Kerry share three of the six cups on offer at Comórtas Peile Páidí Ó Sé

February 18, 2019

Dingle players and mentors celebrate with the Dermot Earley Senior Men's Cup at the 2019 Comórtas Peile Páidi Ó Sé.

The Lidl sponsored Comórtas Peile Páidi Ó Sé 2019, the famed Gaelic football festival saw 42 teams coming from 17 counties, England, Scotland and the United Arab Emirates to play in senior, intermediate and junior men’s and ladies competitions all over the Dingle Peninsula this weekend. The weather was mixed with rain mostly on Saturday for the majority of teams but this was followed by glorious sunshine today on the peninsula and some lovely football was served up.

In the senior men’s Dermot Earley Cup final, Dingle lined out with a strong side, having defeated Clare’s Eire Og and Kerry’s Milltown/Castlemaine on route. On the other side of the draw, Portarlington impressed by beating Cork’s Ballydesmond who had former Cork star Donncha O’Connor up front, and then host club An Ghaeltacht in the semi-final.

Action from the Senior Men's final between Dingle and Portarlington at An Ghaeltacht’s Gallarus GAA grounds. 

The senior men’s final was played under dry but gale force weather conditions at An Ghaeltacht’s Gallarus GAA grounds. Portarlington were playing with the wind in the first half but didn’t get the grips with the advantage, notching up three points from Christy Booth, Ronan Coffey and Jack Foster (0-1 f). In Dingle’s few forays up the pitch, they yielded only two points in total from corner forward Luke O’Connoll and centre-forward George Durant leaving the scores at 0-3 to 0-2. The Second half was equally as cagey with both sides finding it hard to come to terms with the wind.  Jack Slevin for Portarlington was keeping things tight at the back but the intense pressure began to yield cracks with 15 minutes to go as Dingle started to pull away, picking off a few lovely long-range points from Brian O’Connor, Gavin Hickey Brosnan and George Durant (a 45).

Senior Ladies Cup

Last year’s winners Ballyboden St Enda’s suffered a surprise defeat at the hands of Templeport St Aidan’s of Cavan 3-7 to 3-12. On the other hand, newcomers to the Comortas, Thomas Davis had a narrow victory over Louisburgh of Mayo, 3-8 to 3-5 before beating a fancied Newbridge Sarsfield’s in the semi-final on a scoreline of 2-3 to 0-3. On the other side, Cavan’s Mullahoran accounted for Leitrim’s St. Joseph’s and fellow county club side Templeport St. Aidan’s to tee up a Dublin v Cavan final.

Cavan's Mullahoran took home the Senior Ladies Cup.

Cavan county star Aishling Sheridan stood out with a personal tally of 1-4 and she was joined on the team by her three sisters Mona, Geraldine and Louise. Sheila Reilly also performing brilliantly at left half back. Dublin’s Thomas Davis, despite county star Orla McGuigan’s best efforts, were no match for Mullahoran who boast five Cavan county first 15 players. The final score was 3-11 to 1-5 

Intermediate Men’s

Annascaul acquitted Golden Kilfeacle of Tipperary 4-14 to 0-3 which got them to meet Tubber of Offaly in the semi-final.  A high scoring game yielded an Annascaul the win (5-16 to 4-13), getting them straight through to the final. On the other side, Kerry’s Lispole beat Armagh’s Ballyhegan Davitts (1-10 to 0-7) while Dunmore MacHales of Galway beat Millstreet, managed by former Kerry star Aidan O’Mahony on a scoreline of 2-9 to 1-7. In that semi-final, Lispole played Galways Dunmore at home but the Galway lads raced ahead 3 points to no score within 10 minutes. Lispole matched them point for point for the remining 50 minutes but Dunmore kept their early lead, finishing up on a scoreline of Dunmore 0-9 Lispole 0-5.

2019 Intermediate Men’s champions Annascaul.

So, Kerry’s Annascaul ended up playing against Galway’s Dunmore MacHales who were always chasing the game (0-6 to 0-1 at half time). Although the Galway men converted a 20 yard free into the roof of the net with ten minutes to go which took them to three behind, 1-8 to 1-5 and Annascaul’s Sean O’Hara got a straight red card just after that, the local side held out for the final minutes and won on a scoreline of 1-10 to 1-6.

Páidí Óg Ó Sé presents Cromane captain John Michael Foley with the Páidí Ó Sé Memorial Perpetual Cup (Junior Men’s).

In other competitions, there were wins for Mid-Kerry side Cromane in the Junior Men’s final led upfront by former Kerry star Sean O’Sullivan, beating Renard 3-8 to 1-8. Edinburgh’s Dunedin Connolly’s beat Cavan’s Belturbet in the Intermediate Ladies cup, Ballyboden B team defeated Tir Chonaill Gaels of London in the Junior A Ladies cup and Kingdom Kerry Gaels beat Clonaslee St. Manman’s in the Junior Ladies B Shield.

Kingdom Kerry Gaels claimed the Junior Ladies B Shield.

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