Kerry V Louth In All-Ireland Gaelic Football Final 1909.









Kerry had been beaten in the two previous years All-Ireland Finals and their spirits where at a low ebb at the start of the 1909 campaign.

The Munster championship started in good style, beating Tipperary 2-10 to 0-5. They then beat Limerick in convincing style at Listowel 2-18 to 1-02.

Then came the Munster final against the old enemy Cork, and what a game this turned out to be!! According to The Kerryman.

“The Kerry players were tossed and tumbled by the heftier Cork Men”



In the first-half Kerry had the advantage of the breeze and they led by 1-6 to 1-3. In the second half things got out of hand, so much so that the whole Kerry team walked off the field following a decision by referee William Naughton, of Bruff County Limerick.

A Cork player picked up the ball clean off the ground with his hands and amid shouts of “Foul” from thousands of spectators and members of the Kerry team, he scored a point.

In the first-half Kerry had the advantage of the breeze and they led by 1-6 to 1-3. In the second half things got out of hand, so much so that the whole Kerry team walked off the field following a decision by referee William Naughton, of Bruff County Limerick.

A Cork player picked up the ball clean off the ground with his hands and amid shouts of “Foul” from thousands of spectators and members of the Kerry team, he scored a point.

The score was allowed and the Kerry players walked off the field. After some persuasion they came back and as the game wore on Kerry lost their lead and the Cork men clinched victory with a goal. The final score was Cork 2-8, Kerry 1-7.

The Kerry County Board lodged an objection and after the hearing the Munster Council awarded the game to Kerry. However Kerry did not want to win the game this way and insisted on a replay.

The replay took place in Cork City on the 7th of November attracting an enormous crowd. And a new referee was placed in charge.

Cork where well up for this game and layed into Kerry, leading by two points at half time and scored another point at the start of the second half.

However, Kerry finally began to wake up with a great point from Johnny Skinner and two points from Kennelly to equalise. Cork came back again and again, Kerry were in trouble!!

On comes Johnny Skinner with a fantastic goal nine minutes from time. This was all Kerry needed adding another 2 points to beat Cork 1-6 to 0-6.

Kerry next played and easily disposed of County Mayo, they beat them the year before and won at their ease this year. Mayo tried hard to make an impression in the second half but Kerry strolled to an easy victory 2-12 to 0-6.



The All-Ireland final proved to be an unusual contest of teams, Louth V Kerry. Louth had battled out of Leinster for the first time since 1887, and if I am right have never won the Leinster Championship since.

Kerry where not sure what to expect from a surprise Leinster champions, the game was played on December 5th at Jones Road and the attendance was 15,000.



Louth started full of enthusiasm and opened the scoring with a point after eight minutes. Kerry equalised through an inform Skinner. Louth came back and went ahead with two more points.

But Skinner hit back again and so did Costello and just before half-time Skinner scored a fabulous goal.

The score now was 1-03 to 0-3 and as the second half started Kerry took the bit between their teeth and beat Louth 1-9 to 0-6. County Kerry had won another All-Ireland.

The men of the 1909 All-Ireland where: T.Costello (Captain), M. McCarthy, F.J.Cronin, C.Healy, J.O`Sullivan, M.J.Quinlan, T.Rice, D.Breen, R.Fitzgerald, P.Dillon, C.Murphy, E.Spillane, J.Skinner, J.Mulanne, J.Kennely, B.O`Connor, J.McCarthy.






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