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North Kerry Hurling History Book Launch 2015-10-20 20:23:00

North Kerry Hurling History Book Launch

A book on the 90 year history of the North Kerry Hurling Board was launched on Sunday last Aogán Ó Fearghaíl, Uachtarán, Cumann Luthchleas Gael, in the Ballyroe Heights Hotel. The North Kerry Hurling Board was founded 90 years ago, back in 1925. Writing its history has been considered for many years but little progress was made. A full page article by the late Tom Healy, then North Kerry Chairman, in the 1990 county hurling final programme details plans that were put in place then to research and write a history book.

‘North Kerry – a hurling history’ gives an administrative history of hurling in the North Kerry area and lists of all the North Kerry officers since 1925 as well as each of the recorded competition winners. Now, 25 years later, the book has finally come to fruition. The main sources consulted include the surviving minute books of the North Kerry Board and the Kerry newspapers from 1925 onwards. The earliest surviving minute book is that dating from 1931 to 1937.

In attendance at this historic book launch was Robert Frost (Munster Council Chairman), Minister Jimmy Deenihan TD, Sean Kelly MEP and Diarmuid O Sé (Vice Chair Kerry Co Comm).

The Uachtarán in his address to the large turnout of the hurling clubs and invited guests, had one thing to add, that in years to come that a Deenihan may represent Kerry in hurling as Minister Deenihan's club first established hurling some 7 years before football was played in Finuge as Jimmy's father was involved in the clubs founding. Also noting, that if there was no Jimmy Deenihan on the Kerry football team in the golden era, things may have been different as history has wrote..

Also in his address the Uachtarán understood the passion of hurling in all county's and his introduction to the small ball came as a pupil in Dublin. That passion was evident in his address to all present and he also announced that a Hurling Development Officer would be introduced from Croke Park to enhance its development and keep the passion for the small ball alive in any county that needs the help to do so.

The book is written by Tommy O’Connor who is the current Development Officer of the North Kerry Hurling Board and a member of the St Brendan's Hurling Club.
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