​​​​Fáilte go dtí suíomh idirlín​​​​​​​ CLG Bailedeasmhumhan
Welcome to the official website of Ballydesmond GAA. Ballydesmond is a small rural parish with a current population of approximately 900 people. ​It is in the diocese of Kerry but more than half ​the parish is in Co. Cork because the river Blackwater, which separates the two counties, rises in the parish and flows by the village.  The parish is situated in Sliabh Luachra, a district situated between Killarney and the Cork border, and famous for its unique culture.  The music, song, poetry and storytelling of the Ballydesmond area is known far and wide. Until 1888 the parish was part of Kilmeen/Boherbue but on Rosary Sunday Oct. 1888, Fr. Denis J.O'Riordan took up residence in Glounreigh as first Parish Priest of Ballydesmond.  Until the 1930's the parish and village were known as Kingwilliamstown, the name the place received when built as a model village in 1832.
However at midnight on January 1, 1952 it became officially known as Ballydesmond.  The new name was chosen because of the association with the Earl of Desmond. Football, traditional music, dancing, singing and playing cards was the main sporting and cultural outlets. This history and ​​tradition is ingrained in the GAA clubs fabric.
The club was founded in 1964 and offi​​cially a GAA club in 1965. We enjoyed significant success over the five decades. Our club celebrated our Golden Jubilee with the publication in 2014 of "From the Paddocks to Jones Road". This book includes articles from players and officials, past and present, and a large selection of photographs, some of which were never previously published. 

This website outlines the role of the GAA club in the life of the area, how the Nora Herlihy Park, Handball club and the Community Centre were developed.  This site is a testament to the parish residents who have grown the Ballydesmond GAA club from strength to strength over the past 50 years. We commend them for their efforts.

Features of this site.....​
  • A live feed of up to date of club and local activities on the twitter feature.

  • A l​ink to our 50th Anniversary publication - ​'From The Paddocks to Jones' Road
  • Information and Photos on various aspects of our club - facilities etc.​

  • Copy of our Club Plan and other official documents​

  • Information on other Ballydesmond Clubs and Community Groups

  • Links to both Kerry GAA and Cork GAA​ websites​​​​​





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