Ardfert Football Club honoured by Council

Released: 12 June 2008

High praise for double All-Ireland winners

The achievements of Ardfert Football Club in winning back to back All-Ireland Club titles, was recognised by Kerry County Council on Tuesday night, June 12, when a civic reception was hosted in their honour in the Council Chambers.

The Ardfert club, who captured the 2005/2006 All-Ireland Junior Club title, and followed it up with the All-Ireland Intermediate Club title the following year, caught the attention of football followers all over Ireland.

In the process the club also rose rapidly through County League ranks, with four successive promotion campaigns seeing them rise from Division Five in 2003, to Division One in 2007, as well as attaining Senior Championship status.

And it has been their Championship successes which have really caught the eye, with Ardfert going unbeaten in club championship competitions from 2005, right through to last weekend, when Feale Rangers took their highly prized scalp in the County Senior Championship.

Mayor of Kerry, Cllr Ted Fitzgerald, paid tribute to their amazing success, pointing out that they had captured the imagination of sporting followers all over the county.

“The success of the Ardfert footballers has been one of fairytale proportions, and with each victory, they gathered more and more support,” he said.

“The players have put in a huge effort, and reaped the rewards, but when you look closely at the hard work that goes on behind the scenes, and the terrific support they received from friends, family, neighbours and supporters, you have to say that they fully deserve it.

“For any sporting organisation around the county, Ardfert Football Club are a shining example of the heights that can be achieved through hard work, belief and dedication.”

County Manager Tom Curran also paid tribute to the unsung heroes, whose groundwork ensured that such success could happen.

“The role of officials, underage coaches and mentors is often overshadowed by the exploits of those who perform on the field,” he said.

“But these volunteers play a crucial role in coaching youngsters, organising matches, bringing players through the ranks and instilling the skills, confidence and character that is necessary to win All-Ireland titles.”

Kerry County Council, Co. Buildings, Rathass, Tralee

Phone: (066) 718 3500     Email: info@kerrycoco.ie

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