THE 1912 COUNTY FINAL, ATHY

by jdurney on April 13, 2012

The 1912 County Final, Athy.

By Frank O’Brien

The 1912 County Final: Roseberry (Newbridge) 2-6 Monasterevin 1-2

This was the first County Final to be played with teams made up of fifteen players. Roseberry, now Sarsfields, was the most prominent team of the early part of the 20th century in the county. Between 1904 and 1912 the club contested nine finals losing only one to Monasterevin in 1911 by 1-2 to 0-2. They also contested the 1910 Final which Monasterevin lost by 1-3 to 1-1. Both these finals were played under the seventeen- player-a-side rule. The 1912 Final was the last to be played in Athy.

Teams:

Roseberry: Jack Fitzgearld, Tom Keogh, Jack Murray,
“Sparrow” Farrelly, James Kelly, M .Donnelly.
J. Carey(Capt), “Sucky” O’Rourke, T.F.Boyhan
“Pip” Leahy, M. Kennedy, J. Grady.
“Joyce” Conlan, J. Scott.

Monasterevin: T. Regan, Pat Lawler, C. Ryan.
Tom Shinkins, S. Martin, Jack Cash,
M.Donohue, J. Brennan, R. Dowling.
Joe Regan, Tom Regan, Pat Byrne,
N. Dowling, R. Dowling, D. Coughlan

In 1912 the first county final with fifteen-aside was played in Athy. Our thanks to Athy historian, Frank O’Brien

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