AFTER a 61-year hiatus Dingle are finally back to compete for championship silverware as they face off against Dr Crokes in the county final for the first time since 1951.
The last time Dingle won the county championship was prior to World War II, back in 1948, and marked the coming to an end of a golden era for the club.
Dingle made the breakthrough in 1938 winning the county championship for the first time. Their success has since been often attributed to Christian Brothers Br. PT Ryan, Br. M.A. Brennan and Br. L. Ryan who developed a strong school team at the CBS in the 1930s.
The 1938 win for Dingle became the precursor for numerous success in the years that followed with county championships secured in 1940, 1941, 1943, 1944 and finally in 1948 (six in total). In 1941 Dingle GAA had in their possession the Railway Cup, the Kerry County Championship and the Sam Maguire.
While Dingle would contest another county final in 1951 it was to be their last appearance in the county final until 2012.
However, in 1939, as Kerry took on Meath in the All-Ireland final, an ubiquitous honour was bestowed on the county as they were forced to abandon the green and gold.
The reason for this? As Dingle were the county championship holders at the time, and Meath had the same county colours, one would have to cede and thus Kerry played in the Dingle colours.
So, despite the similarity to a close rival which shall not be mentioned here the colour swap boded well for Kerry as they overcame their Meath to claim another All-Ireland title.