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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 Irelandmarker, and is responsible for Gaelic games in County Kerrymarker. 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 is the most successful team in the history of Gaelic football. It has won the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship on 36 occasions and the National Football League 19 times, both of which are far more than any other county. The county holds a number of distinctive records in football championship history. As of 2009, Kerry has contested 55 All-Ireland finals, the next highest participator being Dublin with 35 appearances.

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 and its manager (Mick O'Dwyer)the greatest of all time. 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 13 All-Ireland finals from 1997 to 2009, Kerry have contested 9 and won 6, including 5 titles in the 2000s. In 2007, Kerry became the first team since Cork in 1990 to win back to back All Irelands. On 30th of August 2009 Kerry became only the 3rd team to reach 6 All Ireland finals in a row, last achieved by Dublin 1974 to 1979, and went on to secure their 36th title by defeating Cork in the final.

Kerry Football Squad



Team of the Millennium

The following Kerry players were among the fifteen selected for the Football Team of the Millennium;



Winners of eight All-Ireland senior medals



Honours

  • All-Ireland Senior Football Championships: 36
    • 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, 2009












  • National Football League: 19
    • 1928, 1929, 1931, 1932, 1959, 1961, 1963, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1977, 1982, 1984, 1997, 2004, 2006, 2009




  • 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 Minor Football Championships: 41
    • 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, 2009


  • 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





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. It was the first time s Munster team won both Munster and All Irelands in the same year. As well as 1891 Kerry have played in Munster Senior Hurling Championship Finals in 1889, 1890, 1892, 1900 and 1908.

Kerry's most notable hurling achievement in recent times occurred in the 1993 Munster championship when John Meyler's Kerry team shocked Waterford 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 its 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 Limerick 1-14 tp 0-24 in Austin Stack Parkmarker in Traleemarker. 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. It was also the first time a Kerry hurling team played more championship games then the football team.

Kerry has played in just one Munster Minor Hurling Championship Final, in 1938, when they lost to a Cork team that included the great Christy Ring. It has won and played in a number of All Ireland B Finals however.

Kerry has never won the Munster Under-21 Hurling Championship, its most notable achievement in the championship came in 2004 when they ran Limerick to 3 points in Austin Stack Parkmarker. It has however won and played in a number of All Ireland U21 B Championship Finals.

In 2009 a Kerry Colleges team entered the Munster Seinor Colleges Harty Cup for the first time.

Kerry Hurling Squad

Christy Ring Cup Semi Final 2009 v Carlow

Honours



  • All-Ireland Senior B Hurling Championships2
    • 1976, 1983, 1986








2001







  • Leinster Minor B Hurling Championships: 2
    • 1987,1988


Notable Hurlers



Stadia



Club Titles



See also

List of Kerry All-Ireland Football Finals

References

  1. GAA: Micko's still the best in my book SAYS ARMAGH'S KERNAN | Sunday Mirror | Find Articles at BNET
  2. The Kingdom - 2005/12/15: Tears flow freely in Listowel on the day they buried a real giant
  3. Irish Examiner - 2005/09/24: Better late than never
  4. Last hurrah looms for football's most remarkable man - Gaelic Football, Sport - Independent.ie
  5. Irish News UK - News from the Irish Community in Britain
  6. http://www.gaa.ie/page/football_team_of_the_millennium.html GAA website


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