Kerry Ladies: The Croke Park Mission and the Memorable Send-Off in Castleisland

A cast of locals of all ages turned up to wish go neirí an bothar libh to the Kerry ladies senior football squad today in the car park at Garvey’s SuperValu in Castleisland.
Kerry ladies squad members from left: Clodagh O’Connor, Paris McCarthy, Cáit Lynch, Castleisland; Lorraine Scanlon, Knocknagoshel; Eilís Lynch, and Aisling O’Connell, Cordal pictured after a tough training session on the occasion of the pre All-Ireland press night at the Kerry GAA Centre of Excellence in Currans. ©Photograph: John Reidy
Links between Kerry teams of 1988 and today. A flashback to October 1988 and Croke Park: Mary Lane raises the All-Ireland Ladies Senior Football Cup on accepting it from National Ladies GAA President, Mary Wheatley after she led Kerry to victory over Laois for the county’s seventh title in a row. Mary Lane is now Mary Scanlon and current Kerry star player, Lorraine Scanlon’s mom. ©Photographs: John Reidy 16-10-1988 and 5-2-2017.

The following is the Kerry team and panel to face Meath in the TG4 Ladies All Ireland Senior Football Championship Final tomorrow Sunday, July 31st in Croke Park with the throw time of 4pm.

With the county in the grip of an almost unique green and gold frenzy, the ladies and their management team got a send-off worthy of their status and outstanding achievements to date in this year’s championship.

The site of the memorable and sincere bon voyage ceremony was the spacious yard at Garvey’s SuperValu and the ladies hit the road for Dublin with no doubts about their popularity.

The Kerry Squad

1. Ciara Butler – Castlegregory; 2. Julie O’ Sullivan – Inbhear Scéine Gaels; 3. Kayleigh Cronin – Dr. Crokes; 4. Eilís Lynch – Castleisland Desmonds; 5. Aishling O’Connell – Éire Óg Cork; 6. Emma Costello – Firies; 7. Ciara Murphy – MKL Gaels; 8. Lorraine Scanlon – Castleisland Desmonds; 9. Cáit Lynch – Castleisland Desmonds; 10. Niamh Carmody – Finuge/St. Senans; 11.Síofra O Shea – Southern Gaels; 12. Anna Galvin (C) – Na Fianna; 13. Paris McCarthy – Castleisland Desmonds; 14. Danielle O’ Leary – Rathmore; 15. Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh (vc) – Corca Dhuibhne; 16. Mary Ellen Bolger – Southern Gaels; 17. Aoife Dillane – Austin Stacks; 18. Katie Brosnan – Firies; 19. Niamh Ní Chonchúir – Corca Dhuibhne; 20. Niamh Brodrick – MKL Gaels; 21. Caoimhe Evans – MKL Gaels; 22. Erica McGlynn – Fossa; 23. Rachel Dwyer – Southern Gaels; 24. Mary O’ Connell – Na Gaeil; 25. Ciara McCarthy – Abeydorney; 26. Anna Clifford – Fossa; 27. Clódagh Ní Chonchúir – Éire Óg Cork; 28. Elizabeth Mohan – Killarney Legion; 29. Meadhbh Johnston – Laune Rangers; 30. Louise Galvin – Finuge/St. Senans; Extended Panel:Laoise Coughlan – Rathmore; Kerri Ann Hanrahan – Killarney Legion; Ava Doherty – Glenflesk; Emir Riordan – Firies; Anna Murphy – John Mitchels; Ella Teahan – MKL Gaels.

Three Games Live on TG4

The All-Ireland Ladies Football Final between Kerry and Meath will be broadcast live on TG4 from 4pm.

But this is a Sunday on which Kerry and Meath will share the limelight and the privileges of playing on the hallowed sod of Croke Park with teams from: Antrim and Fermanagh along with Laois and Wexford. They will play their finals for the junior and intermediate championships at 11:45am and 1:45pm respectively.

If analysis and game highlights are your thing you’ll get all that from The Sunday Game on RTÉ 2 at 9:30pm on Sunday night.

A Matter of Records

Winning the game will be a priority for Mná Chiarraí tomorrow. Then the sporting historians can take the results and put them where they belong. Kerry is now tied with Cork on 11 senior championships titles each.

Kerry’s first title was won in 1976 and its last was in 1993. Kerry has a record that will surely never be equalled in that the county won nine senior All-Ireland titles in a row between and including 1982 and 1990.

There was a coincidence of title winning with the Kerry’s ladies and gentlemen both winning three-in-a-row titles in 1984, ’85 and ’86. That in itself must be a record.

And Lorraine Scanlon’s mom, Mary Lane had the privilege of climbing those historic steps to claim the Brendan Martin Cup after she led her side to its seventh consecutive title against Laois in 1988.

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