Killarney RFC

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Killarney RFC
Union IRFU
Munster Branch
Founded 1928 (re-established 1953, 1983)
Ground(s) Dirreen
Chairman Liam McGuire
President Junior Finnegan
Coach(es) Luke O'Sullivan, Gene Ferris, Frank Ridgeway
Captain(s) Brian O'Leary (1st XV), Keith O'Leary (2nd XV)
League(s) Munster Junior League (1st XV), Munster Junior 2 League (South) (2nd XV)
2011-12 Division 2 (1st XV), Section A (2nd XV)
1st kit
2nd kit
Official website
www.killarneyrugby.com

Killarney Rugby Football Club is a Rugby Union club based in Killarney, County Kerry, Ireland. It is affiliated to the Munster Branch of the Irish Rugby Football Union. The club competes in Division 2 of the Munster Junior League and are the current holders of the McElligott Cup and the Galwey-Foley Cup. While a club existed in the town as far back as the end of the 19th century it wasn’t until 1983 that the club in its current format was founded. Killarney currently have two senior sides as well as a large underage and mini set-up, and runs a successful Tag Rugby league during the summer months.

History[edit]

Early Years[1]
Rugby was first played in Killarney towards the latter end of the 19th century, however there are no records detailing an official club being founded at the time. Rugby matches were played at the Cricket Field which was situated on the northern bank of the River Flesk, opposite where the present Gleneagle Pitch & putt course now stands. Among the great players at the time was Dr. William O’Sullivan who became the first Killarney man to represent Ireland at International level when he earned his first cap against Scotland in 1895. The next Killarney man to don the green of Ireland was Jerome Guerin in 1913. Ironically he made his debut against France, the country where he lost his life during the Great War.

It was in 1928 that Killarney RFC was initially formed after an interested group managed to secure a playing field at Countess Road from the Earl of Kenmare. The club was founded at a meeting in the Commercial Club, New St., Killarney on 28 April 1928. At the time the club had players who had senior experience with clubs such as Cork Constitution, Dolphin, Sunday’s Well and U.C.C. They enjoyed relative success for a number of years but by the mid ‘30’s things began to decline. Initially emigration and then the Emergency resulted in the club ceasing to function. However a number of locals did form a team in 1941 and won the Galwey-Foley Cup beating Castleisland in the Final. It was almost 20 years before the club was re-established again.

Post Emergency
The club was established again in time for the 1953/54 season and almost immediately enjoyed success which continued right up to the 1970’s. The club won both the McGillycuddy Cup and Galwey-Foley Cup in both 1954/55 and 1955/56 and also reached the semi-finals of the Munster Junior Cup in 1955/56. Also that season Welsh side Aberavon visited and played Killarney. The following year they lost the Cork County Cup Final to Cobh Pirates but became the first Kerry side to tour ‘overseas’ when they travelled to Wales to play Port Talbot and Margan.

Killarney won the Aberavon Shield in 1957/58 and the following season they were involved in an epic Galwey-Foley Cup Final encounter with their neighbours and great rivals Castleisland. The sides could not be separated after three matches including extra-time. The club won the Hayes Cup in 1959/60 and again in 1961/62. The club continued to have success until it was wound up in the early 1970s.

Current Club
It was then in 1983 that the club was re-established yet again with Seán O’Sullivan becoming Club Secretary just as he did 30 years before. Junior Finnegan (current President) was appointed coach; Liam McGuire (current Chairman) was elected treasurer and Conor O’Mahony as captain. The players who joined up included the Fullers (Mike, John and Declan), the Sullivans (Kevin, Dee and Ben), Seamus Kelly, Pete O’Sullivan, John Dermody, John O’Connor, Dave Whitby, Dan McSweeney, Mike Sheehan, Ger O’Leary, Mike McGuire and the officers mentioned above. Early results were encouraging and while the successes of the 1950s didn’t happen the club still won the Munster Junior 3 Cup in 1985. Those involved were determined to keep the club going and indeed many of those mentioned above are still actively involved in the club today.

The club struggled for success in recent times largely languishing in the bottom half of Division 3 of the Munster Junior League. However the arrival of Bill Stack as coach in 2008 who forged a strong partnership with then manager Luke O'Sullivan led to an improvement in the club's fortunes though not immediately. The Division was split in two for the 2008/09 season and when Killarney lost their first 4 league games it looked like being a disaster. However they then went on to win 7 games in a row to put themselves into contention for promotion with their final game away to their great rivals Castleisland, being played under lights at Crageens. Killarney needed to win to move into 2nd place and led 18-14 when the game moved into injury time. A further 13 minutes were played during which Castleisland scored a breakaway try. A long range penalty (the last kick of the game) was missed for Killarney and the dream was over. Highlight of that season was undoubtedly the 13-12 win over Shannon in the Munster Junior Plate, with an injury time penalty being the winning score.[2] They also reached the semi-final of the Martin O’Sullivan Cup losing out to Waterford City.[3]

The 2009/10 season saw the club fulfil a long term ambition in gaining promotion to Division 2 of the Munster Junior League. The effort put in by both players and management paid off in a dramatic season finale, as they won the promotion play-off over Charleville 21-20 with an injury time penalty.[4] Fielding a 2nd XV for the season for the first time was a huge boost for the club and the panel of players has now grown considerably. Off the field the club acquired land to become the club’s permanent home with plans to build two full size pitches, an all-weather pitch and ancillary facilities. Unfortunately the project had to be shelved as planning couldn't be obtained.[5]

However during the 2010/11 season the club acquired new property at Aghadoe, 3 km north of the town and with planning approved, work should commence during 2012. This was only the beginning of another successful year for the club who finished in the top half of Division 2 in their first season, and then went on to win their first major provincial trophy by beating Newport in the Final of the Munster Junior Plate.[6] No doubt the club will push on to maintain their upward trend for 2011/12.

See also: Killarney RFC historical results

Ground[edit]

Dirreen: Killarney RFC’s home ground

The club currently play their home games at Dirreen, Killarney. The site is rented from the Health Service Executive. The club has acquired land at Aghadoe some 3 km north of Killarney town to become the club’s permanent home and work should commence during 2012. The underage players train and play matches at Dirreen as well, while the mini-rugby players are based at Knockreer, Killarney which is opposite St. Mary’s Cathedral.

Directions to Dirreen

GPS coordinates: 52.07146; -9.51035 (52° 4’ 17" N; 9° 30’ 37" W)

From Dingle/Killorglin (N72): On entering Killarney take the first exit at the Ballydowney Roundabout onto Dr. Hans Liebherr Rd. (N72). Continue to the Cleeny Roundabout and take 2nd exit onto Rockery Rd (N22). Take first left at top of hill and then take the first left again under the railway bridge. Turn right immediately and continue to the end of the road. The pitch is on the left.

From Tralee/Castleisland/Limerick (N22): On entering Killarney take the first exit at the Cleeny Roundabout onto Rockery Rd (N22). Take first left at top of hill and then take the first left again under the railway bridge. Turn right immediately and continue to the end of the road. The pitch is on the left.

From Cork (N22): On entering Killarney take 2nd exit at the Park Road Roundabout onto Bypass Rd. (N22). Continue to the Michael D. O’Shea Roundabout taking the 2nd exit (N22) and then take the first right at the top of the hill. Then take the first left under the railway bridge. Turn right immediately and continue to the end of the road. The pitch is on the left.

From Kenmare (N71): On entering Killarney continue straight ahead at the first set of traffic lights and again at the next. Continue straight ahead through mini-roundabout and then bear left through Kenmare Place and onto Beech Rd. Continue straight onto Port Rd. (R877) passing St. Mary’s Cathedral and then take the 2nd exit at the Ballydowney Roundabout onto Dr. Hans Liebherr Rd. (N72). Continue to the Cleeny Roundabout and take 2nd exit onto Rockery Rd (N22). Take first left at top of hill and then take the first left again under the railway bridge. Turn right immediately and continue to the end of the road. The pitch is on the left.

Honours[edit]

Munster Junior Plate trophy
  • Munster Junior Plate Winners

2011, 2013

  • Munster Junior League Division 3 Runners-up

2009/10 (Promoted)

  • McElligott Cup Winners

2011

  • Galwey-Foley Cup

Winners

1941, 1954, 1956, 1959^, 2012

Runners-up
1969

  • McGillycuddy Cup Winners

1954,1956

  • Munster Junior 3 Cup Winners

1985

McElligott Cup
  • Cork County Cup Runners-up

1957

  • Aberavon Shield Winners

1958

  • Hayes Cup Winners

1960, 1962

  • Guido Erodio Memorial Tournament Winners

2010

^shared with Castleisland

Squad 2011/12[edit]

  • Props

Adrian Hegarty
Peter Kelly
Thomas Marshal
Ger Moynihan
Paul Moynihan
Eamon O'Callaghan
Kevin O'Leary
Ollie O'Neill
Danny O'Sullivan

  • Hookers

Keith O'Leary
John O'Sullivan

  • Second Rows

Chris Brosnan
T.J. Brosnan
Mike Fleming
John McGrath
Alan Mulligan
Diarmuid O'Donoghue
Brian O'Regan

  • Back Rows

Darren Enright
Rob Fox
Pádraig Hallissey
David Hickey
Cha Johnston
Mike Lucey
Donal O'Donovan
Connie O'Leary
Brian O'Sullivan
Garry Tangney

  • Scrumhalfs

Denis Kissane
Conor O'Leary
Paul O'Sullivan

  • Outhalfs

Seán Hickey
Pádraig Sheahan

  • Centres

Eoin Deasy
John Friel
George Lenihan
TJ Linnane
Colin McCarthy
Shane McSweeney
Eamonn Maguire
John O'Donovan
Brian O'Leary

  • Wingers

Mike Henderson
Mike Lynch
Gene McCarthy
Mike Nash
John O'Keefe
Kareem Qasim
David Treacy

  • Fullbacks

Cian Kingston
Ciaran O'Grady

1st XV[edit]

Starting XV v. Kinsale (25/03/2012)

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C. Kingston
15
G. McCarthy
14
E. Deasy
13
B. O'Leary (c)
12
M. Nash
11
P. Sheahan
10
P. O'Sullivan
9
P. Hallissey
7
B. O'Sullivan
8
D. Hickey
6
C. Brosnan
5
A. Mulligan
4
O. O'Neill
3
J. O'Sullivan
2
Kevin O'Leary
1

Munster Junior League Division 2 Final Table

Pos Team Pld W D L PF PA BP Pts
1 St. Mary's 13 11 0 2 288 134 7 51
2 Newcastle West 13 12 0 1 257 152 2 50
3 Mallow 13 11 0 2 275 127 6 50
4 Kinsale 13 8 1 4 256 176 6 40
5 Killarney 13 7 0 6 219 172 7 35
6 Presentation 13 7 0 6 178 155 2 30
7 Youghal 13 5 1 7 193 231 6 28
8 Castleisland 13 5 0 8 144 195 5 25
9 Bandon 13 4 1 8 197 217 4 22
10 Newport 13 5 0 8 156 227 2 22
11 Ennis 13 2 3 8 145 176 6 20
12 Muskerry 13 4 1 8 151 255 1 19
13 Scariff 13 3 1 9 167 293 3 17
14 Ballincollig 13 3 0 10 183 300 5 17


Munster Junior League Division 2 Results

Date Venue Opponents Result (H-T) Scorers for Killarney
9 October Dirreen St. Mary’s 6-13 (3-6) Paudie Sheahan (2 pens)[7]
16 October Craven Park Scariff 28-23 (7-18) Pádraig Hallissey (try), Paul O'Sullivan (try), Paudie Sheahan (try, 4 convs), Brian O'Leary (try)[8]
23 October Freigh Park Newport N/A Match postponed[9]
6 November Dirreen Castleisland 17-11 (7-5) Penalty try, Mike Nash (try), Paudie Sheahan (pen, 2 convs)[10]
13 November Cullinagh Newcastle West 13-19 (10-10) Mike Nash (try), Paudie Sheahan (2 pens, 1 conv)[11]
20 November Freigh Park Newport 0-8 (0-8) N/A[12]
27 November Dirreen Ennis 22-10 (3-3) Pádraig Hallissey (2 tries), Brian O'Leary (try), Paudie Sheahan (pen, 2 convs)[13]
4 December Ballyanly Muskerry 18-6 (3-6)[14] Brian O'Sullivan (try), Mike Nash (try), Paudie Sheahan (2 pens, conv)
11 December Dirreen Youghal N/A Match postponed[15]
2 January Dirreen Youghal 38-5 (19-5) Pádraig Hallissey (2 tries), Mike Nash (3 tries), Brian O'Sullivan (try), Paudie Sheahan (4 convs)[16]
15 January Tanner Park Ballincollig 21-19 (18-14)[17] Colin McCarthy (try), Eoin Deasy (try), Paudie Sheahan (3 pens, 1 conv)
22 January Dirreen Mallow 6-13 (6-7)[18] Paudie Sheahan (2 pens)
12 February Oldchapel Bandon 13-15 (10-5) Pádraig Hallissey (try), Paudie Sheahan (2 pens, 1 conv)[19]
4 March Dirreen Presentation 15-3 (12-0)[20] Brian O'Sullivan (2 tries), Paudie Sheahan (conv, pen)
25 March Snugmore Kinsale 22-27 (10-22) Penalty try, Paul O'Sullivan (try), Gene McCarthy (try), Paudie Sheahan (pen, 2 convs)[21]



Munster Junior Cup 2011-12

Date Venue Round Opponents Result (H-T) Scorers for Killarney
4 December N/A 1 N/A N/A N/A
18 December Snugmore 2 Kinsale W/O[22] N/A



Munster Junior Clubs Shield 2011

First Round Quarter-Finals Semi-Finals Final
   
       Killarney 8  
 Kinsale 20      Kinsale 39  
 Muskerry 5        Kinsale 18  
 Bandon 10        Presentation 19  
 Presentation 20      Presentation 16  
 Scariff 10      Mallow 7  
 Mallow 14        Presentation 13
         Newcastle West 6
       Newport 3  
 Newcastle West 17      Newcastle West 17  
 St. Mary's 16        Newcastle West 20  
 Ballincollig w/o        Ballincollig 13  
 Castleisland --      Ballincollig 34    
 Youghal w/o      Youghal 10    
 Ennis --  
Date Venue Round Opponents Result (H-T) Scorers for Killarney
11 September N/A 1 N/A Bye N/A
18 September Dirreen 2 Kinsale 8-39 (0-15) Paudie Sheahan (pen); Conor O'Leary (try)


McElligott Cup 2011

First Round Semi-Finals Final
                   
28 August Langford St.        
 Killorglin  --
4 September Crageens
 Castleisland  w/o  
 Castleisland  5
 
     Killarney  6  
   
1 October Crageens
     
 Killarney  23
     
   Corca Dhuibhne  3
   
28 August Baile Loisce
     
 Corca Dhuibhne  13
 
     Tralee  12  
   
     
 
Date Venue Round Opponents Result (H-T) Scorers for Killarney
4 September Crageens Semi-Final Castleisland 6-5 (0-0) Paudie Sheahan (2 pens)[23]
1 October Crageens Final Corca Dhuibhne 23-3 (10-0) Pádraig Hallissey (2 tries); Paudie Sheahan (3 pens, 2 convs)[24]


2nd XV[edit]

Starting XV v. Iveragh Eagles (15/01/2012)

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D. Treacy
15
M. Henderson
14
S. McSweeney
13
G. Lenihan
12
T. O'Sullivan
11
T.J. Linnane
10
D. O'Carroll
9
R. Fox
7
J. Friel
8
J.P. Kissane
6
Connie O'Leary
5
D. O'Donoghue
4
T. Marshall
3
Keith O'Leary (c)
2
P. Moynihan
1

Munster Junior Two League (South) Section A Final Table

Pos Team Pld W D L PF PA BP Pts
1 Tralee 8 8 0 0 193 68 4 36
2 Killarney 8 6 0 2 182 63 4 28
3 Iveragh Eagles 9 5 0 4 94 147 1 21
4 Castleisland 7 3 0 4 110 112 2 14
5 Kenmare 6 0 0 6 39 141 3 3
6 Listowel 6 0 0 6 57 167 1 1


Tralee advance to Phase 2 of J2 League
Killarney and Iveragh Eagles qualify for Mick Barry Cup

Munster Junior Two League (South) Section A Results

Date Venue Opponents Result (H-T) Scorers for Killarney
2 October Dirreen Kenmare 32-3 (17-3) Tom O'Sullivan (3 tries), Cian Kingston (try, conv), John Friel (try), Conor O'Leary (try)
9 October Cahersiveen Iveragh 16-7 (9-0) --
16 October Dirreen Listowel 38-0 --
23 October Dirreen Tralee N/A Match postponed
6 November Crageens Castleisland 29-3 (17-3) --
13 November Dirreen Iveragh Eagles 22-10 Paul Moynihan (try), Shane McSweeney (try), Damien O'Carroll (try), Seán Hickey (pen, 2 convs)
20 November Tralee Rd. Listowel 31-11 --
27 November O'Dowd Park Tralee 14-29 (0-12) Paul Moynihan (try), Shane McSweeney (try), Seán Hickey (conv), T.J. Linnane (conv)
4 December Dirreen Castleisland N/A Match postponed
11 December Dromevane Kenmare N/A Match postponed
17 December Dirreen Tralee W/O N/A
2 January Dromevane Kenmare N/A Match postponed
-- Dirreen Castleisland -- Match cancelled
-- Dromevane Kenmare -- Match cancelled


Mick Barry Cup Group A Final Table

Pos Team Pld W D L PF PA BP Pts
1 Bandon 3 2 1 0 81 23 2 12
2 Clonakilty 3 2 1 0 41 6 1 11
3 Killarney 3 1 0 2 27 71 0 4
4 Iveragh Eagles 3 0 0 3 8 57 1 1


Mick Barry Cup Group A Results

Date Venue Opponents Result (H-T) Scorers for Killarney
15 January Chapeltown Iveragh Eagles 9-3 (0-3) David Treacy (3 pens)
29 January The Vale Clonakilty N/A Match postponed
5 February Dirreen Bandon 15-30 (10-12) Paul Moynihan (try), Ollie O'Neill (try), David Treacy (pen, conv)
12 February The Vale Clonakilty 3-38 David Treacy (pen)


Munster Junior Two Cup Result

Date Venue Round Opponents Result (H-T) Scorers for Killarney
4 March Tanner Park 1 Ballincollig 19-24 --



Dave Dineen Cup

First Round Quarter-Finals Semi-Finals Final
 Listowel --  
 Carrigaline w/o      Carrigaline 62  
 U.C.C. --      Dungarvan 26  
 Dungarvan w/o        Carrigaline 26  
 Killarney w/o        Killarney 10  
 Cobh Pirates --      Killarney 19  
 Clonakilty w/o      Clonakilty 18  
 Kenmare --        Carrigaline 8
         Dolphin 13
       Muskerry 22  
       Iveragh Eagles 49  
         Iveragh Eagles 5  
         Dolphin 38  
       Bandon 5    
       Dolphin 38    
   

Fixtures / Results

Date Venue Round Opponents Result (H-T) Scorers for Killarney
25 March Dirreen 1 Cobh Pirates W/O N/A
1 April Dirreen Quarter-Final Clonakilty 19-18 (14-3) Connie O'Leary (try), Damien O'Carroll (2 tries), Cian Kingston (2 convs)
15 April Moneygourney Semi-Final Carrigaline 10-26 (0-3) Shane Sweeney (try), Cian Kingston (pen, conv)


Galwey-Foley Cup 2011/12

First Round Semi-Finals Final
                   
         
   
N/A Dromevane
     
 Kenmare  --
25 September Tralee Rd.
     Tralee  w/o  
 Listowel  0
28 April Dirreen
 Tralee  49  
 Tralee  5
26 February Dirreen    
   Killarney  10
 Killarney  w/o
21 April Dirreen
 Castleisland  --  
 Killarney  36
 
     Iveragh Eagles  15  
   
     
 
Date Venue Round Opponents Result (H-T) Scorers for Killarney
26 February Dirreen 1 Castleisland w/o N/A
21 April Dirreen Semi-Final Iveragh Eagles 36-15 (12-10) George Linehan (2 tries), Damien O'Carroll (try), Mike Henderson (try), John Friel (try), Cian Kingston (pen, 4 convs)
28 April Dirreen Final Tralee 10-5 (3-0) Mike Henderson (try), Cian Kingston (pen, conv)


References[edit]

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  13. ^ "Weekend Junior Rugby Round Up 27 November 2011". Munster Rugby Domestic Game website. 27 November 2011. 
  14. ^ "Junior Rugby Roundup 27 November 2011". Munster Rugby Domestic Game website. 5 December 2011. 
  15. ^ "Weekend Junior Rugby Round Up 11 December 2011". Munster Rugby Domestic Game website. 11 December 2011. 
  16. ^ "Weekend Junior Rugby Round Up 2 January 2012". Munster Rugby Domestic Game website. 2 January 2012. 
  17. ^ "Weekend Junior Rugby Round Up 15 January 2012". Munster Rugby Domestic Game website. 15 January 2012. 
  18. ^ "Weekend Junior Rugby Round Up 22 January 2012". Munster Rugby Domestic Game website. 22 January 2012. 
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  20. ^ "Weekend Junior Rugby Round Up 4 March 2012". Munster Rugby Domestic Game website. 4 March 2012. 
  21. ^ "Weekend Junior Rugby Round Up 25 March 2012". Munster Rugby Domestic Game website. 25 March 2012. 
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