Welcome to Cromane

A Fishermans Haven

GAA Grounds

  Caid

Before the Gaelic Athletic Association was founded and before there were any proper rules a rough form of cross-country football called "caid" was played in the country area west of Killorglin town between teams from Caragh Lake (Muingaphuca and Scrahan) and Cromane (Lonhart, The Lake, Glosha and Cromane). These games were tough affairs and one ended with one of the Cromane players making off with the ball through the shallow waters on the eastern side of Loch Gainimh Bhain (the lake of the white sand).

Cromane Sarsfields

After the formation of the G.A.A and when spare time from fishing and farming allowed, Cromane men played football at local level, lining out against other teams in the parish, against Glenbeigh and surrounding areas. "The Kerry Sentinel" of 20/3/1909 reports on a game which took place on St. Patrick’s Day in Killorglin between Cromane Sarsfields and Glenbeigh Rovers. The Cromane Sarsfields won by 0-2 to 0-1.

The Twenties and Thirties

Throughout the 1920's and 1930's Cromane teams took part in all the local competitions. These were the years of players like John Sugrue N.T. (Jack’s father), Seánie Connor from the Cliff, Mick and Seán Moroney from Glosha, Paddy and Jerry Riordan from the Cross and Johnnie Foley from Cromane Lower. There was no proper pitch, and football was played in the field behind the Cromane church, in Stookisland or down by the strand on the méidhe.

Amalgamated

There is not much news from the war years and in 1954 there were two clubs in the parish, Killorglin and Cromane. In 1954 Pat O’Shea played minor for Kerry as a Cromane player and  in '54 Cromane won it’s first divisional game in the Mid Kerry league by defeating Beaufort by 0-3 to 0-2. Players from this era included Michael O’Riordan and Bob McCarthy from Lios na Gaoithe and Stephen "Betsy" O’Sullivan from Cromane Lower. However emigration took its toll on both clubs and Cromane and Killorglin amalgamated in 1957. In 1958 the now renamed Laune Rangers won their first Mid Kerry senior championship assisted by Pat O’Shea, Michael O’Riordan, Seán "Danlo" Teahan and Mickie Teahan of Dooks.

The '80s

In the early ‘80s with the upturn in the area’s fortunes moves were made in Cromane to have their own team. Funds were raised and the present field in Lios na Gaoithe was bought. Cromane’s ambition was fiercely resisted by some elements within Laune Rangers and two unsuccessful applications were made to the Kerry County Board for affiliation before Cromane was successful in April 1985, following a compromise brokered by the Munster Council of the GAA. Cromane took as its name in Irish Réalt na Mara after the patron of our church, Our Lady Star of the Sea.

The '90s

A lot of hard work took place to turn a boggy rushy field into a level surface fit for play. Wooden goalposts were replaced by steel ones in 1991 and a number of Silver Circles raised the money to begin work on the dressing rooms in 1992. The club ran up a deficit in completing the dressing rooms but the arrival of the weekly lotto on the scene saw the start of a turnaround and the debt was paid before the club convention in December 1998.

Improvements 

The club has further improved the playing surface by investing in sand slit drainage, sand spreading and now has the best field in Mid Kerry. Floodlighting has been installed followed by the construction of a covered stand and dug-outs. The club has won funding from the National Lottery to further the development. All funding up to now had been raised locally.

Community

Since 1996 Cromane GAA Club has been able to give something back to the community following the inception of The Brian Casey Memorial Match which commemorates footballer Brian Casey who tragically died in 1993. The funds raised during the game go to Scoil Réalt na Mara and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution and the event is going from strength to strength.

Teams

On the field the club has gone from humble beginnings to now field teams at U-8, U-10, U-12, U-14, U-16, minor and senior teams. In 1999 Cromane U-21s contested the final of the inaugural Mid Kerry U-21 Championship. A succesfull amalgamation with Listry at underage level saw Cromane in a number of County Finals at different levels. In 2003 Cromane/Listry won the U-15 Division 3 County Final and the 2006 U-16 Division 4 County League.

Kerry Players

In 1998 Seán O’Sullivan of Cromane Lower bridged a 44 year gap to follow in the footsteps of Pat O’Shea and he played a prominent part with the Kerry minors. Seán was with the Kerry U-21s in 2001 and made his senior debut in the national league in 1999 against Cork. He now has 3 All-Ireland senior medals with Kerry winning them in 2004, 2006 and 2007. Donnchadh Walsh became the third Cromane man to wear the green and gold of Kerry by playing with the Kerry minors in 2001 and 2002. He made his senior debut against Dublin in the natinal league in 2003. A call up to the Kerry U21s soon followed before scoring 1-01 against Cork in his senior championship debut in 2008. He was a member of the Kerry panel in 2007 that won the All-Ireland title.


 

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