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Monday 19 November 2018

Tears of joy as Kanturk bridge a 47-year gap

Duhallow JAFC man of the match Lorcan McLoughlin attempts to evade the attentions of Rockchapel's John O'Callaghan and Maurice Stack in Boherbue
Duhallow JAFC man of the match Lorcan McLoughlin attempts to evade the attentions of Rockchapel's John O'Callaghan and Maurice Stack in Boherbue
Kanturk Captain John Healy raises the Cup after his side ended 47 years of heartache by winning the Duhallow crown on Sunday

MARIA HERLIHY

THE strength, the hunger and the complete determination to bridge a 47-year famine finally came to an end for a beaming Kanturk on Sunday as they claimed the Duhallow junior football crown.

The vital ingredients were there for a hard fought game against Rockchapel but, to quote Roy Keane, 'at the end of the day' there was one clear winner when referee Conor Lane blew time.

As the sun went into hiding, the only clear sound reverberating around Boherbue GAA pitch, was the thumping of hundreds of feet onto the crisp pitch as family, friends and hundreds of supporters, many who cried openly, as the team captain, John Healy, was hoisted into the air.

Club secretary, Francis Kenneally was just tendays-old, when Kanturk last scooped the title, and for him this year, the birthday win, must have been a sweet one.

The days and nights of being in the wilderness certainly came to an end on Sunday for Kanturk, and the towns supporters proudly wore the white and the green. And while the town rocked on Sunday night, the team will not have much time to rest on their laurels, as they will be back on the pitch at the weekend to play the first round of the county.

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