'Watch the Short Kickout!'
is the title of the Galtee Rovers club history launched at Bansha on Saturday night by the President of the G.A.A., Christy Cooney. The sub-title of the book is 'A History of Gaelic Games in Bansha and Kilmoyler 1885-2010' by Seamus McCarthy and Liam Bergin.
Originally intended for publication in the year of the club's centenary, numerous impediments prevented it happening and eventually the club, driven by the chairman of the history committee, Liam Bergin, were determined to bring it out on the 125th anniversary of the club.
Last Saturday's launch was the culmination of that effort and this handsome production of 420 pages, printed by Lion Print, does justice to a proud and distinguished club.
But this is more than a mere sporting history. It's a social history of the parish that profiles some of the historical characters who were born or lived within its bounds.
Such include saints and scholars, including St. Peacaun, John Cullinane, St. George McCarthy, Darby Ryan, Ben O'Hickey, Canon Hayes and John Moloney, among others.
Athletics played a major part in the history of the parish and are covered in detail as well, of course, as the achievements of the club in hurling and football.
MC for the night was club chairman, Noel Browne, and the speakers included Liam Bergin, West board chairman, Roger Kennedy, county board chairman, Barry O'Brien, Patron of the G.A.A., Dr. Clifford and the author, Seamus McCarthy, as well as the president of the G.A.A.
The decision to hold the launch in the clubhouse, the McGrath Centre, worked a treat with a large crowd of parishioners present.
Side by side with the launch was an exhibitions of club photographs. It was a great night for the Galtee Rovers club and the members now have a fine record of their impressive achievements, which will entertain and inform them and their descendants for years to come.