Kerry All-Ireland Senior Football Champions 1924
On April 26th 1925 Kerry and Dublin lined up for the 1924 All-Ireland Final at Croke Park. Kerry had not won an All-Ireland trophy for ten years.
Previously Dublin had made objections concerning Dick Fitzgerald. Who referred the Dublin Mayo semi final and the Dublin supporters claimed he was biased in favour of Mayo.
Therefore by the time the match was played there was no love lost between the two teams. The final insult just before the match came from the Dublin Captain Paddy McDonell stating that “ Kerry hadn’t an earthly chance of beating them.”
This did not frighten Kerry, their trainer Dr Eamon O`Sullivan and team captain Phil O`Sullivan were confident that Kerry would win another championship. They were hungry for another All-Ireland.
Admission to the covered stand was five shillings, heavy rain fell all that morning but by the start of the game the rain had cleared and the sun was shinning.
The Killarney Pipes band lead in Kerry and the Dublin Transport Workers Brass and Reed Band played in front of the Dublin team.
The 1924 All-Ireland Final turned out to be one of the toughest and nail biting finals for years. Neither team gave any quarter and it was catch and kick from end to end. Kerry where on the attack when the final whistle was blown and the two exhausted teams shook hands and congratulated each other. Kerry had beaten the reigning All-Ireland Champions 0-4 to 0-3. After ten years they where once again The Kingdom.
Back: D.J. Baily, T. Costelloe, J. Prendergast, E. Moriarity, R. Stack, J. Ryan, E. Fitzgerald, Jer Moriarity, M. Galvin, John Baily, M.J. Hanifin, P. Foley.
Middle: Dr.E. O’Sullivan (Trainer), J. Sheehy, J. Walsh, J.Murphy, W. Landers, D. O’Connell, P. Russell, J.J. Sheehy, Jer McElistrim (Selector), Dr. D.J. Callaghan. Front: T. O’Connor, J. McCarthy, Con Brosan, Miss Farrington, Phil O’Sullivan (Captain), Mrs. J. McCarthy, J. Barrett, J.M. Collins, J. Hannafin, Gounnd: Jim Baily, J. Slattery.
Size: 450mm x 320mm (17 3/4” x 12 1/2”)