School Boys

In the 1980's the Club were to the forefront in promoting and developing the game at under-age level. Boys were given good tuition on the various skills of the game and time has provded that they responded. Rathkeale were also fortunate that there were a lot of talented kids around. With a proper schoolboy structure in place, it meant a system was established whereby, an under-age team would play to the same style as your A side.

This had the added benefit that a young lad could step straight in from schoolboy to youth to junior football, only lacking in experience.

In the 1980's and 90's County titles at Schoolboy level were won with regular monopoly and there was a thirst to progress onto the Junior stage.

Apart from winning County titles, the Club contested an Under-14 All-Ireland Quarter Final where Home Farm were victorious at Tolka Park. In 1992 Belvedere defeated our Under-17's in the All-Ireland Semi-Final, a superb achievement for a rural Ireland Club.

Some of the schoolboys who started at that level and did so at Junior level with equal success would include: The Woulfes, Riordans, Verekers, Paul Lynch, Paul Ruttle, Pat Madigan, Brian Mullins, Ollie Byrnes, Kieran Duggan, Kenny Hogan, Niall Ryan, The Donovans, Hogans, Peter O'Connor, Pat Reidy, William Daly, McNamara's the Haughs etc etc.

Throughout the 90's rarely a season passed by that by a trophy at either Junior or Schoolboy level did not come to the Club.

Special mention should go to our A team who won the Desmond League Premier Title three years in succession (twice winning League & Cup doubles) under the management of William Daly ('Chilly) and Timmy O'Sullivan in seasons 1995-97.