The official proceedings were expertly compéred by Radio Kerry’s Gary O’Sullivan and a number of awards & presentations were handed out.
Jerome Conway launched the Club History which will be made available the website at http://history.launerangers.ie/. This will be a living document – one that can be added to over the years to ensure that it will always be current and accurate.
The Silver Jubilee Team of 1989 were introduced to the crowd 25 years after they won The County Senior Football Championship, the first time the Club had done so in 78 years. The trainer of that team was Noel O’Mahony and he was on hand to make two special presentations on behalf of the club to the families of two deceased members of the team. Pat McKenna was represented by his brother Paul, and Tom Johnston was represented by his son Cormac. Also, special mention was given to another key part of that team of the late 80s and 90s – the late Mike O’Donnell who was a very important supporter of that team and many teams after it.
Chris McGillycuddy of ‘ClubColours.ie’ was on hand to present a new set of jerseys to the Development Manager Joe Hayes. That was followed by an address by the Chairman of Kerry County Board Patrick O’Sullivan, who spoke of the Laune Rangers men that served on Kerry County Board and his association with them, such as Joe Crowley and two people who mentored him in his early days on the Board – Jerome Conway & the late James Coffey.
The Club’s four All-Stars were honoured. Bart Moriarty was on hand to make the presentations to Michael Francis Russell, Liam Hassett, & Edel Murphy. Sarah Houlihan is currently in Hong Kong with the All Star team so her cousin & Club Secretary Terence accepted the award on her behalf.
The next section of the night was the announcement of the 2013 Players of the Year. Chairman Declan Falvey presented the awards to the following:
· Minor – Kevin O’Sullivan
· B Team – David Coffey
· Ladies – Amy Foley
· Senior – Shane McSweeney
The Club’s Senior Ladies Team was then presented to the audience. This Team won the 2013 County League and Championship double and they each given a well deserved applause on to stage.
The club then inducted its first member into the Hall of Fame. Jimmy Galvin. Jimmy passed away on 8th February but had been chosen for the honour before his passing. He was a huge part of the Club’s fundraising efforts for 50 years and raised funds for the purchase and development of our pitch at JP O’Sullivan Park. His service to the club lasted up to 2 weeks before he died as a member of the club’s Lotto Team. His hard work and his gentle nature will be missed by all at the club. Ar Dheis Dé go raibh a anam.
The highlight of the night of course was the announcement of the Team of the Half Century – the Best Team of XV to have lined out for Laune Rangers since 1963. There was a huge amount of debate leading into the night as to who should make the team. The Team picked was as follows:
1 Peter Lyons
2 Mike Hassett (jnr) 3 Paudie Sheahan 4 Seamus Curran
5 Pat Ahern 6 Tom Johnston 7 John Sheehan
8 Jimmy Lucey 9 Pierce Prendiville
10 Gerard Murphy 11 Timmy Fleming 12 Joe Shannon
13 Michael F Russell 14 Liam Hassett 15 Billy O’Shea
The announcement of the Team brought an end to the official proceedings but not to the night itself. The Bar was reopened and food was served before the band ‘Beautiful Noise’ helped the crowd dance away the night.
Laune Rangers would like to thank all who organized and contributed to the night as well as those who researched and put together the photo & memorabilia displays. The club would also like to thank all those who made the effort to attend on the night, especially to those who travelled long distances. It was the great turnout that made the night such a success.
On Saturday, Jerome Conway hosted an afternoon of nostalgia, music and song in the now closed Coffey’s pub, the premises where the club was founded. The Killorglin & District Pipe Band marched in the bridge to open the doors of the historic premises. Again, Laune Rangers thank all who attended and to the pipe band who took time out of their busy St Patrick’s weekend schedule to add to the event.