Special night for Gaels of Kildorrery

League and county winners, displaying some of the silverware on display at last Friday night's victory social, l-r: Judy McCarthy, Aine Keating, Sally McCarthy and Fiona O'Flynn. (Pic: John Ahern)

Friday night last was an occasion when Kildorrery GAA stars of the past and present were honoured. The setting was the very comfortable Springfort Hall outside Mallow, whose staff looked after everyone really well.


When we meet the likes of John Fouhy, Denis Fitzgerald, Kieran O’Connor, Johnny McCarthy and Jimmy Monaghan today, we encounter affable, middle aged family men, who are always good company. We tend to forget that at the start of the 1980s, these individuals were part of what is generally regarded as the best Gaelic football team famed Kildorrery GAA has ever produced.

Underage stars who promised much, they and their equally talented team mates, sent out a huge signal of intent when they surprised everyone, except themselves, to capture a junior county title in 1978. Ambitious, driven and very skilful, these ‘new kids on the block’ were still expected to make little impression in the ultra competitive intermediate ranks. Led by stylish midfielder, John Fouhy, they would go all the way to the final in 1981, before seeing off the challenge of a much vaunted Glanmire side (0-10 to 0-08).

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