Dr Crokes GAA

Dr Croke's is a Gaelic football club based in Killarney in County Kerry, Ireland. Famous current players include Colm Cooper and Liam Brosnan.

Dr Crokes
Dr Chrócaigh
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Founded:1886
County:Kerry
Nickname:The Crokes
Colours:Black & Amber
Grounds:Dr Crokes GAA Grounds, Lewis Road, Killarney
Coordinates:52°04′03.38″N 9°30′11.74″W / 52.0676056°N 9.5032611°W / 52.0676056; -9.5032611Coordinates: 52°04′03.38″N 9°30′11.74″W / 52.0676056°N 9.5032611°W / 52.0676056; -9.5032611
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Dr Crokes has the most successful GAA team in Killarney and its environs. Their most notable triumph was the capture of the All-Ireland Senior Club Football Championship in 1992 and 2017. The club has won the Munster Club Championship on eight occasions - 1991, 1992, 2006, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016 and, most recently, 2018. The club has won the Kerry Senior Football Championship on thirteen occasions, most recently in 2018.

Dr Crokes is the only club in Killarney with a hurling team, which has had two notable successes; winning the Kerry Intermediate Hurling Championship in 1999 and 2001.

The 2007 Kerry All-Ireland Senior Football championship winning team was trained by former Dr Crokes trainer Pat O'Shea.

The 2013 Kerry senior football panel featured five Crokes players (Colm Cooper, Eoin Brosnan, Kieran O'Leary, Johnny Buckley, and Fionn Fitzgerald).

In 2014 Fionn Fitzgerald and Kieran O'Leary captained the Kerry Senior Football team to All-Ireland victory over Donegal.

All-Ireland Minor Football ChampionshipEdit

  • Jack O'Keeffe 1931
  • Billy Myers 1933
  • Der Griffin 1933
  • Gearoid Byrne 1947
  • Pa O'Donoghue 1980
  • Tommy Parker 1980
  • Micheal Burns 2014
  • Jordan Kiely 2014
  • Aaron Murphy 2014
  • Gavin White 2015
  • Billy Courtney 2015, 2016
  • David Shaw 2015, 2016
  • David Naughton 2016,
  • Michael Potts 2016, 2017
  • Jack Griffin 2017
  • Nelu Doherty 2017
  • Mark Cooper 2018
  • Michael Lenihan 2018

GAA Football Under-20 All-Ireland ChampionshipEdit

  • Tom O'Shea 1977
  • Brian McCarthy 1995, 1996
  • Brian Clarke 1996
  • David Moloney 1998
  • Martin Beckett 1998
  • Johnny Buckley 2008
  • Alan O'Sullivan 2008
  • Mike Moloney 2008
  • Kieran O'Leary 2008
  • Brian Looney 2008
  • Jamie Doolan 2008

All-Ireland Senior Football ChampionshipEdit

HistoryEdit

Dr Croke's was founded in 1886. Many members were involved in politics and a lot of them ended up in English prisons. One of the first notable players was Dick Fitzgerald who was a huge part of the team that brought the first All-Ireland title to the Kingdom in 1903. Another notable club member of that time is Eugene O'Sullivan, a nationalist MP, who became chairman of the Kerry county board, and it was during his tenure that Kerry won four more of its 36 All-Ireland titles at senior football level.

A total of 77 senior All Ireland medals have been won to date by Dr Crokes players.

In addition to the Kerry players, Dr Eamon O'Sullivan of the Crokes coached and trained Kerry All Ireland winning teams, beginning in 1924, and ending in 1962.

Dr Croke's has owned four playing fields; the first being the Cricket Field, Flesk Bridge, which was used up to the 1930s. In 1936 Fitzgerald Stadium was built by the club members in memory of Dr Croke and Kerry legend Dick Fitzgerald. In the past 20 years two new playing complexes have been acquired and developed by the club at Deerpark and Lewis Road to cater for the ever increasing number of members.

Fr Tom Looney, writing of the Club's early years, said that the senior team had played tournaments and challenges before the County Board was formed. He also stated that the Club captain – John Langford – was one of the committee members at the inaugural meeting of the Kerry county board and that the Club lost the first Kerry County final to Laune Rangers, in what all agreed was the finest match ever witnessed.

Another County final was lost in 1900 before the beginning of a glorious spell when they became known as the Clear Air Boys, or Dickeen Fitz’s (Dick Fitzgerald) team. Four county championships were won in a sixteen–year period, including three in a row: 1912, 1913 and 1914.

The club went into decline, having very lean times on the football field in the 1930s, '40s and early '50s, which was surprising because they could still call on some top class players – three county players at any given time, and the administration was well organised.

In the 1950s becoming once again the dominant team in East Kerry, winning ten O'Donoghue Cup’s in another fifteen year spell, but unfortunately failing in the final stages of the Kerry Senior Football Championship. Maybe no great success in winning for a few years after, but this time the standard was held, and entering the 1980s with a youth policy in place for some years, everyone had hopes for a repeat of the early glory years – this time they were not disappointed.

Everything seemed to come right in the centennial (1986), when the Dr Crokes were again performing against the best and winning Kerry Intermediate Football Championship, County Club Championship, County League, a setback again in two County Finals, but eventually going on to become Kerry Senior Football Championship winners, Munster Senior Club Football Championship winners on two occasions, and then the ultimate prize – the All-Ireland Senior Club Football Championship, won in Croke Park on St. Patrick's Day 1992.

Hurling, which played such an important role within the club in the 1920s, 30s and 40s, was revived and organized in the centennial year. In a short time they have made a huge impact – winning East Kerry competitions, County League Division 3, and were crowned Intermediate Champions of Kerry for 1999 and again in 2000.

Camogie was a game which the Dr Croke ladies were very proficient in during the 1920/1930s. Now the ladies are very much into the football, showing the same expertise and skill and forging a name for themselves in the County and already under age players have gone on to represent Kerry and have won All Ireland medals at under 14s and 16s.

Dr. Crokes have three adult teams football– A,B & C, an under 21, minor, under 16s, 14s, 12s, and coaching every Saturday mornings for under 6, 8, and 10s. hurling 1 intermediate, u16, 14, 12, 10, 8. ladies football Senior, minor, u16, 14, 12, 10, 8.

BooksEdit

Dr. Crokes clubmen have published 5 Gaelic football related books:

  • Dick Fitzgerald: How to play Gaelic football (1914)
  • Dr. Eamonn O'Sullivan: The Art and Science of Gaelic football (1958)
  • Club History: Dr. Crokes Gaelic Century (1886–1986)
  • Club History: Decade of Glory 1986-1996
  • Pat O'Shea: Gaelic football, Training Drills (1996)
  • Fr. Tom Looney : King in a Kingdom of Kings (2008) [1]

Other notable membersEdit

  • Jerry O'Leary, Kerry Selector on many occasions, football historian, very much involved in the purchase of Croke Park
  • Michael O'Connor's, a man who made a huge contribution to the Fitzgerald Stadium, the playing fields of Kerry, while Chairman of Kerry's Bord na bPairc, and as treasurer and Chairman of the Munster Council.
  • John Langford
  • Archbishop Dr Croke Patron
  • Maurice Francis O'Leary
  • Jack O'Keeffe - Former Club Patron and winner of All-Ireland Minor medal in 1931 (RIP)
  • Murt O'Shea - Club Patron
  • John Moynihan - Club President
  • Andy Mulcahy
  • Jer O'Leary
  • Paddy Looney
  • Teddy O'Connor
  • Cornelious McEntaggert
  • John C. O'Connor
  • Michael O'Connor
  • Nellie Kavanagh - Club Vice-President
  • Bridie O'Shea - Club Vice-President
  • Eddie Barry
  • Richard Clancy
  • Colm Cooper
  • Eoin Brosnan
  • Kieran O'Leary
  • Johnny Buckley
  • Fionn Fitzgerald
  • Kieran Cremin
  • Jackie Looney
  • Seanie O'Shea
  • Sean Clarke

AchievementsEdit

FootballEdit

Underage

  • Under-11 East Kerry Football Champions - 2007, 2008, 2009
  • Under-12 County League Division 1 Phase 1 Football Champions - 2009,2010
  • Under-12 County League Division 1 Phase 2 Football Champions - 2010
  • Under-12 East Kerry Division 1 Champions - 2009, 2010
  • Under-13 County League Division 1 Football Champions - 2011
  • Under-14 County League Division 2 Football Champions - 2008
  • Under-14 East Kerry League Division 1 Champions - 2011

HurlingEdit

  • Kerry Intermediate Hurling Championship 1999, 2001, 2020
  • Kerry Junior Hurling Championship Champions - 1990
  • Kerry Under-21 Hurling Championship: (1) 2019 (with Kenmare/Kilgarvin)
  • Kerry Div 2 Hurling Champions -2004
  • Kerry Under-12 Hurling Championship Div 4 - 2004

Ladies FootballEdit

  • Ladies Junior County Champions - 2009
  • Ladies Intermediate County Champions - 2004

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Looney, Fr. Tom (2008). Dick Fitzgerald, king in a kingdom of kings. Currach Press. ISBN 9781856079594.
  2. ^ "Colm Cooper completes the set with Dr Crokes glory". RTÉ Sport. 17 March 2017. Retrieved 17 March 2017.
  3. ^ "Crokes get the job done early". Irish Examiner. 3 December 2012. Retrieved 4 December 2012.
  4. ^ "Buckley's late winner breaks Cratloe hearts". Irish Examiner. 2 December 2013. Retrieved 2 December 2013.
  5. ^ "No arguments as Dr Crokes prove simply the best". Irish Examiner. 28 November 2016. Retrieved 28 November 2016.
  6. ^ "Crokes cruise to three in-a-row". Irish Examiner. 29 October 2012. Retrieved 30 October 2012.
  7. ^ "Dr Crokes 4-16 Austin Stacks 0-12". Irish Independent. 21 October 2013. Retrieved 22 October 2013.
  8. ^ "Crokes make final their own as Kenmare struggle to cope". Irish Independent. 22 October 2016. Retrieved 27 October 2016.
  9. ^ "Sixth Kerry title in eight years for Dr Crokes". The Irish Examiner. 23 October 2017. Retrieved 25 October 2017.
  10. ^ "Crokes serve early notice as wasteful Rathmore put to sword". Irish Examiner. 7 May 2012. Retrieved 7 May 2012.
  11. ^ "Rampant Crokes show no mercy". Irish Examiner. 20 October 2014. Retrieved 20 October 2014.
  12. ^ "Dr Crokes best in final cracker". Irish Examiner. 21 March 2016. Retrieved 21 March 2016.
  13. ^ "Gooch and Brosnan make it a perfect 10 for Crokes". Irish Examiner. 10 December 2012. Retrieved 10 December 2012.
  14. ^ "Yet another title for classy Crokes". Irish Examiner. 16 December 2013. Retrieved 16 December 2013.

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Preceded by
All-Ireland Senior Club Football Champions
1992
Succeeded by