THERE WAS a good attendance in the Cooley Kickhams Sports Complex on Friday night last for the launch of 'Cooley Kickhams; Stories, Photographs and Memories'.
The book was put together by Sean Boyle and was one of a number of successful undertakings organised throughout 2012 to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the founding of Cooley Kickhams. For the 100th anniversary, Sean wrote a history of the club, and his latest effort complimented that history with a series of stories, memories and general information about the famous peninsula team.
The stories were collected over the years and a number of them appeared in Sean's ' Memories of Cooley' series from the 1980s and 1990s. He also asked a number of people to contribute to the book and their pieces contributed greatly to what is a fine collection.
The book was launched by Fr. Martin Kenny, a man who certainly knowns a thing or two about Cooley football. Fr. Kenny, a native of Ballyforan in Galway, has been connected with Kickhams teams from when he was a young student at the Charity Fathers in Omeath.
He played for the club and managed them throughout their most successful era, and although he no longer resides in the peninsula, he continues to be one of their greatest supporters and rarely misses a championship match. He was full of praise for the book and was amazed at the stories and pieces of information about the Kickhams that he had no knowledge of. He reminisced about his time with the club and his tales and stories of those days could fill another volume!
Sean Boyle went back 26 years to tell the gathering how he started writing for the Kickhams. He described how he had taken time out from work in the mid 1980s and 'of course I had to be doing something so I decided to go into the Dundalk library and do a bit of research'.
This led to a study of the great 1939 Kickhams team, and then ' the bug bit and I had to research more because I wanted to learn all I could about the Kickhams'.
The end result was the launching of the club history for the 1987 100th anniversary, numerous writings since then and a love of Cooley Kickhams that continues to this day. The book contains a brief updated history of the club and numerous stories and tales that should provide good Christmas reading for Kickhams supporters, Cooley people in general, and anyone with GAA connections.
There are over 200 top quality photographs that include all of the championship winning teams, men and women, and numerous pictures of supporters and of general interest.
Other speakers on the night were Andy Quinn, outgoing chairman, and Gerard Malone who was elected chairman at the recent AGM. The book is for sale at Barrys shop, the Cooley Kickhams Sports Complex, the Central (McEvoys) in Dundalk, or from Cooley Kickhams members.