The following is an attempt to compile all of the available information about Laune Rangers GAA Club from its inception in 1888 to the present day. The information garnered from the local newspapers, past and present, has informed much of this work. It has been fortunate that the correspondents for the Killorglin notes in the Kerry Sentinel and Kerryman down through the years, have all been pro-GAA. Liam McSweeney, former Secretary of the club, wrote under the pseudonym ‘Laune Ranger’, Mícheál O Donoghue used the pseudonym ‘Maidrín Rua’, Liam Foley carried on the tradition in the fifties and sixties, while James Coffey was the correspondent in the late sixties, seventies, eighties and nineties. Without the input of those men, the accounts of the club’s activities would be much curtailed. The GAA Notes in the Kerry’s Eye, Kerry News, Now and Then, etc., were of immense help, also.
One has, also, to be grateful for the letters written in the thirties and forties, and published in the Kerryman of the time, by Rev. Father John P. Devine, then ministering in Florida. He had personally witnessed games played by the early Laune Rangers, and his accounts are of invaluable use. The contribution of the club’s PRO’s to the amassing of information on the club’s activities is very much appreciated. The many books and articles written about the GAA in Kerry have contributed greatly to the compilation of this history, with pride of place going to ‘The Trail-Blazers’ by Pat O Shea, whose eagerly awaited history was published in 1988.
Since this history is on-line, it is a living document, and any memorabilia, photographs, stories, folklore, etc, relevant to the Laune Rangers, can be inserted at any time. Consequently, I would appeal to the people of the area, at home or elsewhere, for any of the above, so that the work can be continued.