SYMPATHY – Former Runai East Kerry Board – Denis Fenton R.I.P

We extend sympathy on the passing away of Denis Fenton, to his wife Kathleen, sons Mark and Damian, relatives and friends.

In recognition of the outstanding contribution to East Kerry GAA and the very high regard in which Denis was held, he was inducted into the East Kerry GAA Hall of Fame in 2012. Having played with his beloved club, Denis served as club Secretary until 1966. Denis then served as Runaí of the East Kerry Board for 7 years between 1967 and 1974, a period when they brought about huge changes despite tough times in the affairs of the Board. Finance was scarce, competitions often were not finished on time and there was a high incidence of objections and such difficulties to be overcome. Cometh the hour, cometh the man. Denis set about a programme of fundraising and change. “Tops of the Clubs” was organised and proved to be a great financial success. Scór was started and, most significantly, the O’Donoghue Cup, East Kerry Senior Championship, competition was changed from a league basis to a knockout competition. Strong foundations were laid on which today stands a strong East Kerry Board and the East Kerry teams had great success on the field of play during Denis tenure as Runai of the Board. The East Kerry Senior team won 4 Senior County Championship titles in a row, the East Kerry Minor team won the Minor County Championship and the Senior team won the Inaugural All Ireland Club Championship. It is very fitting therefore, that the Board pay tribute to his great work and achievements for East Kerry and Denis Fenton was most fittingly admitted to the East Kerry Hall of Fame. Sadly Denis passed away in April 2015. His wife Kathleen, sons Damian and Mark can be very proud of the outstanding achievements and legacy which Denis had left. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

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