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Memory lane, 1970’s –
The Glorious 1970’s, in 1974 Asdee were back in the picture once again, still part of the set up in Ballylongford. Asdee were affiliated to the North Kerry Board as a junior side and took North Kerry by storm under the chairmanship of the present vice-chairman of the North Kerry Board, Tom O’Sullivan.
The team took part in all North Kerry competitions and the county league and novice championship. Highlight of the year was their remarkable feat in winning the North Kerry division 2 championship at the first attempt, defeating hot favourites Ballydonogbue in the final in Ballylongford.
In the same year we finished third in the county league and also reached the semi-final of the North Kerry league.
The winning 1974 team was Mike Culhane, Tim O’Connor, John McCarthy, Jerry Keane, Richard McEllistrim, Pat Holly, Jack Hennessy (capt.), Eddie Anthony Walsh, Mick Keane, John Joe O’Carroll, Eddie Joe Mulvihill, Ned O’Connor, John Hanrahan, Tim McEllistrim and Mike Wren. Subs., Mike Walsh for John Hanrahan, Paddy Collins for Eddie Joe Mulvihill, Mike Doyle, John Paul Galvin, P.J. O’Connor, John Pius Walsh, James Collins, Matt Flynn, Pat Joe MeElligott (R.I.P.), and Louis Heaphy.
This great triumph also brings back very sad memories with a good friend Jimmy Mulvihill, who no doubt would have been a member of this successful unit for many a year only for a tragic accident in April 1974 that took him away, a man who was one of Asdee’s best loved sons.
Over the next two years the team did Asdee proud and even though they failed to collect any silverware the team finished well up in the county league table and held their own on the North Kerry scene. By 1978 the team had collapsed with the team failing to fulfil club fixtures and walk overs the order of the day.
One of the last matches played was a North Kerry league division 2 game against Tarbert in Ballylongford who won on a scoreline of 1-4 to 0-8.
The team that day had some familiar names on the sheet: Leo O’Donoghue, Liam florgan, John Pius Walsh, Ned MeElligott, Tim O’Connor, Jack Hennessy, Gerdie O.Carroll, Fddie Anthony Walsh, Paddy Dee, Tom Gorman, Mike Walsh, Eddie Horgan, John Paul Gaivin, Patsy Coughlan, Mike Doyle.
Once again for all those interested in continuing their footballing careers it was back to Ballylongford and many players from Asdee were once again part of some successful sides both at senior and underage level with O’Rahillys.