Weekly Notes 30/11/14

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PRESIDENT. The death took place of Stevie Deenihan the St. Marys, Asdee G A A Club President on Thursday last aged 94 years young.  Stevie  may not have any medals on the football field but if they were to be given out to supporters certainly the man from Kilcolman would be up there with the best of them. Stevie was very much involved in the affairs and always showed great interest in the clubs activities along with been Vice Chairman for several years. Up to two years ago he attended all of the clubs games at Walsh Parkwhich included trips around North Kerry and beyond and was very proud when success came our way.

Born near Craughdarrig Cross in 1920 and one could say that Stevie was a Gael since boyhood living in an area that was steeped in football lore. The ledgendary Jack Walsh winner of six All Ireland Senior Football medals was his neighbour and along with the rest of that all conquering Kerry team of the early 30s were iconic figures in those times and their exploits influenced Stevie and many of his school pals. The first time he got to see his heroes play was the 1934 All Ireland Semi Final, Kerry v Dublin in Tralee. There were no cars then and the usual mode of transport to games was Fitzmaurices lorry; juveniles were not allowed on board but Stevie and his great friend the colourful Patsy Boyle were smuggled into the lorry unknown to the owner Willie Fitzmaurice of Beale Bar.

In the years that followed Stevie  travelled thousands of miles supporting his beloved Kerry. The first time he made it to Croke Park was in 1946 for the Kerry v Roscommom Final (draw and replay).Not many people from the area travelled to the All Ireland back in those days. World War 2 had just ended, everything was still scarce including money. Trains were then driven by turf and slow moving and a ten mile trip by bicycle to Listowel was required to travel on the Ghost Train which puffed out at midnight and arrived in the capital about 7am in the morning. Stevie was in Croke Park to see Kerry win 16 All Irelands between 1946 and 1997 which included Semi Finals and he rarely missed a Munster Final.

However Stevies interests were not totally confined to the G A A anymore when television brought other sports into our homes in the 60s; he soon took a liking to rugby and soccer and is a great fan of both Munster and Irish rugby. The Kilcolman man has a great interest in politics and drama and was a member of the Asdee drama group that won an All Ireland in Athlone back in the late 50s. Stevie was a blacksmith by trade learning the skills from his father Paddy and their forge was always a focal point for people of the area who met their and exchanged news and football was sure to be drawn down.

All this changed in the 60s and 70s as the horses gradually disappeared and the tractor made farm work easier and Stevie is now one of the last survivors of a craft that is gone forever. Always a keen gardener believing in the old ways;  manual work and organic food doing all the sowing with a garden spade having plenty potatoes and vegetables for his own use. Truly Stevie was a man of many talents. Ar dheis De a anam dilis

ANNUAL DINNER DANCE. St. Marys, Asdee GAA are pleased to announce that they will be holding a Victory Social honouring the team and management that brought so much honour and glory to the locality when they pulled off a remarkable victory winning the Munster Junior B Championship in Knockaderry, Co. Limerick last March. The venue will be the Listowel Arms Hotel where all players will receive their Munster Junior Championship medals from a specially invited well known G A A personality for this most historic occasion. Music will be provided by the very popular Heart & Soul and if last years event is anything to go by then it will once again be an occasion to be remembered. For further information on tickets and times,etc will appear on our weekly G A A notes during the coming weeks and also on our website.                                


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