County Championship

The County Championship shapes and moulds great Kerry footballers

May 10th, 2016
And so the race for the Bishop Moynihan Cup commences next weekend, who will be the new Kerry county champions, who will succeed Brian Sheehan as captain? And indeed congratulations to Brian and his new bride on their ... more»

The Long and Winding Road

November 26th, 2015
Fifty nine...sixty; the minutes turned to hours, hours to days and days to years as Legion's hopes of a first Senior County title in sixty nine years had to wait for a further twenty minutes of extra time to pass if ... more»

South Kerry prevail in an exhilarating County Final replay

November 24th, 2015
Last week  previewing the game I reluctantly let my head rule my heart and opted for a South Kerry win over my own club in the re-played county championship final in Fitzgerald Stadium last Sunday and being ... more»

Who holds the cup

November 17th, 2015
As the clouds gathered and darkness set in over Fitzgerald Stadium two weeks ago it looked as if Legionnaires hopes of claiming silverware were dimming with the light. With tensions high and every decision contested, up ... more»

Both South Kerry and Legion can take inspiration from OSullivan

November 3rd, 2015
When South Kerry and The Legion race on to Fitzgerald's Stadium next Sunday to decide the destination of the Bishop Moynihan Cup it will be just their second meeting ever in the Kerry county championship. And the last ... more»

Legionnaire in Exile

November 2nd, 2015
All roads lead to Fitzgerald Stadium on Sunday for the final of the Kerry Senior County Football Championship. Although the distance is greater for the South Kerry masses travelling to Killarney the journey travelled by ... more»

Connie OShea represents all that is good in local GAA

October 27th, 2015
Connie o Shea is a Killarney postman, he rises every morning at the ungodly hour of 4 am and heads for his postal depot where he sorts and packs his mail for delivery on his specially adapted postman's bicycle which he ... more»

Legion lions make history on special day

October 20th, 2015
The old adage, " it's a long road that has no turning" was never more appropriately applied than for followers of The Legion club when excellent referee Paul Hayes (Kerins o Rahillys) brought proceedings to a close in ... more»

Austin Stacks overwhelm Mid Kerry in County Final Replay

November 4th, 2014
The old adage "hunger is the greatest sauce of all" was never more evident than what we witnessed in Fitzgerald Stadium last Sunday when famed Austin Stacks literally swept Mid Kerry away to captured their 12th Kerry ... more»

Cracking County Final ends in a draw

October 28th, 2014
It was always going to be a close fought encounter and it certainly turned out that way and in the run up to the game I have rarely experienced such conflicting views as to who was going to take the famous Bishop ... more»

Dr. Crokes are County Champions for the fourth year in a row

October 22nd, 2013
Whatever slim chance of victory Austin Stacks harbored as the prepared for last Sundays County final against Dr Crokes was well and truly dashed when their management took the decision to play their Killarney town ... more»

Preview of the 2013 Kerry County Championship Football Final

October 15th, 2013
Kerry county football final day means a lot of different things for a lot of different people and next Sunday's glamorous clash between the townies should generate a great environment and revive many memories for ... more»

Dr. Crokes capture their second successive Munster club title

December 4th, 2012
Last Sunday was one of those dark, dreary, murky December afternoons, one of those days when it would be normal to have a low scoring game as heavy underfoot conditions should militate to slow down players and make ... more»

The debate over Divisional teams in the County Championship

November 6th, 2012
Human nature being what it is and Kerry being the fanatical football county we live in it was really as inevitable as night follows day as soon as Paul Hayes had blown the full time whistle in Dr Crokes stunning display ... more»

Crokes Win Three In A Row County Championships

October 30th, 2012
The old adage, "a good start is half the battle" was never more evident than what we witnessed in Austin Stack park last Sunday as Dr Crokes literally demolished the hopes of Dingle to complete a historic three-in-a-row ... more»

The Clocks went back but Crokes went forward

October 29th, 2012
The clocks went back on Sunday last to mark the official introduction of winter time, but it did not deflect Crokes from their mission to continue as Kerry SFC champions, when they proved far too good for Dingle in a ... more»

Experiencing the All Ireland Hurling Final

October 2nd, 2012
My sports editor requested my column should deal with last week's Kerry county championship program of matches. No problem there I thought and eagerly looked forward to attending the four games down for decision. ... more»

Crossmaglen Rangers - One of the greatest club sides we have seen

February 21st, 2012
In Portlaoise last Sunday we were again shown proof if proof was ever needed that Crossmaglen are one of the greatest club sides we have seen over the last thirty yeas or so. The Crokes began this all Ireland club ... more»

Chasing the Dream of winning that elusive O'Donoghue Cup Medal

February 7th, 2012
Any time the debate in relation to the great o Donoghue Cup players come up for discussion a host of names will be remembered. Men who have starred in Croke Park for their county, achieving the highest honors the sport ... more»

The way we were - The early days of Kerry GAA

November 15th, 2011
Richard McElligott is a native of Stack's Mountain, Kilflynn. He is the chairman of the Sports History Ireland society. He has just submitted his PHD thesis with the Department of History and Archives in UCD. His thesis ... more»

History of Fraher Field and Dr. Crokes progress in Munster

November 8th, 2011
Memories of another Kerry/Waterford Munster Club Championship clash came readily to mind as I travelled the road to Fraher field Dungarvan last Sunday. The objective of my journey was to report for Radio Kerry sports on ... more»

Dr. Crokes show great composure to overcome Mid Kerry in County Final

November 1st, 2011
The old adage which tells us "goals win games" was very evident last Sunday as Dr Crokes retained their county championship crown; the first time this famous club has achieved this in over one hundred years. And while ... more»

Comparing the County Hurling and Football Finals

October 25th, 2011
Before we turn to next Sunday's very attractive football county final I must refer to last Sundays week's Kerry hurling county final between Ballyduff and Crotta. In recent years mainly due to commitments to my radio ... more»

Crokes beat Stacks in the County Final

October 19th, 2010
The old adage "you learn far more from defeat than you do from victory" was certainly copper fastened in no uncertain fashion in Tralee last Sunday when Dr Crokes claimed their seventh and richly deserved county ... more»

Tribute to Moss Keane and the Black and Amber County Final

October 12th, 2010
The phone call came from a friend in Dublin, "Moss Keane is dead". I like thousands of people near and far were shocked to hear the sad news last week. Moss was only sixty two years old, far too young to die, and while ... more»

Club affair will really whet appetite

October 5th, 2010
No shortage of great sport over the weekend. Ryder Cup action, Man U drawing with Sunderland and three hightly entertaining Kerry County Championship games kept the sports junkies smiling and happy It all began for me ... more»

South played to their strength

November 4th, 2009
I strongly believed it was always going to go right down to the wire and that is exactly what happened in last Sunday's close, hard and exciting county final. Having seen all of South Kerry's championships matches this ... more»

Kerry County Championship Football - The Spirit of Kerry 2009

October 20th, 2009
The old adage, "they were like chalk and cheese" can be safely applied to last week two county championship semi-finals in Austin Stack Park. The day was perfect for football without a whisper of a breeze and ... more»

Diarmuid O'Sé - A Heartbeat of South Kerry Football

October 13th, 2009
One thing is absolutely certain in relation to next Sundays county final between South Kerry and Dr Crokes and that is each and every player and mentor will give nothing short of 100% and more if that was possible in ... more»

Aidan O'Shea - Son of the Legendary Jacko

December 2nd, 2008
It's the most asked question whenever football legends are discussed. Who was the greatest player of them all? Impossible to answer that query as all the greats wrote themselves into the pages of history thought-out ... more»

2008 County Final - Mid Kerry Vs Kerins O'Rahillys

November 25th, 2008
Thanks be to God that I have been a neutral while attending these recent run of county championship games that we have witnessed in Fitzgerald Stadium during the past few weeks. It must have been simply agonizing for ... more»

County Championship Drama - Kerins O'Rahillys Vs South Kerry

November 4th, 2008
The recent Kerry County Championship semi-final between Kerins o Rahillys and South Kerry which included a drawn game, extra-time and re-play was the talk of the county and rightly so. Supporters of both sides might not ... more»

James Sheehan - The Laune Rangers man who trained Mid Kerry to victory

October 28th, 2008
As the final whistle signaled the end to the recent Kerry senior county championship semi-final in Fitzgerald's Stadium manager/trainer James Sheehan had seen his Mid Kerry men score an impressive and deserved win over ... more»

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