Kerins O’Rahillys GAA Club News

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Seniors: We gained two valuable league points on Sat night when proving too good for our town rivals on a final scoreline of 0-16 to 1-08.

Playing with the aid of the breeze into the score board end we found ourselves behind within half a minute when Stacks worked the ball through for full forward Alan Duggan to fire to the net.

However, we had nullified that score within 10 minutes with Rory Molloy ( operating on the “40”) firing over three points from play and Gazza adding another – we fell behind again on the 13th minute but then pushed on in the next 10 minutes with fine scores from Danny & Diarmuid O’Sullivan and a brace from John Ferguson who was proving a handful for the Stacks defence – indeed we were unlucky not to have goaled on a couple of occasions when Diarmuid had a shot blocked on the line and John Ferguson firing off post with the keeper well beaten.

The final 10 minutes before half time was a poor patch when we allowed Stacks back into the game and we found ourselves behind at the short whistle 1-06 to 0-08.

We lost Shane Brosnan to a recurrence of his hamstring woes on the stroke of half time and he was replaced by Darragh McElligott; Stacks were reduced to 14 men five minutes before half time when Denis McElligott was shown a 2nd yellow card and this was to prove a major handicap for them in the second half.

On the resumption, Cormac Coffey drove forward and split the posts to level matters but we fell behind again to a converted free by Shane O’Callaghan on the 35th minute; this was as good as it got however for our opponents as we assumed total control around the middle with Cormac, Cian Sayers , Karl Mullins, John Ferguson and Gavin O’Brien in command which led to a succession of scores from John Ferguson (3), Cormac (1) & Gazza (2) to leave us ahead 0-15 to 1-07 approaching the final minutes.

Our defence was on top too in this period with Ross O’Callaghan and Tommy Begley imperious and the final scoring was shared when Stacks had only their second point of the half and first from play on the 57th minute and fittingly it fell to Cormac Coffey to have the final say when raiding forward he found his range to leave us victors on a five point winning margin.

This was a great team effort featuring some great defensive work along with some fine scores with all but two points coming from play.

We travel to Rathmore next Sat 10th for round 5 which will be a difficult game given that we are losing some guys this week to the US along with some worrying injuries picked up last night.

​Strand Rd: We play Legion on Bank Holiday Monday night at 19.30 at home in the round 3 of junior league.

Danno Keeffe Commemorative Night:

​A large crowd gathered in Strand Rd ​on Friday ​night​ last ​to commemorate the passing of a man whose remarkable achievements on the field of play are unlikely to ever be surpassed. Danno Keeffe died 50 years ago this weekend and it was only fitting that his son Donal along with his extended family were present to recall and reminisce about his significant feats in a career spanning 18 seasons as Kerry senior goalkeeper.

In welcoming everybody to the club, chairman Haulie Kerins gave a brief resume of Danno’s wonderful career which include:
7 All Ireland senior medals
14 Munster senior titles
Played in 13 All Ireland finals
Oldest player to win an All Ireland senior medal at 39 in 1946
Goalkeeper on the Team of the Century ( 1984) and Team of the Millennium ( 2000)
2 Senior County Championship medals

Donal spoke about how his father played in his first All Ireland final in 1931 against Kildare and the consternation his selection caused at the time – nobody need have worried as Kerry went on to defeat Kildare by 1-11 to 0-08 – it is fair to say that a legend was born that day given his subsequent exploits over the ensuing years.

Danno was recalled as having an excellent football brain, coolness under pressure with outstanding reflexes – no surprise then that of his 7 winning medals he kept a clean sheet in 3 finals whilst only conceding 6 goals overall.

On the day that Danno captured his seventh senior medal ( 1946) Donal was the Kerry team mascot, captured on camera and included in our commemorative booklet; uniquely Danno’s last senior final was the infamous final played against Cavan in the Polo Grounds in New York in 1947.

He played with and against some of the greatest players in gaelic football – men such as Miko Doyle, Joe Keohane, Con Brosnan, Bill Dillon – the list is endless and with club mates like Dan Spring, Charlie O’Sullivan, Paddy Kennedy & Charlie Kerins.

It was a night of pure Strand Rd & Kerry GAA nostalgia, fittingly remembered with the dedication of a corner of the club house to be known as ” Danno’s Corner” and adorned with some memorabilia from a remarkable career with Strand Rd and Kerry.

​Club Lotto: ​There was no winner of last week’s club lotto draw where the winning numbers drawn were: 3, 12, 20 & 26. There was one match 3 winner and that was Ger Griffin who wins €25. Kieran Griffin, Sr Anslem, Mike Joe Brosnan , Jeremiah Greaney and Elsie Healy are the entrants for the special December draw. Next week’s jackpot will rise to €7,800 – thank you for playing and for your continued support.

Charlie’s Bar: A range of activities take place weekly in the bar with all tastes catered for – from pilates on Mondays & Tuesdays to Irish dancing on Wednesdays, to card playing ( Whist Drive) on Thursdays; there is live music on week ends with food each evening. Friday night specials include a steak/chips with a pint or glass of wine all for €19.95- why not make Charlies your next port of call for your night out? You can contact Tom or Eileen on 7124956.

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