HISTORY: Author Paul Kennedy with a copy of his book that celebrates 50 years of Listry GAA’s O’Donoghue Cup victory.

 

HISTORY: Author Paul Kennedy with a copy of his book that celebrates 50 years of Listry GAA’s O’Donoghue Cup victory.

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By Sean Moriarty

Listry GAA Club has published a commemorative book to celebrate the club’s victory in the 1970 O’Donoghue Cup East Kerry Championship.

The club hoped to mark the occasion by organising a social gathering in August last year but COVID-19 restrictions got in the way.

Instead members turned their attention to producing a book to recall that historic day.

“It is a look back and reminisce on a famous August day 50 years ago, when the Listry football team of 1970 became kingpins of East Kerry and the first team in the club’s history to win the title. It is a club record that has not been matched to this day, and is fondly remembered by the people of the parish,” club PRO Anne O’Brien told the Killarney Advertiser.

The book features interviews from those who were there on the day, press clippings and old photographs.

It was compiled by club member Paul Kennedy who is currently based in Dublin. Two of Paul’s uncles, Moyo and Andrew Larkin played on the team half a century ago when Listry defeated Spa GAA on a score-line 2-8 to 0-7.

“We hope this commemorative programme will give you a sense what life in the community was like at the time and maybe it will stir some fond memories and stories that our older generation can pass onto our youngsters and inspire the next generation,” Anne added.

Copies of the book are available from O’Sullivan’s Shop at Beaufort Bridge and electronic versions of the book can be ordered by sending an email to listry1970@gmail.com.