Unbridled joy for impressive Kilshannig footballers after first title since 1996

Unbridled joy for impressive Kilshannig footballers after first title since 1996
Kilshannig's Eanna O'Hanlon wins the ball from St James' Kevin O'Brien. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

SUNDAY, November 10 is a day which those associated with Kilshannig are sure to remember for some time to come.

This was the date where the club won their first Cork Junior A Football championship title since 1996.

Joy was unquestionably the overwhelming emotion when this reporter walked across the pitch from our vantage point in the press box in Páirc Uí Rinn at the full time whistle.

Kilshannig players, backroom staff and supporters were basking in the glow of their success on the hallowed Cork turf for a good while after the trophy presentation.

The Echo caught up with Kilshannig shot-stopper Colm O’Dea, who as you would imagine, was over the moon.

“It is great to stand here with the parish and everyone around celebrating. They don’t come around that often.

“We have waited 23 years to have a night like this, so it is brilliant.

“This is my 19th year of it and it was a long time waiting for anything like this. There was numerous years we struggled to come out of North Cork.

“But to be up here in Páirc Uí Rinn celebrating a County championship is just brilliant.” 

Right from the outset of this final, their hunger to succeed was in very clear evidence.

Kilshannig have proven to be a very well drilled outfit right throughout this championship campaign.

That also was to be the case when it mattered most here in the decider. The scenes after the final whistle showcased how much winning the Cork JAFC title means to a club like Kilshannig.

“We never put a target on anything this year,” stated O’Dea.

“We just go out to win every game.

“We are lucky enough that we have a great bunch of lads, they drive it on whatever the team we are playing and whatever the competition.

“We get fantastic support anywhere we play. They travel everywhere following us.

“It is great for them to have a night like tonight, just to celebrate and everyone coming together.

“The parish is on a high. It is just fantastic the flags and the bunting. The colours are brilliant “Everyone has bought into it, the whole parish and the whole team. So it is just brilliant,” added O’Dea.

Although Sunday night and Monday are sure to be put aside at for celebrations, Kilshannig now have a Munster Junior quarter final to look forward to.

“We’ll celebrate tonight, might have a few Monday and probably back to training on Tuesday," O'Dea described.

“So we will put the heads down and drive on during the week. Whoever we play next week, we will just take it one step at a time again.” 

Na Gaeil of Kerry await in the last eight of Munster now for Kilshannig. That game is fixed for Saturday afternoon next.

With the clash also due to take place at a venue in Cork, Kilshannig will hope for another big support to come out and help drive them on.

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