Billy Doolan East Kerry GAA Hall of Fame Award Winner 2020

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Its 58 years since a young Billy Doolan played his first game for Kilcummin’s senior team. It’s fair to say and evident to anyone that knows him that he still retains the love and enthusiasm for a club that he believes epitomises all that is good in his native parish. A senior player from 1962 to 1981 with Kilcummin he won a senior County Championship medal with East Kerry in 1965. However, winning an O’Donoghue Cup medal in 1973 with his club is closest to his heart. During that period he doubled as Club Secretary between 1963 and 1965 and Club Chairman in 1972 and 1973. This was already showing evidence of his desire to improve the workings and structure of the club for current players and future generations.

After his football days were over he turned his energies to developing a fledgling Juvenile organisation that was to reap great benefits in later years. Between 1981 and 1985 he was a major driving force in the development of facilities, upgrading the senior pitch, acquiring a Juvenile field along with building dressing rooms and a sports hall. Indeed, the development and maintenance of playing facilities became very much a passion for Billy and remains so to this day believing that playable pitches are a club’s greatest asset.

This is particularly true in Kilcummin with its ever-increasing population and membership. Billy even only last year oversaw the completion of further playing surfaces to address this necessity. Billy has been an invaluable member of the clubs executive until two years ago where his guidance and expertise was invaluable and welcomed.  He served as Club PRO for a period of 10 years up to 2013, his aim being to present his club and the GAA in general in a positive light to the greater community.

In 2010 Kilcummin GAA club’s centenary year, the club produced a history of the previous 100 years. It was a feat that was only made possible by the vast collection of photos and material that Billy had collected and retained an exercise which he continues to do. Between 1998 and 2010 Billy was the event controller with Fitzgerald Stadium being responsible for the smooth running of Munster Council, Kerry and East Kerry matches and events, Munster championship games and Kerry homecomings.

Billy has huge regard for the GAA as an organisation and takes a very keen interest in all its aspects including Scór, Ladies Football and Hurling as well as association policy. This year he attended his 47th consecutive County Convention. He lists amongst his proudest moments Kilcummin’s All Ireland success in the Intermediate Club Final last year, Sean Kelly’s election to Uachtarán Cumann Luthchleas Gaeil and winning his O’Donoghue Cup medal in 1973.


However he describes the greatest satisfaction for him, throughout it all, just having ‘been part of it all’ and the numerous friends he has made along the way.


Senior Club Notes 15.12.19

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GAA Social and Presentations

Fri Dec 27th in Killarney Avenue Hotel. Doors open at 7pm, Meal at 8pm sharp, Medals and awards presentations to Ladies, Minors and All Ireland winners. Music by Neily O Connor and DJ Gav. Tickets are limited and need to be booked immediately due to limited space. €30 for 15-year olds and older. Special Guest and M.C. for the night is Timmy Moynihan, Radio Kerry Sport. Tickets available at Post Office and can also be booked through Club Officers.

31 Card Drive

In memory of Dermot Moynihan will be held in Klub bar on Sunday Dec 29th commencing at 4pm. Proceeds go to Oncology Unit UH Kerry.

‘Pink Night’

Run by our Ladies Committee is on January 4th in Klub Bar with proceeds also going to Oncology Unit UH Kerry, commences at 9pm. Spread the news for a good night of music and craic with loads of prizes to be won. 


Senior Club Notes 24.11.19

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East Kerry Minor Championship Final (Div 3)

Kilcummin 2-20 Glenflesk 3-13

Our Minors gave selector Darragh Kelly a perfect wedding present by adding the East Kerry Division 3 title to the East Kerry League won earlier in the month over Glenflesk. There has never been much between these two rivals over the years and it was the same in Farranfore on Sunday last. Very evenly matched with scores being swapped throughout, the half time scoreline reflected this at Kilcummin 0-9 Glenflesk 1-6.

The second half followed the same pattern but Glenflesk forged ahead early on and looked to be gaining the upper hand but a goal from Dylan Murphy and some inspirational points from man of the match and captain Paul O’Shea had Kilcummin in the driving seat. However, Glenflesk fought back and goaled themselves to leave the game on a knife edge but Cian Foley settled the nerves when he finished a fine move to the net. When Danny Cronin, Philip O’Leary and Cian Foley added further points Kilcummin looked home and dry but Glenflesk didn’t believe that and hit the Kilcummin net following a rebounded free-kick.

Adam O Sullivan put us back in a four-point lead as Glenflesk ‘s goalkeeper had a goal disallowed for a square ball six minutes into time added on. The final whistle brought a long season to an end where these bunch of lads have progressed immensely and have learned how to win. Well done to manager DJ Fleming and selectors Tim Ryan and Darragh Kelly. Keith O’Leary was outstanding in goals bringing off two great saves as well as influencing the teams approach with his kickouts.

The fullback line of Dara Brosnan, Nathan McCarthy and Dara Cronin defended resolutely against a potent Glenflesk forward line while the brothers Dylan and Cian Murphy were a threat going forward as well as sticking to their defensive duties with effect. Dara O’Callaghan has been simply immense throughout the year and showed that again on Sunday despite his tender years. Paul O’Shea’s final game at minor level left us with lasting memories as he fielded superb balls at midfield despite the very close attention of more than one of the opposition. His point kicking was confident and skilful as he finished the day with 0-8 from play.

Chris Moynihan was a great ally at midfield and defended very well when asked to do so. Darren Lehane was a constant threat and accounted for four of his team’s points. Danny Cronin, Philip O’Leary and Cian Foley show great promise for the future and have been scoring well all the year accounting for 1-4 between them on Sunday. Dean Bradley Cronin and Mark O’Shea played their part all the year and again on Sunday as they worked extremely hard throughout.

Colm Kelleher, Jack McClain, Oisin O Leary and Adam O Sullivan were introduced on Sunday as others tired and all have contributed greatly despite being still U16. Roll on 2020.

Congratulations to Ciara O Leary (club sec) and Dara Kelly who were married on Saturday in Kilcummin Church.


Development Update November 2019

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Dear members, please see our latest development project update. We would be very grateful if you could like and share this with all of your family and friends. You will find on our social media platforms now. Thank you to everyone for all your fantastic commitment to the club’s development over the last two years. We now appeal, for the last time, to use all of your contacts to get these bricks sold which will then allow us to complete and open the facility in 2020. We would really love to have commitment forms in by Dec 1st. As we completely understand that we are entering an extremely expensive time of year for everyone, this does not mean we require payment before this date. You can pay for your brick up to the end of January in the new year so get your forms back to the leaders as soon as possible and we will be in touch at a later date. Great news all round today as were delighted to hear of a grant of €43,350 from the Sports Capital Programme. 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 Here’s a video from Paudie Healy of our Development Committee on the progress to date:


Senior Club Notes 3.11.19

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Credit Union Co League 

Kilcummin 3-16

Kerins O’Rahillys 1-12

Our seniors put in a fine performance last Sunday in the final round of the County League with a resounding victory over Kerins O’Rahillys who were in a position to reach the league final. The victory was marred however by a bad injury to Sean O’Leary who may miss the rest of the year as a result. However, we hope he doesn’t and wish him a speedy recovery. Sean was putting in a powerful performance throughout the game as part of a defence that contained a very good Rahilly’s forward line.

Kevin McCarthy showed that he is returning to top form with a storming performance that yielded 2-2 from play and created a third goal for his brother John. Gary O Leary, Matt Keane and Noel Duggan were chief point scorers, but the entire team and substitutes played their part. Donal Maher, Kevin McSweeney, Damien O’Leary and Sean Moynihan had good games in defence while Kieran Murphy had a major influence in the middle of the field throughout.

Brendan Kealy (0-1F), Sean O’Leary (0-1) Donal Maher, Dan Moynihan, Sean Moynihan, Kevin McSweeney, William Maher, Damien O’Leary,’ Shane McSweeney ,(0-1) Kieran Murphy, Gary O’Leary (0-3), Matt Keane (0-3), Kevin McCarthy (2-2), Noel Duggan (0-4, 2F), Mikey O’Shea. Subs: John McCarthy (1-0), Richie O’Connor (0-1), William Maher, Sean Brosnan, Tomas O’Connor, Jamie O’Donoghue.

East Kerry Minor Championship Div 3 Semi-Final

Kilcummin 4-14

Firies 3-14

Played in Firies this was a fantastic result for our minor team considering that we were 9 points behind early in the first half. Indeed, this could have been even more, were it not for some outstanding saves from Keith O’Leary in goal.

We showed some great character and with a never say die attitude we clawed back the deficit and forged ahead at the death for a three-point victory. While this was very much a team effort it is hard to ignore the contribution of Paul O’Shea who accounted for 4-9 of our total. We now go forward to meet Glenflesk in the final a repeat of last week’s League Final.

Another tight epic encounter is in store at a date to be confirmed.


Senior Club Notes 29.10.19

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Senior County Championship 

Relegation Playoff

Kilcummin 1-15 Rathmore 0-12

Our Senior team retained their senior club status after an impressive performance on Saturday last when they overcame Rathmore in a relegation battle at Lewis Road. An inspired performance from Sean O’Leary topped off by a great goal stood out but in fairness the entire team were outstanding and were certainly well motivated to avoid relegation.

Our defence snuffed out a very potent Rathmore attack and Kevin McSweeney at full-back lead by example as the opposition threw everything at them in those final 10 minutes to rescue the game for Rathmore. He was well assisted by Donal Maher, Dan Moynihan and Oscar O’Connor throughout while James Nagle, as well as defending with conviction, found time to assist in attack in great effect. At midfield Kieran Murphy contributed two invaluable points from play as well as working hard with Kevin Gorman to control the play for long periods of the game.

Enda O’Sullivan operated as a third midfielder and handled an amount of football in linking with defence and attack. Shane McSweeney was his usual reliable self when needed while Gary O Leary spearheaded the attack, scored a point and helped out hugely in defence in those final minutes. Noel Duggan was ever reliable from frees but also was outstanding from play being very involved in most attacks while also scoring two points from play. Kevin McCarthy and Paul O’Shea showed their considerable array of skill while between them they accounted for five of our points, all from play.

Brendan Kealy had a tremendous second half, scoring a fine long-range point as well as making some invaluable interceptions and some pinpoint passes. Philip Casey, John McCarthy, Damien O’Leary, Sean Moynihan, Mikey O’Shea and William Maher all played their part in this memorable victory. Well done also to management team of Daniel O’Leary, Kieran Fleming, Willie Maher and Shane O’Sullivan. While we delight in our team retaining their status, we feel a little sadness for Rathmore losing theirs.

Rathmore and Kilcummin have been very supportive of each other over the last 20 years and amalgamated for Minor and U21 County Championships for years. Indeed in 2012 they won the U21 County Championship together. We wish them all the best for 2020 and look forward to their return to senior ranks.

Minor Football East Kerry League Division 2 Final Replay

Glenflesk 1-13 Kilcummin 2-12

Played in Glenflesk, Kilcummin had to pull out all the stops to overcome a talented home team on Monday last in an entertaining encounter. A Dean Bradley Cronin goal was very instrumental in turning this game in our favour after Glenflesk had scored six points without reply immediately after half time.

In truth this was a good team performance from a young side that shows lots of promise for the years ahead, but Dylan Murphy’s goal and Paul O’Shea’s seven points were important contributions. Danny Cronin, Philip O’Leary, Cian Foley and Darren Lehane twice were the other points scorers. Keith O’Leary was very reliable and assured in front of a full back line of Darragh Cronin, Darragh Brosnan and Nathan McCarthy who worked extremely hard to contain a very potent Glenflesk forward line. The half-back trio of Dara O’Callaghan and brothers Cian and Dylan Murphy belied their tender years with some great defending while Dylan finished his goal with style. Paul O’Shea whether at midfield or full forward had a huge influence on the game and his younger brother Mark certainly played his part.

Chris Moynihan was very impressive both in midfield and defence while Darren Lehane showed his experience as well as kicking two points. Cian Foley, Philip O’Leary, Dean Bradley Cronin and Danny Cronin as well as scoring were constantly involved, making many telling and skilful contributions and showed great promise for the future. Colm Kelleher, Jack McClain, Oisin O’Leary also contributed well when introduced.

Well done also to DJ Fleming (coach) and selectors Tim Ryan and Darragh Kelly.

Credit Union County League Round 11 Kilcummin v Kerins O’Rahillys this Sunday at 1pm in Kilcummin


Senior Club Notes 13.10.19

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Senior County Championship Round 3

St Kierans 0-21 Kilcummin 1-13

Having the greater possession and been very competitive in the first half, we totally lost our way in the third quarter conceding 11pts without reply. Indeed, we retired on level terms 0-8 each at the break after an entertaining first 30 minutes in which no team were ever more than two points ahead. Noel Duggan accounted for four of those points while Shane McSweeney (twice), Gary O’Leary and Sean O’Leary also rowed in with scores.

After 15 mins of the second half Kevin McCarthy was introduced for his first game in six months and the improvement was very evident after that. Firstly, he found Enda O Sullivan with a long pass and Enda found the bottom corner of the net. There was a much livelier approach from our lads after that as Sean O Leary and Noel Duggan twice converted. Although we never looked like reeling in St Kierans Kevin McCarthy’s two late points put a better complexion on the scoreboard and sent supporters home somewhat happier.

Kilcummin’s next game is a relegation game against Rathmore on Saturday October 26th at a time and venue yet to be decided. 

Team: Brendan Kealy; Sean O’Leary (0-2), Donal Maher, Oscar O’Connor; James Nagle, Kevin McSweeney, Damien O’Leary; Kevin Gorman, Kieran Murphy; Shane McSweeney (0-2), Gary O’Leary (0-1), Matt Keane, Enda O’Sullivan (1-0), Noel Duggan (0-6, 6f), Paul O’Shea, Subs Used: Jamie O’Donoghue, Kevin McCarthy (0-2) Sean Moynihan, Mikey O’Shea, Philip Casey, William Maher.

Congratulations to our Senior Ladies who won the County League Division 3 Final in Fitzgerald Stadium on Sunday last.

The death took place recently in Canada of Joe Sheehan who played senior football with Kilcummin from 1960 to 1966. He played in the O’Donoghue Cup final in 1966 and shortly afterwards emigrated to Canada. The GAA club offers its sympathies to the Sheehan family. May he rest in peace.


U16 East Kerry Championship Div 2 Final Report

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U-16 Team pictured after win in Farranfore

U16 East Kerry Championship Div 2 Final

Kilcummin 0-20 Fossa 3-10

FARRANFORE was the venue for the East Kerry Championship Division 2 final on Sunday morning and Kilcummin emerged deserved winners after a massive battle with neighbours Fossa.

Playing with the light breeze Kilcummin got off to a fine start and two early frees from centre-forward Cian Foley were followed by a brace from play by the same player as Jack McClain and Colm Kelliher were dominating in midfield. Corner-forwards Evan O’Sullivan and Micheal Sweeney were working hard in showing for the ball up front with Mark O’Shea moving to good effect at full-forward.

However, Fossa turned the game on its head with swift counter-attacking play and two quick goals – the first a penalty – and two points saw the opposition lead 2-2 to 0-5 after a further free from Cian Foley. Kilcummin continued to work hard and with Dara O’Callaghan now influential in midfield and Cian Murphy and Andrew Lowin excelling in the full-back line, further scores followed from Cian Foley and Jack McClain.

The pace of the game was impressive with wing-backs Dara O’Shea and Turlough O’Connor raiding down the wings and involved in creating chances for the forwards. Wing-forward Oisín O’Leary was also prominent at this stage, working hard, tackling well and strong in possession.


However, we were grateful to excellent goalkeeper Jaden Tynan for a superb point-blank save as despite conceding two points, further scores from the very lively Adam O’Sullivan–back after injury, Dara O’Callaghan from distance and Mark O’Shea saw the teams level at the break on a 0-10 to 2-4 score-line.

Opportunities to score were hard to come by early in the second-half but with Jack McClain and Dara O’Callaghan getting a foothold in midfield. Kilcummin slowly picked off points against a crowded defence with scores from Cian Foley (free), two great strikes from Mark O’Shea and another from Dara O’Callaghan to open a small gap.

Again, Fossa came back to reduce the margin but with Colin O’Leary showing well and using his pace to good effect he slotted over from close range. Points from Cian Foley, Jack McClain and impressive sub Padraic Moynihan saw Kilcummin go four points clear with less than 10 minutes remaining. Superb defending from Andrew Lowin and a great block-down from Dara O’Callaghan kept the opposition at bay, albeit temporarily.

Fossa were not done yet though and Kilcummin were grateful to Killian O’Brien and Cian Murphy for some stout defence. However, another goal and point for the opposition saw the sides level with time running out and momentum against us. To the team’s credit though Kilcummin remained composed and great team-play saw the ball worked to ice-cool sub Jack Fogarty who split the uprights with a fine point which ultimately proved decisive.


Despite some added time Kilcummin retained possession well before excellent Firies referee James O’Sullivan brought a cracking contest to a conclusion. Team captain Cian Foley was presented with the cup by East Kerry Board official Christy O’Leary.

This win ends a superb year for Kilcummin U16’s with Cups collected for County League Division 2 and now EK Championship Division 2 while nine of our players also added County Championship U16 medals to their collection with Eoghan Ruadh.

Well done to the entire panel – Gearoid Mulvihill, Kirill Healy, Oran Dwyer (injured), Daniel Horgan and Robbie Moynihan – all of whom played a part in our vital win over Firies – this win was just reward for the outstanding commitment to training right throughout the year.

Team: Jaden Tynan; Andrew Lowin, Cian Murphy, Killian O’Brien; Dara O’Shea, Dara O’Callaghan (0-2), Turlough O’Connor; Jack McClain (0-2) & Colm Kelliher; Colin O’Leary (0-1), Cian Foley (0-9, 4f), Oisin O’Leary; Evan O’Sullivan, Mark O Shea (0-3), Micheal Sweeney.

Subs: Adam O’Sullivan (0-1), Gearoid Mulvihill, Kirill Healy, Oran Dwyer, Daniel Horgan, Robbie Moynihan, Jack Fogarty (0-1), Padraic Moynihan (0-1).

Management: James Foley, Diarmuid O’Callaghan, Dave Kearney, Kevin O’Riordan, Michael O’Callaghan.


Senior Club Notes 29.19

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Senior County Championship:

Kilcummin 2-12 Mid Kerry 0-13

Well done to our senior players and management who recorded a marvellous victory over Mid Kerry on Sunday. Despite being under considerable pressure early on gradually established a foothold in the game and courtesy of two goals from Kieran Murphy and Noel Duggan we lead by six points at half time 2-7 to 0-7.

Mid Kerry cut the deficit two a single point in the third-quarter but our players really showed their character in those final 15 minutes to regain control and run out winners by five points. This was one of the best wins by this team in recent years and it was without doubt a team effort. However, Paul O’Shea, Kieran Murphy, Oscar O’Connor, Shane McSweeney, Enda O’Sullivan and Noel Duggan deserve special mention on this occasion.

We now progress to Round Three where we will play St Kierans on Sunday October 13th in Fitzgerald Stadium.

Team and Scorers: Brendan Kealy (0-2, 2f); Sean O’Leary (0-1), Donal Maher, Oscar O’Connor; Kevin McSweeney, Damien O’Leary, Jamie O’Donoghue; Kevin Gorman, Kieran Murphy,(1-1); Matt Keane (0-2), Gary O Leary, Shane McSweeney; Enda O Sullivan, Noel Duggan (1-5 4f), Paul O Shea (0-1) Subs Used: Paul O’Riordan, Sean Moynihan and William Maher.

Ladies Football: Best Wishes to the Senior Ladies who play Donaghmore Co Cork, in the First Round of the Munster Club Championship on Saturday in Rathmore at 1pm. 

Lotto: Kilcummin GAA Club are looking for club members to sell Lotto tickets. It’s a matter of having tickets on their person and offer people the opportunity to win €8000. This is an essential source of funding for the club with a development under construction and the vast number of teams to be catered for.


U-16 County League Division Two Success

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U-16 County League Division 2 Final

Kilcummin 1-11 Ardfert 3-4

A blustery Austin Stack Park was the venue for the County League Finals on Wednesday night August 14th last and Kilcummin emerged deserved winners in Division Two after a massive battle with Ardfert.

Playing with the strong wind, Kilcummin got off to a disastrous start as the opposition rattled off 1-1 in the opening minutes and they were grateful to full-back Cian Murphy for a superb block down and to goalkeeper Jaden Tynan for a great save to prevent further damage.

However, with good team play, excellent points from wing-forwards Colin O’Leary and Adam O’Sullivan got Kilcummin off the mark and despite several wides 3 points in-a-row from centre-forward Cian Foley had the teams on level terms. With Oran Dwyer winning good ball in defence, Colm Kelliher impacting the game in midfield and corner forwards Micheal Sweeney and Oisin O’Leary working hard for possession and tackling deep, another good point from the flying Colin O’Leary had Kilcummin 0-6 to 1-2 up at the break.

With Andrew Lowin and Turlough O’Connor driving on from defence, Kilcummin stretched further ahead on the resumption with fine points from substitute Jack Fogarty and corner-back Killian O’Brien. However, Ardfert struck the net again to lead 2-3 to 0-8 with a Cian Foley free soon after levelling matters again. Ardfert pressed for home and a point, followed by a deflected goal, saw them lead 3-4 to 0-9 with the wind at their backs and less than 10 minutes remaining.

It was now that Kilcummin showed true heart. With Cian Murphy and Dara O’Callaghan defending stoutly, Jack McClain fielding strongly in midfield and Cian Foley leading the attack with purpose, they took over from here to the end of the four minutes of additional injury time. Evan O’ Sullivan, Brandon Griffin and Padraic Moynihan all made a big impact off the bench with the latter kicking a great score coming in off the right wing.

When Mark O’ Shea finished superbly to the top of the net after great teamwork the teams were level at 3-4 to 1-10 with time almost up. Cian Foley kicked over from a free with the last score and Kilcummin retained possession excellently in injury time to emerge victorious after a mighty battle.

Well done to the entire panel, this win was just reward for all the outstanding commitment to training right through the spring and summer.

Team: Jaden Tynan; Andrew Lowin, Cian Murphy (c), Killian O’ Brien (0-1); Oran Dwyer, Dara O’Callaghan , Turlough O’Connor; Jack McClain, Colm Kelliher; Colin O’Leary (0-2), Cian Foley (0-5, 0-2f), Adam O’ Sullivan (0-1); Oisin O’Leary, Mark O Shea (1-0), Micheal Sweeney.

Subs: Evan O’Sullivan, Brandon Griffin, Dara O’Shea, Cathal Brosnan, Gearoid Mulvihill, Kirill Healy, Daniel Horgan, Robbie Moynihan, Jack Fogarty (0-1), Padraic Moynihan (0-1), James Williams.  

Management: James Foley, Diarmuid O’Callaghan, Dave Kearney, Kevin O’Riordan and Michael O’Callaghan.