Club History 1987 – 1998


In 1990 the U/21 Football team reached the “B” Final but lost to Ballyporeen by 2-6 to 1-2.

The Senior Football team made little impression and there was growing demand to step down to Intermediate status.

The Intermediate Hurling team played four matches to reach the Final. They were beaten by a John Leahy led Mullinahone side that was on the up and up.

The Junior Football team made a rare appearance in the Semi Final but lost out to hot favourites St Patrick’s by 2-14 to 0-5.

TEAM: Michael Dempsey, Nicky Coughlan, Liam Murphy, Johnny Fitzpatrick, John Mc Nulty, Alan Kennedy, William Larkin, Seamus Roche, Andrew Kennedy, J J Keyes, John Roche 0-4, Sonny Kennedy, Eddie O’Connell, William Whelan and Joe Ormonde.

SUBS: Denis Lonergan, P J Keyes and Paddy Nugent.

On the Juvenile front most of the teams did quite well and there were also a number of Semi Final appearances.

Feile na nGael was held in Tipperary and Kilsheelan were hosts to Strabane from Co Tyrone who were accommodated in houses around the parish. Kilsheelan played a draw with them. Later in the day Kilsheelan defeated Castlebar from Mayo. As group winners they went forward to the next round but lost to Fr Sheehy’s after extra time. The following took part:

Liam Robinson, Mark Strang, Richard Mc Mahon, Noel Ryan, Mark O’Connor, Sean Fogarty, Richard O’Gorman, Jason Fogarty, Derek Kennedy, Pakie Larkin, Jason Strang, Niall Cloona, Pat Burke, Jason Walsh and Alan Fitzgibbon.

SUBS: Eoin Mc Hale, Michael O’Riordan, Edward Colum, Vinny Loughman, Noel O’Connell and Declan O’Brien.

At the AGM in 1991 it was decided to seek regrading to Intermediate Football and this was granted. On the field of play the team failed to make any impression. The Intermediate Hurling team reached the Semi-Final but lost to Mullinahone.

The U/16 Football team lost to Grangemockler by 1-6 to 1-3 in the “C” Final.

TEAM: Michael O’Brien, Patrick Burke, Des Walsh, Noel Ryan, Stephen King, Sean Foley, Jason Strang, Nigel Fogarty, Derek Kennedy, Patrick Larkin, Jason Fogarty, Niall Cloona, Liam Robinson, Jason Walsh and Kieran O’Halloran.

SUB: Declan O’Brien.

There was an unusual occurance when the U/16 hurling team went to Carrick to play Moyle Rovers. Thinking it was a football match, Moyle Rovers had no hurleys, helmets etc. After a frantic search the necessary equipment was provided and for the record Kilsheelan won the match. The team reached the Semi Final but lost to Ballylooby.

In the Primary Football Schools championship for small schools Kilsheelan N.S defeated Ardfinnan by 3-1 to 2-1.

TEAM: Darren Dempsey, Justin O’Gorman, Patrick O’Reilly, Brian Slattery, Gary Fitzgibbon, Margaret O’Meara, Thomas Prendergast, Keith Robinson, Daniel O’Meara, Adrian Walsh, Willie Ryan, Brian Scully, Ross King, Derek Hanrahan and Adrian Carroll.

SUBS: Liam Geoghegan, Aidan Slattery, Edward Sweeney, Jimmy Ryan and James Hennessy .

Having hosted the Strabane Club in 1990 the Juvenile Club paid a return visit and a great time was had by all.

Declan Ryan, who was a member of the Tipperary Hurling team that won the All Ireland Title paid a visit to the local schools accompanied by the Mc Carthy Cup.

In 1992 an unusual feature of Kilsheelan’s Junior Hurling match V Carrick Davins was that goalkeeper Liam Robinson had his father William playing full back.

The Intermediate Hurling team won all their group matches. In the Semi Final against Marlfield, a shaky defence meant a defeat by 6-5 to 1-17.

The Intermediate Football team suffered a similar fate when going down to Fr Sheehy’s also in the Semi Final.

The best wine was kept to last when the Junior Football team defeated Mullinahone after a replay on a scoreline of 2-5 to 1-2.This was the Club’s first championship success in eight years. Club Chairman Sean Nugent representing the South Board had the pleasant task of presenting the Cup to Kevin Geraghty.

TEAM: Martin O’Reilly, John Dempsey, Brian O’Donnell, Denis Lonergan, Nicky Coughlan, Liam Corcoran, Nigel Fogarty, Niall Colum, Simon Mc Gowan, John Mc Nulty 0-1, Richard Crotty 0-2, John Nolan 1-0, Pakie Walsh 0-2, Kevin Geraghty and Jason Fogarty 1-0.

Tommy Lonergan had the honour of refereeing the County Hurling Final and replay. Meadhbh Stokes helped Tipperary to victory in the All Ireland Junior Camogie Final.

The Juveniles participated in five Finals out of six. The U/14 Football team were the only winners when they defeated Killenaule by 6-4 to 3-3.

TEAM: Adrian Walsh, Derek Hanrahan, Padraig O’Reilly, Brian Slattery, Daniel O’Meara, Willie Ryan, Keith Robinson, Niall Cloona, Alan Fitzgibbon (Capt), James Hennessey, Declan O’Brien, Liam Geoghegan, William Geoghegan, Noel Walsh and Thomas Mc Gowan,

SUB: Aidan Slattery

1993 was a quite year for the Club on most fronts. The Intermediate Football team were the most successful side. In the course of the year they played twenty competitive matches. The team remained unbeaten all the way to the South Final where they met Fr Sheehy’s. The game ended in a draw. In the replay there were scenes of great joy as Kilsheelan became the first holders of the John Kehoe Cup. It was fitting that the Cup was presented by his son Jerry to Liam Stokes..

TEAM: Martin O’Reilly, Sean Nugent, Pat Larkin, Liam Corcoran, Seamus Roche, John Larkin, Michael Ryan, Pat Hickey 0-1, Liam Stokes (Capt), Martin Larkin 0-1, Brian Connolly, Dan O’Connor, Martin Ormonde 0-1, Jerry Kehoe 0-2 and John Roche 0-3.

SUBS: Eddie O’Connell 0-1 and Paddy Nugent.

However that was as good as it got as Kilsheelan lost to J K Brackens in the County Semi Final by 3-8 to 2-9.

Silver Jubilee Remembered

This was the Silver Jubilee of the Club’s County Final triumph in 1968 and 21st anniversary of the 1972 success. To honour the achievement a function was held in Hearns Hotel.

In order to raise finance, two open air drive-in Bingo events were held in the sportsfield.

The Juvenile teams reached three finals but there was no silverware. Willie Ryan was a member of the U/14 Hurling panel that beat Galway in the All Ireland Hurling Final.

Sean Nugent was elected Chairman of the South Board for a three year term.

On the hurling front in 1994 all teams performed reasonably well but were not good enough to reach any of the Finals.

As holders the Intermediate Football team went in search of retaining their title. After two early defeats they got back on the victory trail and qualified for the final against Mullinahone. Like the previous year the game ended in a draw. In the replay Kilsheelan led all the way to win by 1-13 to 0-8. Incidentally Martin Larkin won the Man of The Match. There was a family twist to this occasion when South Board Chairman Sean Nugent had the honour of presenting the Johnny Kehoe Cup to his son Sean.

TEAM: Nicky Coughlan, Dan O’Connor, John Larkin, Michael Ryan, Martin Larkin, Sean Nugent, Eddie O’Connell, Pat Hickey 0-2, Liam Stokes 0-3, Martin Ormonde, John Roche 1-2, Seamus Roche, Pakie Walsh 0-1, Jerry Kehoe 0-5 and Paddy Nugent.

SUB: Tony Walsh.

In the County Semi Final Kilsheelan had a narrow win over Aherlow but in the County Final they lost to Borrisakane by 2-10 to 1-9.

A new scoreboard was erected which will be of great benefit to players and spectators alike when in operation.

The U/12 Football team qualified for the “B” Final and following a replay they defeated Newcastle by 6-4 to 1-4.

TEAM: Stephen Mc Grath, John Doolan, Jimmy Ryan, Niall Walsh, Jim Healy, Patrick Ormonde, Peter O’Connell, John Walsh, Pierce Larkin, Mark O’Halloran, Trevor Cloona, Martin Walsh, David Power, Edmond Walsh and Anthony Walsh,

SUBS: Richard Murphy and Damien Cahill.

In a time when Summer Camps were only coming in to vogue John Burns organised one for the Juvenile Club and it was most successful.

The U/12 Hurling team got off to a fine start and thoughts of an U/12 double were in the offing. This became a reality when they defeated St Patricks in the Final by 9-5 to 2-1. Additions to the U/12 Football team were: Karl Gibbs, Lisa Henebry, Catherine Crotty, Christy Ryan, Patrick Walsh and Adrian Walsh.

The Junior Football team qualified for the “B” Final in 1995 and drew with Cahir in the Final. In the replay Cahir ran out winners by 1-6 to 1-5.

TEAM: Nicky Coughlan, Johnny Fitzpatrick, Johnny Ormonde, Willie Ryan, Pakie Larkin 0-1, Noel Ryan, Jason Strang, Richard Crotty 1-1, Simon Mc Gowan 0-1, Tony Walsh, Liam Robinson 0-1, Niall Cloona, Teddy Mc Grath, Benny Condon 0-1 and Keith Robinson.

SUB: Denis Lonergan.

Having won the Intermediate title two years in a row the Football team returned to Senior ranks. Despite some good displays they were beaten in all six matches.

After two wins and one loss the Intermediate Hurling team needed to defeat Ballybacon-Grange in order to qualify for the Final. But it was not to be as Ballybacon-Grange ran out winners by 1-12 to 0-12.

The entrance to the Sportsfield was upgraded with the installation of new turnstiles, entrance gates and the laying of tarmacadam.

The U/16 Football team had an impressive run to the “C” Final. Their only defeat was against Carrick Davins. In the Final they met no other than the same opposition. This time a well prepared Kilsheelan side won by 3-8 to 0-1.

TEAM: Alan O’Keeffe, Liam Geoghegan, Brian Slattery, Graham Loughman, Aidan Walsh, John O’Driscoll, Willie Ryan, Noel Walsh, James Hennessy, Adrian Walsh, Keith Robinson, Aidan Slattery, Edmond O’Reilly, Vincent Strang and Johnny Cahill.

SUBS: John P Hogan, Willie Geoghegan, Daniel O’Meara, Michael Dempsey, Johnny Walsh, Edward Sweeney, Glen Spillane, Gary Fitzgibbon and Trevor Cloona.

The U/14 Hurling team also competed in the “C” competition, Their early promise was vindicated when they reached the Final and they beat Fr Sheehy’s by 3-5 to 0-1.

TEAM: Mark O’Halloran, Jimmy Ryan, Glen Spillane, Peter O’Connell, Ross King, John Walsh 1-4, Johnny Cahill, Aidan Slattery, Ed Sweeney 1-0, Trevor Cloona 0-1, Pierce Larkin, Adrian Walsh, Edmond Walsh 1-0, Graham Loughman and Brian Ahearne.

SUBS: Patrick Ormonde, Ken Ahearne and David Power.

The U/16 Hurling team made it a double when they also won the “C” title defeating St Patrick’s 8-7 to 5-4.

TEAM: Johnny Cahill, Aidan Slattery, Glen Spillane, Edward Sweeney, Aidan Walsh, John O’Driscoll, Willie Ryan, Noel Walsh, Brian Slattery, Willie Geoghegan 1-0, Keith Robinson 1-5, Adrian Walsh 1-0, Derek Hanrahan 0-1, Vinny Strang 2-0 and John Walsh 3-1.

SUBS: James Hennessy and Liam Geoghegan.

The Intermediate Hurling team reached the South Final in 1996. They lost to Cahir by 5-11 to 0-7 after scoring first.

Scorers were: Sean Nugent 0-5, William Larkin and Tony Walsh 0-1 each.

Club secures first ever Minor Hurling Title

In the Minor Hurling championship Kilsheelan won the “C” title. Having come from behind they defeated Newcastle by 1-10 to 1-9.

TEAM: Graham Loughman, Johnny Cahill, Willie Ryan, Liam Geoghegan, Aidan Slattery, John O’Driscoll, Aidan Walsh, Brian Slattery 0-1, Niall Cloona (Capt) 0-3, Declan O’Brien 1-1, Noel Walsh, Keith Robinson 0-4, Trevor Cloona, John Walsh and Willie Geoghegan 0-1.

SUB: Alan Fitzgibbon.

The Junior Football team remained unbeaten and in the Final they defeated Carrick Swan by 2-7 to 1-6.

TEAM: Michael Dempsey, Denis Lonergan, Lanny Walsh, Richard Mc Mahon, Willie Ryan, Joe Ormonde, John O’Driscoll, Niall Colum 0-1, Jason Strang, Noel Walsh 0-1, Simon Mc Gowan 0-4, Tony Walsh, Teddy Mc Grath 1-0, Jason Fogarty and Anthony Roche 1-1.

SUBS: J J Keyes and Benny Condon.

In the County Semi Final they lost to Gortnahoe by a point after hitting the upright three times in the last five minutes.

Having won the Intermediate Football championship in 1995 Kilsheelan had to move up to Senior ranks. They were out of their depth and lost all seven matches.

A novel way to raise funds was launched called the Cattle Scheme. Cattle were purchased by Liam Corcoran on behalf of the Club and some local farmers wintered them at their own expense. These were subsequently sold and all profits went to the Club.

The U/16 Hurling team reached the “B” Final unbeaten where they met Newcastle and were lucky to come away with a 3-3 to 2-3 victory.

TEAM: John Walsh, Peter O’Connell, Daniel O’Meara, Ross King, Michael Dempsey, Aidan Slattery, Aidan Walsh, Noel Walsh 1-3, Brian Slattery, Johnny Cahill, Edmond O’Reilly, Trevor Cloona 1-0, Edward Sweeney, Glen Spillane and Derek Hanrahan 1-0.

In the County Semi Final they lost by 3-7 to 2-4.

The U/12 Football drew with Ardfinnan in the “C” Final. In the replay they won by 4-0 to 1-6.

TEAM: Jonas Kerr, Stephen King, Jim Healy, Thomas Ryan, Michael Foley, Oisin O Cuinneagain, Shane Geoghegan, Patrick Walsh, Niall Walsh, Michael Mc Hugh, Anthony Walsh 1-0, Eoin Ryan (B), Senan O’Halloran, Martin Walsh (Capt) 2-0 and Eoin Ryan (K) 1-0.

In 1997 the Minor Football team reached the “B” Final but lost to Carrick Davins by 4-7 to 0-8.

The Senior Football team made little impression and only won one of their matches.

In the Intermediate Hurling championship Kilsheelan again reached the Final and happily went one better on this occasion when they defeated Ballybacon-Grange by 1-16 to 3-9.

TEAM: Liam Robinson, Liam Corcoran, Michael Ryan, Noel Ryan, William Larkin, Pat Hickey (Capt), Dan O’Connor, Liam Stokes 0-3, Paddy Nugent, Martin Larkin, Sean Nugent 0-7, John Roche 0-5, J J Keyes, Joe Ryan and Pakie Larkin 1-1.

SUBS: Tony Walsh for J J Keyes and Willie Ryan for Paddy Nugent.

In the County Semi Final they lost to Arravale Rovers by 1-11 to 0-12 after a replay.

Meadhbh Stokes helped Tipperary to victory in the All Ireland Intermediate Camogie Final.

The U/16 Football team competed in the “B” competition proved to be the most successful winning all their games in fine style. In the Final they defeated Newcastle by 2-11 to 2-9.

TEAM: Pat Ormonde, Jim Ryan, Graham Loughman, Peter O’Connell, Ross King, Aidan Slattery, Johnny Cahill 0-1, John Walsh, Pierce Larkin, Brian Ahearne, Adrian Walsh 0-8, Trevor Cloona 0-1, Michael Dempsey, Glen Spillane 0-1 and Edward Sweeney 2-0.

SUB: Edmond Walsh.

In the County Semi Final they defeated Holycross by 5-18 to 2-3. The County Final against Burgess took place at Holycross. A shaky defence cost them dearly and were beaten by 5-10 to 1-9.


The Minor Football team lost their first match to Moyle Rovers in 1998. They were unbeaten after that but met Moyle Rovers again in the Final and lost by 4-8 to 3-6.

Scorers were: Adrian Walsh 1-5, Pierce Larkin and Brian Ahearne 1-0 each and John Walsh 0-1.

At the Club’s AGM it was decided on a show of hands to remain in Senior ranks for football but unfortunately on the field of play there was little success.

The Minor Hurling “B” team were unbeaten and qualified for the South Final. After playing with a gale force wind Kilsheelan led by 3-5 to 0-1 at half time against Newcastle . In the second half they had some shaky moments before going on to win by 3-6 to 1-11.

TEAM: Glen Spillane, Peter O’Connell, Daniel O’Meara (Capt), Jimmy Ryan, Aidan Walsh, Edmond O’Reilly, Ross King, Noel Walsh, John Walsh 1-6, Johnny Cahill, Adrian Walsh, Pierce Larkin, Michael Dempsey, Graham Loughman and Derek Hanrahan 2-0.

SUBS: Edmond Walsh for Johnny Cahill and Edward Sweeney for Graham Loughman.

In the County Semi Final they were no match for Kildangan and went down by 2-15 to 1-6.

The U/21 Hurling team also reached the “B” Final but lost to Fr Sheehy’s by 3-6 to 2-2.

A determined effort was made to make an impact in the Junior Hurling “B” competition. The team reached the South Final but lost to St Patrick’s by 2-8 to 1-5.

The Intermediate Hurling team were unable to build on the previous year’s success and lost to Fethard by 1-14 to 3-6.

Early in the year Nigel & Jason Fogarty emigrated to Australia .

The dressing-rooms were under construction and the Club availed of the facilities of the nearby National School .

First ever County Success at Juvenile Level

The U/12 Football team competed in the “B” championship and easily won all their matches. In the Final they defeated St Patrick’s by 2-15 to 0-3.

In the County Semi Final they had to come from behind to beat Moyne-Templetuohy by 1-8 to 1-6.

A big local following travelled to Cashel for the County Final against Borreioleigh. They struggled in the first half but ran out winners by 3-7 to 0-3 to bring the first ever County Juvenile Title to the Club.

TEAM: Daire Corcoran, Shane Prendergast, Michael O’Reilly, Ian Coughlan, Ciaran Gibbs, Tommy Ryan, George Stewart, Patrick Walsh (Capt) 1-0, Eoin Ryan (B) 1-1, Stephen Cloona 1-3, Michael Mc Hugh 0-3, Brian Richards, Conor Horgan, William Walsh and Barry Cloona.REST OF PANEL WAS: Aaron Burns, Joseph Richards, Laura Healy, Kieran White, Niall Gibbs, Eoin Twohig, Ross Larkin, Robert Henebry and Stephen O’Brien.

In the U/14 “C” Hurling Final Kilsheelan defeated Newcastle by 4-1 to 0-0.

TEAM: Eoin Ryan (B), Lee Doyle, Jim Healy (Capt), Niall Walsh, Stephen King, Oisin O Cuinneagain, Michael Foley, Patrick Walsh, Shane Geoghegan, Michael Mc Hugh 2-1, Anthony Walsh 1-0, Eoin Ryan (K), Sinead O’Connell, Martin Walsh 1-0 and David Hanrahan.

In the County Semi Final they lost to Upperchurch-Drombane by 3-7 to 3-1.

The U/16 Hurling team continued the success story for the Juvenile Club. They reached the Final in fine style when they defeated Fr Sheehy’s by 1-10 to 2-2.

TEAM: David Power, Tomas O’Dwyer, Jimmy Ryan, Richard Murphy, Karl Gibbs, Peter O’Connell (Capt), Christy Ryan, John Walsh 0-5, Trevor Cloona, Anthony Walsh 0-3, Pierce Larkin 0-2, Damien Cahill, Mark O’Halloran, Edmond Walsh 1-0 and Jim Healy.

In the County Semi Final they put a much better show against J K Brackens than the 3-11 to 1-3 scoreline would suggest.

After over twenty years service Patsy O’Halloran retired as Secretary of Bord na nOg and was replaced by another Kilsheelan man Jim Hennessy.



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