Rackard League gap bridged

Published 20/02/2016 | 00:00

Stephen Kenny and Jake Moorhead, joint captains of the Gorey District football-winning squad
Stephen Kenny and Jake Moorhead, joint captains of the Gorey District football-winning squad
The 1966-'67 Rackard League winners from Kilrush and their representatives in Askamore Hall

The first Rackard League title to come to the schools in the parish of Kilrush-Askamore was in 1966 when the boys won the football county final by defeating Bree on a scoreline of 1-3 to 0-4.

They followed this with another win in 1967 when they overcame Bree again on a scoreline of 1-7 to 0-3. However, we had to wait nearly 50 years before another Rackard League county football cup came to the schools when the girls won the Roinn 'C' final last November, beating Rosslare on a scoreline of 3-16 to 2-3.

Last Friday Ballyellis and Ballyroebuck schools held a presentation night in Askamore Hall to celebrate players both past and present.

M.C. Eamon Kinsella invited the boys up first to receive their District final medals from Michael Bracken, P.J. Arthur and Myles Kavanagh, the trainers of the '66/'67 teams.

The girls were then presented with their District and county medals. The Principals of the two schools, Enda Morris and John Roban, made a special presentation to the players of the '66/'67 teams and their trainers to mark the 50th anniversary of their win.

James Doran, captain of the '66 team, finished off with a witty parody recounting their win. Refreshments were provided by the parents, and a great night was had by all.

Wexford People

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