Meath has always been known as the Royal County on account of it being the fifth, or middle kingdom and, traditionally, the seat of the old High Kings of Ireland. Nowadays, Meath is much smaller than it was in mythical times but the only kingdom left is now the Kingdom of Kerry.
With all of the arguments and wars over who was the rightful king, the cute people of Kerry elect a new king every year – and to avoid arguments – its a goat! Yes, folks, every year at the Puck Fair in Kilorglin, Co Kerry, they elect a big Puck (or Billy) goat as their king and crown him in Killorglin. In Irish, this translates as Aonach an Phoic, meaning “Fair of the He-Goat”, ‘poc’ being the irish for a male goat – be careful about how you pronounce this!
So, the nearest thing to royalty in the Kingdom of Kerry nowadays are the heroes of old who wore the famous green and gold jersey of Kerry. Seamus Moynihan and John Crowley fit this description, with 11 SF All-Ireland and 16 Munster SF medals between them.
Seamus Moynihan and John Crowley along with Michael O’ Mahony of Rentokil (Sponsor of World Welly Run)
As can be seen from the above photo, local Glenflesk legends Seamus Moynihan and John Crowley along with Michael O’ Mahony of Rentokil have already been warming up for their Club’s Guinness world record attempt. Will it be a manic dash over 1km, or a gentile walk through a small section of the picturesque National Park in Killarney ? The participants have a choice.
The big day is on Sunday 11 May and we are all hopeful that the good folk of Killarney and all the glens around will be at the INEC. Killarney to help us break the Guinness world record of 1,976 participants – achieved by the City of Ketchikan, in Ketchikan, Alaska, on 18th May 2013. No mention is made of a ‘time’ for 1,000m in wellies, but we must assume that Tyler Nutter (who won the race) ran like the the wind.
For those not familiar with the two men in ‘civilian clothing’ above, perhaps the photo’s and sporting biographies below will remind you of the many achievements of these two Glenflesk men in their glory days.
Seamus is a former Kerry footballer from Shronedarraugh, a townland half way between Barraduff and Glenflesk. He had a long and distinguished playing career, making appearances for St Brendan’s College, Glenflesk, East Kerry, University College Cork, Institute of Technology Tralee, Kerry Minor, U21 and Senior teams, Munster Railway Cup side and Ireland International Rules Football team. He was a long-serving member of the Kerry Senior Football Panel from 1992 to 2006.
During his long career, Séamus Moynihan won four All-Ireland medals, three National Leagues, nine Munster championship medals, four Sigerson Cup medals, three GAA All-Stars, one Railway Cup medal and one Division 2 title.
He also won three county championship medals with East Kerry and captained his country in the International Rules series.
John Crowley is another famous Kerry footballer who played with with the Glenflesk and Bishopstown clubs, East Kerry divisional side and Kerry county team at both Junior and Senior level.
With the East Kerry team, Crowley won three consecutive Kerry Senior Football Championship titles from 1997 to 1999, starring on the side along with fellow Glenflesk and Kerry player Séamus Moynihan. He was was a replacement for Kerry when they won the Munster SF Championship in 1996. John went on to win another six Munster SF titles – starting in four final victories and appearing as a sub in three others. The winning years were 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 03 and 2004. Kerry were beaten by Cork in 1999 and 2002.
During John’s career with Kerry at senior level, they also won the National Football League in 1997 and 2004, and they won the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship in 1997, 2000 and 2004. Crowley also appeared for the Munster provincial selection in four Railway Cup matches. He also played with the Irish international rules team in 2001.
John Crowley was the Kerry captain in 1999, selected for the All-Stars team in 2000 and 2001. He has also won Munster and All-Ireland medals at Vocational Schools level with Kerry, as well as an All Ireland Junior Championship in 1994.
It will be interesting to see how these two men perform in wellies on Sunday 11 May at the Guinness world record “welly race” at Killarney.
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