About Drumalee GFC

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Our First Team.

On the 19th January, 1935, the Anglo-Celt recorded the birth of Drumalee club as follows:

At a meeting of the newly formed club the following officers were appointed: Messrs. P. Caffrey, Chairman; O. Kellegher, Vice-Chairman; B.Higgins and P. Mulvanny, Joint Secretaries; P. Sheridan, Treasurer. Committee: T. Sharkey, J. Higgins, J. Reilly, A. O'Brien, C. O'Reilly, P. Welsh, P. Smith, T. Walsh, M. Clerkin.

Tommie Walsh, whose memories go back into the 'twenties when he played with Drumbo and when, with his brothers, Paddy and Frank, he won two hurling championships with Ballyhaise, recalled how the club happened to start. It grew out of an informal meeting at Drumalee Cross where it was decided to start a club. This was followed by a more formal meeting in Flood's shed nearby and the above commmittee was appointed.

The club was affiliated at the 1935 county convention and Charlie O'Reilly, Drumherrish, was its delegate to the county board. That year it entered a club in the junior championship which was run on a home and away league basis. Lacken, Kilmore, Butlersbridge and Ashgrove were in their division.

The first outing of the club was against Lacken. They wore all-white jersies and were afterwards frequently referred to in match reports as the 'Lily Whites'-a title applied to the famous Kildare team of the 'twenties and early 'thirties. They were hand-knitted woolen jersies and one old veteran who wore this white jersey with distinction recalled that on a hot day 'you would suffocate in it and after it was washed once or twice it wouldn't fit a child'.

They got off to a good start beating Lacken by 1-4 to 1-1 in what the Anglo-Celt described as a 'bright clean game'. The first Drumalee team was drawn from: H. Smith, P. Dowd, J. Cox, P. Newman, J. Murray, P. Mulvanny, M. Clerkin, T. Dolan, J. O'Donohue, P. Walsh, V. Mulvanny, P. Neary, T. Walsh, J. Greenan, A. Sharkey, B. Lee, P. Cahill.

The most successful year in the club's history was in 1969 when they won the Intermediate League and Championship and earned promotion to senior ranks for the first time. They defeated a fancied Arva team in the Championships by 1-9 to 1-6.

A large crowd turned up in bad weather for the final on the 5th December. They were rewarded with plenty of good football despite the bad conditions.

Drumalee were a point behind at half-time after playing against the wind. They served up great football in the second half to win by 1-9 to 1-6.

Team: P. Lyons, J. Browne, S. Fay, T. Smith, S. McCauley, M. Smith, J. O'Keeffe, A. Monson, M. Greenan, F. Walsh, F. McCauley, T. McCauley, D. O'Keeffe, D. Fay.