Firies/Ballyhar GAA Club. The Parish is made up of Ballyhar, Farranfore and Firies. Clubs colours: Sky blue. Club Grounds: Pairc Eamon


County players

In most cases, players from the parishes of Firies, Farranfore, and Ballyhar who won All Ireland medals did so while playing for outside clubs. Eugene O'Sullivan of Firies Castle was the first man from the parish to not only play for but captain the Kerry team. As a member of Dr. Crokes he captained Kerry from 1902 to 1904 and was unlucky to have missed out on a medal with the 1903 team because the final was not played until 1905. He served as Chairman of Kerry Co. Board from 1903 to 1908 as well as serving as delegate to both Munster and central councils. It was during his Chairmanship that Kerry won its first All Ireland title.

In 1905 three men from the parish made history by helping to win the delayed 1903 final. They were Jack Myers, Dan McCarthy and Dan Buckley. All three won medals in 1904.

Paddy Breen of Molahiffe as a member of the Dr. Crokes played in the replay of the Dr Crokes cup against Louth in 1913. The drawn game was the first time that teams were reduced to 15 a side. In 1914 Paddy played in the drawn All Ireland final against Wexford and scored an important goal. Kerry 1-3 Wexford 2-0. The replay on November 29th and Kerry found themselves 6 pts to nil in arrears at half time, however early in the second half Breen scored a goal that put them on the road to victory Kerry 2-3 Wexford 0-6. Another parish connection with those games was Pat "Aeroplane" O'Shea who ruled the middle of the field.

Jack Cronin of Rathcommane won Junior All Ireland medals in 1903 and 1915 as a player and again in 1924 as a sub. He was reputed to be a tough gutsy player.

Bill Sheehan of Farranfore, father of John J., won a Junior medal in 1915.

In 1931 Ned O'Mahony won a minor All Ireland as corner back. He was a product of Tralee CBS with whom he won a Munster Colleges title. 1933 saw the parish represented by Brian Cronin of Firies Cross and Kerry won the minor title.

John J. Sheehan played minor in 1946 and '47 winning 2 Munster medals and an All Ireland medal in 1946. He won senior All Ireland medals in 1953 and '55 and played for Munster in 1952 and '54. In 1950 the parish had 3 players on the Kerry minor team that won the All Ireland Donie Marcus O'Neill was goalkeeper, Mick Galwey from Molahiffe was corner back and Liam Sheehan brother of John J was an official sub. Marcus won a medal (sub) in 1953 and a Munster Junior 1958. Mike Galwey won a Munster Junior in 1959. Austin McMahon who was a brilliant under age player won Munster minor medals in 1957 and 1958.

Fr. Joe Quirke Rossmore played Kerry minor. Niall Flynn as goalkeeper won a Munster minor medal in 1979. Cyril Morris played wing back for the minors in 1986. The following played for the County Vocational Schools team. John O'Donoghue 1955/56, Ted Aherne 1965, Tom Murphy 1984, Charlie McCarthy, All Ireland medal winner 1986, Michael O'Sullivan Rath 1986 and '87 Eamonn Kennedy 1988 and '89 and Brendan O'Sullivan, Coolroe 1989.

Hurling is a game not readily associated with Firies, but as far back as the first decade of the century Eugene O'Sullivan was playing with Killarney and surely 1988 will go into the record books when the club had 3 members on the Kerry Minor team that won the Leinster "B" Championship, Bill Horgan, Farranfore, Seamus O'Brien, Firies and Jerry O'Sullivan, Killeagh. Owen O'Sullivan Farranfore played U14 Hurling with Kerry in 1986