Mem­o­ra­bilia SOS from Kil­lor­glin Rugby Club

The Kerryman (North Kerry) - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

BE­CAUSE the Castleis­land and Kil­lor­glin clubs were in­ex­tri­ca­bly linked and locked in Gal­wey Fo­ley Rugby Cup com­pe­ti­tions in the 1970s and early ‘80s, the Laune side club mem­bers are now hop­ing that pho­to­graphic records of that pe­riod ex­ist.

They have al­most ex­hausted any pos­si­ble sources of sup­ply in their catch­ment area and are now reach­ing out in the hope that clubs against which they played may have some.

The mod­ern-day Kil­lor­glin Rugby Foot­ball Club turns 20 this Septem­ber, and the club mem­bers are in the process of col­lect­ing old pho­to­graphs, news­pa­per ar­ti­cles, jer­seys, match re­ports and gen­eral mem­o­ra­bilia.

Kil­lor­glin Rugby Club was first founded in 1885 and dis­banded in 1935. It was re­born in 1973 but due to lack of num­bers fin­ished up again in 1981.

“In the 1990s, rugby was be­ing played in the local sec­ondary school and then in 1999 the mod­ern era of Kil­lor­glin RFC was founded,” said re­searcher Katie Gra­ham.

“The goal is to hold a so­cial evening in Septem­ber and in­vite old mem­bers, show­case what we find, and ex­change some ‘old war’ sto­ries.

“A big hope is to find a pic­ture of a team or a game shot from the 1973-1981 team as none of the play­ers from that era have a photo of them in a Kil­lor­glin RFC jersey.

“I have tracked down some match re­ports, short news­pa­per ar­ti­cles and we have the old min­utes from meet­ings and an­nual gen­eral meet­ings, but a photo would be lovely to have,” said Katie.

“We have three team pho­tos from the old days, one from 1927/1928 and two from the 1932/33 sea­son, as well as a good few news­pa­per ar­ti­cles and match re­ports from this era as well.

“We are also strug­gling for images from 1999 to 2005, and have lim­ited images from 2006 to 2010. I am in the process of con­tact­ing old club mem­bers and ask­ing them to do some digging through their files.

“I have a list of local pho­tog­ra­phers to con­tact as well, and if any­one has any ad­vice about who I should talk to, it would be much ap­pre­ci­ated.

“If any­one hap­pens to have any images and would be will­ing to send them on it would be greatly ap­pre­ci­ated,” said Katie in con­clu­sion.

Kil­lor­glin Rugby Club mem­bers on the trail of pho­to­graph. In­cluded are: Les­lie West, John Healy, Tom Cur­tayne and Katie Gra­ham, PRO.

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