Kerry GAA


Kerry GAA

infobox GAA county
county gaa = Kerry GAA
crest =
irish = Ciarraí
province = Munster
nickname = The Kingdom
county colours = Green and Gold
grounds = FitzGerald Stadium, Killarney
Austin Stack Park, Tralee
dominant sport = Gaelic football
nfl div = Division 1
nhl div = Division 2
football champ = Sam Maguire Cup
hurling champ = Christy Ring Cup
ladies football = Brendan Martin Cup
camogie = O'Duffy Cup
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The Kerry County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) (or Kerry GAA) is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Ireland, and is responsible for Gaelic games in County Kerry. The county board is also responsible for the Kerry inter-county teams.

The Kerry branch of the Gaelic Athletic Association was founded in 1888.

Football

History

Kerry are the most successful team in the history of Gaelic football. They have won the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship on 35 occasions and the National Football League 18 times, both of which are far more than any other county. The county holds a number of distinctive records in football championship history. Kerry has played in more All-Ireland finals than any other team - 56 in all. They have won more than half of them, which is another record. [ [http://kerry.gaa.ie/intercounty/2007/senfoot/final2007/stats.htm Kerry GAA Online ] ]

The traditional Irish game of caid, from which modern football developed, was especially popular in Kerry. The GAA was formed in 1884 and codified the modern rules of the game, which were soon adopted in Kerry clubs such as Laune Rangers. Despite this, the county team did not win an All-Ireland football championship in the nineteenth century. The 1903 title was the first won by Kerry, and their exceptional success in the game began in this period, continuing up to the present day.

The Kerry team of the 1970s and 1980s is considered to be arguably the greatest in the history of football [http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4161/is_20030420/ai_n12868452 GAA: Micko's still the best in my book SAYS ARMAGH'S KERNAN | Sunday Mirror | Find Articles at BNET ] ] [ [http://archives.tcm.ie/thekingdom/2005/12/15/story18984.asp The Kingdom - 2005/12/15: Tears flow freely in Listowel on the day they buried a real giant ] ] [ [http://archives.tcm.ie/irishexaminer/2005/09/24/story517776305.asp Irish Examiner - 2005/09/24: Better late than never ] ] and its manager (Mick O'Dwyer) the greatest of all time. [ [http://www.independent.ie/sport/gaelic-football/last-hurrah-looms-for-footballs-most-remarkable-man-1379144.html Last hurrah looms for football's most remarkable man - Gaelic Football, Sport - Independent.ie ] ] [ [http://www.irishabroad.com/news/irishpost/sport/WherenextforMickODwyer.asp Irish News UK - News from the Irish Community in Britain ] ] Of the 20 All-Ireland finals held during those two decades, Kerry participated in 12, with victory coming on 9 occasions. During this time most other finals were won by Dublin, and there was a major rivalry between the two counties especially during the 1970s and 1980s. In 1982 Kerry came within one minute of winning an unprecedented fifth All-Ireland title in a row. However a late goal by Offaly's Séamus Darby which caused controversy (as many claim Darby pushed the Kerry defender in the back) gave the title to Offaly. This goal was voted third in a poll to find the Top 20 GAA Moments.

Towards the end of the 1980s Kerry went into decline and did not appear in an All-Ireland final for 11 years, between 1986 and 1997. The 1997 victory, however, very much marked the beginning of another golden era for Kerry. Of the last 11 All-Irelands, Kerry have contested 7 and won 5. Kerry became the first team since Cork to win back to back All Irelands in the 2007 championship by demolishing their Munster rivals by a scoreline of 3-13 to 1-09.cite news |url=http://www.rte.ie/sport/gaa/2007/0916/kerrycork.html |title=Kerry 3-13 Cork 1-9 |author=Shane Murray |date=16 September 2007 |work=RTÉ Sport |accessdate=2008-04-05] They have now won four of the nine All-Irelands played so far in the 2000s. Kerry played in their 5th All-Ireland Final in a row on 21 September 2008 after beating Cork in a semi-final replay. [http://www.rte.ie/sport/gaa/championship/2008/0831/cork_kerry.html?gaa] However, they lost to Tyrone.

Kerry Football Squad

Team of the Millennium

The following Kerry players were among the fifteen selected for the Football Team of the Millennium; [http://www.gaa.ie/page/football_team_of_the_millennium.html GAA website]

*Dan O'Keefe (goalkeeper)
*Joe Keohane (full-back)
*Sean Murphy (right half-back)
*Mick O'Connell (midfielder)
*Pat Spillane (left half-forward)
*Mikey Sheehy (right corner-forward)

Winners of eight All-Ireland senior medals

*Pat Spillane
*Mikey Sheehy
*Páidí Ó Sé
*Ogie Moran
*Ger Power

Honours

*All-Ireland Senior Football Championships: 35
**1903, 1904, 1909, 1913, 1914, 1924, 1926, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1937, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1946, 1953, 1955, 1959, 1962, 1969, 1970, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1997, 2000, 2004, 2006, 2007

*All-Ireland Under-21 Football Championships: 10
**1964, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1990, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2008

*All-Ireland Minor Football Championships: 11
**1931, 1932, 1933, 1946, 1950, 1962, 1963, 1975, 1980, 1988, 1994

*All-Ireland Junior Football Championships: 14
** 1913, 1915, 1924, 1928, 1930, 1941, 1949, 1954, 1963, 1967, 1983, 1991, 1994 , 2006

*All-Ireland Vocational Schools Championships: 9
** 1973, 1977, 1978, 1986, 1987, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1997

*National Football Leagues: 18
**1928, 1929, 1931, 1932, 1959, 1961, 1963, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1977, 1982, 1984, 1997, 2004, 2006

*National Football Leagues Div 2: 1
**2002

*Munster Senior Football Championships: 72
**1892, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1912, 1913, 1914, 1915, 1919, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1944, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1950, 1951, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1991, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007

*Munster Under-21 Football Championships: 25
**1962, 1964, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1983, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2008

*Munster Minor Football Championships: 40
**1931, 1932, 1933, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1940, 1941, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1954, 1957, 1958, 1962, 1963, 1965, 1970, 1975, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006,2008

*Munster Junior Football Championships: 38
**1913, 1914, 1915, 1924, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1930, 1931, 1934, 1936, 1938, 1941, 1946, 1947, 1949, 1954, 1956, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1983, 1985, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2008

*Railway Cup Football: 2
**1927(all Kerry players), 1931(all Kerry players)(Note that the Railway Cup is contested by provincial sides - these are years in which the Munster team consisted entirely of Kerry players).

Ladies' Football

Honours

*All-Ireland Senior Ladies' Football Championships: 11
**1976, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993

*All-Ireland Minor Ladies' Football Championship: 3
**1980, 1981, 1995

Hurling

Kerry's first All-Ireland championship win was in hurling. Only club teams were allowed in 1891, so Kilmoyley club, a team from North Kerry, disbanded and joined up with Ballyduff so that their joint team could win the All-Ireland. This remains Kerry's only hurling title. After the game the rules were changed to allow selected county teams in the Championship.

Kerry's most notable hurling achievement in recent times occurred in the 1993 Munster championship when John Meyler's Kerry team shocked Waterford GAA by a score of 4-13 to 3-13. It was reward for years of progress which included a draw with Kilkenny in the National Hurling League. Kerry followed it up in 1995 with their most famous ever League victory, a win over newly crowned All-Ireland champions Clare.

2003 was the most recent progress when the team made it to the 4th round of the qualifiers only to go down to Limrick 1-14 tp 0-24 in Austin Stack Park in Tralee. Along the way the beat Westmeath, Carlow and beaten Ulster finalists Derry. The wins over Westmeath and Carlow was the first time a Kerry team won 2 Championship games in a row.

Kerry Hurling Squad

Christy Ring Cup Quarter Final 2008

Honours

*All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championships: 1
**1891

*All-Ireland Under-21 Hurling Championships: 1B 2006

*All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championships: "1" B 2006

*All-Ireland Junior Hurling Championships: 2
**1961, 1972

*National Hurling Leagues: "None"

*Munster Senior Hurling Championships: 1
** 1891

*Munster Under-21 Hurling Championships: "None"

*Munster Minor Hurling Championships: "None"

*Munster Junior Hurling Championships: 1
**1956

tadia

*FitzGerald Stadium, Killarney - home venue for the Senior football team
*Austin Stack Park, Tralee

Club Titles

* Kerry Senior Football Championship
* Kerry Senior Hurling Championship
* Kerry Intermediate Football Championship
* Kerry Junior Football Championship
* Kerry Novice Football Championship
* Kerry Minor Football Championship
* Kerry Under-21 Football Championship
* Kerry County Football League - Division 1

ee also

List of Kerry All-Ireland Football Finals

References

External links

* [http://www.hoganstand.com/Kerry/ Kerry on Hoganstand.com]
* [http://www.hoganstand.com/Kerry/Profile.aspx National and provincial titles won by Kerry teams]
* [http://kerry.gaa.ie/cochamps/index.html Club championship winners]
* [http://kerry.gaa.ie/ Kerry GAA site]
* [http://www.causewaygaa.com/ Causeway GAA site] Hurling club from North Kerry


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