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Fortunes of the Fifties

Chapter 16

The 1950's were lean years for Kildangan but the club did record two significant victories towards the end of the decade. They won the first and only playing of the U17 North championship in 1957. It was also the first under age competition won by the club. On a November Sunday Kildangan beat Borrisokane by 3-0 to 1-1 in the final at Mac Donagh Park, Nenagh. The Nenagh Guardian of 23 November 1957 reported that Brian McDonnell gave a grand display at centre-back and got good support from Denis Flannery and Ned Kelly in goals.

Kildangan U-17, 1957: Ned Kelly (Kildangan), Mick Guilfoyle (Carneywoodlands), Denis Flannery (Johnstown), Christy Hayes (Cloghprior), John Kelly (Kildangan), Brian McDonnell (Grallagh), Jimmy Flannery (Johnstown), Ger Healy (Ballyartella), Sean Foley (Ballyhogan), Dan Ryan (Claree), Michael Foley (Ballyartella), Dick Teefy (Ashley Park), Billy Foley (Ballyhogan), Paddy Joe Gavin (Killaun), Gerry Sinnott (Ballyartella), Jimmy Hogan (Urra), Pierce Ryan (Claree), Dessie Coen (Johnstown)

Kildangan and Burgess combined to win the inaugural North Tipperary U-21 hurling championship in 1959. The Nenagh Guardian revealed the week before the final that the team had been training hard at Puckaun with the aid of lights from motorcars. Although Borrisokane were favourites the newspaper predicted that with that shrewd hurling judge Liam O'Brien behind them, victory may well go to Kildangan. The final was played at MacDonagh Park, Nenagh, on Sunday 13 December 1959 with Hubie Hogan of Lorrha as referee. Conditions were terrible and the players found it difficult to keep their feet on the slippery pitch. However, the Nenagh Guardian of 19 December 1959 reported that all thirty players gave of their best in a hard hitting and hard pulling game with no quarter given. Kildangan-Burgess emerged victorious from the struggle by the narrow margin of 7-4 to 7-1.

Kildangan-Burgess U-21, 1959: Dick Teefy (Ashley Park), Denis Flannery (Johnstown), Denise Slattery (Carhue), Pat Mcgrath (Pallas), Brian McDonnell (Grallagh), Paddy Kelly (Kildangan), Hughie McDonnell (Carrigatoher), Michael Kennedy (Castlesheela), Patsy Nealon (Newtown), John Kelly (Kildangan), Bernie Cruise (Knight), Michael Foley (Ballyartella), Ted Ryan (Drumminascart), Tom Slattery (Carhue), Willie Hayden (Carrigtoher), Jerome Hogan (Newtown), Mick Guilfoyle (Carneywoodlands), Jack Ryan (Claree).


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Back (l to r): Phil Hayes, Cloughprior; Jim O'Brien,Prospect; Jack Guilfoyle, Carneywoodlands; Paddy Dwan, Wood Park; Jossie Slattery, Druminascart; Mickey Horrigan,Ringore; Paddy Teefey, Ashley Park; John Corboy, Parkboy; Mick Culhane, Carneybeg; Jack Culhane, Carneybeg; Jimmy Teefey, Ashley Park; Paddy Nevin, Prospect; Dave Morrisey, Prospect; Dinny Dwan, Wood Park.

Middle: Paddy Hayes, Cloughprior; Con Heffernan, Loughourna; Micky Ryan, Cloughprior; Billy Kelly, Rodeen; Joe Teefey, Ashley Park; Murt Culhane, Carneybeg; Murt Guilfoyle, Carneywoodlands.

Front: Jack Ryan, Ballythomas; Christ Guilfoyle, Carneywoodlands; Johnnie Guilfoyle, Carneybeg.

(Photo Courtesy of Mick Guilfoyle, Carneywoodlands)

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