Club Notes Week 47 2020   23/11/2020


On Saturday last Dr. Crokes remembered the 100 year anniversary of Bloody Sunday. The national flag was flown at half-mast. This evening our two floodlit areas were in full light. At dusk, a small gathering lit a candle in our clubhouse. Club President Jackie Looney was assisted by Teddy Counihan, on behalf of his aunt, Margaret O'Leary in lighting the candle and placing it on display in one of the windows in the presence of Club Chairman Patrick O'Sullivan. Club Patron Donie Sheahan was unable to attend and sent his apologies. The link with CrokePark through Teddy Counihan and Margaret O'Leary is through Teddy's grandfather and Margaret's father "Small" Jer O'Leary, who was instrumental in buying Croke Park. 

DR CROKES IN 1920 In 1920, Dr. Crokes led the roll of honour with 4 Kerry SFC titles, 1901 and then the 3 in a row 1912/13/14. Dr. Crokes are still top of the leader board in the number of Kerry SFC titles won, (13) ahead of A. Stacks and East Kerry. 

In 1914 Dr. Crokes and Kerry star, Dick Fitzgerald published the first book on Coaching in the GAA, ‘How to play Gaelic Football’. 

The War of Independence started in 1919 with the Irish Volunteers active nationwide, including Killarney. Dr. Crokes was the only GAA club in town and with club football suspended in reality, until 1924, many of the Dr. Crokes’ players spent their time drilling with the local members of the Irish Volunteers. The Kerryman reported on July 3rd, “For the past few days, the Killarney Volunteers have assumed the duties of preserving law and order in the town and district. So far their efforts have met with considerable success as undesirables in the town have been forced to leave the town”. 

The Black and Tans came to Ireland in March 1920 and the Auxiliaries in August 1920. A combination of these entered Croke Park on November 21, 1920, and shot dead a reported 14 people, including 3 children. Many more were wounded. This was in retaliation for the shooting dead of a reported 13 British Intelligence Officers and one civilian earlier that morning. Michael Collins’ notorious ‘Squad’ killed, or fatally wounded those 14 people. 

Sunday, November 21, 1920, is remembered as Bloody Sunday. That happened 100 years ago this weekend. 

On to today in 2020, GAA clubs nationwide are urged by CrokePark authorities to light a candle in their homes from dusk in memory of those killed and wounded in Croke Park, Bloody Sunday, November 21, 1920. Despite the political turmoil, there weren’t lockdown restrictions in Killarney in 1920, unlike Covid -19, as we have it at present. No football in 1920 and the shops were open. 

In the autumn of 1920, there was a pay dispute between the Killarney drapers and their employees. The dispute of illegal assembly was referred to the then Minister for Labour, Countess Markievicz, Dáil Éireann. 

Dr. Crokes did not resume club football again until 1924. 

PRESENTATION MONASTERY We urge all members and supporters to support the present fundaising drive by the Presentation Monastery. many of our members and supporters received their early education in this establishement and their has been a long and historical link between the Dr. Crokes club and the MON. 

CALLING ALL DR CROKE U6, U8 and U10 MEMBERS.  You are asked to submit a drawing/painting of a winter scene.  These will be used to create a card to be sent with a letter from the club to more senior members, who may be living alone or isolating.  You may also include a brief message.  Please submit your drawing by email to or drop it into Vincent Casey, 8 New Market Lane, Killarney,  V93 WC59.  Last date for receipt of submissions is 1 December.  This is a Dr Crokes' Healthy Club initiative. 

LOTTO draw took place on Monday November 23rd numbers drawn were 8, 11, 12, 14.  1 JACKPOT €6,500  not won   8 Patrons matched 3  numbers  and receive €50.

Jackpot for draw on November 30th  will be €6,500 

We are calling on all members to support our weekly lotto as this represents one of the main sources of revenue for the club. With activity likely to recommence on the fields over the next few weeks we need people’s support to maintain our facilities in Lewis’s Road. We have made a number of alterations to make things easier for members to play the easiest one being to play it online by following the link below And follow instructions attached
When you click on the link it brings you to the Clubforce Main page. From here click Club name Dr. Crokes Gaa. This brings you to another page that you again put in Dr. Crokes, which in turn brings you to the Dr.Crokes home page. From here click lotto and the rest follows on. Alternatively download the Clubforce app,

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