If, and it’s a pretty massive if, you are at a loose end on December 26, there is one place you can go for some Gaelic football.
The North Kerry Divisional final between Castleisland Desmonds and Ballyduff finished all square at 1-11 apiece over the weekend.
That means that the replay will take place on Boxing Day. And the mad thing is that people from every corner of North Kerry couldn’t be happier with the prospect, as bringing games right up to that date is a badge of honour for Kerry football folk.
Anyone who is interested in Gaelic football will be interested in Kerry football. There are Kerry obsessives who have adored the county for decades. But even among that number, there is a huge portion who can never understand how the County Championships work in Kerry.
How come there is a North Kerry final being played weeks after Austin Stacks and Kieran Donaghy won the Kerry Championship?
Fear not, though, for I am here to talk you through it.
First of all, you have your Club Championship. This is played for with your club, at your various levels.
I am going to use David Clifford as the example here. In the Club Championship, he would play at the appropriate grade for his club, Fossa.
Then you have the County Championship. This is for senior clubs, and representative teams. These are comprised of teams of players from intermediate and junior teams.
There is North, South, East, West and Mid-Kerry teams. Then there are teams called St Brendan’s, Shannon Rangers, Feale Rangers and so on that are for different pockets of land.
In this, Clifford plays for East Kerry.
Finally, you have your Divisional Championships — East, West, South and North.
You play for your club, and it is an open Championship in that grades do not apply. Clifford will be back with Fossa for this.
Don’t say I’m not good to you.