NA Gaeil manager Mark Bourke felt nothing but pride for his charges efforts despite the obvious disappointment of defeat.
"They certainly put their bodies on the line here today and I think we gave a great account of not only ourselves but also Division Four by holding a team like Kenmare to only three points in the end," he told The Kerryman.
He pointed to Kenmare's better ability to take their scores as being one of the big factors.
"We've been a point down in each of our Championship games at half-time this year so we were reasonably satisfied at the break. We had three opportunities in the last six minutes none of which unfortunately came to fruition. We usually do keep our composure but ultimately this is what happens in Championship Finals when the other team wins," Bourke said.
The Na Gaeil boss is convinced the club is on the right path, however.
"We've won a Novice title, been in two promotion battles and contested a Junior Final in the last three years, that's genuine progress to me. We still have a chance of Division Three next year; Moyvane won't be easy because they are preparing for the North Kerry Championship at the moment while we need Lispole to do us a favour against Listry. Whatever happens we will certainly give it our best shot but certainly I hope the club get back to this final sooner rather later to really keep the momentum going."