PHOTOS: Ballyduff GAA Celebrates In Style At Victory Social In The Rose Hotel

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Emma O’Connor, Chloe Boyle and Sarah Kennelly at the Ballyduff GAA Club Victory Social at The Rose Hotel on Saturday night. Photo by Dermot Crean

IT’S been a very good year for Ballyduff GAA.

The men from north Kerry claimed their 25th Kerry SHC title in October when they beat Lixnaw at the second time of asking, thus moving ahead of great rivals Kilmoyley in the county’s pecking order.

It’s a cause for celebration so around 200 of the club faithful travelled into The Rose Hotel in Tralee for their victory social where there was a fair amount of silverware on show.

We asked┬áChairman of the club, Liam Ross, about what kind of the year it’s been and he began with a knowing understatement.

“It’s been a good one. At the start of the year we were struggling to field a team, between injuries and fellas retiring. When we started getting things going then towards April and May, lads were back training and fellas came back from America for the summer.

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That boosted the team and we ended up winning our 25th County Championship, the County League, the North Kerry Championship. Unfortunately we were beaten by Kanturk later in the Munster Intermediate, but we’re very proud of the lads, they’re a great bunch of lads.”

Of course it’s not all hurling in Ballyduff and the footballers distinguished themselves on the field.

“The footballers got into the North Kerry Final but were beaten by a better Ballydonoghue side on the day. They won Division 2 of the North Kerry League,” said Liam.

Liam Boyle (centre) with sons Aidan, Kenneth, Colm, Mikey, Padraig and Liam at the Ballyduff GAA Club Victory Social at The Rose Hotel on Saturday night. Photo by Dermot Crean

And the future is looking good too.

“Our underage is very strong and we have a lot of players in both codes. We were able to field minor and Under 21 teams in hurling this year as opposed to the last couple of years where we struggled to do so,” he added.

It was a great occasion with a delicious meal, music from Heart and Soul many presentations to players and much talk no doubt about how 2018 can be equally as good for Ballyduff GAA. Scroll down for loads of photos from the night…

Elizabeth Hussey, Kathleen O’Keeffe and Davina Guerin at the Ballyduff GAA Club Victory Social at The Rose Hotel on Saturday night. Photo by Dermot Crean

Kathlyn Horgan, Eoin Ross and Seamus Teague at the Ballyduff GAA Club Victory Social at The Rose Hotel on Saturday night. Photo by Dermot Crean

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Kevin O’Carroll, Michelle Diggins, Laura Boyle and Aidan Boyle at the Ballyduff GAA Club Victory Social at The Rose Hotel on Saturday night. Photo by Dermot Crean

Catriona O’Brien and Padraig Hussey at the Ballyduff GAA Club Victory Social at The Rose Hotel on Saturday night. Photo by Dermot Crean

Norma O’Carroll, Maria Heffernan and Sarah Anne Ross at the Ballyduff GAA Club Victory Social at The Rose Hotel on Saturday night. Photo by Dermot Crean

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Patricia Connolly and Padraig Boyle at the Ballyduff GAA Club Victory Social at The Rose Hotel on Saturday night. Photo by Dermot Crean

John Hussey and Cliona Hussey at the Ballyduff GAA Club Victory Social at The Rose Hotel on Saturday night. Photo by Dermot Crean

Liam Boyle, Helen Boyle, Gillian Lucid and Mikey Boyle at the Ballyduff GAA Club Victory Social at The Rose Hotel on Saturday night. Photo by Dermot Crean

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Thomas Slattery, Margaret Slattery, Louise Woods, Edel Slattery and Padraig Slattery at the Ballyduff GAA Club Victory Social at The Rose Hotel on Saturday night. Photo by Dermot Crean

Maura Ross and Aoife Kelliher at the Ballyduff GAA Club Victory Social at The Rose Hotel on Saturday night. Photo by Dermot Crean

Sheila Quinlan and Anne Guerin at the Ballyduff GAA Club Victory Social at The Rose Hotel on Saturday night. Photo by Dermot Crean

Kenneth Boyle and Natalie O’Connor at the Ballyduff GAA Club Victory Social at The Rose Hotel on Saturday night. Photo by Dermot Crean

Molly Ross and Kerrie Ross at the Ballyduff GAA Club Victory Social at The Rose Hotel on Saturday night. Photo by Dermot Crean

Annette Cronin and Paul Sheehy at the Ballyduff GAA Club Victory Social at The Rose Hotel on Saturday night. Photo by Dermot Crean

Carmel and Pat Costello at the Ballyduff GAA Club Victory Social at The Rose Hotel on Saturday night. Photo by Dermot Crean

Tony and Colette Goggin at the Ballyduff GAA Club Victory Social at The Rose Hotel on Saturday night. Photo by Dermot Crean

Colm Boyle and Martina McElligott at the Ballyduff GAA Club Victory Social at The Rose Hotel on Saturday night. Photo by Dermot Crean

Cliona Hussey and Teresa Hussey at the Ballyduff GAA Club Victory Social at The Rose Hotel on Saturday night. Photo by Dermot Crean

Jack Harrington, Anthony Doyle and Mossie Sullivan at the Ballyduff GAA Club Victory Social at The Rose Hotel on Saturday night. Photo by Dermot Crean

Sean O’Sullivan, Anne O’Sullivan and Frances Grace at the Ballyduff GAA Club Victory Social at The Rose Hotel on Saturday night. Photo by Dermot Crean

The silverware on display at the Ballyduff GAA Club Victory Social at The Rose Hotel on Saturday night. Photo by Dermot Crean

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