Clubs - Moyvane


Kit: Green & Gold

Contacts: 2014 

President: Jerry Brosnan

Vice Presidents: Paudie Hanrahan, Liam Hanrahan, Stevie Stack, John C. Cunningham, Eddie Stack and Fr. Lucid

Chairman: Johnny Stack 087-9969655, 068-49443, chairperson.moyvane.kerry@gaa.ie

Vice Chairman: Mike Brosnan

Joint Secretaries:  Micheal Walsh and Aine Cronin

Michael Walsh, 087-9817883, 068-49277,  secretary.moyvane.kerry@gaa.ie

Aine Cronin, 087-9816732, 068-49195,  pro.moyvane.kerry@gaa

Treasurer: Martin Kennelly

Assistant Treasurers: Gerry Mullin and Teddy Keane

PRO: Aine Cronin 087-9816732, 068-49195,  pro.moyvane.kerry@gaa

Youth Officer: Paddy Leahy, 087-1497154

Scor Officer: Tara Mulvihill

Coaching Officer: Kieran Stack, 087-775630, stack.kieran@gmail.com

County Board Delegate: Eddie J. Mulvihill 087-6816718

North Kerry Board Delegates: Micheal Walsh and Aine Cronin


Club History:

Records show that Newtown played Dromlought in Murphy's field in Knockanure in 1917. The line-out was: John O' Sullivan, Mossie Walsh, Joe Moore, Johnny McCabe, John Thade, Jimmy O' Mahoney, Bill & Paud O' Sullivan, Paddy Finucane, Maurice Walshe, James ‘Sonny' Harrington, Mike Goulding, Tom Stack, Jim Nolan, Tom O' Callaghan and Con Brosnan.

Newtown later participated in the North Kerry League organised by the Listowel club, prior to the establishment of the North Kerry Board in 1925. Newtown in fact won the championship in the Board's inaugural year.

In these early days of Moyvane football, club games were played in Bill Stephen Stack's field, located just South of the village. County championship games were held, however, in John O' Connor's field just across the road.

North Kerry Senior championship wins in 1925, '27, '28, '30 and '32 had enabled Moyvane to stamp their authority on North Kerry football. After winning four North Kerry championships in a row, 1936 to 1939 inclusive, Moyvane suffered a slump in football fortunes through the 1940's and ‘50's when rural clubs were being deprived by unemployment and emigration.

Success at administrative level was the club's main boast during this period, with Con Brosnan training the successful Kerry teams of '39 and '40 and acting as Kerry selector and later Munster Council representative for a number of years. He also acted as chairman of the North Kerry Board from 1936 - 1942.

The emergence of a minor team, good enough to win a North Kerry Championship in 1954, heralded a new dawn of Moyvane football. The upswing continued until 1958 and Moyvane marched to victory in the North Kerry Championship that year. On that team were men who had upheld the honour of Moyvane during the lean years, energised by the new blood from the '54 minor team.

The early ‘60's were dominated in North Kerry by a truly great Moyvane team. Four Championships and three Leagues were annexed from 1961 to 1966 with victories over Ballydonoghue, Ballyduff, Tarbert and Ballylongford. In 1963 Moyvane won the double of League and Championship along with the Frank Sheehy Tournament, which carried much prestige at the time.

Apart from a North Kerry minor league win in 1968 and an unsuccessful appearance in the North Kerry senior final of 1971, Moyvane had to wait until '77 for their next major title when they won the League defeating Ballylongford in the replayed final.

Moyvane club players were well represented on the Feale Rangers team and panel when the divisional side won their first and second Senior County Championship titles in 1978 and 1980 beating Mid Kerry and Austin Stacks respectively with club man Con O' Riordan training the team in '80. Moyvane's first County title was in the Junior County Championship in 1982, played in Abbeydorney where they overcame Ardfert to win the Con Brosnan Cup.

Denied by Beale on 5 occasions, Moyvane again made the breakthrough in North Kerry in 1983, taking their first championship in 17 years, overcoming Ballylongford in the final. An unsuccessful appearance in the final of '87 was followed by victories in the U21 championship of '89 and the minor championship of '93. Moyvane won the senior final of 1995 where they beat Listowel. The following year they were forced to give best to Finuge in the replayed senior final after an epic draw previously.

A North Kerry Championship final victory in 1999 against Tarbert was followed in 2000 with a League win against Ballyduff. In 2003 they won their second League and Championship double over Duagh and Castleisland Desmonds to capture their 18th North Kerry Championship title.

A second County Championship title was achieved in 2006 with a victory over Na Gael in the Novice Championship. When Feale Rangers won their third Senior County Championship in 2007 Moyvane was again represented in the team, which was trained by Moyvane's Johnny Mulvihill. A North Kerry League final win in 2009 over Beale brings Moyvane's League titles to nine.

Moyvane have participated in all 5 County League Divisions, their best performances coming in the mid ‘70's when they reached the Division 1 league final where they were defeated by Austin Stacks.

Coiste na nÓg has a very important place in the history of Moyvane GAA. Dedicated administrators, mentors and parents have helped to insure that young talent is nurtured and encouraged on a yearly basis. Several North Kerry and County titles have been won over the years at underage level with the U15 team winning the County Final in 2004. The under 12 team represented Kerry in Croke Park in July '09 winning 2 of their 3 games and doing their club proud.

Although Ladies football had been played in Moyvane in the 1960's, ‘70's, for the Carnival Tournaments and again in the ‘90's, it is in recent years that a Ladies Football Club has been fully developed at under age level. The club has been successful both in North Kerry and County Competitions. At present Moyvane have amalgamated with neighbouring club Clounmacon to field a senior ladies team.

The club has a strong tradition in Scór and Scór na nÓg, with members reaching several Kerry and Munster finals in Solo Singing, Recitation, Group Singing and Novelty Sketch. In 2010 Moyvane Ballad Group became Munster Champions but was beaten in the All-Ireland Final. A new generation of Moyvane children have recently begun to enjoy the fun and competitiveness of Scór na bPaistí.

Having purchased the sports field in 1964, Moyvane set about funding its development mainly by means of staging an annual carnival. A very successful tournament was held each year in conjunction with the carnival. Outright victory in this tournament was sought with fervour by all participating teams. In the GAA centenary year of 1984, on June 17th, county chairman Frank King officially opened the Con Brosnan Memorial Park, which was followed by a challenge game between Kerry and Laois. In 2004 further development was carried out with the inclusion of an all weather pitch along with a new stand and dressing rooms. In 2006 the stand was officially opened and dedicated to Moyvane's Cormac O' Leary, founder of the Kerry Supporters Club, by Micheal O' Muircheartaigh and chairman of the County Board, Sean Walsh. Moyvane have hosted inter county, colleges and ladies games since its latest development and the club is very proud of the fine pitch and facilities.


 






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