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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
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.