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KGAA - 1889 - The Killoveragh GAA is formed!

posted 3 Nov 2014, 10:14 by Garret Byrne
Kinvara GAA was formed in 1889 when the Gaels of all the parish joined together to form a new club called "The Killoveragh Club", named after the ancient name of the parish.

As previously discussed, there was once four teams in the parish - Kinvara, Doorus, Killina and Northampton. It would appear that Northampton, Killina and Kinvara would have united first under the name of Kinvara, and then it was left for the combining with Doorus.

On April 12th 1889 after mass at St. Ciarans Church in Doorus, a delegation from Kinvara were accompanied by the popular and patriotic CC of the parish, Rev Fr. Michael Tully, with a view to unite and organise a hurling club composing of the young men of the whole parish. The Kinvara delegation consisted of a James Kilkelly and Michael O'Donohue. 
Fr. Tully addressed the male portion of the congregation in forcible language and pointed out the utter folly of having two separate teams. He asked the men of Doorus to go up and establish a hurling club with the men of Kinvara. 
Shortly later at 3:30pm, another meeting was held in a field near Kinvara village. It is possible that the field in question was that one at the top of the Moy Road, where the old windmill is. It was agreed to form a new club and the first officers of the club were elected. Both men of Doorus and Kinvara were unanimous in calling the new club "The Killoveragh" Club, after the ancient name of the parish. The first officers of the club elected on that day were as follows - John Curtin, Doorus was elected President, Michael Huban, Doorus as Treasurer, Michael O'Donohue, Kinvara as Vice-President, and James Kilkelly, Kinvara, as Secretary.   
125 years later and its 2014 and the club is going from strength to strength. The name "Killoveragh" may not have actually caught on from an early stage, but Kinvara GAA is a proud entity that owes much to the Gaels of 1889 and their passion and spirit for our heritage and culture.