Laune Rangers – 1912


Killorglin, captained by Dan Hayes, lost the first round of the Co. Senior Football Championship to Killarney Dr. Crokes, the eventual winners of the competition.


Paddy Kennelly and Jimmy O Leary were on the Kerry Junior team that lost the Munster Championship Final to Cork on the score of 1-4 to 1-3.


William Roche NT was elected as Joint Vice-Chairman of the Kerry Co. Board.


William Roche was a member of the Co. Senior Football Selection Committee. Kerry won the Munster Championship but lost to Antrim in the All-Ireland Semi-final.


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Co. Senior Football Championship


18 teams entered for the 1912 Co. Senior Football championship, Ballyduff, Ballydonoghue, Castlegregory, Castleisland, Currow, Glouria, Dingle, Annascaul, Listowel, Cahersiveen, Valentia, Rathmore, Tralee Parnell’s, Tralee, Mitchels, Killarney Crokes, Laune Rangers, Kenmare, Milltown.


Rd. 1 on Sun. 4th Aug. at Rathmore: Killarney 2-2; Laune Rangers 0-1.

The weather was fine, but a stiff breeze blew right across the field and it was very difficult to score. Laune Rangers broke away from the throw-in, but a big kick from Paddy Kennelly went wide. From the kick-out, Killarney pressed through John Collins and Carney but only a wide resulted. Killorglin again attacked and brought off a point. For the remainder of the half, both sides sent several wides. Killorglin led by 0-1 to 0-0 at the break.

On the resumption, Killarney pressed but an over resulted. Killorglin again cleared but Paddy Healy set the Killarney forwards working. Dick Fitzgerald equalised and soon after he added another. Then, with a lovely free from a difficult angle, he found the net. After that, the issue was never in doubt and, though Killorglin played well throughout, Killarney was the superior team and Killorglin, which had been crowned 1911 champions on Sun. 30th June, had relinquished its title.

Killorglin: Dan Hayes (capt.), Tommy Corcoran, Paddy Kennelly, Eddie Kennelly, Paddy Foley, John Foley, Nick Flynn (goal), Mossy Counihan, Danny Clifford, Dan Teahan, Mick Moroney, Jimmy O Leary, Mossy Breen, John O Shea, John P O Riordan, Mick Duffy, Paddy Clifford. Subs: Jim Begley, M. Doyle, John O Brien.

Killarney Crokes: Dick Fitzgerald (capt.), Paddy Dillon (goal), John Skinner, Edward Spillane, Con Murphy, Paddy Healy, Jim O Connell, Alfie O Callaghan, Denis Doyle, Paddy Breen, Tim Doherty, John F. Carney, Maurice Donovan, Tim O Sullivan, John O Donoghue, Tim Breen, John Collins. Subs: M. Connell, P. Hartnett, Jack Cronin.

Tadhg a’ Bhothair reported in the Killorglin Notes as follows: “The much-talked of football match between Killorglin and Killarney was played (or, should I say, fought) at Rathmore on Sunday last. (I use the expression because fighting seemed to occupy a considerable period of the programme.) However, since the matter seems to be, what legal people call, sub judice beyond saying that disgraceful exhibitions of rowing in a football field should not be tolerated at this hour of the day, I will not deal much further with the subject. I think the referee is largely to blame in this respect. It is strange when one comes to weigh matters up to find that our boys have had during the past year met Tralee in a few desperate tussles for Championship honours. Still, as far as I am aware, not a hand was raised nor an angry word exchanged, although the games were, as I have already described them, desperate struggles for supremacy. It is an open secret, and one which we know to our cost as Kerrymen, that on last year Killarney was suspended for six months and that their matches with Tralee generally resulted in enmity between both teams. From these facts, one may naturally conclude that the team is not exclusively built up of sportsmen.”


Co. Senior Football Final on Sun. 22nd Dec: Killarney Crokes 1-6; Tralee Parnell’s 0-0.


Club Tournament Football Games


Sun. 2nd June at Firies: Currow (Wolfe Tones) 1-0; Laune Rangers 0-2.

The weather was ideal and the contest was witnessed by a large crowd. Con Clifford (Tralee Mitchels) was in charge of the whistle and he had the teams going at 3.45pm. Soon the Wolfe Tones had the leather in the Rangers’ territory and, before five minutes of play, they had secured a goal. The Rangers then settled down to their work and, in a short time, the Currow fullbacks were busy. J.J. Lyne saved repeatedly, while the performance of C.D. Cronin, the custodian, evoked the cheers and admiration of the spectators. At halftime, Currow led by 1-0 to 0-1.

On resuming, Killorglin pressed hard and were rewarded with a point. From that to the final whistle, Rangers fought strenuously for the equaliser but Lyne and Sweeney, the Currow fullbacks, kept them out.


Sun. 25th Aug. at Cahersiveen: Valentia 3-0; Laune Rangers 2-2.

Play began at 3.15pm and both teams set out in very good form and fine play was exhibited. Killorglin scored a point after five minutes and a goal shortly afterwards. Good play then ensued, the oval being kicked from one territory to another. Entering the second quarter, Killorglin scored a second goal. Valentia responded with a goal ten minutes later to leave the halftime score at 2-1 to 1-0 in favour of the men from the Laune.

On the resumption, Valentia scored another goal. As the game entered the final quarter, the winners scored their third goal and, despite all their efforts, Rangers could only manage one more point.

Laune Rangers: Dan Hayes (capt.), John Houlihan, Jimmy O Leary, J. O Callaghan, Hugh Duffy, Mick Duffy, John Power, Eddie Kennelly, D. O Reilly, Paddy Foley, Tommy Corcoran, C. O Donoghue, John P. McCarthy, John Foley, Danny Clifford, Mossy Counihan, John P O Riordan.

Ref: James J. O Shea (Cahersiveen).


Sun. 6th Oct. at Killorglin: Laune Rangers 2-5; Currow 0-1.

There were some exciting tussles but, on the whole, the Laune Rangers’ seventeen were much superior to their opponents. A large crowd of spectators witnessed the game but apparently the arrangements were anything but perfect. The enclosure was badly kept, with the result that ‘sportsmen of the pipe-clay type’, who would have done anything, no matter how mean, rather than pay sixpence at the gate, broke through the fences.


Munster Junior Football Championship


Final on Sun. 2nd June at Fermoy: Cork 1-4; Kerry 1-3.

Kerry: Bill Goodwin (Mitchels) capt, M. Tangney (do), Jim Brennan (do), D. Griffin (do), Johnny McCarthy (do), Alfie O Callaghan (Crokes) goal, Jim O Connell (do), Denis Doyle (do), Maurice Horgan (do), John Clifford (do), Richard Fitzgerald (Parnell’s), Jack McGaley (do), Eugene Hogan (do), Paddy Kennelly (Laune Rangers), Jimmy O Leary (do), P.J. Griffin (Dingle), M. Flynn (Castlegregory). Subs: D.J. Griffin (Castleisland), M. Sweeney (Dingle).




James Nolan, Cill Coinnigh, was Uachtarán CLG.


The Annual Convention of the Munster Council was held in the Town Hall, Limerick, on Sun. 24th March. The following officers were elected: Chairman – James McDonnell (Ciarraí), Secretary – Pat McGrath (Tiobrad Árainn), Treasurer – William Mackessy (Corcaigh).

William Roche NT (Dungeel)

William Roche NT (Dungeel)
Was elected Vice-Chairman of the Co. Board in 1912, and served in that position until 1915. He was on the Co. Football Selection Committee from 1912 until 1913.

The Annual Convention of the Kerry Co. Board was held at the Hibernian Hotel, Tralee, on Sat. 16th March. The following officers were elected: Chairman – Michael Griffin (Listowel), as Austin Stack did not seek re-election; Vice-Chairmen – James McDonnell (Tralee) and William Roche (Killorglin) as Diarmuid Cronin (Rathmore) did not seek re-election; Secretary – Diarmuid Crean (Tralee) 10 votes, Joe Harrington (Tralee) 6 votes; Treasurer – John Moran (Listowel); Delegates to Munster Council – James McDonnell and Joe Harrington (James McDonnell, having been elected  Chairman of that body on 24th March, Diarmuid Cronin was elected as Kerry delegate at the Co. Board meeting on 27th April); Registrar – T.P. Kennedy (Annascaul).


Tadhg Mangan represented Laune Rangers Football Club at the Co. Board meeting in the Railway Hotel, Tralee, on Sat. 2nd March. It was decided, on an objection by Valentia to the awarding of the 1911 Co. Championship game to Killorglin, to ask the umpire, John Pendy, to appear before the committee or to ask him for a written statement.

William Roche represented Laune Rangers at the Co. Board meeting in the Hibernian Hotel, Tralee, on Sat. 30th March. A letter was read from John Pendy, the umpire, stating that the disputed goal had not been scored and that he had raised the flag in a moment of excitement. William Roche said that Killorglin would not insist on the goal being allowed, but asked the Co. Board to make some provision against a future occurrence of a similar kind.

William Roche represented Laune Rangers Football Club at the Co. Board meeting in the Hibernian Hotel, Tralee on Sat. 25th May.

William Roche presided at the Co. Board meeting on Sat. 3rd Aug. in the Hibernian Hotel, Tralee.

William Roche represented Laune Rangers Football Club at the Co. Board meeting at Tralee on Sat. 5th Oct. The Secretary reported that the Railway Company had sought a guarantee of £15 for a train from Rathmore to Killorglin on 6th Oct. and he had felt that the large amount was unjustified. Consequently, the Rathmore v Currow football match was postponed.


On Sunday 23rd June at Tralee, in the Munster Senior Football Championship: Kerry 2-3; Cork 0-1.

Tadhg a’ Bhothair wrote in the Killorglin Notes as follows: “Here in Killorglin, where the football craze is so deeply rooted amongst our Gaelic community, I deem it inadvisable to pass lightly over the great event last Sunday, fraught as it was with so much importance to the GAA and the real lovers of sport. Killorglin contributed its mite to swell the ranks of the vast crowd of spectators, who were witnesses of the noble feats of the sons of our old kingdom and, if I mistake not at almost every fireside in the parish, a description of the great football event was given by those who were present and listened to with rapt attention by both young and old fireside footballers over the turf smoke. The great event has now passed into the history of the GAA. The wonderful prowess displayed by certain of our Kerrymen will be told and re-told in the history of the Association. The thousands of spectators who witnessed that noble exposition of the game will in years to come refer to the marvellous feats of our Kerry Gaels.

It did not surprise us here in Killorglin to find that the train arrangements for this great fixture were horribly inefficient, that the train started from here about an hour late, that, although the passengers were packed like sardines in a tin, several were left behind and could not travel. Good heavens, what a business institution!”


Munster Senior Football Championship final on Sun. 13th Oct. at Ennis: Clare 0-1; Kerry 0-3.

Kerry: C. O Callaghan, Dick Fitzgerald (capt.), Con Murphy, John Skinner, Paddy Healy, Edward Spillane, John Collins, John F. Carney, Jim O Connell, Tom Costello, Con Clifford, Pat O Shea, Jack Rice, Tom Rice, Matt Carroll, Paddy Landers, Jack Kenneally. Selection Committee – Dick Fitzgerald (Killarney), Con Clifford (Mitchels), J.T. Fitzgerald (Parnell’s), William Roche (Killorglin) and Michael Griffin (Co. Board).

In a most surprising result, Antrim defeated Kerry in the All-Ireland Semi-final on the score of 3-5 to 0-2.


On Sun. 8th Dec. in the Total Abstinence Society’s Rooms the county medals were presented to the Laune Rangers players. A large crowd had assembled at 8.30pm and they sang themselves hoarse in the choruses of such songs as ‘The West’s Awake’, ‘The Croppy Boy’ and ‘I’m off to Philadelphia’. The presentation of the medals was made by Rev. Father O Flynn C.C., President of the Society, who reminded the boys of the distinction they had won in stepping into the proud position so long held by the famous Laune Rangers of All-Ireland fame, who for many years had held the Championship of the Kingdom and reflected honour and credit upon ‘the old town by the Laune’, as well as the Gaelic Athletic Association. He congratulated them upon their hard-earned victory at Killarney and hoped that their programme in future would be training and temperance and he relied upon them to bring home to Killorglin the following year the honours, which they were that night celebrating.

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The Caragh Lake regatta was held on Sun. 14th July in glorious weather conditions. The Killorglin Brass Band was in attendance and from the position in the centre of the lake, which they had taken up in boats, made the hills re-echo their sounds, and so the melodies of Erin were again heard to their advantage, and in their natural surroundings. The results of the races were as follows:

1st Race (3-oared boats) – 1st Mr. Koenig’s Sheelah (cox J. Cullinane), 2nd Mr. Murray’s Swallow (cox J. Murphy). Three competed.

2nd Race (2-oared boats) – 1st Mr. Mills’ Sunflower (cox J. Connor), 2nd Mr. Murray’s Rover (cox J. Murphy). Four competed.

3rd Race (4-oared boats) – 1st Mr. Koenig’s Sheelah (cox J. Cullinane), 2nd Mr. Murray’s Swallow (cox J. Shea). Three competed.

4th Race (Fishermen’s 3-oared boats) – 1st Mr. McGillycuddy’s Maiden (cox D. McGillycuddy), 2nd Mr. O Reilly’s Juro (cox P. O Rahilly). Five competed.

5th Race (consolation race) – 1st Mr. E. McGillycuddy.

The committee comprised Dr. McKensie, W.J. Fitzgerald, J. Revington (Tralee) and J. Koenigs (Caragh).

Stewards – James Griffin NT, M. Sugrue NT, P. Cummins, E. O Sullivan, Denis O Shea, J. Cullinane, D.P. O Sullivan, Jeremiah O Shea and M. Kavanagh. Secretary and Treasurer – P. M. Griffin.


From the report of the Intermediate Education Board for Kerry Secondary Schools for the year ended June 1911, the following facts emerged: Number on rolls – 55, Number presented for examination – 40, Number who passed – 28.


On Fri. 19th July, Captain Trant Foley, on behalf of the Sheriff of Kerry, accompanied by 18 policemen, under the command of District Inspector O Beirne, Killorglin, attended at Dunmaniheen, about a quarter of the mile from the town, and evicted Jeremiah O Sullivan and his aged mother from their house and holding. After the furniture and effects were removed from the dwelling-house, two caretakers from the Property Defence Association, protected by two police, were placed in charge of the house and place. The head landlord was Arthur Blennerhassett, LL.D., of Ballyseedy, and the middle-man was Dr. Day, Cork Street, Dublin. The holding was only capable of carrying ten cows at an annual rent of something over £4 per cow. A few sympathising neighbours assembled to witness the eviction, but there was no excitement or disturbance.


After a lapse of some years, the Killorglin Regatta came off on the Laune with the flowing tide on Sun. 27th October, under favourable conditions as regards the weather for that period of the year. The funds had been obtained from local subscriptions to provide a day’s sport for the fishermen on the Laune and Castlemaine Harbour. There was a large and orderly attendance, which had a good view of the various events from the county bridge and the banks adjoining the river. The committee, which had to be commended for its exertions, consisted of Rev. Father O Flynn C.C., Messrs. Michael Coffey, Paddy O Regan, P.P. O Shea, William Crowley, M. Clifford, T. Morris, J. Doyle, G. O Regan, D. Lyons, G. O Shea and J. Coffey.

Judge – M. Coffey, Starter – Father O Flynn, Secretaries – Danny O Regan and Mike Joy.

The results were as follows:

1st Race – 1st (£2-10-0) Callinfersy (cox James Gallivan), 2nd (£1-0-0) Gurrane (cox J. McKenna), 3rd (10s) Callinfersy Cliff (cox J. Murphy).

2nd Race – 1st (£2-10-0) Cromane (cox P. O Reilly), 2nd (£1-0-0) Steelroe (cox D. Mangan), 3rd (10s) Gurrane (cox J. McKenna).

3rd Race – 1st (£2-10-0) Gurrane (cox J. McKenna), two competed.

4th Race – 1st (£2-10-0) Callinfersy (cox J. Murphy), 2nd (£1-0-0) Cromane (cox P. O Reilly), 3rd Race (10s) Gurrane (cox J. McKenna).

5th Race – 1st (£2) Gurrane (cox J. McKenna), 2nd (15s) Curragh boat (cox T. Griffin), 3rd (5s) Bansha boat (cox J. Flynn).

6th Race – 1st Cromane (cox M. Sugrue).

In the horizontal greasy pole competition, Pat O Sullivan (Wickey) succeeded, amidst much merriment, in displacing the ham from the top of the pole but, alas, lost it in the water in consequence of his wet condition. Subsequently, Pat Clifford (Dinah) dived down and brought it up from the bottom.