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SEPTEMBER EVENTS

To see photo's of our boys in Croke Park on All Ireland Final Sunday click on the line below and click on slide show in top left screen.

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September fields are not always gold.  Nor do they always return the harvest so diligently worked for and so earnestly desired. 

While last Sunday was not to be a day of celebration for the Kerry team, it did evoke huge appreciation, strong loyalty, support and moreover enormous pride for our lads out there on the field.  It was great to see so many Crokes people involved – Patrick… Niall… Harry… Daithí… Johnny… Kieran… Eoin… and Colm.

Who among us did not puff out our chest and think “these lads are of my Club… OUR CLUB?”  They may have worn Green and Gold on their backs, but their hearts and souls were of the Back and Amber.  Patrick, inspecting the pitch before the game; Niall busy organising the warm-up preparations; Harry, on the side-line, shouting words of advice and encouragement and ensuring the players were kept hydrated; Daithí and Johnny tracking each other in the warm-up; Kieran at the tail of the parade; Eoin, a giant, in the middle; Colm at the helm, our captain, our leader, our hero.  Crokes first and last and in between. 

What a thrill to see a Crokes man leading An Ríocht in Croke Park on All-Ireland Final Sunday.  It stirred something deep inside us – even the most dispassionate amongst us had to be moved.  The surge of pride was difficult to contain, every time a Crokes man was on the ball; The urge to shout “That’s one of our lads”; Yet another sublime goal from Colm; The disappointment in observing the premature call ashore for Kieran and later Eoin.  Allowing for our bias, it’s still difficult to comprehend.  How high our hearts soared; Victory was in sight; The game and spoils seemed to be ours; We anticipated that walk up the steps of the Hogan Stand; Like children at Christmas, we couldn’t wait - to see Sam held aloft by one of our own.  But then the devastation of that cruel ending; The forlorn figure, standing, hand on hips, head bowed, under the Davitt Stand. It was hard to watch. We still wanted to shout “That’s one of our lads”.  Pride was still the predominant feeling for all our lads.  Even with the improved roads and motorways, it was a long journey home. 

Monday’s homecoming was a tough ordeal, not really desired by anyone, but a necessary part of the recovery - for supporters nearly moreso than players. Botty did the best anyone could have, in these circumstances. And what a reception Colm received, stepping forward to speak, what acclamation, what appreciation – nothing more than he deserves. Words, difficult to compose and arrange; Words, even more difficult to utter; But heartfelt words that are eagerly listened to and words well received. 

Thanks lads for all those great days, all the hard graft; all the sacrifices and much, much more.  We, your Club-mates, appreciate your very presence among us.  As always, you have our undying support – from the boisterous curdling roars through the terraces and stands, from Fitzgerald Stadium to Croke Park and now the quieter support that gives ye space to allow ye get back to some form of normality. 

September fields are not always gold.  Nor do they always return the harvest so diligently worked for and so earnestly desired.  However, there are other crops, yet to be harvested.  Not all seeds are set in Spring.  Some – the hardy ones - are laid in Autumn for the reaping in the year that follows. 

A Hurler on the Ditch

To see photo's of the O'Sullivan Cup Champions click on the line below and click on slide show in top left screen.

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To see photo's of the Press Day in Dr Crokes and for the Kerry team in Fitzgerald Stadium click on the line below and click on slide show in top left screen.

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