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Football is very much part of the life-blood of Kerry and its players, past and present, administrators and supporters are a part of the history and fabric of the County, and, indeed the folklore of Ireland.

Croke Park on Final day, with the Green and Gold-clad heroes marching behind the Artane Boys Band, is a tune for the blood to jig to, a joy past power of words.

Heroes they have to be! Kerry followers are non too tolerant of indifferent performances and a man is only as good as his last game. The transition from hero to villain can be a swift and shattering experience. 

The Kerry County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) (or Kerry GAA) is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Ireland, and is responsible for Gaelic games in County Kerry. The county board is also responsible for the Kerry inter-county teams.

The Kerry GAA was founded in 1888. Gaelic football is the dominant sport in the county, with both the men's and women's teams among the strongest in the country at senior level.

Kerry have been the most successful team in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship, topping the list of counties for All-Irelands won. They have won the competition on 37 occasions, including two four-in-a-rows (1929-1932, 1978-1981) and two three-in-a-rows (1939-1941, 1984-1986).

There are 72 GAA clubs in County Kerry.

Abbeydorney  (Hurling)




Austin Stacks










Castleisland Desmonds






Crotta O`Neill (Hurling)




Dr. Crokes

Dromind Pearses






Gale Rangers




John Mitchells



Kerins O`Rahillys






Ladys Walk  (Hurling)

Laune Rangers



Listowel Emmets


Lixnaw  (Hurling)

Milltown Castlemaine


Na Gaeil




Skellig Rangers



Saint Patricks Blennerville

St Senans

St Brendans

St Marys

St Michaels Foilmore

St Patricks Killarney






Here is an article from Sports Joe


The jersey is safely tucked away in the hotpress for eleven months of the year. He wouldn't know a National League game if he got frostbite in Austin Stack Park but, when the autumn comes, he'll tell you all about 'who's flying in training'.

Guaranteed to be the very first text you receive after the semi-final looking for tickets, you'll find him on the third Sunday in September perched in his usual spot outside the Gresham.

Has been to every All-Ireland final since 1986 yet could not name any winning captain or any scoreline of any game.

He's the fella you'll find mugging off behind Marty or Ger outside Croke Park, or at the homecoming in Killarney.

The cure hoor

Despite beating Leitrim by triple scores, they'll tell everyone in the pub afterwards that it was a 'hard test' and that the few points after half time were the only difference really.

Plays down everything about Kerry and the county team. No player is that good, every man can be beaten and, sure, his team will just turn up on the day, apply themselves, give it a lash, and hope that they can come out at the right side of the result.

Their face is in a permanent state of poker-playing. Their brain is in a permanent frame of not-getting-carried-away deception.

Do not trust this person. If they says green, then expect gold.

They taught the Healy-Raes everything they pretend to know, and some of the stuff they actually do know.

Abandons the car wherever they want because they knows the guards at every ground in the country. If they don't know the guards, they know 'a guy'.

The man with the superiority complex

When their Derry friend heartbreakingly tells him that he's never seen Sam presented in the Hogan Stand, this is the type of guy who responds with: 'I can't believe you've never been to an All-Ireland final. Not even one?'

Brimming with over-confidence, he'll be quick to tell you why Kerry is the best county in Ireland and that football isn't even the best thing they're good at either. There's poetry, music, song and bulls**t too.

The opposite of the cute hoor, this cocky so and so is the reason the other 31 counties cannot stand the men and women from the South West, at least at the business end of the championship season. He take all of Kerry's success for granted. It's the tap that will never turn off.

Facing Mayo is like Christmas and his birthday rolled into one as he spits in his hands and slaps them together in glee, looking forward to taking on the 'soft touch.'

Not trusted by his own kind - especially the cute hoor (see above) - and treated with suspicion wherever he goes, this person is an outsider as he betrays the omerta that stretches from Rathmore to Tarbert.

The old-schooler

He's been watching Kerry football since 1973, and he still thinks the 'golden years' team would be better than any of the guys playing today.

Doesn't understand black, yellow or red cards and refers to any sequence of hand-passing as 'that oul basketball'.

Has a blessed picture of the Bomber Liston and Paidi O'Se either side of the Sacred Heart and John Paul II in his kitchen.

He is likely to get 'will ye just drop the ball in' inscribed on his gravestone and has been wearing the same Kerry rosette since 1984.

Likes his defenders from North Kerry and is suspicious of too many 'townies' on any one team.

His ham sandwiches are made the night before and his flask contains a crack from the time he dropped it in Portlaoise at a league game in the 1990's.

The other half 

Not actually a native of Kerry but, by marriage or misfortune, are dragged to Kerry games by a better usually worse half.

Can often be seen trying to calm down their partners in games when the green and gold mist descends.

Also a valuable counsellor when Kerry lose a game and their football-afflicted husband or wife are shadowed by a cloud as they bemoan one solitary single season without the All-Ireland.

Deserve a Celtic Cross for their patience alone.

He may be right in some circumstances!!!


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