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Friday 25 April 2014

Shannon Rangers club celebrates years of glory

ONE of the greatest north Kerry sides of all time came together once again at the weekend to look back on a highpoint for club football in the region.

The Shannon Rangers team that beat Mid-Kerry to win the 1972 County Championship football title enjoyed a fantastic reunion in Ballylongford's Carmody Hall on Saturday night.

Not only did the team win the County title that year but they took the Munster title as well in a first for a Kerry club. The county title also two sprightly 16-year-olds winning senior county medals before clinching minor county medals the following year - Ogie Moran and goalkeeper Joe Diggin.

The minor side of 1973 was also honoured for their county win on Saturday night.

"It was a wonderful night celebrating a win that was absolutely massive for this part of the county back then," Shannon Rangers stalwart Jack Hennessy said. "It was a massive event for the five parishes, Ballybunion, Ballyduff, Ballydonoghue, Ballylongford and Tarbert as county titles were few and far between then, the last having been in 1964," Jack explained.

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