Did you know shannon Rangers, 2-7 Coorclare 0-4.When the Club Championship was first introduced in 1964 the then County Senior Football Champions Shannon Rangers represented the County and after defeating Ballysteen of Limerick, Killrossanty, Waterford and the Clare Champions Cooraclare in the final they became the first team to win the Munster Club Championship.
Rangers might well have gone on to win the All Ireland but the Championship did not go beyond the Provencial series at that particular time. For the record the team that lined out on that historic day, July 27th 1965 at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick, (now Pairc Na Gaeil) were; Alan Kennelly, Ballylongford, Tom O Sullivan, Finuge, Paud O Donoghue, Ballylongford, Mike Joe Quinlan, Ballyduff, John Mulvihill, Clounmacon, John McCarthy, Ballylongford, Mickey McElligott, Michael Mulvihill, Ballydonoghue, Jer D O Connor, Ballydonoghue, Michael Walsh, Ballylongford, Brian McCarthy, Ballylongford, Tony Barrett, Ballyduff, Teddy O Sullivan, Ballyduff, Eamon O Donoghue, Ballylongford, Ritchard Carey, Finuge, Billy Doran, Duagh. Shannon Rangers were trained by the great Johnny Walsh, Ballylongford and his fellow Selectors were; Bill O Sullivan, Clounmacon, Timmy Carr, Ballydonoghue, Jack Walsh, St. Patricks, Ballybunion, Tom Fitzgerald, Ballyduff.
Apart from the players already mentioned the following players were also involved in either County Championship campaign or the Munster Championship campaign; Michael Enright, Ballylongford, Eamon O Sullivan, Anthony Hennessy, Tony O Sullivan, Mattie Murphy, all Ballyduff, Bud O Connor and Paddy Collins Ballydonoghue, Dan McAuliffe, Patsy McNamara, Duagh, Robert Stack, Pa Walsh and Mike McMahon, St. Patricks, Ballybunion.
That Ballylongford failed to win the North Kerry Double in 1973, they certainly made no mistake a year later in 1974. With Shannon Rangers qualifying for the County Championship Final, both North Kerry competions went late. With Bally defeating Moyvane and Tarbert overcoming Ballyconry, everything was set for another Bally v Tarbert final. With the game played in Ballylongford and produced one of the most talked about finals for many a day.
Actually the game was in doubt up to the last minute due to two reasons; (1) The pitch was unplayable, (2) The appointed Referee failed to turn up. However North Kerry Board Chairman Bernard O Callaghan agreed to take charge of the whistle and few if any; in the large crowd envied him his job. Tarbert led at the break 1-4 to 1-1 and continued to dominate the second half and led by 2pts with 3mts remaining. In a last effort to save the game Bally forwards combined and Barry Walsh was grounded in the square and up stepped the ever reliable Brian McCarthy to billow the net and at the final whistle it was Bally who edged home 2-5 to 1-7.
The following Sunday December 23rd Bally completed the double defeating Finuge 1-9 to 0-5 in Moyvane.Team; Christy Donovan, Jack Hennessy, Paud O Donoghue, 1pt, Jerry Keane, Conor Heaphy, Mike McEllistrim, Donie Mulvihill, Jackie Walsh, 1pt, Eddie Anthony Walsh, Barry Walsh, Eamon O Donoghue, Mike Keane, Tim McEllistrim, 1gl, John McCarthy, Brian McCarthy, 1gl. There were 5 sets of brothers on the team.
Brian McCarthy, Conor Heaphy and Donie Mulvihill, all Ballylongford were the full forward line that won the 1972 County Senior Football Championship with Shannon Rangers. All three played in the back line on the winning 1977 side.
The following is the Tarbert Minor Team of 1952, (58 yrs ago) who defeated Listowel in the North Kerry Minor Championship Final that includes many players who became household names in later years; Willie Flynn, Micheal Carmody, Seamus O’Neill, Eddie Ferris, Francis Kelly, Eugene Mulcaire, Franko Kelly, Timothy Mulvihill, Jimmy Carmody, Sean Donovan, Michael Lanigan, capt, Peter Langan, Finbarr Carrig, Georgie O Connell, Eddie Lanigan. Subs who played, Thomas McCarthy, Tom Mulcaire, Eddie Carmody. Other players who played juvenile and minor football in those years were; J J Kelly, J. J. Moore, J. O Connell, M Henchey, F. Guerin, S. Aherne, M.J. Coolahan.
The Officers of the Beale Club for 1986, (24 years ago) were as follows; President, John F. Aherne, Chairman, Bernie O Callaghan, Vice Chairmen, Robert Stack and Davy O Sullivan, Secretary, Tim Quaid, Treasurers, Micheal Kennelly, Tim Joe Griffin and Joe Casey, P R O , Patrick O Sullivan, Trainer, Bernie O Callaghan, Selectors, Bernie O Callaghan, Tom Hayes, Davie O Sullivan, Patrick O Sullivan.
Except for a year out Billy Enright, Ballylongford has served the North Kerry Football Board as an Officer at three different positions over a 20 year period. Billy came on the scene in 1991 as P R O for a five year period before taking up the position of Secretary in 1995. He excelled in this position until 2005 before taking a break. In 2007 Billy was back again as Vice Chairman of the Board and has now served 4 years of his five year term.
Long serving Coiste Na Nog Chiarrai Thuaidh, Runai Bill Fitzgerald, Ballydonoghue played Junior Football for Limerick defeating Kerry in the process.
Ballyduff joined forces with Ballydonoghue at under-age level in the 70s. Together they won the North Kerry Minor Football championship in 1974. Jimmy O Sullivan, P J Houlihan, Micheal O Halloran won County Minor Championship medals with Shannon Rangers. 1975 saw P J Houlihan and Robert Bunyan win All Ireland Minor medals in Croke Park. Robert Bunyan had the honour of captaining Kerry to victory. Johnny Bunyan won a senior All Ireland medal with Kerry on the same day in 1975 as part of a young Kerry team.
Ballyduff the defeated finalists in the 1993 North Kerry Senior Football Championship Final went one better in the 1994 decider when they finally laid the bogey and captured the lucrative Bernard O Callaghan Memorial Championship and the Eamon O Donoghue Memorial Cup for the first time in the 70 years of its history when they defeated the 1992 Champions Ballydonoghue at Bob Stack Park, Ballybunion on a final score line of 0-5 to 1-1.
Team and scorers were; Declan Whelan,Barry O Connor,Noel Brown, Cathal O Connor, Paddy Healy, Christy Ross, 1pt, Tony McManus, J J O Connor, Maurice O Connor, Paul Donegan, 1pt, Kevin O Connor, Pa O Rourke, 1pt, John O Carroll, 1pt, Mike Hennessy, 1pt, Kenneth Boyle. Subs, John Hennessy for Paul Donegan, inj.
The 1983 North Kerry Football Final, played at Stack Park, Ballybunion, witnessed Moyvane bring to an end a 17 year baron period to claim their 15th North Kerry Championship Title defeating Ballylongford by 0-9 to 0-5. Johnny Mulvihill was named Man of the Match with Joe Langan, Tarbert in charge of the whistle. Moyvane team were; Jody Fitzmaurice, capt, Noel Sheehan, Mike Mulvihill, Johnny Stack, Noel Larkin, Johnny Mulvihill, Eamon Fitzmaurice, Mike Flaherty, Thomas Mulvihill, Eamon Sweeney, Teddy Keane, Hamish Beaton, Paddy Mulvihill, Donal Mulvihill, Colm O Callaghan. Subs, Bobby Sheehy, Mike Scanlon, Ritchie Stack, Chris Larkin, Brendan Stack, Sean Walsh.
The North Kerry Football Board Officers for 1988 were as follows; President, Johnny Walsh, Chairman, Bernard O Callaghan, Vice Chairmen, John Stack, and Joe Langan, Secretary, Tom Fitzgerald, P R Os, Tom Fitzgerald and Joe Langan, Bord Na Nog Secretary, Teddy Keane, Treasurers, Connie Shine, Mikie Kennelly, Jotty Holly. Development Officer, Tom Fitzgerald. St. Senans.
That the late Mick Brosnan, Moyvane who captained Kerry to victory in the All Ireland Minor Final of 1950 and later in 1953 won All Ireland Senior Championship with Kerry when they defeated Armagh in the final The same Mick Brosnan played with the Shannon Rangers Senior football team in both the 1949 and 1950 County Championship, going down to the eventual winners, Castleisland at the semi final stage in the latter year.
That the North Kerry Football Board is constituted of the following Officers, elected annually at Convention and the 1991 Officers were as follows; Hon. President, Johnny Walsh, Ballylongford, Chairman, Bernard O Callaghan, Beale, Vice Chairmen, Joe Langan, Tarbert, John Stack, St. Senans, Secretary, Tom Fitzgerald, Finuge, Treasurers, Michael Collins, Emmets, Aidan Galvin, Finuge, Michael Lynch, Ballylongford, Scor Officer, Jackie Walsh, St. Senans, P R O, Billy Enright, Ballylongford, Development Officer, Tom Fitzgerald, St. Senans, Sub Committees, G P C, Chairman, John Stack, St. Senans, Michael Lynch, Ballylongford, Liam Dennehy, Duagh, Willi Joe Leahy, Knockanure. Referees Committee, Chairman, Joe Langan, Tarbert, Secretary, Mick Flavin, Ballydonoghue. Bord Na Nog, Chairman Joe Langan, Tarbert, Secretary Teddy Keane, Moyvane.