2018 Review of the Year

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Kilcummin GAA 2018 What a year!

As the calendar year closes with a heavy loss to a powerful Dr Crokes team in the O’Donoghue Cup final let’s not lose sight of what a wonderful year it has been for the club and parish. Indeed, arguably the greatest year in the history of the club both on and off the field. It started with a rallying call for funds to finish off the development of the training pitch and plan for improved facilities for future generations. This was met with a huge response from the community who have trust and belief in the value of a rural club such as ours. This process is ongoing and great credit is due to the development committee for their vision and expertise.


In March we organised a major entertainment event together with our neighbours Glenflesk, “A Night at the Oskars”, This was a first for any club in Munster and was a “sell out” in the INEC, testament to the work and dedication of the organising committee, actors and again our loyal supporters. On the field the winning of the County Intermediate Championship in May, with wins over Glenbeigh/Glencar, Milltown/Castlemaine, Brosna, Templenoe and Glenflesk was an astonishing achievement for a team relegated just six months earlier and heralded a return to Senior club status. Playing and winning with style and panache made it even more enjoyable and opened the door to the Munster and All-Ireland Club Championships.


In July we witnessed a momentous occasion when our very own Kieran Murphy captained the Kerry Juniors to All Ireland success with Gary O’Leary also collecting his winner’s medal. August saw our senior team promoted to Division 1 following an 11-game campaign finishing second to Austin Stacks. The month also saw our Junior team win the O’Sullivan Cup by beating Dr Crokes in the final after a gap of 25 years. We finished a busy month that saw us play the Underdogs in association with TG4 and the month that saw Sean O’Leary and James Nagle win County championship U-21 medals with East Kerry.


September also saw Paul O’Shea and Keith O’Leary win All-Ireland medals with the Kerry minors and the bonus of Paul captaining the side. The homecoming in Kilcummin has been described as one of the greatest ever and has been heralded as the way forward for the future by Kerry Co Board. October saw ten of our players compete as part of the East Kerry team which reached the County Semi -Final with wins over St Brendans, Dingle and South Kerry.


November saw us embark on the Munster Club Championship campaign and following victories over Kilrush, Kilmacthomas and Fermoy we were crowned Munster Champions in Mallow. The first such accolade in the history of our club now allows us the opportunity to compete for All Ireland glory. Reaching the O’Donoghue Cup Final for the first time in 10 years was an achievement that we should not belittle.


Considering the injuries, the timing in relation to the All-Ireland Semi-Final and the sheer class of the opposition it was reasonable to believe that we would not succeed on this occasion. However, it will be important to put that behind us and refocus.


The first opportunity to do that is at our Social next Friday and a good attendance is expected to celebrate with players and supporters alike. There will be several awards in recognition of the year past and medals will be presented to O’Sullivan Cup winners, County and Munster Intermediate Champions and  “Club Person of the Year”.


Live Music by Neilly O’Connor and Disco by Declan McCarthy will keep us entertained. Tickets are just €30 but are limited and there will be no late admission without a ticket. It commences at 7.30pm and the presentation of medals will take place almost immediately.


Make this a night to remember after a year never to forget.  Book your tickets now before Christmas from Ciara 0879133062, Mike Riordan 0876258642, Niamh Dwyer 0879801105, Tim Casey 0863450976 or Kilcummin Post Office 0646631027.

Michael O’Riordan PRO





Munster Intermediate Final 2018 Report

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Presentation Photo

Sunday 25th November

Kilcummin 1-11

Fermoy 1-3


The day comes at last, the day of reckoning. Can we really win a Munster championship we ask ourselves, can that really happen to us? The weather is lovely, spirits are high on the supporters’ bus while the players are relaxed and joking but focused.

Arriving in Mallow we are impressed with the venue and facilities, fitting of such an occasion. As the players are warming up streams of cars are passing in decked in Green and Red. The excitement is building and they can’t wait to get out on the field. The Fermoy manager has been bullish about their chances but Willie and the lads have installed a great sense of belief and resilience in the players and are ready for the initial onslaught.

Both teams get a great welcome on to the field but no doubting whom has the better supporters, the colours, banners and noise decides that. As the Tipperary referee gets things underway, it is obvious that we are facing a motivated and physically strong team. Noel Duggan opens the scoring with a free but minutes later the ref awards them a penalty and their full forward sneaks it inside the post. There are a number of missed chances on both sides before the ref awards another penalty. This time Brendan is the boss as he shepherds it wide of his right-hand post. We breathe a sigh of relief and are a little worried, but Noel Duggan reassures us with a fine point and when Matt Keane taps over a beauty a minute later we are back on level terms 0-3 to 1-0.

With seven minutes left in the half we trail by a single point but there was no shortage of drama as firstly Sean O’Leary had a goal chance cleared and then Gary O’Leary was penalised when we thought it was our turn for a penalty. While our supporters were showering the ref with praise, the players were unfazed and added three points before the half time whistle. Firstly Noel Duggan levelled, Matt Keane added his second and then Kevin McCarthy shook off all his markers to kick a sublime point. Half time arrives and as the players leave the field leading 0-6 to1-1 they are replaced by Under 8’s from both clubs for an exhibition of skills and enthusiasm.

Supporters, despite some nervy moments are generally confident seeing that we had assumed a measure of control in the last 10 minutes and had kicked some good scores. The second half gets underway with Kelvin Teahan replacing the injured Padraig Nagle and within two minutes Matt Keane kicks his third point and we lead by three. Five minutes later Sean O’Leary drives forward from defence and as we lead by four we lose Noel Duggan to injury. Ian Devane enters the fray just before Fermoy convert another free and we are back to three again. Fermoy are dangerous but our defence is outstanding. Brendan Kealy saves superbly while William Maher clears the follow up off the line. Donal Maher is having a blinder while the cousins Philip Casey and Daniel Moynihan have their opponents under their control.

Ten minutes to go and up steps Kieran Murphy with a massive point which was invaluable as we had fluffed a few chances earlier. However, back came Fermoy with another free to unsettle us again but when the ever-reliable Philip Casey came forward to kick one of his trademark points we were really starting to believe. Three minutes left, and Gary O’Leary lands a great score following an interception in defence. Bizarrely he receives a black card and is replaced for the final minutes by Damien O’Leary. Kevin McCarthy leaves the field to a thunderous applause and standing ovation and is replaced by his brother John. Entering the final moments Daniel O’Leary gathers in defence and sets a move in motion that involves six Kilcummin players and culminates with Ian Devane finishing to the net. Enter delirium in the stand and on the sideline, as Willie Maher does his own version of Riverdance.

All we need now is the ref to blow and when he finally does he releases a wave of sheer delight and wild celebrations as the faithful followers envelop the players on the field. As Brendan Kealy is presented with the Ristard O Chuimin Cup there were tears in the eyes of lifelong club members. In a team of heroes it is necessary to acknowledge their contribution to this historic win. Brendan Kealy as player and captain showed once more his All-Star class and leadership qualities. Philip Casey, Donal Maher and Daniel Moynihan were superb and kept their direct opponents scoreless from play. William Maher showed all his astuteness and ability to read a game so well and his clearance off the line was crucial.

Sean O’Leary and Chris O’Leary played a massive role in this victory as the mastered their illustrious opponents over the hour. Kevin Gorman gave an inspirational performance throughout and executed a marvellous catch under the crossbar late in the game. Kieran Murphy is crucial to Kilcummin and his return to form after a long layoff from injury was welcome. He played very well and his point from play was brilliant. Our half forward line of Shane McSweeney, Gary O’Leary and Padraig Nagle put in a great shift helping in defence throughout and getting forward to create scoring opportunities for the full forward line. Our inside line of Matt Keane, Noel Duggan and Kevin McCarthy were superb and accounted for seven points between them. Kelvin Teahan was lively and involved after being introduced while Ian Devane will be delighted to be at the end of that great move. Daniel O’Leary, John McCarthy and Damien O’Leary were all involved in the move that lead to that late goal.

All in all, a great occasion and marvellous result that will remain with us always and when you consider that 1-10 of 1-11 came from play great credit is due to Willie, Kieran, Daniel and Shane O Sullivan. As our supporters headed for home and celebrations there were smiles all round amid the realisation that their club had really arrived on the national club scene.

As we await the All Ireland Semi Final in January we will regroup, play the O’Donoghue Cup Semi-Final and dare to dream.

Team: Brendan Kealy, Philip Casey, Donal Maher, Daniel Moynihan, Sean O’Leary, Chris O’Leary, William Maher, Kieran Murphy, Kevin Gorman, Shane McSweeney, Gary O’Leary, Padraig Nagle, Matt Keane, Kevin McCarthy, Noel Duggan Subs Used: Kelvin Teahan, Ian Devane, Daniel O’Leary, Damien O’Leary, John McCarthy.



Munster Intermediate Campaign So Far

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Munster Intermediate Quarter-Final in Kilrush

Kilrush Shamrocks 0-7 Kilcummin 0-10

We travelled to Kilrush with a little trepidation, expecting a hard battle but confident our lads would be up for the challenge. As it transpired all our expectations were realised in the presence of a huge support from our ever loyal followers who contributed greatly to this occasion with their burst of colour and marvellous encouragement.

Kilrush proved to have many fine players on their team and played some really good football at times. Indeed playing with the wind they caused some concern early on but some good defending allied to a fine save from Brendan Kealy saw us match them score for score. Half-Time found us trailing by a single point 0-5 to 0-4 with Noel Duggan, twice from frees Shane McSweeney and Gary O’Leary being our scorers. That first half saw Daniel O’Leary and Matt Keane being introduced in place of Sean Brosnan and Kevin Gorman (Black Card).

The second-half started with Kilrush being first to score and leaving two points between the sides after five minutes but they were not to score again until well into injury time. This was due to a controlled performance and some good defending throughout. However scores were difficult to come by as we tried to break down their strong defence and difficult crosswind. Matt Keane brought us back level after 10 mins after Gary O’Leary had kicked a fine point to reduce the deficit to a single point three minutes earlier.

When Chris O’Leary put us in front for the first time on the 50th minute it was a great relief as we had missed a considerable number of chances prior to that. However, we kicked on after that with two great frees from Philip Casey. Despite being in complete control it was only when Noel Duggan kicked a fine score from a difficult angle that we could celebrate and look forward to the next round of the competition against Waterford opposition. It was encouraging to see Kieran Murphy return from injury replacing John McCarthy after 45 minutes. Damien O’Leary and James Nagle were also introduced late on for Ian Devane and Sean O’Leary.

Team: Brendan Kealy, Sean Brosnan, Donal Maher, Daniel Moynihan, William Maher, Philip Casey, Sean O’Leary, Kevin Gorman, Chris O’Leary, Shane McSweeney. Gary O’Leary, Padraig Nagle, Ian Devane, John McCarthy, Noel Duggan.

A special word of praise and thanks to the many supporters, who travelled in support of the team and who made it a great family and community day out.


Munster Club Intermediate Championship Semi-Final

Kilcummin 2-17 Kilmacthomas 0-1

A comprehensive victory against the Waterford champions in very difficult conditions that sees us now look forward to a Munster final in less than two weeks’ time. This will be a first in the history of the club and knowing our loyal followers they will make their presence known in large numbers on that historic occasion.


The first half we played against the breeze and in fairness we picked off points on a steady basis, with Noel Duggan (0-2), Gary O Leary (0-2), Philip Casey, Shane McSweeney and Chris O Leary accounting for those scores. When Noel Duggan finished off a great move to the net any chance of a rally by Kilmacthomas was ended.

The second-half saw much of the same as Kilcummin dominated possession and the visitors tried damage limitation. Ian Devane opened the scoring and Noel Duggan quickly followed up but it was another 10 minutes before Kelvin Teahan got our next score. Lots of scoring opportunities were lost and Willie and his team will study that carefully before the final. Noel Duggan and Gary O’Leary added further scores before Mikey O’Shea found the net after a quick slick passing move.

The remaining scores were an O’Leary affair with Gary, Chris and Sean all scoring late points.

Team: Brendan Kealy, Shane McSweeney, Donal Maher, Daniel Moynihan, Sean O’Leary, Philip Casey, William Maher, Kevin Gorman, Chris O’Leary, Gary O’Leary, Matt Keane, Padraig Nagle, Ian Devane, Damien O’Leary, Noel Duggan Subs: Kelvin Teahan (black card) Kieran Murphy, Daniel O’Leary, Sean Brosnan, Mikey O’Shea and James Nagle.

A special mention of all those who made the hosting of this event a possibility in the first place and a huge success as it transpired. All those who stewarded on the day and prepared the ground in time. The Ladies Committee who fed both of teams, mentors, officials and Munster Council stewards. D.& D. for providing the sound system, Shauna O’Leary for her singing, Terry McSweeney for his hard work and not forgetting the fans who supported this historic occasion in huge numbers.

 Kilcummin Abu. Roll on two weeks and paint the parish Red and Green.  


Senior Club Notes 9.9.18

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O’Sullivan Cup (East Kerry Junior Championship) Kilcummin 1-14 Dr Crokes 1-13

Kilcummin captured the O Sullivan Cup on Tuesday last in Spa after an epic and entertaining encounter with Dr Crokes. This game was always in the balance to the final whistle but Kilcummin’s hunger saw them victorious after a famine of twenty-five years. Shane McSweeney was a well-deserved Man-of-the-Match but there was a broad smile on the faces of fans and players alike when Ger Sheehan held aloft this coveted trophy. Well done to players and management alike and for a more comprehensive report visit Kilcummin’s GAA website.


All Ireland Champions Kerry Minors Homecoming. Hosted in Kilcummin GAA grounds solely for the first time ever a massive crowd turned out to make this a marvellous occasion for all. The welcome afforded to Paul O’Shea (Capt), Keith O’Leary and their fellow players will live long in the memory of these young men. With James Foley part of the management team it is fair to say that this was indeed a glorious night for the host club. A tremendous amount of work went in to the logistics of running this event so a word of thanks to stewards, Ladies Committee, Rural Development workers, DJ Gav, general members and the public for co-operation and involvement. A word of thanks also to local clubs who offered assistance on the night.


East Kerry. The East Kerry team continued their winning ways in the County Championship with victory over Dingle. Kilcummin have nine players on the panel. They are now through to the Quarter Final in a couple of weeks’ time.



O’Sullivan Cup Final Report 2018

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O’Sullivan Cup Final 2018 Kilcummin 1-14 Dr Crokes 1-13


This was a very significant achievement for our lads in capturing the East Kerry Junior Championship after a lapse of 25 years. The fact that it was won by beating a very good Dr Crokes team in a cracking game and needed great character to succeed makes it even more praiseworthy.


Kilcummin were very much on top for the first quarter and lead by 1-6 to 0-3 at one stage with captain Ger Sheehan getting the goal. However, Dr Crokes rallied well and were level at half time 1-8 each. The second half was a ding-dong affair with teams trading points throughout. Despite having the majority of possession, we struggled to capitalise against a well marshalled Crokes defence while our opponents relied on counter attacking.


However, in the closing minutes our desire and belief shone through and lovely scores from Damien O’Leary, John McCarthy and John Devane gave us a two-point lead approaching the final whistle. Dr Crokes did bring it down to the minimum, but our backs held firm and there was great joy at the sound of referee Padraig O’Sullivan’s final whistle. There were some great performances from the likes of Donal Maher, Sean Brosnan, Chris O’Leary, Matt Keane and Ger Sheehan in particular but “Man of the Match” went to Shane McSweeney for an awesome display at midfield.


For our more senior players Daniel O’Leary and Kieran Fleming, Mikey O’Shea and John Devane this will be a particularly rewarding win for years of effort at this level. Younger players like James Nagle, Daniel Moynihan, Padraig Nagle and Damien O’Leary will benefit hugely from this experience having played their part in this success over several games. Although none of the substitutes were used in this game many of them played a significant role in earlier rounds and will also take great encouragement and motivation from this effort.


A special mention to management team of Tommy Brosnan, Kieran O’Donoghue and Tommy Cooper who must take great credit for this win as well as our thanks for their efforts over the years in keeping players going.


Team: Kieran Fleming, Sean Brosnan, Donal Maher, Mikey O’Shea, James Nagle, Daniel O’Leary, Daniel Moynihan, Chris O Leary (0-2), Shane McSweeney, Ger Sheehan (Capt, 1-3) Matt Keane (0-1) Padraig Nagle (0-1) John Devane (0-2), Damien O Leary (0-1), John McCarthy (0-1) Panel: Tommy Brosnan, Sean Moynihan, Tomas O’Connor, Tadgh Ryan, David Hickey, Dean Cronin, Conor McCarthy, Lorcan O’Connor, Kevin Healy, Paul Griffin, Michael Brosnan, Richie O’Connor, Paul O’Riordan, Oscar O’Connor, Jake Moynihan.


2018 O’Sullivan Cup Semi-Final Report vs. Fossa

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O’Sullivan Cup Semi-Final


Kilcummin 1-16 Fossa 0-13


Played in Kilcummin on a perfect Tuesday evening for Football the home team emerged victorious and qualified for the final of the O’Sullivan Cup against either Dr Crokes or Firies.


This was a very lively and entertaining game early on with Fossa having the upper and going in to a 0-4 to 0-1 by the 10th minute. However a goal by Sean Moynihan gave Kilcummin a lift and they took the initiative for the remainder of the half and lead by 1-7 to 0-6 at the break.


Kilcummin were never really threatened in the second half and driven on by an inspired Shane McSweeney held the upper hand throughout. Matt Keane was working very hard and kicked some fine points to keep the Fossa challenge at bay. Donal Maher had a fine game for Kilcummin with Damien O’Leary, Daniel O’Leary and Tomas O’Connor also showing well.


For Fossa Tadgh O’Shea gave an exhibition of point taking, Donald O’Sullivan showed all his skill and experience and between them accounting for all but one of their teams scores. Anthony Warton and Fintan Coffey had periods of dominance in a game that was skilful, sporting and entertaining throughout.


Kilcummin: Kieran Fleming, Dan Moynihan, Donal Maher, James Nagle, John Devane, Daniel O’Leary, Mikey O’Shea, Damien O’Leary, Shane McSweeney, Ger Sheehan, Matt Keane, Tomas O’Connor, Sean Moynihan, Oscar O’Connor, Tadgh Ryan. Subs: Ian Devane and David Hickey.


Fossa: Shane O’Sullivan, Derry O’Sullivan, Anthony Wharton, Anthony O’Keeffe, Kevin McCarthy, Mark Dennehy, Kevin O’Sullivan, Cian O’Shea, Fintan Coffey, Mike O’Keeffe, Mikey O Shea, Dan O’Keeffe, Tadgh O’Shea, Chris Myers, Donald O’Sullivan Subs: Fintan Moran, John Talbot and P Sheehan



Senior Club Notes 15.7.18

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All Ireland Junior Championship  Best wishes to Kieran Murphy (Captain) , Gary O’Leary, and their Kerry team mates who play Galway in the All Ireland Final on Saturday next in Cusack Park Ennis. Throw in at 2pm. Well done also to Sean O Leary (U-20’s) and Kevin McCarthy (Senior) who represented club and county at the weekend. Although on the losing team both players played well and both got on the scoring sheet and we wish Kevin all the best for the remainder of Kerry’s games.

Senior Football: Our senior team lost out to Desmonds by a single point on Saturday last in Round 9 of the county league. We found it hard to break down a well organised and determined defence and when they broke out Tomas Hickey was unerring from the numerous frees conceded. This leaves us needing to win our our two remaining games at home to Ballymac ( July 29th ) and away to Kenmare  to have a chance of promotion to Div 1. Score Kilcummin  0-10 Desmonds 0-11. Team B Kealy, S Brosnan, D Maher, James Nagle, D Moynihan, C O Leary, (0-1) P Casey, (0-1) K Murphy,(0-2) K Gorman,(0-1) S McSweeney, G O Leary, M Keane,(0-3) Padraig Nagle, Damien O Leary, N Duggan (0-2F) Subs used I.Devane M O Shea.


Senior Club Notes 1.7.18

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Co Junior League Rd 5: Kilcummin are at home to Annascaul on this Friday at 7.30pm. Support would be welcome as the lads press for a place in the final.


Credit Union Co League Rd 8: Kilcummin 3-22 Na Gaeil 0-9

From the off Kilcummin took the game to their hosts who were missing a number of key players and playing some good running and free flowing football the game was effectively over at half time. Goals by Damien O’Leary, and John McCarthy twice helped us to a 3-9 to 0-3 lead at the break. Kilcummin kicked a further 13 points in the second half as the management team introduced a number of substitutes in the very warm conditions. This result sees us go 2nd in the table with a number of difficult games remaining.

Our defence was outstanding as a whole with James Nagle, Donal Maher and Chris O’Leary to the fore. Kevin Gorman and Shane McSweeney controlled midfield and supplied the forwards with plenty of ball giving the likes of John McCarthy, Damien O’Leary and Ian Devane the opportunity to shine.


Inter-County Success: We enjoyed an amazing week of reflected glory revelling in the achievements of our players playing in the Green and Gold. Pride of place this week goes to Kieran Murphy who captained the Kerry Juniors to a Munster title on Wednesday and turned in a powerful performance in midfield to overcome a good Cork team. Sean O’Leary followed this up on Friday night when he was part of the Kerry U-20’s that also defeated Cork in this inaugural Munster final, scoring two crucial points from play. All this added to Kevin McCarthy, Paul O’Shea and Keith O’Leary’s achievements last week means five Munster medals have come to the club as well as the honour of two captaincies in the space of a week. Well done to all concerned.


Sympathy is extended to the family of former Kilcummin player James Sheehan who passed away during the week. May he rest in peace.




Senior Club Notes 27.5.18

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Junior County League

Kilcummin 7-12 Laune Rangers 2-12


A great overall team performance saw Kilcummin convincing winners in this Round 1 game. First half goals from Kieran Nagle and Willie Maher set them up well but second half goals from David Hickey and Oscar O’Connor twice finished the game as a competition. Kieran Fleming pulled off a great save in the final minute as Laune Rangers kept on trying to the end.



Senior Football 

County Senior League Round Five

Kilcummin 1-27 Currow 1-14


Our lads kept up their good form and had a comprehensive victory over neighbours Currow in Kilcummin on Saturday last. Matthew Keane was scorer in chief with nine points to his name in a man of the match performance. Brendan Kealy executed two great saves and kicked two frees in a first-half that saw Kilcummin pull away and lead by nine points at the break.


The excellent Kieran Murphy and Sean O’Leary were replaced at half-time by John McCarthy and James Nagle respectively and both lads had great performances John kicking three points from play while James got a great goal. Mikey O’Shea also gave a great performance kicking four points, while Sean Moynihan settled in well on his debut scoring the team’s final score.


Team: Brendan Kealy, Sean Brosnan, Donal Maher, Jamie O’Donoghue, Sean O’Leary, Chris O’Leary, Willie Maher, Kieran Murphy, Kevin Gorman, Padraig Nagle, Matthew Keane, Shane McSweeney, Mikey O’Shea, Damien O’Leary, Oscar O’Connor, subs used, John McCarthy, James Nagle, Kelvin Teahan, Daniel O’Leary, Tomas O’Connor and Sean Moynihan



Senior Club Notes 20.5.18

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Senior Football

Kilcummin seniors are at home to Currow in the county league at 6pm on this Saturday ( Note change of time)

“Night at the Oskars” DVD’s are still available from the Post Office. Get your memento of this brilliant night and don’t forget family members away from home.