The founding date for Ballyduff GAA is uncertain probably somewhere between 1887-1888. It was one of the first hurling clubs in the county. The Club was represented at the first Co Board meeting held in Tralee on November 17th, 1888 by club delegates Jim Mc Donnell and Jack Callaghan.Discover More
Ballyduff Football Club was set up in 1911 and played their first game on April 23rd v Ballyconry as part of a doubleheader in a fund-raising game with Ballyduff playing Kilmoyley in hurling Ballyduff lost by 2 pts. The first success recorded was in 1944 when they won the North Kerry minor Championship defeating Listowel in the final, they retained their title the following year.Read More
In the early days training took place in fields kindly lent by local farmers which was greatly appreciated at the time. In the early fifties two fields were offered for sale, on the property of the late Jim McDonnell who was one of the men greatly responsible for the 1891 triumph.
The ‘top field’ was purchased in 1991 from the late Brendan Burke and it proved a massive asset as our playing numbers have soared in the following years. A very generous donation was made by the Krehbiel family, USA, towards the purchase price and development. Many thanks to Kathleen Krehbiel (nee Kirby) for their very generous gesture. It needed only minor alterations and a small spectator stand was built.
The ball wall and astro turf pitch was built 2019 and this has been a wonderful development which is providing very popular with all age groups.
1891 was indeed a year of glory - Ballyduff won their first County Senior Hurling Championship and went on to win for Kerry, its only Munster and All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship to date.
Ballyduff would go on to win the County Senior Hurling Championship a record equalling 25 times alongside many Minor & North Kerry Championships.