Simply the best
A year to remember for Knocknagree champions.
To the strains of Tina Turner’s ‘Simply the Best’, a standing ovation greeted the Knocknagree All Ireland Junior Football champions at a celebration function in the Gleneagle Hotel, Killarney.
From a past year of memories and milestones, the Duhallow club announced their arrival onto the big stage to complete a remarkable year of success.
The fruits of Knocknagree’s labours through last summer, autumn and winter tasted sweet for the 300 strong attendance.
For a proud club, the many tributes forthcoming from a distinguished invited guest list were loud in the praise to the deeds of Knocknagree footballers that brought so much honour to their community.
Amongst the diverse attendance were County Board chairperson Tracey Kennedy, Munster Council chairman Jerry O’Sullivan, and former GAA president Seán Kelly.
The top table was sparkling, lit up by the All Ireland trophy surrounded by county and Munster silverware in addition to underage success by a minor football side. Club chairman Jeremiah Moynihan summed up the county, Munster and All Ireland voyage as very special.
“Winning an All Ireland with your club is a very special occasion and one you never forget.
“The team and team management were magnificent all year and they were a super bunch of people to work with, a lot of people within the club and community delivered a big commitment to make this happen, but it was worth it all,” he said.
The Knocknagree suppor t base comes from both sides of the county bounds, lying in the parish of Rathmore, where fellow parishioners Rathmore and Gneeveguilla hold a massive passion for football and some great names have graced the highest honours in the land for Kerry teams.
Now their Knocknagree neighbours can stand up and be proud of reaching the summit.
“To win an All Ireland is the ultimate, its a credit to a most honest and dedicated team, the management left no stone unturned and the work paid off.
“Thanks to the former players on their involvement over the years to represent the club, its fair to say 2017/18
has been an incredible journey,” said the club chairman.
A team management of John Fintan Daly, John Horgan, Ed McSweeney and Billy O’Neill merited special mention and suitable presentations.
Tributes we r e paid to club sponsors in addition to the overwhelming financial backing secured from business and the public far and wide.
Guests were unanimous on congratulating Knocknagree on their glorious path that required huge work and efforts to achieve their goals.
Video footage of a remarkable campaign relived the highlights as did a souvenir publication in a celebratory atmosphere.
A series of medal presentations followed to the players with county league and championship in addition to Munster and All-Ireland medals received by the triumphant panel.
Individually, Alan O’Sullivan collected the Most Improved Player of the Year Award, Eoin McSweeney took hold of the Player of the Year Award, and no surprise John Fintan Daly earned the Clubman of the Year.
Proud recipient John Fintan had enjoyed previous All Ireland success with Cork Junior and U21 teams in addition to Miltown Castlemaine across the border in Kerry in 2012, yet he admitted, the Knocknagree triumph was his most memorable day.
“I can never top this, to win an All Ireland with my own club is very special, the occasion brought back diaspora from all corners of the world to savour the occasion,” he said.
Jimmy O’Sullivan, club president; John F Daly, Junior A Football manager; Seán Kelly, former national president GAA, Tracey Kennedy, chairperson, Cork Co Board; Jerry O’Sullivan, chairman, Munster GAA Council, and Jeremiah Moynihan, chairman,...
The Knocknagree Junior A Football management team of Ed McSweeney, John Horgan, John Fintan Daly, and Billy O’Neill, hold a collection of county, Munster and All Ireland silverware at their victory banquet in the Gleneagle Hotel, Killarney.
Fidelma Rahilly and James Dennehy attended the Knocknagree GAA victory banquet in Killarney.
Maura O’Mahony and Danielle O’Connor enjoyed the Knocknagree GAA victory Banquet in Killarney.
Knocknagree GAA Club chairman Jeremiah Moynihan and his wife Siobhán at the Knocknagree GAA victory banquet.
Sinead Dineen and Marie Doyle enjoyed the Knocknagree GAA Victory Banquet in Killarney.
The Knocknagree Junior A Football team paraded a galaxy of silverware at their victory banquet in the Gleneagle Hotel, Killarney.
Knocknagree captain Matthew Dilworth with Dhenise Bacalso at the Knocknagree GAA Victory Banquet in Killarney.
The Knocknagree Minor Football team, winners in the Rebel Óg North Cork Championship, at their victory function in the Gleneagle Hotel, Killarney.