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A look back in History – In 1991 Laune Rangers GAA (Kerry) travelled to Feile Peile in Meath

A look back in History – In 1991 Laune Rangers GAA (Kerry) travelled to Feile Peile in Meath

1991 Official GAA GAA Feile Peile na nÓg in Meath GAA

Laune Rangers GAA (Kerry GAA) Memories

Fri. 28th June, Laune Rangers travelled by bus (Brosnan’s Tours, with John O Keeffe, Cromane, as driver) from outside the church at 1pm. Players had brought their own lunch-pack. The host team, Kilcloon, Co. Meath, (now Blackhall Gaels GAA Club) was coached by Gene Ferris (formerly Dungeel) and Jimmy Burke. The organisation that Gene Ferris brought to the occasion was most impressive as the players and mentors were whisked away by the host families. Kilcloon was a small country club with a burning ambition to be great.

Sat. 29th June @ 10.30am at Kilcloon: Kilcloon 1-2; Laune Rangers 0-3.
Laune Rangers players seriously underestimated the opposition even though Kilcloon were Meath Féile Champions. Rangers played rubbish football.

@ 2.30pm at Dunboyne: Laune Rangers 3-11; Killeavy GAA (Armagh GAA) 0-1.
Rangers, remembering their roots and great tradition, began to play good football and brushed aside the opposition.

@ 3.30pm at Dunboyne: St. Peter’s GAA Club Dunboyne 0-1; Laune Rangers 5-12.
If Kilcloon beat Killeavy in the final game, Rangers would be out of the competition. Sensationally, and against all the odds, Killeavy beat Kilcloon by a point and that meant that two teams finished on four points, Kilcloon and Laune Rangers. Rangers qualified, having the better aggregate score, with fifty points scored in total.

@ 7.30pm at Dunshaughlin, Semi-Final: Laune Rangers 7-7; CorofinGAA, Tribesmen GAA 1-2.
That was the real Laune Rangers in action – a great team effort.

Sun. 30th June
Laune Rangers marched in the parade through Navan at 12.00noon. What a sight! 66 teams complete with bands and majorettes. As each team entered Páirc Tailteann, it was introduced to the huge crowd. The roar that greeted Ballinderry Shamrocks GAC from Derry GAA was deafening.

@ 1-30pm in Páirc Tailteann: All-Ireland Skills Competition:
Penalty Kick – Paudie Finnegan came second.
20m Free Kicks – Michael Francis Russell came second.
Long Kick – Fergal O Brien came fifth.

@ 3.00pm All-Ireland Final: Laune Rangers 2-6; Ballinderry Shamrocks (Derry) 0-2.

Sunday 30th June 1991 - Laune Rangers from Kerry in the Feile parade
Sunday 30th June 1991 – Laune Rangers from Kerry in the Feile parade

That was a super performance by a most talented team. Prior to the game, Laune Rangers had been warned by Navan O’Mahony’s officials (they had hosted Ballinderry) that they had no hope of winning as Ballinderry were unbeatable. The mentors of Na Piarsaigh, Cork, felt that the most that Laune Rangers could expect was to give Ballinderry a good game. What more motivation did Laune Rangers need?

Ballinderry elected to play against the strong breeze. It took Laune Rangers a veritable age to get going and with five minutes left in the half they led only by 0-5. Then team captain, John O Sullivan, found the net and David Lynch popped over a point to give them and interval lead of 1-6 to 0-0. Would it be enough? Outstanding defence in the second half by all the backs and a goal by Alan O Sullivan gave the Kerry Champions the title. Rangers were the first Kerry club to win the Féile competition. Elation for Patsy Joy and Bertie Houlihan et all.
Four other players travelled for the weekend, though not on the official panel of 20 players – Kevin O Connor, Maurice Sheehan, Simon Ferris and Billy O Mahony. Bertie Houlihan and Jerome Conway travelled on the bus. Others who travelled were Myles O Brien, Mr. & Mrs. John Lynch, Mr. & Mrs. Jack Reen, Eileen O Riordan and Darren, Patie Corkery, Patsy O Sullivan, John Murphy and Frank Russell. Patsy Joy and Tony Lyons travelled by car and James Ferris travelled under his own steam.

On the way home, the party ate at the County Club, Dunshaughlin. The bus arrived in Killorglin at 12.30am to a bonfire reception and the team paraded through the town in a lorry provided by Klinge. A good-sized crowd heard about the happenings of the weekend from Jerome Conway. The players were introduced and then all retired to The Castle for sandwiches and drinks. Killorglin Credit Union had sponsored beautiful track-suits for the team for the occasion.

Laune Rangers: Michael Hurley, Paul O Brien, Pat Leahy, Owen O Connell, John Sheehan, Joe Hayes, Paudie Finnegan, Alan O Sullivan, Fergal O Brien, Nigel Corkery, Michael F. Russell, Johnny Lynch, David Lynch, John O Sullivan (capt.), Pa O Sullivan. Subs: Paul Russell for N. Corkery; Nelius Lynch, Dermot Murphy, Anthony Reen, Tony Lyons. Missing: Brian Gannon (in France).

The players were charged £15 each, which paid for the bus and the meal on the homeward journey. Parents were charged £20 for the bus-ride.