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Founders of Killarney’s oldest GAA club remembered




Dr Crokes commemorated its founding fathers of 1886 by unveiling a plaque at the entrance to the Railway Road on Tuesday evening.

Brothers Philip Culligan and John Paul Culligan pictured with Noel O'Sullivan in Dr Crokes GAA Club House.

Catherine Coffey Des Hayes Bernadette O'Sullivan who are descendants of Michael O'Sullivan

Descendants and relatives of the 18 founding members of the Dr Crokes GAA Club pictured with President of the GAA Larry McCarthy Matt O'Neill (club chairman) and Fr. Tom Looney at the unveiling of new monument to commemorate the founding of the Dr Crokes Club in 1886.

Fr Tom Looney Brother Pat Bishop Ray Browne Mayor of the Killarney Municipal District Marie Moloney Matt O'Neill Chairman of Dr Crokes Patrick O'Sullivan Jackie Looney President of Dr Crokes Bishop Ray BrowneFr Paddy Eamonn Fitzgerald.Unveiling of new monument to commemorate the founding of the Dr Crokes Club in 1886

Matt O' Neill Patrick O'Sullivan Jackie Looney and Larry McCarthy unveiling the new monument

Matt O’Neill, club chairperson addressed the distinguished audience, which included Larry McCarthy, President of the GAA, assembled outside the Courthouse on a balmy sun -filled evening and paid tribute to the ‘18 Dangerous Dreamers’ as the founders were fondly known.
“These were young men, some as young as 16 years. These were brave men, who earned a free Ireland, governed by its own people. These were true Irish men, who wished to freely live their Gaelic culture and heritage and decided to express that ancient heritage through the medium of our Gaelic games and under the newly-formed banner of the Gaelic Athletic Association. They embraced a wonderful dream, a wonderful vision, aisling breá, aisling áilinn, aisling misniúil,” said Mr McCarthy.

Clrr Niall ‘Botty’ O’Callaghan is a staunch member of Dr Crokes and acted as M.C. for the historic occasion and excelled in the formalities in a professional presentation of the 55 minutes allotted.

He introduced the President of the GAA, Larry McCarthy, and Fr Tom Looney who captured the essence of the extremely dangerous times of the 1880’s in Killarney. It was a time of great turmoil due to the Land League and for the ‘18 Dangerous Dreamers’ who founded the club.
Sports journalist Éamonn Fitzgerald welcomed the special guests present, representing the descendants of the 18 founders. Several of the family descendants attended and one represented the families during the formalities. A total of 14 were there in person and four more were video-linked in from USA, Belgium, England, Australia.

The live streaming of the historic event was courtesy of club member John C . O’Shea.

Among the guests were John and Philip Culligan, formerly of Ross Rd, representing their mother, Nee Crowe, a relative of Archbishop Croke.
When the formalities concluded the attendees went to the Dr Crokes clubhouse at Lewis Rd. to join members in music, song and presentations.

Maggie McAuliffe, Club Events Officer and her many co-helpers provided an excellent array of various foods.

Genealogist Rachel Foley, who was very helpful in tracing the descendants, is also the club’s Cultural AND Scór Officer.
She presented her Scór teams for a half hour of wonderful entertainment.
Led by musical director Noel O’Sullivan, the entertainers included Liam Randles, Aoife O’Callaghan, Jean Foley, Saoirse O’Sullivan and Teegan O’Sullivan.

Sheila Dickson coordinated the celebrations in the clubhouse, where the descendants were presented with copies of the Dr Crokes History book.

One of the descendants said: “Thanks to your excellent research I found out more about my family here tonight than I never knew. Thank you Dr Crokes, you are a wonderful family and you do things so well.’
The President of the GAA, who had visited the club house and amenities earlier in the day and saw the U 11 and U 13 teams being coached on their regular Tuesday evening sessions, was highly impressed.

He stressed the importance of tradition and how Dr Crokes valued that. Jokingly, he said it was hard for him as a Cork man to instance the case of Evan Looney, a fourth-generation Dr Crokes player who was man of the match in the Munster U20 final on the previous evening.

President Larry Mc Cathy, left Lewis Rd to drive back to Dublin with memories of the beautiful tones of Scór winner Saoirse singing ‘The Parting Glass’.

The 18 founders of Dr Crokes (Descendants in brackets)
1 Jack Crowe
2 His brother Paddy Crowe, Railway men ( Tim Crowe, grandson and grand-nephew)
3Con Courtney, a merchant ( Sheila Mulcahy, Clochán, Caisleáin Griaire, granddaughter)
4Denny Courtney , ( Mike Looney, College Street)
5 Jim Galvin ( Galvin relatives, Boston)
6Mick Gleeson, a boatman( Bridget Healy (née Gleeson, golf star)
7 Dan Guerin (Áine O’Reilly,nee Kidney granddaughter from Cloyne)
8 Con Guerin, (Sarah Moore, nee Fitzsimons ,granddaughter, Oldcastle, Meath)
9 James Kissane, a French polisher ( John O’Donoghue, descendant Coolcaslough)
10 Martin Kissane, a French polisher( Martin Kissane, descendant Coolcaslough)
11 John Langford, Manager of O’ Sullivan’s farm at Killeen and two-years later a founding member of the Kerry GAA County Board. (Descendant Des Hayes, Tralee)
12 Mike Looney, a Railway man (Evan Looney, great great grandson. Kerry U20 star)
13 Jim McGuiness, Henn Street, a carpenter( Colin O’Driscoll relative, Belgium)
14 Michael Moriarty , High Street a draper. (Drs Denis and Michael Moriarty, Dublin)
15 Maurice Moynihan Pound Row ( Kayleen Kenvard, Australia)
16 James O’Leary (Sneem and College Street publican (Dónal/Bríd/Mike Cahalane, Sneem. Brian Dempsey ,Dublin)
17 Michael O’Sullivan, brother-in-law of Charles O’ Sullivan, Bishop of Kerry 1917-1929. (Bernadette O’Sullivan, Galway, great granddaughter)
18 Rob Roberts, Pound Row (Sean O’Donoghue, Killarney, great grandson)



Killarney centre stage for Pride Festival

The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage. Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July […]




The award-winning Kingdom Pride in Kerry festival is back next week and Killarney will take centre stage.

Kingdom Pride will be celebrated in towns all across the county from July 17 to 21.

The organisation’s flagship Party in the Park event will be held again in Killarney House and Gardens, following the Pride march in the town centre on July 20.

This year, in solidarity with the people of Palestine, Kingdom Pride in Kerry is inviting the people of Kerry to come to show their unity by bringing Palestinian flags and kites to the march, and to the Party in the Park.

“Pride is a protest for human rights all over the world. Here in the Kingdom, we have been so lucky to receive tremendous community support from our allies and supporters, and we see the struggle for liberation of all peoples as a united cause,” said Daniel Quirke, chairperson of the organising committee.

“Our events have always welcomed everyone, regardless of gender, orientation, religion, or nationality. We truly believe that together we can create positive change through caring for and loving one another. This year is no exception, and we look forward to helping to highlight the Palestinian cause, and to bringing people together to keep generating positive change for all people.”

Events will take place in Cahersiveen, Listowel, Killorglin, Tralee and Dingle, and include an Irish comedy night with Áine Gallagher, an Irish-language movie screening, yoga, sea swimming, poetry and storytelling, bowling, pitch and putt, a lively drag night at the INEC, and plenty more for people of all ages.

“We do our best to keep tickets as low-cost as possible, and we have lots of events that are totally free to attend. It is important to us that people can share Pride with us, regardless of income. Especially with the rise of the cost of living putting a strain on people’s pockets.” added the chairperson.


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A weekend of Live Music, Fun and Entertainment, at FleskFest 2024

The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event. “It promises to be […]




The organisers of the annual FleskFest have “a tremendous line-up, with a weekend full of entertainment to suit all” for the July 18 to 20 event.

“It promises to be the festival weekend of the summer, an event you don’t want to miss out on. Last year’s Festival was a fantastic memorable experience for our community, a time to get together and celebrate,” said festival PRO Seán Daly.

Organised by Glenflesk GAA, FleskFest 24 will take place at the Barraduff Community Field next week.
There will be a fully licensed bar in the Fest Marquee, some amazing live music on The Big Stage, food trucks and much more.
Glenflesk GAA club’s biggest fundraiser of the year includes a new-for-2024 Texas Holdem Poker Tournament on Thursday night.
Weekend highlights include old-time waltzing, jiving and polka sets with Paudie McAuliffe and Paudie Coffey Band on Friday,
On Saturday, the new Well Flesk event will take place.
“A morning of self-care and wellness at Flesk Fest featuring masterclasses in yoga, pilates, mindfulness, spinning, fitness sessions, workouts, firewood sauna and ice pods with a range of experienced and qualified instructors,” added Daly.
Leading local musician Johnny Courtney and Friends, Sam and Ina, The O’Donoghue Sisters, Reigning All Ireland Champions Glenflesk Ballad Group, and The Border Boys will take to the Big Stage over the weekend.
Sunday is Family Fun Day with children’s entertainment and disco and the All-Ireland Hurling Final Live on the Big screen followed by music with Thingamajig.
The festival will finish with a Sunday evening session with the Meadhbh Walsh Band.

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