Laune Rangers – 1934
The 1933 Munster Camogie Semi-final, Kerry v Cork, was played in Killorglin.
The AGM of the Laune Rangers Club took place on Mon. 7th May. The following officers were elected: President – Rev. F.G. Mangan C.C.
Chairman – Mike Joy.
Vice-Chairmen – James O Regan and Jack O Dwyer.
Hon. Secretary – Liam McSweeney.
Ass. Hon. Secretary – Johnsie J. O Connor.
Hon. Treasurer – Batty O Dwyer.
A long discussion took place on getting a local league going and the following fixtures were made: – Cromane v Caragh Lake; Steelroe v Town – to be played at the first opportunity. Another question considered at the meeting was the number of those outside the club who used the field and it was decided to have the following notice put up: ‘This field is reserved for practice for the members of the GAA and Camogie Clubs.’
Co. Senior Football Championship
Eight teams took part in the Co. Senior Football Championship, Kerins O Rahilly’s, Gaeltacht, Austin Stack’s, North-Kerry, Dr. Croke’s, John Mitchel’s, Dingle and East-Kerry. East-Kerry was drawn from Legion, Headford, Keel, Laune Rangers and Farranfore.
Rd. 1 on Sun. 15th April at Killarney Sports-field: East Kerry 0-4; Dr. Croke’s 1-1.
The weather would have done justice to winter in its wildest mood. With rain falling heavily and a strong gale blowing, it was generally assumed that the match would be postponed and, consequently, when the teams lined out, there was but a comparatively small crowd present. The spectators were, however, rewarded with hard fought struggle with the teams practically on level terms throughout the hour. After playing against a stiff breeze, the Croke’s turned over on level terms at halftime and it was generally accepted that that they would emerge victors in easy fashion. But that was not to be. East-Kerry, playing with renewed vigour, rose to great heights and, with dogged determination, went within an ace of gaining the verdict. That the struggle in the second moiety was dour can be gleaned from the fact that only two scores were made, a point for each side. A draw was a fitting result to a thrilling, if not spectacular, match.
From the throw-in Crokes were away but Hanley sent back and, after a tussle at midfield, the ball went towards the Crokes goal where Myers relieved. Tim Teahan returned immediately and a Croke defender was penalised. Timmy O Leary sent low and hard and Murphy kicked clear. The Crokes were finding it hard to make any headway against the stiff breeze and East-Kerry were again on the offensive. After some spirited exchanges, Brendan Cronin opened the scoring with a point. Tim Teahan returned the kick-out and Brendan Cronin sent wide when well placed. O Leary sent in a high ball but the goalie punched clear. In another attack, Crokes conceded a 50, which O Leary sent wide. The ball had not yet passed the East-Kerry lines so one-sided was the game but the Crokes defenders, with Myers conspicuous, were showing up in brilliant style. Monnie O Reilly and Brendan Cronin sent over from close-in frees and then the unexpected happened. Dicko Clifford received near the halfway line and, accompanied by Bill Landers, raced towards the goal. The East-Kerry defenders were all out of place, Clifford had a clear run in and with a first rate shot he beat the goalie all ends up. Nettled by the reverse, East-Kerry took up the running in determined style and, from a free, Healy sent the ball over the bar. Hurley received the kick-out but his effort was wide of the mark and Crokes were attacking in the next minute. Landers got the ball within shooting distance but sent to Butler who drove wide. Healy (East-Kerry) received the kick-out and sent to Cronin who levelled matters with a point. The short whistle went soon afterwards with the scores level at 0-3 to 1-0.
With the wind still blowing strong, Crokes were confident of victory. They went on the attack from the throw-in but Pat O Meara relieved with a lengthy kick. Tim Teahan sent further up and matters looked dangerous for Crokes until Turner cleared. Tim O Donnell was showing up at midfield and East-Kerry were fighting with their backs to the wall for the next five minutes. With Healy proving a tower of strength, they held their posts intact. Play veered round and Griffin, playing in great style, cleared for Crokes. The East-Kerry defenders then had some anxious moments and were forced to concede a 50. D. Connor took the kick and sent well in. Horan received and passed back to Dicko Clifford, who placed the ball over the bar with a well judged kick. A further free to Crokes was unavailing and East-Kerry next forced the issue. As a result of a neat forward movement, O Leary had the balancing point. The game was still fast and vigorous, with hard tackling a feature. O Donnell sent his men attacking but Healy was not to be beaten and the ball went to John Joe Falvey who sent to Brendan Cronin. A hand-passing movement by O Leary and Cronin was spoiled by fouling and the East-Kerry defenders were again harassed. Landers made a great effort but his kick was just wide of the post. O Donnell and O Connor then sent wide in turn and three 50’s to the Crokes were unavailing. East-Kerry were next on the offensive and were awarded a close-in free from which Healy sent wide. With about a minute to go Butler received in a scoring position but his kick was just short and Ahern cleared. The long whistle went soon after with Crokes attacking.
The players acquitted themselves admirably and it would be hard to find fault with any one of the thirty. Although the exchanges were of a vigorous nature, tempers were seldom frayed and no untoward incident occurred. As for the Rangers quartet on the team, Tim Teahan played marvellously during the hour and was easily one of the outstanding players of the thirty, Tom O Connor surprised even his most enthusiastic supporters and played much better than he had on any previous occasion, Nippy John Joe Falvey was as active, elusive and safe as ever and figured as a star amongst the others and Monnie O Reilly gave of his best and, playing up to his usual form, was a man to contend with in his position.
East-Kerry: Pat O Meara (Legion), Charles Ahern (do.) goal, Mickey O Sullivan (do), Mikey O Connor (Keel), David Hurley (Legion), Denny Healy (Headford/Laune Rangers), Tom O Connor (Laune Rangers), Mickey McCarthy (Kilcummin), Tim Teahan (Laune Rangers), Brendan Cronin (Castlemaine), Timmy O Leary (Legion), John Joe Falvey (Laune Rangers), Monnie O Reilly (do.), Paddy Fleming (Legion), Mikey Lyne (do.).
Dr. Crokes: Michael Cuniffe (goal), Bill Myers, Harry Turner, Pat Murphy, Jerry Lyne, Tim O Donnell, Dee O Connor, Charles Irwin, Sonny Griffin, Bill Landers, M. Butler, Sam O Keeffe, Dicko Clifford, A. Moriarty, D. Horan.
Replay on Sun. 24th June at Killarney: East-Kerry 1-6; Dr. Croke’s 1-5.
After one of the most exciting matches ever witnessed in the town, East-Kerry triumphed over Crokes. It was a ding dong struggle from start to finish with very little, if anything between the teams. With the lead changing hands pretty often, interest was sustained right up to the final whistle and the last five minutes were the most thrilling of the hour. East-Kerry pulled down an early reverse and had their heads in front with five minutes to go. Another minutes and Dr. Crokes equalised. Then O Leary clinched matters with a smashing point. Crokes made a great last minute effort and O Donnell, from a free, was just wide of the posts with a great kick.
The teams were played on to the pitch by the Clonmel Pipers’ Band, which gave a rendering of the National Anthem prior to the start of the game. There was a large crowd and the weather was ideal. A notable absentee from the Croke’s selection was Myers, the Kerry minor, who was absent through illness.
Crokes were away from the start and Mickey O Sullivan returned. Tim O Donnell sent back and S. Casey opened the scoring with a point for Crokes after one minute’s play. East-Kerry were up in a flash and D. Connor cleared and O Donnell received at midfield to put his side attacking. A free relieved for East-Kerry and in a further Croke attack, Pat O Meara cleared. The ball went to John Joe Falvey who was fouled but the resultant free went wide. Hurley and Mikey O Connor cleared for East-Kerry in turn and, after some exciting exchanges at midfield, the ball went to M. Lyne. He sent in a rasping shot, which struck the crossbar and was deflected through for a goal. The pace was a cracker and the exchanges were of a lively order. In a good Croke movement, Irwin sent to Johnson, who passed inside to Casey and he made no mistake with hard shot, which gave the goalie no chance. East-Kerry moved up the field from the kick out and Griffin relieved, when hard pressed. Keeping up the pressure, East-Kerry were awarded a free. The ball was sent back to M. Lyne and Healy sent to Falvey, who centred well but D. Connor proved a stumbling block. The ball went to O Donnell, O Meara cleared the kick and East-Kerry went on the attack from a free. A rasping shot was saved by Cuniffe and Turner sent further up the field. A fast pace was still being maintained and a feature of the play was the sound defensive play of both teams. A free to East-Kerry was returned by P. Murphy. The Croke’s supporters waxed jubilant when Tim O Donnell sent the ball over the bar from a free 40 yards out. The ball was at the other end in a flash and a sustained attack was beaten off by the Crokes defenders. Irwin sent wide before East-Kerry again attacked and Griffin proved his mettle in a hot onslaught. East-Kerry again looked like scoring when Turner chipped in and cleared. The Croke defenders were having a busy time and, from a close-in free, O Leary raised the white flag. Two fifties to Crokes were unavailing and then East-Kerry had the innings without result. In a right forward movement Dicko Clifford was fouled and O Donnell had a minor from the free. The short whistle sounded shortly afterwards, leaving the scores 1-1 to 1-3 in favour of the Crokes.
On the resumption, Crokes went to the attack and were rewarded a free, which Healy returned. John Joe Falvey received and sent the leather into Croke territory, where O Leary sent wide from a close-in free. A further free was saved and O Leary, gathering the clearance, had a smart point. O Donnell gathered the kick-out and sent to O Keeffe, whose effort was wide. Hurley (East-Kerry) figured in a solo movement down the wing and things looked dangerous for Crokes until Turner relieved. Buckley nullified another attack and a 50 for East-Kerry was cleared by Griffin, who was showing up in great style. The winners were moving in rare style at that stage, Slattery, at midfield, keeping his forwards well supplied with the ball. Turner, Connor and Griffin cleared in turn but East-Kerry were not to be denied and O Leary had the balancing point with twenty minutes to go. Up and down the field went the ball with both goalies having some anxious moments. Excitement was growing intense as the game proceeded, a thrilling finish was assured both teams were striving might and main to gain the upper hand but the defences were prevailing and scores were kept to a minimum.
In the East-Kerry attack, Lyne was injured but resumed after attention. McCarthy (E.K.) sent wide when well placed and from the kick out, O Donnell had the ball at the other end. Slattery returned and the ball went to John Joe Falvey, who put Tom O Connor in possession close in and the white flag went up. In the next minute, O Donnell levelled from a free. Fifteen minutes to go and the sides were level, the struggle became pulsating. Lyons and Griffin cleared in turn and Irwin sent his men attacking at the other end. A wide resulted and Slattery, who was having a great game, received the kick-out. Connor and Turner cleared and Casey sent wide at the other end. Alternate onslaughts were fruitless. Five minutes left and the sides were still level. Lyne put East-Kerry ahead with a point from a free and, almost immediately, Johnson struck the upright at the other end. O Donnell had the equaliser with four minutes still left to play. There was a hush as Healy took a free about 45 yards from the Crokes’ goal. He sent well in, O Leary snapped up the ball from a melee and crashed it over the bar for the winning score. The Crokes made a desperate last-minute effort and were awarded two frees in quick succession. The first, taken by Clifford, was cleared and O Donnell made a great effort with the second but it was just wide of the posts. The long whistle went immediately.
East-Kerry: Charles Ahern, Pat O Meara, Mickey Sullivan, Denny Healy, David Hurley, Mikey O Connor, J. Connor, B. Slattery (Legion), Tim Teahan, Timmy O Leary, M. McCarthy, John Joe Falvey, Paddy Fleming, Mikey Lyne, Tom O Connor.
Dr. Croke’s: Michael Cuniffe, Harry Turner, Dee O Connor, Derry Griffin, Ned Buckley, Sam O Keeffe, Jerry Lyne, Dicko Clifford, Bill Landers, Tim O Donnell, Vincent Johnson, Charles Irwin, M. Casey, B. Casey, Pat Murphy.
Ref: Brendan Quill (Tralee).
Semi-final on Sun. 12th Aug. at Austin Stack Park: O Rahilly’s 4-9; East-Kerry 1-3.
This game was a very disappointing affair, East-Kerry failing completely to put up a serious challenge. They began in promising fashion and drew first blood with a point from M. McCarthy. However, after that burst, the home team took control and the issue was never in doubt.
The football displayed was never up to championship standard. No doubt, had the champions been more seriously extended, their true form might have been gauged. As it was, nothing could be said of the O Rahilly’s fifteen except that their disposal of East-Kerry was indeed an easy matter. The Easterners as individuals played soundly but as a team they lacked the combining qualities and finished movements that go to make a brilliant side. Their forward movements were disconnected and spasmodic, showing a lack of understanding amongst the marksmen. At midfield, the O Rahilly pair held sway and were continually feeding their forwards. The East-Kerry backs had a trying time throughout, but stood up rather well. They were never a match for the Strand Street shooters, however.
The opening minutes of the first moiety were keenly interesting. The visitors, shortly after the throw-in, swept away and raised a white flag. The O Rahilly’s quickly found their feet, however, and some fine forward play put them in the lead. Counihan, Crowley, Sullivan and Ronan were a dangerous lot and their cohesive play brought off numerous scores. Spring, Brick and Conway kept them busy all through with long, raking kicks that invariably reached a colleague’s hands. The home backs had little or nothing to do until the closing stages, when East-Kerry made some determined efforts. Healy, Moynihan and Fitzgerald were always safe, however.
Though the visitors were outclassed in every department, one saw at times some bright flashes, which betokened good things for the side. Their breaking away for scores was usually of a lightning character, which, if backed up with a strong finish, must have undoubtedly borne scores. O Leary was invariably in the picture, ever searching for openings. Cronin, on the other wing, fast and nippy, played in good style for the full term. The midfield pair, Slattery and Tim Teahan, though never excelling the home pair, acquitted themselves fairly well. The halftime score was 3-3 to 0-2 in favour of the home team.
The closing half was practically a repetition of the first, except that it was still more one-sided. The champions piled up a substantial lead and play invariably hung round the East-Kerry goal-mouth. Occasionally, the East-Kerry men made some creditable efforts to work away and their efforts were rewarded close on time, when they raised the green flag. Play on the whole, however, during the final period was listless and monotonous with little high-class splashes to brighten things up.
East-Kerry: Charles Ahern (goal), Pat O Meara, Mickey Sullivan, Jack Hurley, David Hurley, Dinny Healy, Tom O Connor, B. Slattery, Tim Teahan, Timmy O Leary, Mickey McCarthy, Brendan Cronin, Brendan Cronin, Owen Moriarty (Keel), Mikey Lyne.
O Rahilly’s: Danno Keeffe, Simon Moynihan, Jack Healy, Jeremiah Fitzgerald, James Quill, Paddy O Brien, Paddy Lawlor, Dan Spring, Paddy Kennedy, Willie Brick, Dan Joe Conway, Peter Ronan, Jack Counihan, Charlie Sullivan, Larry Crowley.
Ref: Paddy Whiddy (John Mitchel’s).
Prior to the Co. Final between O Rahilly’s and Austin Stack’s, internment at national level raised its ugly head and Austin Stack’s refused to play in protest at the arrest of some of their players. They were supported by O Rahilly’s and, since the Co Board stood down in 1935, the final was never played.
East-Kerry Senior Football League/Championship
There were the following teams in the league: Laune Rangers, Dr. Croke’s, Keel, Kilcummin, Currow, Legion, Castlemaine (Castlemaine later failed to field a team but were allowed to play in the Junior League). The competition was played on a league basis but a team, beaten twice, dropped out.
Sun. 7th Oct. at Killorglin: Laune Rangers w/o; Castlemaine scr.
Castlemaine failed to field a team. That was most disappointing as the seniors had bestirred themselves and were looking forward to pleasing the supporters.
Sun. 28th Oct. at Killorglin: Laune Rangers 3-6; Kilcummin 0-3.
The weather was very favourable and the sod was good but the crowd was very small. It was not difficult to find the reason for that, as too frequently had the Gaelic followers been disappointed in those fixtures. There was another disappointment on that occasion, as the junior contest, Castlemaine v Ballyhar, did not materialise.
Referee Dermot Griffin had the senior teams lined out on time and, from the outset, it looked as if there was to be a closely contested match, but as things went on, the Rangers were all over superior to their opponents and that especially so in the second moiety.
The Rangers led off the scoring with a point soon after the throw-in. That got Kilcummin going and a fine effort was beaten out by the Rangers backs. After a few minutes midfield play, the home side added a further minor to their score. There was excitement among the Kilcummin following soon afterwards when the white flag was raised and followed soon after by another point. With the scores level, the Killorglin posts were again hard pressed but relief came and the attackers had to contend themselves with a point. Then there was very close football and fouls were frequent. Rangers scored the equalising point shortly before halftime to leave the scores at 0-3 each.
Of the second half there is little to be said save that Rangers had matters all their own way, the ball coming within their own line only twice during that half.
Sun. 11th Nov. at Killarney: Laune Rangers 2-5; Dr. Crokes 1-5.
Laune Rangers emerged victors by a comparatively safe margin, after a thrilling and robust game. It was the stiffest engagement that the Rangers had for a considerable time, as the Crokes, always a tough proposition, played up to their usual form. The victors were missing Tim Teahan, and he was a huge loss, and had a few others not up to usual form – victims of colds, etc. – the Crokes were also short a few of their original selection.
There were times during the match when things seemed to become too robust but generally it was a very good game, in which, until the final whistle, the decision seemed in doubt. Though the Rangers missed many openings, the same could be said of the vanquished. Much work needed to be done on practice and combination, knowing one another’s play, weaknesses and strong points and especially the practice of free-taking.
Crokes started off with the advantage of a slight wind and the visitors’ posts were soon in danger. One of the Killorglin defenders conceded a free and Murphy raised the white flag with the kick. Crokes continued to press but were met by stubborn defence. The play was of a bright nature with the home side holding a slight advantage. Keogh missed badly from a close-in free, the leather went to the other end where Monnie O Reilly burst through for a neat point to level the scores. Continuing the pressure, the Rangers took the lead with a point per Mick O Connor. Murphy had the better of a midfield duel with Mick Teahan and sent to Griffin whose parting shot was wide. Bobby Ryng got possession and, evading two opponents, punched the ball over the bar to again level the scores. Rangers took up the running and Rabb saved in fine style when a score seemed likely. Morrissey sent further up the field and Murphy regained the lead for the Crokes when he pointed a free. A nice movement by the Rangers left Monnie O Reilly in possession and the Crokes goalie failed to hold a fast shot, which left the home side two points in arrears. T. Keogh had a point at the other end and the short whistle found the rangers leading by a point, 1-2 to 0-4.
The second moiety opened at a fast pace and the Crokes were quickly into the attack. Kelly, who was playing a great game, sent a beauty across the Killorglin posts and Ryng, cashing in, beat the goalie all ends up for the major score. Play waxed exciting and the Rangers were fighting hard to reduce the deficit. Mick O Connor kicked a great point from a free near the fifty yards mark after alternate attacks, in which the defences shone. Reilly pointed for the visitors and that score was quickly supplemented by a major score, which gave them a commanding lead. The Crokes fought every inch of the way and, after a hot tussle with the Rangers defence, Ryng sent over the bar to reduce the lead. Some dangerous onslaughts followed on the visitors’ posts but the defence held out. The ball transferred to the other end a point to Rangers by Mick Teahan closed the scoring.
The Laune Rangers players were high in their praise of Denny Healy, the fullback, who had to bear much of the attack during the hour, though he got very able assistance from his right and left. Two former Rangers played with the Crokes in that game, Pat Murphy and Pat Hartnett. They played with as much determination against their former colleagues as they had on many occasion with them.
Laune Rangers: John Joe Falvey, Dinny Healy (Headford), Tom O Connor (Ardmoniel), Mick O Connor(do.), Tim Sheehan (Tinnahalla), Mick Teahan (Gurrane), John O Reilly (Langford St.), Eugene Curran, Mick O Sullivan (Ballyledder), Liam Foley (Bansha), Pat O Leary (Caragh Lake), Eddie O Reilly (Lower Bridge St.), Monnie O Reilly (do.), Pat Kelliher (Callanfersy), Joe O Shea (Langford St.).
Dr. Crokes: William Rabb, Bill Myers, Owen Teahan, Jim Morrissey, Sam O Keeffe, Pat Hartnett, Pat Murphy, Charlie Brien, Andrew McCarthy, Tim Keogh, Jackie Keogh, John White, Greg Kelly, Derry Griffin, Bobby Ryng.
Sun. 25th Nov. at Killorglin: Laune Rangers 3-7; Legion 2-1.
The supporters expected a very keen game nor were they disappointed for, though the score gave the impression of a mastery by the Rangers, the play was not so and Legion, on their showing, were worthy of a better score and were unfortunate on more than one occasion on their fie efforts being negated. The game was contested in a fine, manly spirit, vigorous at times indeed but the referee’s work was made easy by the strict discipline of both teams and of the referee, Tadhg O Reilly, Laune Rangers, it had to be said that he kept the players rigidly to the rules and the slightest breach evoked a penalty. He was most strict and impartial. The weather was ideal and the sod suitable but the crowd was rather on the small side.
The teams were set going punctually and Legion were first away to be held up by Rangers backs, who quickly sent the ball to the other end and, after a little neat passing, secured the first score, a point per Mick O Connor. That was followed by a determined attack on Killorglin, which was warded off By Denny Healy after a great effort. John O Reilly figured for the home team then and passed the ball to Mick O Sullivan, who was fouled. The free went wide and then Murphy and O Meara, for the visitors, were much in the picture but a further free was ceded soon afterwards. Mick O Connor took the kick and sent over for the second score. Play then became very close and Tim Sheehan, on the wing, was doing sound work for the Rangers, whilst O Brien was all out for Legion. A neat passing movement put Eddie O Reilly in possession and a third minor was registered after ten minutes play. There followed an attack on the Killorglin goal by Coffey and Hurley and, when a score seemed certain, Jim Curran, in goal, brought off a marvellous save. From the kick-out, Lyne and Purcell were defeated and the leather again travelled towards the visitors’ net, to be sent over for a further point. O Sullivan and Pat O Meara were doing Trojan work in the Legion backline, but the home forwards seemed too elusive and a free to the Rangers, taken by Mick O Connor struck the crossbar and, rebounding into to play, was quickly sent over the bar by Pete Coghlan. The ball travelled quickly to the other end and an over resulted. But it seemed that the determined onslaught of Killarney was not to be rewarded and, from a free, the ball hit the bar and was sent into play by Tom O Connor, who passed on per Mick Teahan to John Joe Falvey, who sent over once more. The play then seemed to lose vigour and, in the last ten minutes, the Rangers seemed to have much the better of the play and scored three majors in quick succession per Monnie O Reilly (1) and Eddie O Reilly (2) to lead at halftime by 3-6 to 0-0.
There was a big change in the second half and, having made a few positional switches, the legion took command early on, sending in for their first score, a major, per P. Fleming after a few minutes’ play. O Leary then did some nice play and Hurley was very much in evidence for Legion, whilst Liam Foley and Mick O Sullivan, the Rangers midfield men, were doing well. Another great effort by Legion was frustrated by the local backline and a wide resulted soon after, which brought relief to the hard-pressed Rangers. The ball then travelled to the visitors’ territory, where Pat O Meara, in the back line, gave relief but John O Reilly, who had been playing a great game all along, quickly returned the leather to Pa O Leary, who put John Joe Falvey in possession to secure a minor. The ball travelled once more to the other end and, after a most determined onslaught, a well-deserved goal was secured by P. Fleming. From the kick-out, Mick Teahan sent to midfield, where Legion again got possession and returned to put over their third score, a minor, per Lyne. Tim Sheehan, on the Rangers wing, got possession and, passing to the forwards, the effort went wide.
Laune Rangers: John Joe Falvey (capt.), Tim Curran (goal), Tom Curran, Dinny Healy, Tom O Connor, Tim Sheehan, Mick Teahan, John O Reilly, Mick O Sullivan, Liam Foley, Mick O Connor, Pat O Leary, Pete Coughlan, Monnie O Reilly, Eddie O Reilly.
Legion: Pat O Meara (capt.), Mickey Lynch, Mick O Sullivan, Jack Hurley, Dermot O Meara, David Hurley, John Murphy, J. Purcell, Michael Coffey, Timmy O Leary, Mikey Lyne, Timmy O Brien, Mickey O Sullivan, Paddy Fleming, Tom Fitzgerald.
Ref: Tadhg O Reilly (Laune Rangers).
At the end of 1934 there were four teams left in the league, Keel, Laune Rangers, Currow and Laune Rangers.
East-Kerry Junior Football League/Championship
The following teams took part, Headford, Kenmare, Ballyhar, Laune Rangers, Listry, Castlemaine, Keel, Firies, Legion, Dr. Croke’s, Rathmore and Brosna.
Sun. 22nd July at Killorglin: Laune Rangers 0-1; Firies 4-5.
The game started punctually at 2.30pm. The home team broke away from the throw-in but their effort went wide. Firies failed twice before D. Cronin found the net after five minutes play. That early success seemed to put life into the visiting team and they dominated the game. Their midfield men controlled the play and fed the forwards well with the ball. J. O Connor, D. Cronin, J. O Brien and J. Foley raised green and white flags before the interval, when Firies had a lead of 3-4 to 0-0.
The Rangers forwards were unable to break through the sturdy Firies defence. Firies had made good use of the first half, during which they had played with the incline and sun in their favour. On the resumption, it looked like as if it would be a case of defending their citadel. They maintained their high standard of play, however, to the end, their fielding being particularly impressive. The home goalie was outstanding and drew applause again and again for brilliant clearances. Though the Laune boys raised only a white flag in the hour, they played gamely to the end and were not so inferior as the score would indicate. The excuse for that display was that the players were complete strangers to one another, from a football perspective, and consequently could not understand one another’s play, and, while there were some good individual displays, lack of combination was their undoing.
Ref: P.J. Wade.
At the end of 1934, there were three teams left in the league, Kenmare, Castlemaine and Legion.
Though it was decided at the AGM to play four teams in the parish league Cromane, Caragh Lake, Steelroe and the Town, that idea was changed subsequently. Instead it was decided to play a three team local league with picked captains: The Holy Terrors (captained by John Joe Falvey), represented Lower Town and east of the Laune, The Dashers (captained by Mick O Connor), represented Upper Town and the townlands to the south, and The Faughs (captained by Tim Teahan) were drawn for the area to the west of the town.. It was felt that, following the popularity of the league in 1933, with a good standard of football and matches started punctually, the same measure of support would be forthcoming during the progress of the series in 1934.
Rd. 1 on Sun. 23rd Sept: The Holy Terrors 3-4; The Dashers 0-0.
The match was timed at 4.30pm so as to give enthusiasts an opportunity of ‘listening-in’ to the All-Ireland Football Final so that they had the football spirit when they came along to witness the local contest. Quite a good number had come when Mike Joy threw in the ball for the start of the Laune Rangers Club League.
The match was good and fought in a fine spirit and, though the Dashers were defeated, they contested every inch with their opponents, held out stubbornly and led attack after attack on the Terrors’ territory but without avail, the final whistle finding them still attacking.
One drawback was obvious from the first game, that the Terrors had a very strong selection, having more than their share of ‘stars’.
The promoters of the league decided that The Holy Terrors (Lower Town/Over Laune) was too strong and that the others had no reasonable chance of winning. Accordingly, it was decided to split the Lower Town combination into two – the north and south side of the street. John Joe Falvey remained in charge of the south side and Monnie O Reilly took charge of his side of the street. This meant that the there was a four-team league instead of the original three. The league would begin afresh, the match already played not counting.
However, at the subsequent club meeting, that proposal did not meet with approval. The club recognised the obvious superiority of Lower Town/Over Laune but preferred to strengthen the other two teams rather than weaken Lower Town. The only way out of that difficulty was to amalgamate the two teams, Dashers and Faughs, so that instead of a four or even a three-sided contest, there would be a two sided league (if such could be called a league). The committee decided to run that unique league along the lines of the yacht trials for the American Cup, five matches to be played (if necessary) and the first team to win three to be deemed the victors.
Camogie Challenge Games
Sun. 1st July at Killorglin: Laune Rangers 7-0; Currow 2-0.
The advanced standard of Camogie skill to which Kerry cailíní had attained was clearly demonstrated in the match, played before the Feis. In the short time that Camogie had been taken seriously in the county, wonderful progress had been made. The visitors put up a splendid showing and, though beaten substantially in the score, the actual play proved them but very little behind their opponents. They had some very good players of whom Kathleen O Loughlin and Eileen Dennehy were most conspicuous. Of the home players, Sheila O Neill, Peggie O Sullivan, Joan Power and Bridie McCarthy were outstanding.
Sat. 21st April at Killorglin: Laune Rangers 1-0; UCC 3-3.
That game was in preparation of the 1933 East-Kerry Camogie Final and although the Rangers were without some of their ‘cracks’, they played a splendid game and were in hard luck to lose.
Sun. 6th May at Killorglin: Laune Rangers beat Tralee.
There were a good number present for that camogie challenge match. Though the local team won convincingly, the visitors, being beginners, displayed grit, determination and a sporting manner, three ingredients for future success.
Football Challenge Games
Sun. 7th April at Listowel: Killorglin 3-2; Listowel 0-1.
That game was played under the auspices of the Catholic Boys’ Scouts organisation before a small attendance.
Sun. 6th May at Currow: Laune Rangers v Currow
Laune Rangers travelled with a strong team but the game had to be called off due to the heavy rain and the state of the pitch.
Sun. 21st Oct. at Killorglin: Laune Rangers beat The Local Volunteers.
The football game did not attract a very big following. ‘Pars from Puck’ by Laune Ranger in the Kerryman complained, “In local matches especially, the players seem to have adopted the motto, ‘Any old time will do,’ and so matches begin anything up to an hour after the scheduled time. This is an attitude unfair to the game, to the organisation, to the Club, to the public and to the players themselves. If the last mentioned had the live interest expected of them in the game, there should be no need of complaint in this respect. It is not the leading players of the team who default in this respect, for these are always first on the line and it is regretted that the others do not follow their lead.”
East-Kerry Camogie League/Championship
1933 Final on Sun. 29th April at Killarney Sportsfield: Laune Rangers 1-0; Dick Fitzgerald’s 0-0.
Laune Rangers felt that they should not have had to play that final, as they had finished on top of the League and, consequently, claimed the cup. However, the powers that be decided that the final would have to be played.
The weather was beautiful for this final to decide the destination of the ‘Lee Products’ Cup, offered for competitions between East-Kerry Clubs. There was a fairly large attendance. The game proved a hard fought affair and was notable for sound defences and poor forward work. That was especially the case in the second moiety, when the home side was trying very hard to gain the upper hand, but poor finishing robbed them of victory.
Killarney bounded off from the throw-in and the ball went wide. Killorglin were next attacking and, after sustained pressure, sent over. Some exciting duels were next witnessed at midfield between S. Kelter and Joan Power. Hard clashes were the order. Killarney were again wide. Then Joan Power got her front line moving and attack followed attack with both defences predominating. Killorglin were having slightly the better of the play and the Killarney goal had several narrow shaves. A Killarney defender was penalised and Joan Power, from the free, sent in a hard shot, which was well saved by the goalie, T. O Connor. The clearance was weak, however, and Peggie O Sullivan had the ball in the net for the opening score. The locals were not to be denied. Ranging up the field, they swarmed round their opponents’ posts but the Killorglin goalie was not to be beaten. Rangers conceded a 25 in a further attack but the defenders cleared a menacing situation. The short whistle went almost immediately with the score at 1-0 to 0-0 in favour of the visitors.
The second half was a series of wides at both ends, with the local team having the better of the exchanges. They attacked repeatedly but failed to penetrate. There were many minor casualties due to the exceedingly hard nature of the play.
Laune Rangers: Nora Kelliher (Intermediate School), Sheila O Neill (Upper Bridge St.) capt, Maggie Curran (Langford St.), Mary O Riordan (Iveragh Road), Agnes Duffy (Upper Bridge St.), Bridie McCarthy (Langford St.), Noreen O Sullivan (Mill Road), Peggy P.T. O Sullivan (Main St.), Peggy Clifford (Iveragh Road), Nellie Foley (Iveragh Road), Brid Clifford (Mill Road), Joan Power (Lower Bridge St.).
Dick Fitzgerald’s: Theresa O Connor, Kathleen Fogarty, Delia Breen, Dolly Kelter, May Collins, S. Todd, E. O Connor, E. O Callaghan, S. Linehan, B. Collins, Phyllis Scully.
Ref: J. Walsh, Headford.
At a subsequent Co. Camogie Board Meeting in Killarney on Sat. 10th June, Dick Fitzgerald’s objected to Laune Rangers being awarded the East-Kerry League on the grounds that two illegal players had played on the Killorglin team. They based their claim on the following and Rule 6 (Club Rules) and asked the Board to get full particulars from the Secretary of the Cork Co. Board:
- That Sighle Ní Néill was affiliated with UCC, Cork Co. Board and had not got a transfer. She had played with UCC against St. Olan’s in the 1933 Cork League.
- That Nora Keliher was affiliated with Muskerry to Cork Co. Board and had not got a transfer. She had played with Muskerry in the 1933 Cork Co. championship.
Chairman (E.J. Moynihan) – What do they mean by asking us to get full particulars from the Secretary of the Cork Co. Board?
Ms. Fogarty (Dick Fitzgerald’s) – To find out definitely whether these were the girls who played and to get written evidence on it.
Chairman – That is not a matter for the Board. It would be a matter for the objecting club to have all the evidence at their disposal.
Ms. Fogarty – Yes. I wrote to them and I told them that I did not think it was my place to get it.
Chairman – You are objecting to two players who have played with another club in some competition in 1933. We want that proved by you. Rule 6 reads, ‘No player can play with more than one club in a season’s competitions.’
Ms. Fogarty handed the Chairman a letter, which, she said, had been received from the Secretary of the Muskerry Camogie Club. The letter stated that Miss Nora Kelliher played League matches with Muskerry in 1933.
Chairman – I can’t take this as evidence. This is no proof.
Ms. Fogarty – Why not?
Chairman – I can’t take paper evidence at all in the case of an objection.
Ms. Fogarty – It ought to be evidence any way. It is written and signed.
Chairman – we must have direct evidence.
Ms. Fogarty – Anything more direct that written evidence?
Chairman – Oh, yes.
After further debate, the Secretary was instructed to write to the Registrar of the Cork Co. Board, asking her to forward a list of the players who played in the UCC/St. Olan’s match at Cork on Nov. 5th 1933. Further consideration of the objection was adjourned.
Co. Camogie League/Championship
At a Co. Kerry Camogie Board meeting in Killarney on Sun. 18th April, at which Laune Rangers were represented by Joan Power, Maureen O Shea and Tadhg O Reilly, the Secretary announced that six teams had entered for the 1934 League/Championship, Dick Fitzgerald’s, Laune Rangers, Shamrock’s (Kenmare), Father Breen’s (Kenmare), Tralee and Headford.
Sun. 3rd June at Kenmare: Laune Rangers failed to show against Father Breen’s.
This matter was raised at the Co. Camogie Board meeting in Killarney on Sat. 9th June. The Secretary of the Father Breen’s Camogie Club, Kenmare, wrote stating that the Killorglin team did not turn up and, therefore, her club claimed the match. They were at a loss of £2 in connection with the match.
Co. Secretary – This match was fixed by the Board for 27th May but Kenmare asked for a postponement as the field in Kenmare was not available. This was agreed to by Killorglin and the match was re-fixed for 3rd June. On the Wednesday before the match I received a letter from Killorglin stating they were unable to travel to Kenmare for the following reasons:
- A number of their girls were ‘laid up’ with the flu.
- There was a GAA match in Killarney, which Tadhg O Reilly was refereeing.
- There was an unveiling ceremony in Glencar.
Continuing, the Secretary said that she wrote to Killorglin telling them that the match had been previously postponed, that there were 56 matches yet to be played, that it would not be easy to finds dates for these and that, if the Board were to wait until every club had its full team, the competition would never be finished. She received a reply from Killorglin stating that they would not travel.
The meeting ordered that the match be replayed and allowed 25/- expenses to the Father Breen Club.
Fri. 20th July at Killorglin: Laune Rangers 3-1; Tralee 1-1.
The field had been rendered unpleasant for play by a shower of rain and light drizzle falling during the match made conditions even worse. The visitors played a very hard match and, notwithstanding the score, the champions were closely tested.
Killorglin were quick to settle down and, though not so speedy as their opponents, their hitting and direction were more effective, so that before the halftime whistle they had 2-1 to Tralee’s 0-0. Nellie Foley and Noreen O Sullivan accounted for a goal each and Sheila O Neill, the captain, scored a point from a free.
On the change over, Tralee showed signs of settling down. They had the better of matters at midfield but their forwards’ aiming was still inaccurate and resulted in many wides. From a ‘seventy’ off the ground, Kit Skinner sent over the bar for Tralee and Hannah O Connor shortly after recorded a major score. A strong puck-out sent the Rangers going again and the Tralee goalie, Sally Sheehy, was hard pressed but made some remarkable saves, to be beaten eventually by a mere ‘creeper’ per Bridie Clifford, which barely crossed the goal-line.
The home team was best served by Bridie McCarthy, Joan Power and Peggy P.T. O Sullivan. Kit Skinner, Sally Sheehy and Hannah O Connor played best for Tralee. Tadhg O Reilly was a capable referee.
Maidrín Ruadh wrote in the Kerry Champion of Sat. 7th Oct. ‘Our local Camogie team, having had a very long rest, must now have grown stale. The unpleasant weather and sodden ground are not by any means incentives to practice. It is likely that other teams are in a like predicament. The match with Father Breen’s, fixed some weeks ago, is yet to be played. It is likely that this game will take place at Kenmare, probably on 4th Nov.’ It was actually fixed for Sun. 18th Nov. but the game was never played.
Munster Camogie Championship
In preparation for the Munster Championship, there was a trial game in Austin Stack Park on Mon. 2nd July. The result was Probables 3-1; Possibles 0-0. For the winners Sheila O Neill, Joan Power, Peggie O Sullivan (Laune Rangers), H. Lenihan, Theresa O Connor, E. Fleming, E. Clifford (Killarney), K. Daly (Kenmare) and K. Wilmot (Listowel) were outstanding. Best for the Possibles were Bridie McCarthy (Laune Rangers), K. O Loughlin (Currow) and M. Moran (Listowel). After the match, the panel was selected.
Rd. 1 on Sun. 29th July at Ennis: Clare 0-0; Kerry 4-3.
The score was not indicative of the play, which was of a high standard that delighted the crowd of spectators. In the first half, there only one goal to Kerry’s credit but in the second half their training told and they slowly wore down the opposition. That was the first inter-county camogie match played in the town and it excited great interest. For Kerry Misses Joan Power (Laune Rangers), Peggie P.T. O Sullivan (Laune Rangers), Dolly Kelter (Killarney) and H. Lenihan (Killarney) were best. Misses Griffin, Downey, Scales, Markham and Hill were most prominent for Clare.
Semi-final on Sun. 12th Aug. at Killorglin: Kerry 3-0; Cork 10-1.
The game was played in fine weather and attracted a fairly large crowd. After the win over Clare, Kerry were expected to make a keen fight for entry into the final but Cork, giving a splendid display, had the game well in hand from the outset and, a showing amazing superiority in combination and field craft, won by an overwhelming margin. The Cork team showed all-round strength and Misses Cotter and Santon were outstanding in a defence that was practically unbeatable. At midfield, Misses Dunlea and Kirby had matters much their own way and gave a regular service to their front line, where Misses McGrath, Buckley and Kinneally were most prominent.
While failing altogether as a team and lacking the craft of their opponents, some of the Kerry girls showed up well individually. Kerry had as much of the game as their opponents but their forwards failed to take advantage of many scoring opportunities , in marked contrast to their opponents’ front line. Miss Peggy O Sullivan kept a very good goal and Miss Sheila O Neill showed up best in a shaky backline. Mary McKenna was easily the best of the Kerry forwards and Joan Power and Teresa O Connor also played well.
At the outset, Kerry broke away and looked like scoring but Cork soon took command. They held matters well in hand, scoring 6 goals to Kerry’s 1 by Miss McKenna in the first half. On the resumption, Kerry again held command for a short period and Joan Power netted. Cork again gained superiority and had a further four goals and a point, while Miss McKenna scored Kerry’s third goal.
Kerry: Peggie P.T. O Sullivan (Laune Rangers), Sheila O Neill (do.), H. Lenihan (Killarney), K. Wilmot (Listowel), Mollie O Sullivan (Kenmare), Joan Power (Laune Rangers), E. Clifford (Killarney), K. Loughlin (Currow), Theresa O Connor (Killarney), E. Fleming (Killarney), Mary McKenna, K. Daly (Kenmare). Subs: Kathleen Fogarty (Killarney), Bridie McCarthy (Laune Rangers), Ms. Dennehy (Currow), M. Moran (Listowel), Hannah O Connor (Tralee), Kit Skinner (Tralee), Kathleen Moynihan (Headford), B. Foley (Blennerville).
Munster/All-Ireland Junior Football Championship
Rd. 1on Sun. 13th May at Mallow: Kerry 3-7; Cork 0-3.
John Joe Falvey played at left full-forward and scored a point. Tim Teahan played at midfield.
Semi-final on Sun. 1st July at Tralee: Kerry 3-7; Clare 0-2
John Joe Falvey played at right full-forward.
Final on Sun. 29th July at Dungarvan: Kerry 2-12; Waterford 0-1.
John Joe Falvey played at left half-forward.
All-Ireland Semi-final on Sun. 26th Aug. at Ballina: Mayo 2-6; Kerry 3-3.
John Joe played at left half-forward.
Semi-final replay on Sun. 9th Sept. at Croke Park: Kerry 2-8; Mayo 1-4
John Joe Falvey was a substitute for that game.
All-Ireland Final on Sun. 14th Oct. at Croke Park: Louth 0-9; Kerry 1-4.
Kerry: Brendan Reidy (Austin Stack’s), Pats Mahony (John Mitchels), Simon Barrett (O Rahillys), Jeremiah Fitzgerald (do.), Dan Joe McCarthy (John Mitchels), Tommy Barrett (Austin Stack’s), Mícheál O Shea (Dingle), Wills Brosnan (O Rahillys), Sean Brosnan (Dingle), Peter Ronan (O Rahillys), Tommy Murphy (John Mitchels), Paddy Kennedy (O Rahillys), Timmy O Leary (Legion), Jackie McKenna (Dingle), Mícheál O Rourke (John Mitchels). Subs: Mick McDonnell (Austin Stack’s), Paddy Drummond (do.), Frank O Neill (do.), John Joe Falvey (Laune Rangers), Willie Mason (John Mitchels).
Seán McCarthy, Corcaigh, was Uachtarán CLG.
William P. Clifford (Luimneach) was Chairman of the Munster Council, Sean 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. 18th Feb. The following officers were elected: Chairman – Din. Joe Baily; Vice-Chairmen – Tadhg O Reilly and the Chairmen of the District Boards; Secretary – John Joe Landers; Representatives on the Munster Council – John Joe Sheehy and P.P. Fitzgerald; Representative on Central Council – John Joe Sheehy.
No report was received from the East-Kerry Board.
The AGM of the East-Kerry Board was held on Sun. 4th March at the Central Club, Killarney. There was a large attendance of delegates. At the outset, there was a proposition that the Convention be ruled out of order, as no agenda had been circulated. Liam McSweeney said that he was sure the majority of the members would be against that course of action. After several delegates spoke against the motion of a postponement, it was decide to proceed with the business. Liam McSweeney, Financial Secretary, reported that the year had been one on which they could congratulate themselves, as far as finances were concerned. They had paid their way and more, the outstanding liabilities had been almost negligible. Had it not been that the league had been dormant for two months, they certainly would have had a substantial balance. The ‘gates’ during the year had been generally good, the highest being in Killarney and Killorglin.’
The following officers were elected: Chairman – Eddie J. Moynihan; Vice-Chairmen – James O Regan (Laune Rangers) and Jeremiah O Leary; Secretary – Mick O Sullivan (Legion); Treasurer – Jack O Dwyer (Laune Rangers); Financial Secretary – Liam McSweeney (Laune Rangers); Delegates to Co. Board – Martin Wade (Legion) and Liam McSweeney; Representative on Co. Board Finance Committee – Jack O Dwyer.
There was a motion from Laune Rangers Club, ‘That all clubs run sports fixtures to help to forward the N.A.C. A.’ Dr. Eamonn O Sullivan, President of East-Kerry Board, appealed to the delegates to support the motion. Liam McSweeney, in an explanation, said that clubs should affiliate as NACA clubs, but that they could run Novice meetings, without being affiliated, by getting a permit. The motion was adopted.
Tadhg O Reilly (Laune Rangers) asked the delegates to give their full support to ‘An Camán’.
Jack O Dwyer presided at a meeting of the East-Kerry Board at the UDC Hall, Killarney on Sat. 31st March. John Joe Falvey and Michael O Connor represented Laune Rangers. The meeting was taken up by accusations of poaching of players by one club in particular, whether there should be a replay of the Junior League game, Dr. Crokes v Firies and whether Dr. Crokes were entitled to enter a team in the Co. Junior Championship.
John Joe Falvey, Mick O Connor and Tim Teahan represented Laune Rangers at the East-Kerry Board meeting on Sat. 21st April at the UDC Hall, Killarney. A long discussion took place on whether to accommodate Laune Rangers Camogie Club with a date for its tournament game with Currow. Some delegates felt that Camogie should not be accommodated as the Camogie Clubs continued to play games during the protest at the end of the previous year. However, a date was granted to Laune Rangers.
At the Co. Board meeting in Tralee on Sat. 21st April, Liam McSweeney asked for the support of the various GAA clubs for the NACA throughout the county. If both associations united and started meetings, both open and novice, it would develop the talent that was there only to be brought out. He felt that the GA and NACA should work hand in hand.
Monnie O Reilly represented Laune Rangers at the East-Kerry Board meeting on Sun. 2nd June. The playing of the 1933 Senior Final between Legion and Dr. Crokes dominated the meeting, without a solution being found.
Tadhg O Reilly represented Laune Rangers at the East-Kerry Board meeting in the UDC Hall, Killarney on Sat. 1st Sept. The meeting was predominantly about the 1933 East-Kerry Senior Football Championship Final between Legion and Dr. Croke’s. The game had been fixed on three occasions and Dr. Croke’s had failed to make an appearance. Tadhg O Reilly had been the appointed referee and he stated that it was rather curious that when the Secretary of the Crokes Club had said that they were willing to play, and they did not turn up. Croke’s delegates were not in attendance at the meeting. Tadhg O Reilly stated that they could not do anything without the delegates being present, that it would be only sending the fool farther and making a laughing stock of the whole thing. He and the Chairman left the meeting and interviewed the Secretary of the Dr. Croke’s Club and reported that the club was willing to play 2nd Sept.
On Sat. 24th Feb., Pars from Puck by Laune Ranger wrote in the Kerryman, “Killorglin Gaels are glad the Convention decided to ‘carry on’ in the GAA field. Especially in this the Jubilee Year, would it be unworthy of the county not to be represented in the championships, no matter what cause would prevent their participation. Very soon then we hope to see ‘The Kingdom’ shaping towards regaining the lost laurels. But what of our own affairs? The Rangers were down and out last year and it is up to them now to emulate Kerry’s example and set out to regain lost honours – to make the name one synonymous with good football and sport, Let us be ‘up and doing’ again.”
At a Laune Rangers Club meeting on Mon. 12th March it was decided to affiliate two teams, senior and junior football, in the East-Kerry League again, as well, if possible, a junior team in the Co. Championship. At a subsequent Co. Board meeting, the latter request was refused.
In the Kerry Champion of Sat. 10th March, Maidrín Ruadh wrote, “Nothing has been seen nor heard of both our Football and Camogie teams for a long time now. They evidently have not yet woke up fro their long period of hibernation, nor has any summons been issued to rouse them from their slumbers. Considering that both have a new season in front of them and that the Camogie team has, in addition, the final of last season’s league to play off, is it not time that they would now be preparing to get into shape. Ní hé lá na gaoithe lá na scolb.
On Sat. 28th April, Pars from Puck by Laune Ranger wrote in the Kerryman, “Now that they have made their appearance outside, it is time that the Rangers attended to home affairs and set the Local League afoot for the season. We have the material in the area. It only needs finding and development and we are already into the season without any progress being made. However, it is hoped that once the Rangers’ Blue has taken the field, there will be no cessation until the season is finished. With the material available here, properly selected and trained, they ought to be a long way towards premier honours in the league once more.”
On Sat. 5th May, Maidrín Ruadh, in the Kerry Champion, wrote, “It is pleasant to hear the bounce of the ball in the Sportsfield again and see the brilliant blue once more in action after a long period of inactivity. A strenuous season is now in front of us and it is to be hoped that when the days of trial come, the Rangers will not be found wanting.”
On Sat. 2nd June, Pars for Puck was again encouraging, “It is well nigh time that all our lads should interest themselves in football now. So far some of the self-opinionated have not put in an appearance on the field for practice, whilst our stalwarts attend regularly. They are soon to engage in two contests in the East-Kerry League, so both juniors and seniors must be ‘up and doing.”
In April, the death of Matt Moroney, Dunmaniheen, one of the few surviving members of the old Laune Rangers, and held in high esteem, caused much regret. After a protracted illness, he passed to his eternal reward. As a tribute of respect, the funeral arrangements were taken over by the Laune Rangers Club, the members of which marched in procession and bore the remains to Dromavalla. Wearing armlets of royal blue, marched many of his old friends – Moss and Bill O Brien, Jimmy Doyle, Patsy Begley, John Phil Murphy, Paddy O Regan and John O Sullivan, whilst Tim Teahan and John Joe Falvey were marshals.
At a Laune Rangers Club meeting in the first week of Sept. Mike Joy, Chairman, proposed and Eddie O Reilly seconded a vote of sympathy to Pete Coghlan, member of the club, on the death of his mother.
In the Munster Senior Football Championship, Kerry beat Cork by 2-6 to 0-6, Tipperary by 2-8 to 1-2 in the semi-final and Limerick in the final in Listowel by 1-14 to 1-2 to become Champions for the sixth successive year. The All-Ireland Semi-final was played in Tralee on Sun. 9th Sept. and Dublin won easily by 3-8 to 0-6.
Kerry: Danno Keeffe (O Rahillys), Dee O Connor (Kilcummin), Joe Barrett (Austin Stack’s), Jack Walsh (Asdee), Paul Russell (Garda Club, Dublin), Joe O Sullivan (Dingle), Paddy Whiddy (John Mitchels), Tim O Donnell (Camp/Dr. Croke’s), Miko Doyle (Austin Stack’s), Jimmy Gorman (Austin Stack’s), Maurice McKenna (Dingle), John Joe Landers (Austin Stack’s), Martin Regan (Austin Stack’s), Jackie Ryan (Austin Stack’s), Tim Landers (Austin Stack’s).
Murt Kelly won his third-in-a-row Leinster Senior Football Championship with Dublin. He played at midfield and made a big contribution to the above victory, which certainly did not endear him to the Kerry supporters. Galway beat Dublin in the final by 3-5 to 1-9. Many observers claimed that if Murt Kelly had been played at midfield, rather than at right full-forward, in the first half as well as the second half, the result would have been different.
The following Killorglin people contributed to the Kerry team training-fund, in preparation for the All-Ireland Senior Football Semi-final against Dublin:
Jack Flynn T.D. – 10/-.
5/- each from John Power, P. Duffy, J. O Shea, John Falvey, J. Kennedy N.T, Michael O Sullivan, creamery manager, Tadhg O Reilly N.T, Todd Mulvihill, James O Regan MCC, Liam McSweeney N.T.
4/- from J. P. Foley, chemist.
3/- each from C. Myles, Jimmy O Leary, T. O Sullivan, Willie Crowley, Mike Joy.
2/6 each from Mick Coffey, J. Foley, Hugh Hogan, Morgan O Brien, J. Daly, T. Ryle, Dannyo Lyons, P. J. Duffy O Shea, Batty Dwyer, William Roche N.T, Mícheál Donoghue N.T.
2/- each from Paddy Foley, Patrick O Grady, P. Tobin, Ed Moloney, L. O Neill, M. Collins, Michael McCarthy, Tom McGillycuddy, J. Riordan, G. Riordan, T. Kennelly, Michael O Donoghue, Frank Stephens.
1/- Mick Johnson.
At a Laune Rangers Club meeting on Mon. 17th Sept. John Joe Falvey proposed a resolution ‘That we record our deep regret at the death of Tom Costelloe – a great Gael and fine Kerryman – who did so much to secure for his native county her honoured place in the football world.’ That was seconded by Jack O Dwyer. Chairman Mike Joy and several other members associated themselves with the resolution and it was passed.
The local league was organised with three picked captains and the first match was scheduled for Sun. 23rd Sept. The question of finance was also considered and it was decided to run a whist drive in aid of funds on Sunday 14th Oct.
An Maidrín Ruadh, in the Kerry Champion of 13th Oct. wrote, “The failure of the Castlemaine Club to field a team to meet the Rangers on Sunday and the further disappointment at the delay in starting the other game (Keel v Dr. Croke’s) caused a number, who would otherwise have attended, to leave before the match began, while the patience of those who did wait was strained almost to breaking point. This habitual unpunctuality, together with repeated postponements and disappointments in the GAA fixtures, is certain to have a harmful effect on the games and, unless the question is taken up seriously by the controlling bodies, the damage will very soon have gone too far. A little firmness on the part of the local clubs would do much to improve matters but if the governing boards are not absolutely rigid in their adherence to the rules, the work of individual clubs will be rendered futile. Too much elasticity and a false sense of sportsmanship are responsible for a good many irregularities. Many clubs are too ‘decent’ to accept a victory over the opposing side even that they fragrantly break important rules, while the policy of the rulers is invariably conciliatory, with the result that we have objections and replays ad infinitum. Another matter, which does not help is that most interested persons are afraid to speak their minds on the subject for fear of being branded as anti-Irish or anti-National. A little more open criticism would help considerably to clear the air and improve the general tone not of the GAA alone but of their movements, also.”
Tadhg O Reilly refereed the following games, amongst others for the East-Kerry Board:
1933 Senior League Semi-final on Sun. 11th March at Killarney: Legion 1-4; Dr. Crokes 1-2.
1933 Junior League Final at Killorglin on Sun. 22nd July: Castlemaine 4-2; Legion 2-1.
1933 Senior League Final at Killarney: Legion v Dr. Crokes.
Tadhg O Reilly was the appointed referee but, despite being fixed on a number of occasions, the game never took place.
1934 Senior League on Sun. 7th Oct. at Killorglin: Keel 3-2; Dr. Crokes 1-2.
John Joe Falvey refereed the following game, amongst others, for the East-Kerry Board:
East-Kerry Junior League on Sun. 27th May at Killarney: Legion 0-6; Dr. Croke’s 0-2.
Kerry Colleges O Sullivan Cup on Sat. 14th April at Killorglin: St. Brendan’s 4-7; CBS, Cahersiveen 4-3.
Ref: Liam Foley (Laune Rangers).
Tadhg O Reilly was appointed onto the Munster Council panel of referees for 1934.
A most enjoyable Whist Drive in aid of funds for Laune Rangers Club was held in the Carnegie Hall on Sun. 14th Oct. Forty six tables were filled. The following were the prize winners:
Ladies’ Section: Mrs. N. O Callaghan and Ms. Bridie O Grady tied for 1st place on a score of 152 points, Ms. Nora Sheehan was third on 148 points Mrs. P O Sullivan was fourth on 147 points and there was a tie for fifth place on 145 points between Ms. L. Murphy and Ms. N. Callaghan. L. Murphy won a cut of cards.
Men’s Section: Eddie Kennelly and J.J. Joy tied for 1st place on 150 points, H. Moriarty and Todd Mulvihill tied for 3rd place on 147 points and Eddie O Reilly secured fifth place with 146 points. The Whist Drive over, those present were, as a surprise, invited to a short dance, held in the hall, and, the invitation being generally accepted, a very pleasant few hours were spent ‘tripping the light fantastic.’ The music was provided by Mrs. O Callaghan (piano), Dan Keating, Ned Looney and Dan Moloney (accordions), Liam Foley (violin) and J. Clifford (drums).
In aid of funds for the Laune Rangers Camogie Club, a Whist Drive was held in the Carnegie Hall on Sun. 28th Oct. There were 28 tables and everything went off pleasantly. The results were as follows:
Ladies – 1st Miss N. Curtin, 151; 2nd Mrs Collins, 145.
Gents – 1st T. Ryle, 146; 2nd Sean O Shea, 145.
M.C. for the night was Tadhg O Reilly.
The AGM of the East-Kerry Camogie Board was held in the Gaelic League Rooms, Killarney on Sun. 25th Feb. Laune Rangers were represented by Joan Power and Tadhg O Reilly. Election of Officers: Chairman – Mr. Eddie Joe Moynihan (Headford), Vice-Chairman – Maureen O Shea (Laune Rangers), Secretary – Ms. L. O Connor, Treasurer – Ms. Kitty Fogarty (Killarney). A motion from Dick Fitzgerald’s, ‘that this Board establish itself as a Co. Board and field a Co. team in 1934’ was passed.
‘Laune Ranger’ reproduced a letter (in the Kerryman on Sat. 22nd Dec.) from the grandson of a Killorglin emigrant to the USA, who, possessing the passion of his grandfather for the place, visited Killorglin in 1934 and wrote home to his father as follows:
Dear Dad, – at long last my greatest hope has been realised, my greatest ambition achieved. I’ve arrived at Grand-dad’s native town and hasten to give you my impressions, which I think will show you that Killorglin has made considerable progress since you were here on that wonderful visit, of which you speak so frequently twenty-five years ago, but though I say it has made progress you will, perhaps, be disappointed at many of the changes in the place and the people.
The town itself is now a good-sized country town, houses well built, slated roofs, well-lighted stores with attractively dressed windows most of which display a selection of goods in attractive style. The thatched houses are now very few in the town, though one still lingers in Upper Bridge St., and one or two elsewhere. And the cobbled footpaths have since you were here given way to well-built cement paths of the best American style and you will be surprised to hear that the place is now lighted by electricity. The town has its won plant, which supplies public and private lighting, whilst the streets are steam-rolled and have a very good surface. And I was surprised to find it has two up-to-date garages and concert-hall and a cinema, whilst there are dance-halls go leor. Now, Dad, I did not from your descriptions expect to find Killorglin so advanced.
It has still the very efficient railway, postal and telegraph service and is now in telephonic communication with the outer world, whilst the percentage of Radio sets in the town seems rather large. Thus you will see the advance made towards modernity in Grand-dad’s native town.
Candidly, Dad, I am somewhat disappointed in the people. I had expected to meet them different. I had forgotten that you spoke of a people of twenty-five years ago, when you told us the older men wore ‘bawneens’ or knee breeches and the older women hooded cloaks, for when I enquired about those, I was told that ‘A lad wore one in a play some years ago.’ The men now come to market and church as wel dressed as those in the States with the latest cut and fashion in clothes, whilst the ladies – pretty none will deny – are as neatly and smartly dressed as Beatrice – or Matilda – the latest style in hat, coat, silk stockings, shoes, gloves and general ensemble. Chic and charming certainly, though, I know, Grand-dad would be disappointed. And no longer do the women in the country houses go bare-footed or travel part of the way to Market without boots, as did those of your visit.
The Market Day is now a tame affair. I had looked forward anxiously to Tuesday but was disappointed as the market presented not that scene of animation or business briskness you so frequently spoke of. Farm and dairy produce are sold but not in such large quantities as formerly. And, so that I may tell you, I enquired the reason of a few people at the stores and these blame the new ventures – the cross-road shops and the travelling shop for the change, as it appears that from these itinerant stores one may purchase all household necessities. Killorglin is suffering in consequence and there is very little to differentiate between the Market Day and the ordinary week-day now. Even the Railway Company’s receipts vary little on that day. The fairs, I understand, are becoming more or less a joke as there is very little demand for cattle and the farmers are unable to get rid of their stocks. Owing to an economic war, which is being waged between England and the Free State, there is a tariff put on every beast entering the former country and though, to counteract that tariff, the Free State authorities pay a bounty for every beast exported, the local farmer benefits very little. I find this very difficult to understand and I hope to gain a more thorough grasp of the position during my stay. Pigs are profitable, I gather, as the Irish Government has put a tariff on bacon imported, which makes it advantageous to the local producer. You will not be surprised then to hear that the people are far from prosperous. Some say the sacrifice is worth it but others are not of this opinion.
As to the people themselves, a big change seems to have come over them. I fail to find that general spirit of good humour and carefree friendliness, which you spoke so highly of but their hospitality is certainly remarkable. Everywhere I’ve gone I’ve been offered the hand of welcome and cordiality, but I’ve been given to understand that, since the Black and Tans and Civil War, the pervading atmosphere has much altered and I have so far been unable to find how many political organisations exist at present. Being from the USA, of course, I cannot enquire too deeply. The economic conditions and the resultant struggle must, to a large extent, be held responsible for the altered conditions. But, Dad, I do not wish you to think that the people are not living in peace and harmony, far from it. Perhaps I had expected too much and was disappointed, and I was sore disappointed in the absence of the Irish language as the medium of conversation and business. Though I know that Irish is now the most important subject on school programme, there is very little evidence here of advance. Great things are expected when the children leave school with a thorough knowledge of the language, but when they come along to an English speaking atmosphere, much is lost, and since the USA, that great second home of the Irish, is now more or less closed to them, the surplus population go to England to find employment.
The automobile has completely ousted the side-car as a mode of conveyance and people get about much more quickly but the chauffeur cannot take the place of the jarvey for entertainment or sociability.
Successive Free State Governments have made a wonderful improvement in housing throughout the country and the thatched dwelling is to an extent the exception, as neat, snug slated farmhouses are the rule, houses and farmsteads neat, clean and well kept and efforts are being made to supply the artisan with sanitary and hygienic homes.
Lest you may think that I’ve forgotten the public buildings, Dad, I say at once that there has been an improvement in these. The Catholic Church is more than what you said – a beautiful edifice, elaborate and worthy of a much more pretentious town. It has three altars, is fully seated, lighted by electricity and the people naturally feel proud of it. The remains of the late Father Lawlor are laid to rest before the Altar of the Blessed Virgin, which he erected. There are now two beautiful bank buildings and a store now hides from view the ruins of Castle Conway. The hotel accommodation is adequate and the new peace-force, the Garda Siochána, who replaced the old constabulary, seem to live with and of the people. They seem efficient and courteous. Education has made great strides since your visit as there is now a well-staffed, well-equipped Secondary School as well as a Technical School in town, so that all educational necessities are well supplied.
The GAA is still a live force here and the successors of the old Laune Rangers of Grand-dad’s time are still keeping up the tradition even though Rugby has a following in the district. A Temperance Society caters for the social side of life to the same extent and there are some adept billiard players amongst the youths. In their social, as well as their spiritual life, the clergy take a keen interest with certainly good results.
And now for the Government efforts to cater for the poor and needy. The schemes in operation are far in advance of those in USA and the unemployed and needy are supplied with a weekly allowance of cash and beef, which is looked on a boon by the necessitous, whilst many say it is taking things too far and putting a premium on unemployment. It is not for me, a visitor, to go further into the question.
With all the advance, Dad, I must say I miss much of the Irish atmosphere, which you had taught me to expect in Killorglin, though the same river ambles gracefully by and Carrantwohill still smiles down.
You loving son,’
The Local Elections were held at the end of June. The following eight were elected to represent the Killorglin Electoral Area in Kerry Co. Council: John Flynn (F.F.), James O Regan (F.F.), Michael J. Healy (F.F.), Patrick J. Mangan (FF), Alfred Dodd (U.I.P.), Mrs. May O Shea (U.I.P.), Thomas G. Evans (U.I.P.), James P. Walsh (U.I.P.).
Jeremiah McSweeney was re-elected Chairman of Kerry Co. Council.
Held in the Sportsfield on Sun. 1st July under ideal weather conditions and in ideal surroundings, Feis na Leamhna was a decided success from every point of view, save that of attendance. The entries were numerous, the competition keen and the standard high but the amount of public support left much to be desired and in an area, which at one time gave the lead in attendance and enthusiasm to all other parts of the county. The day commenced with a Camogie Challenge Match between Laune Rangers and Currow.
Mr. Fionán McCollum, opening the Feis, spoke at length of the necessity of keeping the language – the only badge of nationality – alive and making it a living, practical language. He appealed to the parents, who knew it, to speak it in the home and to the boys and girls, who had left school, to speak the language of the country. Mr. Patsy Begley appealed to all, young and old, to join the Gaelic League, which, more than any other body, had secured for Ireland her measure of freedom.
The results of the Feis were as follows:
Aithriseoireacht – 1. Brighid Ní Chonchubhair, Sgoil Chill Orglan; 2. Siobhán Ní Shúilleabháin, do.; 3. Máire Ní Chonchubhair, do.
Drámaidheacht – Foireann Sgoile Chill Orglan.
Labhairt na Gaeilge (fé 10) – 1. Mine Ní Bhroin, Cill Orglan; 2. Caitlín Ní Charthaigh.
Labhairt na Gaeilge (fé 16) – 1 Caitlín Ní Dhonnchadha, Gleann na gCoileach agus Máire Seoighe, Cill Orglan; 3. Siobhán Ní Shúilleabháin, do.
Amhránuidheacht Aonair (fé 16) – 1. Neilí Ní Laighin, Sgoil Curraichín; Sighle Ní Chonchubhair, Cill Orglan; 3. Brighid Ní Chonchubhair, do.
Amhránuidheacht Mná – 1. Nora Ni Cheallacháin, Cill Orglan.
Amhránuidheacht Fir – 1. Tomás Ó Súilleabhain, Cill Orglan.
Cóireacha Scoile – 1. An Meadhan Cór Sgoil na gCailíní, Cill Orglan; 2. An Bun Cór, do; An tArd Cór, do.
Rinnce (fe 16 cor, port agus corn píop) – 1. Máirín Ní Dhonnchadha, Cill Orglan; 2. Mairéad Ni Chaoilte, do; Peig Ní Bheaglaoich, do.
Rinnce (os cionn 16 cor, port agus corn píop) – 1. Noirín Ní Shúilleabháin, Cill Orglan; Siobhán Maoldomhnaigh, do; Máirín Ní Thóibín, do.
Cor Ceathrar (fé 16) – Mairéad Ní Sheaghda agus a buildhean, Cill Orglan; 2. Máirín Ní Dhonnchadha agus a buildhean, do; Máire Ni Laighin agus a buildhean, do.
Cor Ceathrar (os cionn 16) – Eibhlín Ni Choileáin agus a buildhean, Cill Orglan.
Comórtas fé leith i labhairt na Gaeilge do Scoláirí na Ceard Scoile – 1. Seán Ó Cathaláin.
Rinnce Fada – 1. Siobhán Maoldomhnaigh agus a buildhean, Cill Orglan.
An Sgoil is Fearr – Sgoil na gCailíní, Cill Orglan.
On Sun. 13th May there was a Co. NACA Board meeting in Killarney. Hon. Secretary, Jack O Dwyer was in attendance and the meeting was dominated with preparations for the forthcoming Co. Championships in Kenmare.
On Sun. 15th July at Kenmare, the Kerry Co. Championship Sports took place. Richard F. Sheahan, Laune Rangers, won the 880 yards, the 440 yards and came second in the 220 yards; Dermot Sheahan, Laune Rangers, was third in the hop, step and jump and in the long jump and second in the high jump. Mick O Connor, Laune Rangers, came first in the one-mile race. The Hon. Secretaries of the Co. NACA Board, Liam McSweeney and Jack O Dwyer were in attendance.
Richard F. Sheahan and Mick O Connor (440 yards and 880 yards) competed for Kerry in the Munster Inter-county Championships in Cappoquin, Waterford on Sun. 29th July but were unplaced.
On the evening of 1st Aug. at exactly 16 minutes to eight, a dozen beagles were slipped for the annual drag-hunt confined to local dogs. The drag was seven miles long. The ground was very heavy owing to a downpour earlier in the day and the attendance was good, despite the weather conditions. The hunt started at Jeremiah Sheehan’s farm, a short mile to the west of the town. The dogs crossed the railway up to Tom Leane’s, on to Barry’s Cross, up Glounaguillagh Mountain, on to the west and down again near Caragh Lake National School, past Eugene Moriarty’s house, down through Rangue, where the dogs crossed the main road and on to the finish at the Piper’s Stone. Jerry O Callaghan, who acted as judge, declared the winners as follows: 1st Timothy Riordan’s Hider (26 mins.), 2nd Michael O Connor’s victor (27 mins.), 3rd John Power’s Ranger 927.5 mins.), 4th Dan O Shea’s. The prizes were handed over to the owners of the winning dogs by Bob Dodd.
The Annual fixture of Killorglin Drag Hunt took place on Sun. 26th Aug. in ideal weather conditions. The popular event brought a large concourse of sportsmen and followers from Cork, Clare and Kerry. From an early hour crowds were seen to trek their way towards Piper’s Stone (Laharn Hill) and, at the appointed time, the little hill was thronged with patrons eager for the final rally in preparation for the hunt. Great excitement prevailed and rivalry was keen as the merits of the hounds concerned. As each club approached the starting line with their hounds, a hearty cheer was given and complimentary greetings extended to the owners.
The scent was laid from the Piper’s Stone via Tulligbeg, on to Schrahan Boghouse, Caragh Lake, Rangue and home to Piper’s Stone, completing a course of nine miles. All points of vantage were quickly availed of by eager followers and some were fortunate to be able to follow the hunt throughout by the aid of binoculars.
Fifty dogs faced the starter (Timothy O Riordan) and at the signal ‘dropped flags’ with a shout of ‘away’, the hounds were set in motion for their strenuous course, which provided the spectators and owners with a thrilling hunt, covered in record time of 28 minutes. The finish was closely contested and the successful dogs were as follows: 1st Fair Hill, Cork; 2nd Smoker, Southern Hunt, Cork; 3rd Hider, Killorglin Hunt; 4th Trueman, Killoe, Cahersiveen; 5th Rattler, Southern Harriers, Cork.
The usual ceremony prevailed with regard to the presenting of the valuable trophy (Silver Cup) and stake money to the winning club. The recipient, Mr. Bracken, on behalf of Cork City and County Harriers Association, expressed his thanks and appreciation for the courtesy always shown them by the Kerry Clubs.
A sweep was run in conjunction with the Drag, which resulted as follows: 1st (£3) Miss Anna Cahillane, Market St; 2nd (£2) Master E. Tobin, Upper Bridge St; 3rd (£1) Tim Sullivan, Milltown. A very enjoyable dance was held in the Carnegie Hall, as a prelude to the annual fixture and was patronised by a large number.
There was a remarkable large attendance at the Caragh Lake Regatta on Sun. 26th Aug. The weather was a bit unfavourable as there was a strong westerly breeze. The Cahersiveen Brass and Reed band was in attendance. The results were as follows:
Pleasure Boat (2 oars, 3 men) – 1st John O Connor, 2nd William Cummins. 4 competed.
Fishermen’s Race (3 oars, 5 men) – 1st O Sullivans, Callanfersy, 2nd Sweeneys, Curraheen. 6 competed.
Pleasure Boat (3 oars, 4 men) – 1st John O Connor, 2nd William Cummins.
Fishermen’s Race (3 oars, 7 men) – 1st Sullivans, Callanfersy, 2nd McGillycuddys, Dooks.
Swimming Race – 1st J. McGrath, 2nd Paul McGillycuddy. 5 competed.
While the Regatta was in progress, a small number of Blueshirts arrived and their presence caused considerable excitement. That was quickly converted into hostile action and a young man from the Glenbeigh district was stripped of his blue shirt, which was later sprinkled with oil, set up on a pole and burned. The band played while the shirt was on fire, He, as well as other Blueshirts, came in for some rough handling from the crowd. Later in the evening, members of the IRA were set upon near Lickeen at Glencar by Blueshirts. There was danger of further trouble, blows were exchanged but nothing of a serious nature occurred.
On Sun. 30th Sept. the Kerry Inter-Club Sports took place at Farranfore. The results were as follows: 1st – Currans A.C (37.5 points); 2nd – Dr. Croke’s A.C (21 points); 3rd Laune Rangers A.C (9 points); 4th Knocknagoshel A.C (5 points). Laune Rangers successes were: 100 yards – 3rd P. McCarthy; 220 yards – 3rd P. McCarthy: 880 yards – 1st Mick O Connor; Long Jump – 1st P. McCarthy; High Jump – 3rd P. McCarthy; Hop, Step and Jump – 3rd P. McCarthy; 56lbs. shot – 3rd P. Sheehan.
On Sun. 4th Feb. at Killorglin, Castleisland beat Killorglin by 1 try (3 pts.) to nil, to win the McGillycuddy Cup for the third successive year. Killorglin had been awarded several penalties within scoring range but Frank Paul McCarthy, usually most reliable of kickers, failed to land a goal.
On Sun. 18th Feb. at Killarney, Killorglin defeated Killarney in the McElligott Cup by 19 points (2 goals, 2 tries and one penalty goal) to 8 points (1 goal and 1 penalty goal). Jeremiah O Grady (2 tries), Joe O Shea (1 try), O Brien (1 try) scored for Killorglin, while Frank Paul McCarthy added two conversions and a penalty goal. Best for the winners were Ted Mangan, Patrick O Mahony, Jeremiah O Grady and Johnny Mangan.
On Sun. 25th Feb. at Killorglin, Killorglin beat Castleisland in the McElligott Cup by 6 points (2 tries) to nil. Jeremiah O Grady and Foley scored the tries.
On Sun. 28th April at Killorglin, Tralee beat Killorglin by 13 points to 7.
The Catholic Boy Scouts of Ireland Pilgrimage to Rome started from Dublin on the S.S Lancastria on 7th March. It included a Patrol from the 5th Kerry (St. James’ Killorglin) Troop. The Troop Association and Papal Colours had been generously presented to the troop by the people of Killorglin and surrounding district. The standard bearers were Senior Patrol Leader, Paud O Neill, Patrol Leader, Danny Moloney, Scouts Tom O Leary, Eamonn Breen, Pat J. Lynch, Danny Keating, George Evans and Brendan Prendiville.
Liam McSweeney was Hon. Secretary of Kerry Committee of the INTO.
Liam McSweeney was Hon. Secretary of Kerry NACA Board. He, Tadhg O Reilly and Tadhg McGillycuddy were on the Working Committee of Kerry NACA.
The old year went out quietly and its successor (1934) was ushered in with all the ceremony that for years had accompanied the arrival of each new measure of the stealing time. The custom of assembling in the Square to welcome the advent of the New Year had become almost a tradition. Though the gathering was of good cheer, still a note of sadness and regret swept over all as they stood uncovered to pay silent tribute to departed friends.