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First County Champions

Chapter 17

It took until 1966 and a fine Juvenile team to bring the first county title to the parish. The young lads won the U-15 North final with a 6-5 to 5-2 victory over Borrisokane. It was a great hours hurling, abounding in thrills with first time pulling the order of the evening, enthused the Nenagh Guardian of 30 July 1966. The newspaper singled out Nicky Flannery at centre back as the outstanding player on the day. The team travelled to Holycross with 300 supporters to meet Grange in the county semi final, but their opponents failed to appear and Kildangan went directly into the final.

It was played at Borrisoleigh on Friday evening 29 July, Moyne Templetuohy were the opponents. After a hard fought match Kildangan emerged winners by five points.Every boy was a hero from young Killeen in goals to the full forward line, commented the Nenagh Guardian of 6 August 1966. The newspaper praised the courage of John Darcy, who continued to play despite a serous mouth injury and the display of Nicky Flannery, who was heralded as the successor to Pat Stakelum. It recorded the delight on the faces of the old stalwarts, Rody Gleeson, Jim Killeen and Martin Kennedy, as captain Tony Killeen of Knigh stepped up to accept the trophy for the club's historic first county title. Kildangan recaptured the title the following year, defeating Toomevara in the North decider and Clonoulty in the County final at Holycross.

Kildangan U-15, 1966: Ollie and John Killeen, Ger Flannery (all Monsea), Willie Mcgrath (Dromineer), John Grace (do), Andy Flynn (Rockview), Tomas Moloney (Carhue), Tony Kelly (Knight), Nicky Flannery, Seamus and Jos Hogan, Tommy Collins (Urra), Rody Ryan (Puckaun), Pat Gleeson (Johnstown), John and Stephen Darcy (Grange), Terry and Christy Moloney (Crannagh), John Buckley (Ballyvillane), Seamus Hayes (Kildangan), Murt Kennedy (Ashley park).











1966 U / 15 Team at 2004 Dinner Dance
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Kildangan U/15 Team 1966
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Kildangan U 15 Team, 1966
Back (l to r) : Andy Flynn, Ger Flannery, Murt Kennedy, Nicky Flannery, Seamus Hayes, Ollie Kileen, Tomas Moloney, John Buckley, John Darcy.
Middle (l to r) : Rody Ryan, Seamus Hogan, John Grace, Tony Kelly, Christy Moloney, Stephen Darcy, Pat Gleeson, Terry Moloney.
Front (l to r) : Tommy Collins, Willie McGrath, John Kileen, Jos Hogan.

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