Glin GAA will holding a fundraising table quiz in Dunnes Bar this Friday evening, February 2nd at 9.30pm. All are welcome.
Legendary Cork Ladies manager, Eamonn Ryan will in the upcoming months give a coaching seminar to all the Shannon Gaels mentors. The nine time All Ireland winner will be visiting our club in early April and it promises to be a great occasion.
Glin GAA History
This week we look back at one of the more colourful episodes from around the time of the founding of our club. When the GAA first began, teams consisted of 21 players and goals were worth 5 points. Players and supporters were just getting used of the rules which were often interpreted differently by the clubs. This led to some very rough games and an immense number of objections to results, as teams challenged the new rules. As travel and communication were considerably more difficult than they are now, disputes between clubs dragged on for months and competitions often weren’t completed until a year or two later. Scoring was low, and the ball was heavy, especially in wet conditions. As the rules became more defined, these issues greatly reduce. However, this week we revisit a particularly feisty West Limerick Senior final second replay between Glin and Abbeyfeale from 1900, where the Cork Examiner journalist of the time, in an article entitled ‘Interesting Scenes at Football Match’, pulled no punches on where the blame should lie!
The Gaelic football championship for West Limerick was decided on Sunday at Ardagh, when the Glin and Abbeyfeale teams, meeting for the third time, brought matters to an issue. Immense numbers from Listowel, Newcastle West, Foynes, Shanagolden, Abbeyfeale and Glin were present to witness the contest which excited more interest in football circles in the district than any other athletic event in recent years. The day was beautifully fine, a circumstance which no doubt helped to increase the attendance. The Glin men, having won the toss, elected to play with a slight breeze in their favour. The ball was thrown up at four o’clock, and play for the first few minutes was uneventful, the leather going repeatedly into touch, the advantage, if any resting with Abbeyfeale. In a short time the ball was forced into the proximity of the Abbeyfeale goal posts and McNamara getting an opening, scored a point. On the kick off, play became faster, and Abbeyfeale sought to equalise, but were unsuccessful. At this point a row of disgraceful character, in which several members of opposing teams were seriously engaged, took place. In consequence, play was interrupted for a considerable time. Indeed, it would be far better that teams should not meet at all if they cannot do so in friendly rivalry, and without giving way to scenes of disorder that are highly discreditable and unsportsmanlike. When business was resumed, some splendid play took place. Play was still confined to Abbeyfeale ground, the Glin men being unfortunate in scoring, as the leather just missed the goal on several occasions. Later on, Magee cleverly scored a goal, the validity of which was severely questioned by the Abbeyfeale men.
At half-time, the score was Glin- 1 disputed goal and 3 pts; Abbeyfeale- Nil
On the change of sides, the Glin team brought the ball dangerously near the goalposts but Abbeyfeale being equal to the occasion, no score was recorded. Play then transferred to midfield, when Abbeyfeale put on a spurt and succeeded in scoring a point. Playing with great dash, interest was directed to Glin’s goal, and a score for Abbeyfeale seemed inevitable, but Fitzgerald, the Glin goalkeeper, saved splendidly. There was now ten minutes to run, and Glin had matters all its own way, play being altogether in Abbeyfeale territory. Towards the end another row ensued and again, several members of the competing teams behaved in a savage manner towards each other. The rest of the time was occupied in a most reprehensible exhibition of disorder and misconduct. The referee chose to end the match early and awarded the game to Glin, the score being Glin- 1 disputed goal and 3 pts; Abbeyfeale- 1 pt.
Team: P. McCoy (capt.), M. Fitzgerald, P. Fitzgerald, P. Moore, M. O’Donnell, P. Lynch, M. Lynch, C. Magee, P. McNamara, P. Kelly, M. O’Shaughnessy, E. Dore, M. Wren, M. O’Donnell, P Walshe, J. Trehy, J. Corbett.
It is sincerely hoped that the conduct of the parties at this contest will engage the serious attention of the Limerick County Board, and that prompt steps will be taken to put individuals outside the pale of the GAA whose behaviour disentitles them to any place in the honourable and manly National pastime.
Footnote: The referee for this lively match was PJ Hayes, Secretary to the Limerick County Board at the time so perhaps it was no wonder that Glin and Abbeyfeale were both suspended for the following year. The Limerick Board went so far as to write a letter to the Kerry County Board in 1901 informing them that Glin were suspended and Kerry teams were not to play us. Around this time, Glin were often invited to play in tournaments against the likes of Listowel, Ballylongford and Castleisland and it is indeed conceivable that the Limerick Board sent the letter as they were concerned that Glin might decide to enter North Kerry championship. Who know what would have happened if such a decision had been taken! In any case, Glin returned to play in the West Championship of 1902.