Just to clear up something that has been cropping up in recent times especially during conversations during the District Championship and having corrected some people the story goes on as to the North Kerry Senior football champions of 1934.
Actually Asdee is not one of the clubs who failed to win a North Kerry Championship; (League at that particular time) In 1934 a great team from Craughdarrig was put together that brought the first North Kerry title to the area, but unfortunately shortly after this match the North Kerry Board was disbanded due to political differences.
The 1934 panel was: Jack Boyle, Ger Kennedy, Jack Walsh, Con Carmody, Johnny O’Hanion, Bill Finucane, Mick Lynch, Bill Moran, Eddie Walsh, Tom Healy, Jack Boyle (Clounamon), Vinnie Deenihan, Mick Gorman, Bill Boyle, Jack Moriarty, Eddie O’Connor, and Jim O’Carroll. Many players from Beale were on the team even though they were in the Ballybunion parish, but at that time there was no parish rule.
The North Kerry Board was formed again in 1936 and the next big day in Asdee football was the North Kerry semi-final against Ballylongford in Tarbert, a game that is still spoken about in the locality. It was a novel pairing between two teams from the same parish and not surprisingly, it got the adrenaline going among players and supporters.
The team by now had accumulated a big following, and every able-bodied person from Beale Hill to Ballybunion was in Tarbert for the eagerly awaited showdown. The game hung in the balance all through but Bally emerged victorious by two points at the final whistle.
The highlight of the game was a magnificent performance at corner forward by 45-year-old Jack Moriarty; (Croke Memorial Medal holder). At this stage, many of the older players retired while others were forced to emigrate and the team, in general, went into decline.
Our Club Cultural Officer, Kathleen Carmody has already began preperations for the upcoming Scor Na nOg North Kerry Finals which are pencelled in for the weekend of December 1/2nd with a venue to be confirmed.
Down through the years Scor has been very much to the fore with plenty talent available; and this year will be no exception. The discplines will be as follows; Figure Dancing, Solo Singing, Recitation, Instrumental Music, Ballad Group, Novelty Act, Set Dancing. The Clubs are expected to take part in at least one of the discplines but can participate in as many as they require.
Winners at North Kerry will then go forward to the County Finals which will take place on Sunday December 15th, 1pm at the Glenbeigh/Glencar G A A Sports Hall, with the County Finals of Trath Na gCeist getting underway at the earlier time of 1130am at the same venue.
Week 35 winners in our Fundraisers”Golden Goal” over the past week were; Bernie Doran. Littor Road, Asdee and Tom “Batt” Lynch, Tullamore, Ballybunion who will each receive E40 to be given out each week to the winning number that corresponds with the first goal scored.
This is in conjunction with the on going County and All Ireland Club Championship in both Football and Hurling; (Televised games). Tickets are available and will be on sale each week for the duration of the Championship from Club members as well as at “Jack Jas” Bar and John Pius; “Homestead”.
Well Shannon Rangers aspirations of lifting the Bishop Moynihan Cup last held in 1977; captained by Jackie Walsh, Ballylongford, which included the O Donoghue brothers, Paud and Eamon from Asdee but was well and truly dashed at Round 2 of the Garveys Supervalu County Senior Football Championship by St. Brendans who have last weekend reached the Semi Final stages of the competition.
However the journey by Rangers maybe a little short but in fairness to the panel of players that made themselves available along with Mike Holly, (Manager) and his selectors; it was a step in the right direction.
In the opening round it was South Kerry who came through but not without a battle in Cahersiveen; next up in the loosers round another long trip, this time to Templenoe against Kenmare District and here against all the odds victory was achieved.
So in fairness it was not all doom and gloom and this panel have youth on their side and if they can be kept together and probably with a little more preperation it is possible to at least go a little further in the year ahead.
From the local Club Darragh Keane who played in all three games and Martin Collins who was introduced in the St. Brendans game played their part.The team were well rigged out with a new set of Blue and White jerseys kindly sponsored by John and Marian Dee of the Railway Bar Ballybunion
Credit Union County Football League Division 5 first semi final play-off; Asdee v Beale..Winners here will take on either Kilgarvan or Sneem/Derrynane with the outright winners to receive promotion to Division 4. Sunday November 3rd. Venues to be confirmed.
Bernard O Callaghan Memorial North Kerry Senior Football Championship 2019
Sponsored by Mc Munns, Bar and Restaurant Ballybunion.
Castleisland Desmonds v Listowel Emmet – Sunday 3rd November @ 2.30pm E.T. Round 1
Knocknagoshel v Ballydonoghue – Sunday 3rd November @ 3 pm E.T.Round 1.
Ballyduff v Castleisland Desmonds or Listowel Emmets
Tarbert v Ballydonoghue or Knocknagoshel
Finuge v Brosna
Bob Stack Memorial U21 Championship
Sponsored by Dennehy Vetenary Clinic Duagh
Saturday 26th October @ 3.30 pm E.T. Venue: Bob Stack Park Ballybunion
Moyvane/Tarbert v Ballylongford/Asdee
Saturday 26th October @ 3.30pm E.T. Venue: T.B.C
Ballydonoghue v Beale
Brosna/Knocknagoshel/Duagh v Finuge
Desmonds v St Senans
Emmets v Winners Preliminary Rd