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An Ghaeltacht's county title wins remain a major outlier 20 years later

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The An Ghaeltacht squad from 2003, that won the County SFC title that year, two years after the club's first county championship title success in 2001

The An Ghaeltacht squad from 2003, that won the County SFC title that year, two years after the club's first county championship title success in 2001

Dara Ó Cinnéide in action against Tara of London in the 2003 All-Ireland Club SFC quarter-final in Ruislip

Dara Ó Cinnéide in action against Tara of London in the 2003 All-Ireland Club SFC quarter-final in Ruislip

Dara Ó Cinnéide celebrates with An Ghaeltacht supporters after a win in 2003

Dara Ó Cinnéide celebrates with An Ghaeltacht supporters after a win in 2003

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The An Ghaeltacht squad from 2003, that won the County SFC title that year, two years after the club's first county championship title success in 2001

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IT is now 20 years since An Ghaeltacht captain Mici O Conchuir lifted the Bishop Moynihan Cup for the small rural club based around the furthest tip of the Corca Dhuibhne peninsula. The West Kerry club would repeat that county championship victory in 2003 on their way to an appearance in the All-Ireland Club Championship final against Caltra of Galway. Heady times indeed, as Dara Ó Cinnéide recalls.

In 1987, at under-12, that group that came through to the county seniors, we were in Division One, and it was the first time that any team from the Gaeltacht had played at that level, and we were beating the Stacks, the Rahillys, the Legions, the Crokes, all these teams, and the older generation at home wouldn’t believe us,” Ó Cinnéide told The Kerryman.


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