Rearcross FC - Celebrating 50th Years of Soccer in Rearcross - 1966 to 2016

Rearcross FC is celebrating 50 years of soccer in Rearcross this summer and below Club history extract, courtesy of Johnny Gleeson is included for reference:
"In 1966 R.T.E. gave extensive television coverage to the World Cup, which didn't please everyone in the country, especially the womenfolk. With just a single channel operating, and only for five or six hours a day, the decision to postpone or cancel regular programmes to accommodate Football's blue riband event was not made easily. Somehow the station managed to find a middle ground, screening as much as possible of the films, soaps etc, whilst also transmitting vital World Cup matches, and later highlights. I think they may have gotten permission to extend somewhat their usual broadcasting hours of those years. It was then soccer really began to catch the imagination of the youth of Rearcross, and Ireland as a whole. The concrete yard behind the creamery was where all the action began, twenty or more boys would gather there every summer's evening from 1966 to 1971. Kick off would be around 7 o'clock, and the only times our faces took on a sad appearance was when the sun began to disappear behind Dinny Kennedy's hill"

Schedule of events is as follows, the Club will also launch a book [Rearcross FC - Celebrating 50 years of Soccer in the Slieve Felims] as part of the weekends' activities.

Thursday 21st July - 6:45PM & 8:00PM: Ann Kennedy Tournament Semi-Finals followed by Trad session in Kennedy's

Friday 22nd July - 8:30PM: Mass for Deceased Members followed by Mad Mick in the Congo - Player of the Year Presentations

Saturday 23rd July - 6:30PM: Tournament Final followed by Martin Byrnes in Kennedy's - Tournament Presentations and 50th Commemoration Club Presentations - Club Book Launch at 9:30PM

Sunday 24th July - 5:00PM: Parade led by Thomas MacDonagh Pipe Band from Kennedy’s yard to Rearcross FC Grounds. FAI AGM Delegation including former International players will be in attendance and will join the parade. On arrival at Rearcross FC Grounds, there will be a Plaque Unveiling, Blessing of Walking Track, Medal Presentation to U-14 League Winners, Veteran’s 5 a-side game following by Presentations to veterans in the Rising Sun, Music by Mad Mick commencing 6:00PM and DJ Shane in Kennedy’s Lounge from 8:30PM.