DINGLE may have not held a county championship title since 1948 however family lineage linking the teams of yesteryear to today still remain proving the adage that there certainly is GAA in the DNA.
A golden era for Dingle began in 1938 as they acquired their first county championship when Jimmy McKenna of Dykegate Lane captained his side to a 3-3 to 2-5 win against North Kerry on November 28 of that year.
Success was replicated in 1940 on October 13 as Bill Dillion of Green Street captained Dingle to victory against O'Rahillys with a score line of 2-6 to 1-7.
The following year, on October 12, 1941, Dingle overcame John Mitchels with a score-line of 3-6 to 2-0. Interestingly, the captain that year, Tom 'Gega' O'Connor, is the grand-uncle of present day Dingle players David and Mikey Geaney.
In 1943 the great Paddy Bawn Brosnan captained Dingle to yet another county championship title on September 12 of that year. Dingle overcame Castleisland, 3-6 to 2-2 and today, Paddy Bawn Brosnan's grandnephews Tommy B and Johnny B. Brosnan form part of the team to face Dr Crokes in the 2012 final.
Dingle faced Castleisland again in the county final of 1944 which saw Daingean Uí Chúis again emerge victorious with a scoreline of 1-3 to 0-4, captained by Tim 'Timaleen Deas' Brosnan, the brother of Paddy Bawn Brosnan.
In 1948, on September 12, Dingle claimed their most recent county championship title, overcoming Shannon Rangers with a definitive scoreline of 2-10 to 0-5, captained by Tom Long. Playing on that team were brothers Tommy and Paudie Sheehy whose grandson and grandnephew is Joe Sheehy, a member of the Dingle team of today who will take on Dr Crokes in the 2012 county championship final.
In 1951 Dingle contested their last county championship final appearance as a team consisting of J Hastings, Paddy Barrett, Paddy Bawn Brosnan, Tim Brosnan, Tommy O'Sullivan, Denis O'Connor, Tom Ashe, Mick Murphy, Michael Garvey, Jim O'Sullivan, Tommy Sheehy, Tom Long, Tom Flaherty and Bill Dillion faced the Dick Fitzgeralds. They lost, with the Killarney regional side winning 1-7 to 0-3.
Dingle have waited many, many years for another crack at the championship title and with the weight of history and their ancestors behind them, perhaps 2012 will be their year.