1997-1999: Opening of Tullahinell GAA grounds

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And so we move on 1997 which will always remain as the biggest day in the clubs history. The opening of Thay Jack Walsh on Sunday June 8th PRO of Cumann Luthchleas Gael, Danny Lynch and now president of the GAA, Sean Kerry were among the invited dignitaries present for our official opening. On the playing field we didn’t enjoy very much success. Our minors had good wins over Brosna and Abbeydorney. Listowel Emmets had a 2-18 to 0-6 win over us in the North Kerry Championship and that was about it. However we did have an under 16 County title to celebrate.

Moving along to 1998 and we were still looking back to those early years when the club was
reformed in 1986 and the great success we enjoyed. However we must take the bad with the good and even though the trophies weren’t as plentiful we were still hanging in there and still managing to bring glory to our end of the parish. All teams were competing in both
County and North Kerry in all grades of competition.
Our minors created their own piece of history that year when they defeated St. Senans in the Division 3 North Kerry Championship final which was incidentally not played until Sunday
February 21st 1999 at Stack Park Ballybunion. Asdee 1-7 – St. Senans 0-2.
Minors who did get a good start to the season did have impressive victories in both County
and North Kerry leagues. Knocknagoshel knocked us out at the North Kerry Semi-Final stage
having reached the North Kerry Championship Semi-Final our juniors went down to Clounmacon.Our seniors put up a magnificent performance in the North Kerry Senior Championship at Listowel before going to former All Ireland Club Champions Desmonds on a 3-11 to 1-9 scoreline.


1999 started well with the already mentioned minor success of 1998. Again the 1999 minors
reached the north Kerry league final but this time St.. Senans gained revenge on a 5-9 to 0-3 scoreline. This seemed to set the trend for the remainder of the year with both junior and
senior teams going out of the competition early on. However there was on bright spot left in
the year which was the North Kerry Shield. This was a competition for teams who failed to
qualify for the league play off. In this case it was Division 4 of the league and after
defeating Knockanure in the Semi-Final 3-11 to 1-5. It was on to a final date with Gale
Rangers at Shannon Park, Tarbert on Sunday October 3rd; The end result was victory for Asdee 2-6 to 0-7. A sponsored man of the match award went to John Scanlon. The team were:
Tom Kennedy
David O’Connor – Sean ‘red’ Stack – Conor Scanlon
John Gorman – Eaman Doran – Karol Kissane
Hugh O’Donoghue – John Scanlon
Tomás Walsh – Matthew O’Hanlon – Paul O’Hanlon
Tom Hayes – Mike Griffin – Charles Dalton
Subs; Micháel Walsh, Kevin Lynch, Dan Kearney, Sean Doran, and Liam Collins.

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