Shannon & Deel

The early to mid-80's saw Rathkeale having two Junior Clubs, namely Shannon Utd and Deel Utd. Whereas both had a degree of success and the respective committees did trojan work to promote and develop the game, in hindsight it was very much a game of divide and conquer.

Under the astute guidance of former curate Fr. Tony O'Keeffe, the meeting of the waters took place in 1986 and nobody has looked back since. Neilie Hogan was a very popular choice as chairman and he was surrounded by a group of deternined and eager young men who included Mike Walsh, Pa Sheahan, Jimmy Fitzgerald, Peter Mullins, Noel Hertnett, Mike Hogan, Mike Gallagher, John Coleman, Jonny Roche, Jack Lyons, Frank Lynch amongst others.

In that historic first year Rathkeale had four Junior teams, namely Rathkeale A.B.C. & D subsequently, this became three teams which nevertheless is unprecedented locally. Each of these Junior sides have collected many trophies in the interim.

In the season 1987-88 Rathkeale won the Second Division and Munster Junior Cup (local winners) and this was a major boost to the new Club. Prominent players were Brendan O'Connor, John Conmy, Edmond Dollery, Noel Kennedy, Pat Reidy, Eddie Geaney and Kieran O'Shea and a youthful Seamus Dollery. In the following season Rathkeale were crowned Desmond League Champions for the second occasion, with all the aforementioned to the fore.

Since then, the Club has gone from strength to strength, annexing upwards on 20 major trophies at junior level and many many more at schoolboy level.