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VIDEO: Watch Kilmacabea footballers march into Leap with the Mick McCarthy Cup

Wednesday, 13th September, 2017 12:41pm

Story by Kieran McCarthy
VIDEO: Watch Kilmacabea footballers march into Leap with the Mick McCarthy Cup

Kilmacabea's heroic footballers walk through Leap village with the Mick McCarthy Cup on Sunday night.


This is what 129 years of waiting for South West Junior A Football Championship glory looks and sounds like.

Forget Mayo’s wait since 1951 for the Sam Maguire, Kilmacabea’s wait for the South West JAFC crown stretched back far longer than that!

But on Sunday, the famine was ended.

Kilmacabea beat Kilbrittain to win the South West JAFC crown for the first time in the club’s 129-year history, and on Sunday night its football heroes marched into the village of Leap with the cup as their special guest.

Club chairman Dan Hourihane – uncle to Aston Villa and Ireland midfielder Conor Hourihane – was at the head of the parade in his car, announcing the arrival of Kilmacabea’s newest legends. Supporters thronged Leap village to welcome home their heroes and kickstart a party that this West Cork village had never seen before!

Thanks to Kilmac supporter Barry Glavin for the video.

Don’t miss Thursday’s Southern Star for a five-page special on Kilmacabea’s big win!


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