50 year cel­e­bra­tion for Mid Kerry GAA

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - NEWS - BY STEPHEN FERNANE

In many ways it’s been a unique year for Mid Kerry foot­ball in that they cel­e­brated the 25th and 50th an­niver­sary of the district’s county cham­pi­onship wins of 1967 and 1992.

Fol­low­ing the ’92 team’s cel­e­bra­tion dur­ing half-time at this year’s county fi­nal, it was the turn of the men from 1967 to take the stage as they gath­ered at the Porter House Res­tau­rant in Kil­lar­ney – owned by Mid Kerry man, Pat Shea­han - to re­mem­ber their glo­ri­ous feat of 50 years ago when they de­feated West Kerry 0-12 to 2-4.

Some of the play­ers are sadly de­ceased but they were proudly rep­re­sented on the night by fam­ily mem­bers as Chair­man of the Mid Kerry Board, Mike Say­ers and Pat O’Shea from Kil­lor­glin – who was very much in­volved with Mid Kerry teams of the ‘50s and is the cur­rent Pres­i­dent of the Mid Kerry Board – spoke of their mem­o­ries. Kerry County Sec­re­tary Peter Twiss was also in at­ten­dance.

Tony Lyons was the goalie of that fa­mous team and when he spoke he opened the flood gates of mem­ory for those present, while two play­ers who won All-Ire­land medals in 1962 when Kerry beat Roscom­mon: Laune Rangers’ Noel Lucey and Glen­beigh’s Gerry O’Rior­dan, were also present.

The cap­tain of that ‘67 team was the late Pat Ah­erne who was rep­re­sented by his wife Mary and each player was pre­sented on the night with a com­mem­o­ra­tive medal and team photo from the Mid Kerry Board.Colm Kelly was the evening’s MC and his fa­ther, Murt, was a team se­lec­tor with that ’67 team, as well as Kerry teams of that time.

“It’s been a year of dou­ble cel­e­bra­tion for Mid Kerry and this event was very much en­joyed by all. It’s a special thing to see the men from that era to­gether shar­ing their mem­o­ries and we had a huge turnout which was a fit­ting way to hon­our this team,” said Colm.

Photos by Michelle Cooper Galvin

ABOVE: Mem­bers of the Mid Kerry 1967 Kerry county Cham­pi­ons: John Scully, Kevin Griffin, De­nis Scully, Colm Kelly, Mary Ah­ern, Tom Pen­der­gast; (sec­ond row

from left) Billy Kennedy, Tony Lyons, Jerry O’Rior­dan, Bren­dan Lynch, Mike O’Grady, Tom Cur­ran, Juli­ette Kelly; (back from left) Sean Cur­ran, Jerry O’Con­nor, Teddy Bowler, Pat O’Shea, Karena Cof­fey, Patsy Joy, Pat Griffin, Timmy Doyle, Ge­orge Evans, John Joe O’Sul­li­van, Ned O’Shea, Jimmy Healy, Noel Lucey, Gerry McKenna, Peter Twiss Sec­re­tary Kerry County Board and Wil­liam Bar­ton cel­e­brat­ing the 50th an­niver­sary of their Kerry County Cham­pi­onship vic­tory at The Porter­house, Kil­lar­ney on Wed­nes­day. LEFT: Ned O’Shea,m Teddy Bowler and Pat O’Shea who made up the Mid Kerry Back­line for a num­ber of years.

LEFT: Mem­bers of the Mid Kerry 1969 Kerry county Cham­pi­ons Sean Cur­ran, Jimmy Healy, Gerry McKenna with Peter Twiss, Sec­re­tary Kerry County Board at the Mid Kerry 50th An­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion of their Kerry County Cham­pi­onship vic­tory.

Wil­liam Bar­ton, Ge­orge Evans and Kevin Griffin

Mike O’Grady and Bren­dan Lynch with (cen­tre) Mike Say­ers

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