and sportsmanship. Yes, the match was certainly a treat and five of the original Laune Rangers, who were interested and enthusiastic spectators, expressed themselves highly pleased with the showing and combination and grit of the present upholders of the tradition. In the Dr. Crokes, they had met worthy opponents, clean footballers and sporting losers. It speaks well for the standard of the game in the division, and for the personnel of the teams, that there was not a single untoward incident during the hour’s hard play. It was a splendid exhibition of the Gaelic code and of the Gaelic spirit of sportsmanship and the work of the referee was made comparatively easy.
By none was the result hailed with such delight as by the ‘Young Bloods’, who decided that the occasion was worthy of a special demonstration and forthwith prepared a torchlight procession, which later emphasised in no uncertain way that the Rangers had won. Halts were made at the doors of the players and cheers called for and given lustily for the local heroes. Through the streets, whilst cheer after cheer rent the air, went the delighted young followers of the new champions.
The Secretary of Laune Rangers has received the following, passed at a specially convened meeting of the Dr. Crokes Club: ‘That we, the members of Dr. Crokes Club, extend to Killorglin GAA Club our heartiest congratulations in their well-deserved victory over our team in the final of the East-Kerry League yesterday. We hope that this victory will be a further incentive to the GAA in Killorglin and will help to overcome all opposition. We, also, wish to thank them for the courtesy shown to our club.’ Comment on this is not necessary, but it is only in keeping with the best traditions of the Gael. The Dr. Crokes Football Club had kept the Championship of East-Kerry for some years and now, though regretting their defeat, congratulates the victors. May this spirit dominate throughout the area, for it will be for the betterment of the games. Laune Rangers appreciate this resolution of congratulations very much and trust that the same friendliness will always prevail after matches when ever the Gael code is practiced.”
East-Kerry Junior Football League
Sun. 30th Oct. at Killorglin: Laune Rangers 0-0; Castlemaine 1-0.
That was a rather good exhibition of football, notwithstanding the rain, which fell immediately the ball was thrown in. After ten minutes play, the Castlemaine forwards defeated the Rangers’ custodian for a major. Despite repeated attacks on the visitors’ territory, the home team were unable to penetrate. Due to the bad weather, the game had to be terminated before the fulltime was played, with Castlemaine still ahead.
Ref: Nelius McCarthy (Killarney).
Laune Football League
Ten teams participated, Steelroe, Lower Town, Gurrane, Cromane, Caragh Lake, Carnegie, Caragh Bridge, Dungeel, Meanus and Upper Town. The teams were divided into two groups of five and the top team, after the league, played in the final. Rev. Father Frank Mangan CC provided a Cup for the winning team.
Group 1: Cromane, Dungeel, Meanus, Caragh Lake and Lower Town.
Group 2: Intermediate School, Gurrane, Steelroe, Caragh Bridge and Upper Town.
Rd. 1 on Sun. 28th Feb: Gurrane 0-2: Steelroe 0-1. Ref: Rev. Father Frank Mangan.
There was a good attendance and play was generally good. The hard wind interfered much with the progress but made it at the same time more interesting. The teams were lined up punctually. The hard wind prevented the good play, which had been expected from Steelroe but they played splendidly against a team, which seemed for a time to be all over them. The Gurrane selection, ably led by Mick Teahan, played brilliantly. At the change-over, Steelroe seemed to have suffered much from their great efforts against the wind and so did not come up to expectations, notwithstanding the very good play of many of their combination. Mick Flynn, Tim Sheehan, Eugene Mangan and Tadhg Clifford especially showed up against Tim Teahan, Mick Teahan and Jim O Riordan of Gurrane.
Lower Town 2-2; Cromane 1-1. Ref: Tadhg O Reilly.
Cromane were captained by John Sugrue and Lower Town by John Joe Falvey. Cromane settled down quickly and it seemed for a time that the Town lads would be snowed under but a point scored by Hugh Hogan set them as ease. Despite the Trojan work of John Sugrue, D. Sullivan and Riordan, who were outstanding for Cromane, a major was scored before they got a point. After the change-over, however, the Cromane team played better, registering a goal and a point against a similar score for Lower Town. Monnie O Reilly scored the Town’s point just before the final whistle. John Joe Falvey, Monnie O Reilly, Jer O Connor (goal), Tom Curran and Ted Kennedy were best for Lower Town.
Sun. 14th March: Dungeel drew with Lower Town.
Glorious weather and the excellent condition of the pitch contributed largely to two excellent games. The first was as fine an exhibition of football as had been seen in the Sports-field for many a day.
Steelroe beat Caragh Bridge by a goal and a point.
The result followed a desperate struggle, wherein the losers were somewhat unfortunate as they had complete mastery over their opponents for the greater part of the hour, but they failed to score with several attempts. To judge by the play alone, a draw would have been a fairer result. Steelroe were especially well served by Pat Sheehan, who defended the backline so effectively, Tim Galvin and Mick Flynn, while Pa O Leary (midfield), Moynihan (forward) and Dan McGillycuddy (back) played outstandingly for Caragh Bridge.
Ref: Rev. Father Mangan.
Wed. 17th March: Meanus 1-1; Dungeel 0-2.
It was a considerable time since there had been a match, which had attracted such local interest or in which there had been better football played in Killorglin. Rev. Father Mangan, who had charge of the whistle, was kept busy during the hour but his decisions on all occasions were accepted without demur. The interest in the play never once flagged and the onlookers were treated to a thrilling hour’s play. The losers had a goal disallowed near the end.
Lower Town 2-3; Caragh Lake 1-4. Ref: T. Ryle.
That game was not as closely contested or productive of as many thrills as the first game, but nevertheless it was interesting and had occasional splashes of high-class football and the final score was a good indication of the play.
Sun. 21st March: Gurrane beat The Carnegie by two points after a hard contest. Ref: John Sugrue .
Meanus 1-2; Cromane 1-1. Ref: Paddy Foley.
Both those games were keen and well-contested and were attended by a very interested crowd of spectators.
Sun. 28th March: Steelroe 2-1; Upper Town 0-2.
Play was of a very poor standard and the slippery nature of the ground, caused by the recent rains, did not help to improve matters. What might have been bright intervals of play were marred by fouls and Rev. Father Mangan, who acted as referee, was obliged to make frequent use of the whistle. John J. O Riordan, Jeremiah Sheehan and the veteran, Paddy Foley, played well for Upper Town. The best for Steelroe were Tadhg Clifford, Mick Flynn, Maurice McKenna and the Sheehan brothers, Tim and Pat.
The Town 4-2; Over Laune 1-2.
That was a ‘friendly’, but it left the spectators with no cause for complaint as football of the highest possible quality was maintained throughout the hour. The East of Laune team, having the support of some students home on holidays, was confident of victory but did not reckon with the return of some of the prodigal sons of Gaelic, who made a first-class (though unexpected) comeback and who were, to a large extent, responsible for the defeat of Over Laune after a gruelling, keenly-fought tussle in which the score gave, by no means, a fair indication of the play. Maurice Foley, Murt Kelly, John Foley, the O Sullivan brothers and Tadhg McGillycuddy were prominent for East of Laune, while on the Town side John Joe Falvey, Frank McCarthy, Eddie Clifford, Monnie O Reilly and the Mangan brothers, Johnny and Ted, acquitted themselves creditably.
Sun. 10th April: Gurrane 1-2; Caragh Bridge 0-1.
After a very keen struggle, Gurrane annexed yet another victory. It spoke loudly for the enthusiasm of both teams that they braved the elements and agreed to take the field, even though somewhat after the scheduled time. The pitch was in bad order after the constant rain and the heavy showers, which fell previous to and during the match, rendered it very difficult to field the ball. The match lost much of its brilliance and some very fine fielding and combination were nullified by the state of the pitch and the weight of the ball. It was fortunate for Gurrane that they secured the goal so early in the play, as they could not again penetrate the defence. Caragh Lake had gone down fighting doggedly and, had the match been played on a dry pitch, many thought that the scoring would have been reversed. Ref: T. Ryle.
Sun. 29th May: Lower Town 3-3; Meanus 2-4.
It was a contest of good, clean football and of a rather high standard. Although Lower Town secured the victory, many thought that a draw would have been a more fitting ending, as the teams were about equal all through. The respective custodians and backlines were well tested during the hour. It was one of the best matches of the series, with good fielding, good passing and good marking. Ref: Tadhg O Reilly.
Sun. 12th June: Steelroe beat Gurrane by a narrow margin.
The game attracted a fairly large crowd and the interest and enthusiasm were remarkable. During the first half, play was rather even and Steelroe got the only score to lead at halftime by 0-1 to 0-0. The second half was carried through more vigorously and much more keen football was witnessed. The excitement of the followers was an outstanding feature of the day and the win by Steelroe was very popular with their followers. Two goals scored by Gurrane were disallowed and, as a result, their followers were of the opinion that they had won. The best for Steelroe were Tim and Pat Sheeahn, Tadhg Clifford and Pat Flynn. Best for Gurrane were Tim Teahan, J. Cahillane and Pat Joy.
Ref: Rev. Father Mangan.
Final: Lower Town defeated Gurrane.
Town Football League
There were three teams, Iveragh Road, Lower Town and Langford Street. Each team had to play the others twice and the two top teams reached the final. The prize was The Laune Rangers Cup and medals, which were put on exhibition during the league.
Rd. 1 on Sun. 8th May: Lower Town drew with Langford Street.
Interest ran high, the followers of both teams becoming most enthusiastic as the match proceeded. Nor were the followers disappointed, as a very good and closely contested match was witnessed, ending in a draw. Much new blood was introduced and there were some very promising young lads on both sides.
Rd. 2 on Sun. 22nd May: Langford Street 0-9; Upper Town 0-2.
Upper-Town objected on the grounds that their opponents did not come on the field at the scheduled time.
Rd. 2 on Wed. 20th July: Langford Street 2-0; Lower Town 1-1. Ref: Rev. Father Mangan C.C.
Thurs. 4th Aug: Langford Street beat Upper Town by a good margin to qualify for the final against Lower Town.
Final on Sun. 26th Feb. 1933: Lower Town 2-4; Langford Street 2-2.
That final proved an exciting match from the beginning and, despite a cold wind blowing across the field, there was a big crowd present, as interest in the contest ran high. The onlookers were not disappointed, as they were treated to an hour’s thrilling football, in which every man gave of his best and not a few surprised even their most ardent supporters. Lower Town and Langford Street brought out the best in the representatives of each side and although Lower Town won, many were of the opinion that a draw would have been the most fitting finish to such an exciting contest.
As might be understood, the field was not in the best form for the game and a few scores were lost owing to that condition, but immediately the ball was thrown in, it was apparent that a treat was in store. Play was for some time at midfield, until the men settled in their places. Langford seemed to assert themselves and made a few unsuccessful attacks on their opponents’ territory. Lower Town rose to the occasion and, after some very useful and spectacular play, they almost defeated William Jones in the goal for a major score. That seemed to arouse the defenders and a determined attack by Langford Street was saved by Batty O Dwyer, only to be renewed and Jim Curran scored a major. Having thus got ‘first blood’ and cheered and encouraged by the followers, Langford Street set a quick pace and, for some five minutes, made attack after attack on Lower Town territory, but without avail. John Power made a few very good saves and the backs, too, were sound. Tom and Mick O Connor were playing splendid football for Langford Street, while John Joe Falvey and Jim O Sullivan were no less conspicuous for the opposition.
There was a pause for a slight injury and, on the renewal, an attack was opened by Lower Town but the ball went wide. They were not to be defeated, however, and an equalising major was soon scored by Mossy Roche. Then the excitement was high but Mick O Connor and J. Doherty scored two minors for Langford Street in a short interval and it looked indeed that a turn had come. For the closing minutes of the first half, Lower Town were on the defensive. Jim Curran, Tim Curran and Tim Sheehan were the outstanding men in that period, while Eddie and William O Reilly and Batty O Dwyer played best for Lower Town. The short whistle found Langford Street leading by 1-2 to 1-0.
On the resumption, Langford Street were again first away but a few changes in positions by their opponents rather upset calculations and then began the struggle for supremacy, which made the game outstanding. As became the captain, Jimmy Curran was doing wonderful work and he scored another major, nor was the nippy John Joe Falvey idle, on the other side. The activities of the captains seemed indeed to further enthuse their respective teams, if that were possible. After eight minutes play, J.J. O Connor scored a minor for Lower Town and that was a signal for renewed applause. Chub O Connor kicked out but John McMahon drove the leather back again, for Mick O Connor to save. Quickly it was passed to Lower territory but a wide resulted. John Joe Falvey then seemed to take things his own way and had his lads on the attack, where P. Cahillane registered another point. Mick O Sullivan won possession from the kick-out, passed to Jim O Sullivan, who again raised the white flag. Langford Street were all out, despite Tim Sheehan playing wonderful football. A free about twenty yards from the Lower goal seemed dangerous, but Langford Street’s luck was not in, as the ball struck the crossbar and came back into play. J.J. O Connor scored a further point for Lower and that left a point in the difference with ten minutes left to play. There was much cheering when Lower found the net, but an ‘outside’ had been previously declared by the umpire and the score was disallowed. There was much give and take and the Langford Street backs were kept busy, while the Lower men swarmed up the field. With four minutes to go, Mossy Roche scored that deciding goal, while many regretted that it had not been an equalising point. All attempts by Langford Street were in vain and the final whistle blew shortly afterwards.
The cup was presented by Rev. Father Mangan, Chairman of the club, present on the field to John Joe Falvey amidst deafening applause. The captain was chaired from the field and through the town, holding the cup and followed by members of the team and supporters.
Lower Town: John Joe Falvey (capt.), John Power (goal), Batty O Dwyer, Johnsie J. O Connor, Declan Crowley, John McMahon, Pat Joy, Jerry P.T. O Sullivan, Mick O Sullivan, Jim O Sullivan, P. Cahillane, Mossy Roche, S. Corkery, Monnie O Reilly, Eddie O Reilly.
Langford Street: Jim Curran (capt.), William Jones (goal), Mick O Connor, Tom O Connor, Tim Curran, Tim Sheehan, Tim ‘Chub’ O Connor, Stevie Foley, M. O Sullivan, J. O Doherty, Joe O Shea, C. Mulholland, C. O Connor, John O Reilly, Paul Costello.
Ref: Tadhg O Reilly N.T.
That night, at the interval in the Whist Drive in aid of the local Boy Scout Troop, Father Mangan presented the medals to the Lower Town team, amidst great applause. He congratulated the winners on their success and complimented the losers on their great display. James O Regan, on behalf of the club, joined in the remarks of the Chairman and referred to the match as of a very high standard and hoped that the distribution of medals that night would be the first of many. John Joe Falvey, on behalf of the team, thanked Father Mangan and Mr. O Regan for their remarks, which the team appreciated very much. He wished also to compliment the Langford Street team on the fine, clean, manly game they had played and the spirit of sport, which they showed. He, like others, was somewhat sorry that the game was not a draw and hoped that the spirit shown on the field that day would long continue and so help make the Laune Rangers a team to be reckoned with.
District Football League
Teams took part from Glenbeigh, Milltown, Dunloe, Steelroe, Upper Town and Lower Town. The league commenced in July.
Rd. 1: Steelroe beat Glenbeigh.
Rd. 2: Lower Town beat Steelroe.
Sun. 14th Aug: Dunloe defeated Milltown.
Football Challenge Games
Sun. 24th April at Killorglin: Probable v Possible.
That was a very instructive and interesting match. The selection committee was very disappointed with the showing of the Probables, who would be meeting Legion shortly after that.
Sun. 1st May: Probable v Possible.
It was gratifying to see the marked improvement in that match on the previous Sunday’s showing. A very much better game was played and improved form shown by a fairly good number of the players made matters considerably easier for the selectors. There were a few points that needed addressing, lack of combination, leaving positions and wild, erratic shooting on the part of the forwards. That game was totally devoid of wing play for the reason that the wing players were anywhere but along the wings and then there was too much scuffling for the ball, which spoiled good play and led to too many fouls. Players would have to learn to keep their positions and to play more as a team than as a collection of individuals.
Thurs. 5th May at Killorglin: Laune Rangers 2-4; Dunloe 3-3.
That was a very exciting match and the referee, Father Mangan, had the two teams promptly on the field. The visitors looked a staunch, firm lot, near whom the locals seemed very light, but as play progressed, there was very little between the two. Pete Coughlan, Pat Murphy and the Kerry All-Irelander, Mike Coffey, did great work for Dunloe while Mick Teahan, Mick O Connor and Frank Paul McCarthy played well for the Rangers. The visitors changes over with an advantage of two points, and the play during the second half was very fast and the crowd was treated to a very good exhibition of football.
In June at Killorglin: Laune Rangers 2-2; Listry 1-1.
That was a junior challenge game. Both teams looked fit and well-balanced and, for the greater part of the hour, it was difficult to guess how the score would go, so even was the play. At halftime, the scores were level at 1-1. That was still the score until the closing stages of the game, when Killorglin were rather lucky to score a goal, to which they soon added a point from a free.
Ref: Tadhg O Reilly.
Sun. 15th July at Killorglin: Laune Rangers beat Keel by four points.
A big number of followers of both teams had the pleasure of witnessing a very good game. Keel travelled minus a few of their ‘stock’ players and Killorglin fielded at full strength. That fact perhaps accounted for the four points’ victory, which small margin, allowing for a very ‘soft’ goal early I the play, was indicative of the closeness and evenness of the match. Both teams showed good training. Keel had the better of the fielding and, on the whole, played a cleaner and more open game than their opponents, but were not quite so good to turn opportunities to account. The best for Killorglin were Tadhg McGillycuddy, whose fine, long punts from goal gave his side much relief, Eddie O Reiily, who did some splendid fielding at midfield, and Pat O Leary (forward) whose accurate shooting did much for the team’s victory. M. O Connor, John O Brien, O Donnell and Owen Moriarty did valuable work for Keel.
Ref: Tadhg O Reilly (Laune Rangers).
Sun. 23rd Oct. at Killarney: Dr. Crokes 0-5; Laune Rangers 0-5.
That was a very good exhibition and the final score was a very true indication of the play, as the teams certainly seemed evenly balanced. Though it was a friendly, both clubs put their best on the field.
Sun. 18th Sept. at Castlemaine: Castlemaine lost to Laune Rangers.
What should have been a very interesting match was spoiled by the inequality of the teams and the nature of the day. Castlemaine, with a mixed selection, went down to a senior pick from Killorglin.
As a trial game for the Munster Colleges’ football team, the Kerry Colleges played the Rest of Munster Colleges in Killarney on Sun. 28th Feb. and won by 3-6 to 0-4. Mick O Connor, Intermediate School, was Killorglin’s only representative on the Kerry team.
All-Ireland Colleges Semi-final on Sun. 13th March at Killarney: Munster beat Connacht.
All-Ireland Colleges Final on Sun. 27th March at Croke Park: Ulster 2-6; Munster 0-7.
Mick O Connor was on the Munster selection.
On Sun. 2nd October the schoolboys from different sides of the district met in a football test and no All-Ireland final was ever played with more dash and determination, nor indeed, from the players’ point of view, with more at stake, for the honour of the side and the reputation of the youthful stalwarts were something not thought lightly of. The knowledge of the game and the fine bouts of play shown by some of the little lads were remarkable. The Upper Section defeated the Lower Section by a small margin.
Sun. 2nd Oct. at Killorglin: Intermediate School were safe winners over the Vocational School.
That was a very tame affair with a few outstanding players on either side.
Sean McCarthy, Corcaigh, was elected as Uachtarán CLG.
William P. Clifford, Luimneach, was elected Chairman of the Munster Council, Seán McCarthy, Ciarraí, was Secretary and John Joe Sheehy, Ciarraí, was Treasurer.
The Annual Convention of the Kerry Co. Board was held in the Courthouse, Tralee on Sun. 31st Jan. The following officers were elected: Chairman – Din Joe Baily, Vice-Chairman – Con Brosnan, Secretary – John Joe Landers, Joint-Treasurers – John Moran and Con Clifford, Representatives to Munster Council – Joe Joe Sheehy and Con Brosnan, Chairman of Senior Football Selection Committee – Tom Costello.
The Annual Convention of the East-Kerry Board was held on Sun. 17th Jan. in the UDC Chambers, Killarney. Laune Rangers were represented by Liam McSweeney, Tadhg O Reilly and Paddy Foley. Liam McSweeney, after a long discussion on petty matters, was moved to say that some delegates had come a long distance and it was not to hear small, petty things thrashed out. He appealed for a broad outlook by the delegates and, if that was forthcoming, he felt sure that 1932 would be a landmark in the history of the GAA in East-Kerry. The remaining business was conducted with the utmost harmony and goodwill. The following officers were elected unanimously: Chairman – Eddie Joe Moynihan (Headford), Vice-Chairman – Jeremiah O Leary (Dr. Crokes), Hon. Secretary – Denis Shanahan, ass. Hon. Secretary – Nelius McCarthy (Dr. Crokes), Treasurer – Jack O Dwyer (Laune Rangers), Delegates to Co. Board – Eddie Joe Moynihan, Liam McSweeney and Martin Wade, Delegate to Annual Congress – Liam McSweeney.
Liam McSweeney and Jack O Dwyer represented the East-Kerry Board at the Co. Board meeting on Sun. 15th May. Joe O Shea, Steve Foley and Frank Paul McCarthy, all of Killorglin, were re-instated into the GAA (They had obviously been suspended under the ‘foreign games’ rule).
Eddie Joe Moynihan presided at a meeting of the East-Kerry Board in the Urban Council Office, Killarney in April. Liam McSweeney and Danny Clifford represented Laune Rangers. An order was made that each club place its playing pitch at the disposal of the Board free of charge. It was also decided that it would be strongly emphasised upon the Tralee clubs the necessity to cease poaching players in the East-Kerry division.
James O Regan and Tadhg O Reilly represented Laune Rangers Club at the East-Kerry Board meeting in Aug.
At a Laune Rangers Club meeting on Fri. 5th March, Liam McSweeney proposed and Paddy Foley seconded, ‘That we tender to our fellow member, John Joe Falvey, and members of his family, our sincerest sympathy on the death of his brother,’ Messrs. Sheehy, Jack O Dwyer, C. O Connor and Danny Clifford associated themselves with the resolution, which was passed, all members standing.
The Laune Rangers Club ran a Whist Drive in the Temperance Hall on Sun. 21st March, which commenced at 8.30pm.
Kerry Senior Colleges’ Cup (O Sullivan Cup) Semi-final on Sat. 9th April at Killorglin:
St. Brendan’s 2-5; Cahersiveen CBS 1-7.
Dr. Crokes and Keel met in the 1931 East-Kerry League Final on Sun. 17th April at Killorglin. Pars from Puck by Laune Ranger made the following reply to a report on the game in the subsequent issue of the Kerryman: “The writer sets down the ‘smallness of the field’ as the possible cause of much too frequent stoppages during the game. Now, we take it that he, of course, refers to our playing pitch, and we may be pardoned for informing him that this is well over the minimum and furthermore that there are very few football pitches in the county of maximum dimensions. Even clubs more pretentious than ours cannot boast of such pitches. We may further remind the writer that there were some very important county matches played in this field and the suggestion of the field being ‘short’ was not then made. Tralee Mitchels played the Laune Rangers in the Kerry County Championship here in 1910 and, in 1911, both semi-finals were played here, when the Mitchels met Cahersiveen and the Rangers lined out against Valentia and there was no suggestion then of the field being too short.
Nor do we agree with the writer that the conduct of the crowd was discreditable, at any time during the match. The lines were well kept, and the crowd most enthusiastic and orderly, save on the occasion of an injury to one of the players when, the match suspended, quite a number went on the field, as is occasionally done. This was not discreditable. This was nothing to ‘write up’ against the crowd. When, within the closing stages of the match, the excitement ran high, a number unconsciously encroached, but the linesman again restored the ‘all clear’. We certainly agree that our local club had much cause for resentment in the report.
Nor still do we agree with another writer, whose reference to minor injuries in the match would lead one to believe that the injuries were suffered by only one side. This was not so, as ‘honours’ in that respect were about evenly divided, all being very minor. Exaggerated reports such as these do much harm to the game and we are surprised to find them creeping in in Kerry.”
Kerry won the Munster Football Final by beating Tipperary in the final at Carrick-on-Suir by 3-10 to 1-4 on Sun. 7th Aug. They beat Dublin by 1-3 to 1-2 in the All-Ireland Semi-final and accounted for Mayo in the final by 2-7 to 2-4 to equal Wexford’s long standing record of four-in-a-row and to win its eleventh senior title.
Kerry: Dan O Keeffe (Strand Street), Dee O Connor (Dr. Crokes), Joe Barrett (Rock Street) capt., Jack Walsh (Asdee), Paul Russell (Dr. Crokes), Joe O Sullivan (Dingle), Paddy Whiddy (Boherbue), Bob Stack (Ballybunion), Johnny Walsh (Ballylongford), Con Geaney (Castleisland), Miko Doyle (Rock Street), Tim Landers (do.), Jackie Ryan (do.), Con Brosnan (Newtownsandes), John Joe Landers (Rock Street). Sub: Bill Landers for C. Geaney, Bill Kinnerk (Boherbue), Dan Ryan (Rock Street), Eamonn Fitzgerald (Caherdaniel), Jack Flavin (North-Kerry), James Quill (Strand Street), Tim O Donnell (Camp), Martin O Regan (Rock Street), Jack O Connor (Boherbue), Mick Healy (Rock Street).
As usual, Killorglin was well-represented at Croke Park to cheer on the Kingdom. A special Mass, to accommodate those travelling to Dublin, was celebrated at 6.30am and the train left Killorglin Station at 7.20am.
Kerry won the All-Ireland Minor Football Championship final by defeating Laois by 3-8 to 1-3 at Roscrea on 18th Aug.
Kerry: Brendan Reidy (Rock St.), Frank O Neill (do.), Bernie Healy (Strand Road), John P. Doyle (Rock St.), Paddy McMahon (Mitchels), Peter Ronan (Strand Road), Sean McCarthy (Castleisland), Jerry O Sullivan (Mitchels), Ted Weir (do.), Pat McMahon (Listowel), Padraig Ferriter (Ballyferriter), Michael Wrenn (Tarbert), Wilsie Brosnan (Castleisland), Timmy O Leary (Killarney), Charlie O Sullivan (Camp) capt. Subs: Michael Collins (Strand Road), Larry Crowley (do.), Jimmy O Gorman (Boherbue), Paddy O Brien (do.), Willie Brick (do.).
Murt Kelly captained Dublin to win the Leinster Senior Football Championship but Kerry beat them in the All-Ireland Semi-final in a downpour by 1-3 to 1-1.
Murt Kelly helped Erin’s Hope (St. Patrick’s Training College) to win the Dublin Co. Senior Football Championship.
In Nov. the death occurred in Dublin of one of the old Laune Rangers, John D. Murphy. He had been the principal in Clounclough N.S., Currow and formerly a teacher in Killorglin. A native of Newmarket, Co. Cork, while in Killorglin, he had helped to found the Laune Rangers’ Club and ‘coached’ the finer points of the game to the Rangers. He had been on the team that played in Clonturk Park in 1893 (the 1892 final). Jack, as he was known to the Rangers, was an outstanding player and, all through his life, he had a lively interest in the national game and, indeed, in everything Irish. He went to reside in Dublin on his retirement.
Kerry played Dublin in Tralee in the National Football League on Sun. 13th Nov. and won by 0-9 to 0-7. Murt Kelly played at centre half-forward for Dublin.
A General Election was held in February and the following T. D’s were elected to represent Kerry: Jack Flynn (FF), Castlemaine; Eamonn Kissane (FF), Newtownsandes; Fionán Lynch (Cumann na nGaedheal), Dublin; Tom McEllistrim (FF), Ballymacelligott; Fred. Hugh Crowley (FF), Killarney; Thomas J. O Reilly (FF), Killarney; John Marcus O Sullivan (Cumann na nGaedheal), Dublin. Others, who unsuccessfully contested the election, were James Crowley (Cumann na nGaedheal), Listowel, John Moore (Cumann na nGaedheal), Dingle, and Patrick Trant (Farmer), Listowel. Fianna Fáil swept into power and Eamonn De Valera was elected as Taoiseach.
Never in its history had Killorglin looked so well. Never had there been such a display of devotional flags and colours. Anxiety to participate in the demonstration of respect and devotion seemed to have taken the people as nothing else had. Flags were flown from the houses and buntings crossed the streets at various points and shrines had been erected in several places. The Eucharistic Congress Cross suspended by wire fro the house-tops across Langford street presented an arresting appearance, when the electric lights with which it was studded, were illuminated. With the McGillycuddy Reeks forming a distant background, the scene was reminiscent of the fire lighted by the Saint on the Hill. A large number travelled to Dublin in June to be present at the Congress.
The officers of the Co. Kerry National Schools’ Sports Committee were, Chairman – Dr. Eamonn O Sullivan, Vice-Chairman – Bro. Barrow (Monastery, Killarney), Hon. Secretary – Alf Smith (Killarney), Hon. Treasurer – Jack O Dwyer (Killorglin). At the AGM on Fri. 13th may in the Commercial Rooms, Killarney, Diarmuid O Donoghue represented Killorglin N.S.
The Co. Kerry National Schools Sports were held in Killarney on Sun. 19th July. Killorglin N.S. won Corn Chiarraí as the best overall school with 28.5 points from Monastery, Killarney with 25.5 points. The all-round medal went to John Houlihan, Killorglin with Pete Moroney, Killorglin in third place. The following were the Killorglin results:
Junior: 100 yards Final – 2nd Timmy O Connell; Long Jump – 1st P. O Sullivan; 220 yards – 2nd Timmy O Connell and Pa Houlihan (tie).
Senior: Long Jump – 3rd P. Doyle; 100 yards – 3rd Pete Moroney; 220 yards – 1st John Houlihan; 440 yards – 1st John Houlihan; High Jump – 1st Pete Moroney; Relay Race 4×220 yards (U-15 years) – 1st Killorglin.
The Committee charged with the running of the Killorglin Sports meeting was, Chairman – Rev. Father Mangan, Vice-Chairman – Tadhg McGillycuddy, Hon. Treasurer – Jack O Dwyer and Michael C. Sheehan was an energetic Hon. Secretary.
A Novice NACA Sports Meeting took place in Killorglin on Sun. 3rd July. Although the attendance did not nearly approach that of previous fixtures, a successful programme was completed. The Killorglin athletes fared as follows:
880 yards – C. Foley, M. Houlihan and J. McGillycuddy competed.
Long Jump – 1st D. Sheehan, 2nd J. Roche. Joe O Shea and D. Costello also competed.
High Jump – Frank McCarthy, Ted Mangan and D. Sheehan competed.
One Mile Cycle – 1st Paul O Shea.
Two Miles Cycle – 1st A. Blennerhassett. Paul O Shea and P. White competed.
Three Miles Cycle – 2nd P. White. A. Blennerhassett, Frank McCarthy and Joe O Shea competed.
Relay Race (confined to GAA League) – 1st Coolbane, 2nd Langford Street. Lower Town and Intermediate School competed.
Tug-o-war – 1st Coolbane.
The Waterville Sports were held on Sun. 10th July. Laune Rangers’ athletes competed as follows:
100 yards (open) – Murt Kelly competed. One Mile Flat (open) – M. C. Sheehan competed.
Long Jump (open) – 1st Murt Kelly. Triple Jump (open) – 1st Murt Kelly.
One Mile Cycle (open) – 1st P.J. O Sullivan, 2nd A. Blennerhassett.
Three Miles Cycle (open) – 2nd A. Blennerhassett. P. J. O Sullivan also competed.
Dr. Eamonn O Sullivan was Chairman of Kerry Co. Board NACA, Liam McSweeney and Jack O Dwyer were Joint-Hon. Secretaries.
The Kerry Co. Championship Sports were held in Austin Stack Park, Tralee on Sun. 18th Sept. Laune Rangers’ athletes fared as follows:
Three Miles Cycle – A. Blennerhassett competed. 220 yards flat – M. C. Sheehan competed.
Long Jump – Murt Kelly competed. Triple Jump – Murt Kelly competed.
On Sat. 13th Aug. the Killorglin Regatta took place. Long before the scheduled time, a large crowd had assembled on the Bridge. The results were as follows:
1st Race (7 men, 3 oars) – 1st Cromane (Dan McCarthy), 2nd Callanfersy (Maurice Harmon), 3rd Steelroe (Sean McKenna). Caragh Lake (Donal McGillycuddy) broke an oar at the start.
2nd Race (5 men, 3 oars, over 2.5 miles) – 1st Cromane (Dan McCarthy), 2nd Callanfersy (Maurice Harmon), Caragh Lake (Donal McGillycuddy). An objection was upheld and Cromane were disqualified, leaving Callanfersy and Caragh sharing the prizes.
3rd Race (5 men, 3 oars over 1.5 miles) – 1st Caragh Lake (Donal McGillycuddy), 2nd Steelroe (Sean McKenna), 3rd Callanfersy (Maurice Harmon), 4th Gurrane (Michael Sheehan).
The Caragh Lake Regatta took place on Sun. 21st Aug. on a fine day with a large number of spectators. It was the first time that Waterville Lake crews attended. The results were as follows:
2-oar Race (with cox) – 1st Waterville Lake (Frank and Joe Wharton, with J. Donnelly as cox), 2nd Waterville Lake (Bert Huggard and Dan Riordan, with Con Curran as cox).
3-oar Race (with cox) – 1st Waterville Lake (Joe Wharton, D. Riordan and Bert Huggard, with Con Curran as cox), 2nd Caragh Lake.
3-oar Race (2 men on each clamp-oar, with cox. i.e. seven men in each boat) – 1st Callanfersy (Maurice Harmon cox), 2nd Cromane (Dan McCarthy cox), 3rd Caragh Lake (Donal McGillycuddy cox). Also competed – Caragh Lake (M. McKenna cox).
3-oar Race (five men in each boat) – 1st Cromane (Dan McCarthy cox), 2nd Caragh Lake (Donal McGillycuddy cox), 3rd Callanfersy (Maurice Harmon). Also competed – Gurrane and Caragh Lake.
Sculling Race – 1st Frank Wharton, 2nd M. O Connor (Cromane).
Judge and Starter – Pat Cummins.
The Cromane Regatta was held on Sun. 25th Sept. and was a great success despite the unfavourable weather. The results were as follows:
7-men Open Race – 1st Michael Sugrue (Lower Cromane), 2nd J. Sweeney (Curraheen), 3rd J. Casey (Stookisland).
2nd Race – 1st James Healy (Liss), Donal McGillycuddy (Caragh Lake), 3rd Michael Sugrue (Lower Cromane).
7-men Race (confined to boats and crews from the parish of Killorglin) – 1st Dan McCarthy (Lower Cromane), 2nd James Foley (Upper Cromane).
Jeremiah McSweeney was Chairman of Kerry Co. Council
The Killorglin Drag Hunt took place on Sun. 28th Aug. in splendid weather at Counavree. Thirty-three dogs lined up at the start. For the five or six miles of the course that they were in sight, the dogs were bunched together. When again they came into sight, it could be seen that they were still close together and excitement grew as it was noticed that one of the Killorglin pack (Peter Horgan’s) gradually drew away from the others. He maintained a comfortable lead until within a field from home he inexplicably fell back. Two dogs from Killoe Club took first and second places and a dog from Cahersiveen was in third place. The Secretary of the Club, John Conway O Connor, did Trojan work to ensure the hunt’s success.
On Fri. 16th September Alec Nelson, NACA Coach, delivered a most interesting lecture on ‘Athletics and Training’ in the Carnegie Hall. There was a very large attendance and all were high in their appreciation of the lecturer and his treatment of the subject. He dealt with the various aspects of training in detail. His illustrations of the common faults in starts, etc. were those of a master of the subject and his lengthy treatment of the various athletic and field events, from the competitor’s standpoint, was worth much. A hearty vote of thanks was accorded on the proposal of William Roche, seconded by T. Ryle. Liam McSweeney presided.