Archives - October 1982 LANSDOWNE ROAD heard an interesting bit of history in October 1982. Frank Scully, president of Tralee RFC told a gathering of rugby people how Kerry's famous Gaelic football team came to choose green and gold as their colours.
These were the colours of Tralee rugby club and a Mitchel's team borrowed them for the county championship.
The county adopted the colours and so began the legend of Kerry's green and gold. It sounds a good story, even though there may be some around to hotly contest the claim of the rugby men.
Frank Scully and his colleagues from Tralee RFC were in Lansdowne to tell members of the Dublin sporting press corps about their club's centenary.
A clatter of internationals and inter-provincial players have indicated their willingness to participate in a centenary game between a Frank Scully XV and a Barry McCann selection.
Castleisland's Moss Keane, who has 43 Irish caps, will be one of the visiting stars. Moss, who stands at 6 ft. 5 ins., is a shade smaller than Mike Gibson, who also indicated that he's coming down for the game. "Rent a Storm" is what they call Moss in rugby, a big happy man who revels in rucks and loves a laugh.
Most of the Tralee visitors to Lansdowne were of the modern generation. The exception was Dan Nolan, captain of the club back in 1939-40 and 1940-41.
He had played earlier in the 1930s but had a long lay-off due the serious injury. Indeed he fielded with the team in 1934, the year they won the Munster Junior Cup. Dan will be in town this weekend for the opening of the new Tralee RFC grounds at Clahane and will, no doubt, be delighted to meet up with old rugby friends and recall those early years of rugby in Tralee. The grounds will commemorate Brendan Jason O'Dowd, who put tremendous energy into the project before his tragic death a few years ago.