LIXNAW FACE UP TO BALLYDUFF
AS it did with Teddy, Michael and Brendan Hennessy in the 1955 county final, Ballyduff is looking to the mighty Boyle brothers as the club goes for its fourth three-in-a-row title on Sunday.
Excitement is mounting in the village ahead of the big showdown with Lixnaw, who have yet to beat Ballyduff in a county final.
"There's great excitment in Ballyduff and hopefully we'll get the three-in-arow," Chairman Anthony O'Carroll said.
The challenge has special resonance for Anthony, having been the trainer the last time Ballyduff took a three-ina-row. "We tried going for the four that time but were beaten, so it brings back a lot of great memories and the support here is fantastic for the boys now."
Local publican Moss Joe Browne recalled the glory days of the Hennessy brothers. "They were the backbone of the team that won in 1955, much like the Boyle brothers today who are fantastic talents all the way to the big man Aidan up front. We'll be relying heavily on them and it will be no easy match against Lixnaw.
"They beat Kilmoyley and Mike Conway, who had no part in that game, is back now and will prove very dangerous for us. It's creating fantastic excitement for the village in fairness at a time when we badly need it."
And hurling is as strong as ever in Ballyduff. "It's number one for Ballyduff and it's a pity it isn't promoted more across the county as it's a wonderful, skillful game. But the youngsters here are taken with it as much as ever and great work is done by the clubs of north Kerry and Causeway Comprehensive," Moss Joe said.