Keep­ing it in the fam­ily



A proud night for the Daly house­hold: Karl, John Fin­tan, Mary and John F Ju­nior hold the prized County In­ter­me­di­ate Foot­ball Cham­pi­onship tro­phy at Pairc Uí Rinn SEE PAGES 2/3 & SPORT.

KNOCK­NA­GREE sup­port­ers painted the vil­lage blue and white after their foot­ball he­roes were ac­corded a fa­mil­iar wel­come to recog­nise foot­ball suc­cess yet again.

De­spite the late­ness of the hour, hun­dreds of sup­port­ers con­vened to cheer the new County In­ter­me­di­ate Foot­ball cham­pi­ons. As the Cullen Pipe Band led a pa­rade on a dark and wet night in Knock­na­gree, spooky char­ac­ters adorn­ing lamp posts in the af­ter­math of Hal­loween were side­lined as beam­ing fans told the story of yet an­other en­thralling tri­umph by Knock­na­gree foot­ballers.

Ear­lier, sup­port­ers left be­hind a dreary day along the county bounds and it gave way to a bright evening in Cork City where Knock­na­gree and Gabriel Rangers served up a clas­sic at the Pairc Uí Rinn venue.

The ul­ti­mate hon­ours be­longed to Knock­na­gree, much to the de­light of team cap­tain Gary O’Con­nor. “There are no words that can de­scribe this group of play­ers and man­age­ment, they are so com­mit­ted to foot­ball; mak­ing so many sac­ri­fices in sup­port of the club, com­mu­nity and fam­i­lies,” he said.

“After the pre­vi­ous suc­cesses, we didn’t want the achieve­ments of 2017 and early 2018, with the All Ire­land, to be the pin­na­cle of our ca­reers; hope­fully, with a month or two break, we will look for­ward to 2020 for new chal­lenges”, he added.

Club Chair­man Jeremiah Moynihan hailed the in­put of play­ers and man­age­ment while man­ager John Fin­tan Daly saluted all in­volved.

“We’ve higher am­bi­tions, it con­tin­ues to be a great time for the club. Re­mem­ber, just 18 months ago, in the af­ter­math of win­ning the All Ire­land Ju­nior, I spoke of the pos­si­bil­ity of fur­ther glory and maybe an­other visit to Croke Park - so far, so good. We’re mak­ing progress and we hope to make an im­pres­sion at premier in­ter­me­di­ate ranks”, he said.

There can be no Knock­na­gree party with­out a song, and David O’Con­nor’s com­po­si­tion from a Bruce Spring­stein clas­sic had the sup­port­ers in rap­tures.

Photo: John Tar­rant

Pa­trick, Alex, De­nis and Lawrence Hickey thrilled at the win.

Cathal O’Ma­hony and Ni­amh Mur­phy thrilled with the Knock­na­gree tri­umph.

Knock­na­gree Mayor Lawrence Hickey ad­dresses the Knock­na­gree GAA Home­com­ing.

Danny Cooper and Billy O’Neill after Knock­na­gree’s bril­liant win.

Cullen Pipe Band lead the pa­rade.

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