On the 7th September 1994 a meeting was called in Godley’s Hotel, Fenit with the aim of establishing a soccer club in the village.
A senior team was entered in Division 5 of the Kerry District League and with the help of a local farmer who allowed them the use of a field, Fenit Samphires FC, began to compete with other clubs in Kerry. The Samphires finished third from bottom that season. An under 16 team was also registered with the Kerry Schoolboys that year.
The following year Tralee Harbour Board was approached and agreed to give the club an annual 11 month lease on 2.4 acres in the High Field. At the time, this piece of land was unimaginable as a smooth playing surface. With a common aim the community of Fenit joined with club members and players, and through sheer hard work and dedication created the playing pitch known and loved by all in Fenit as ‘Samphire Park’.
Throughout the next 20 years the Samphires have progressed and become a force to be reckoned with in Kerry soccer. The senior team battled their way up through the divisions and in the 04/05 season were finally promoted to the Premier Division. Not only the senior team have experienced success. The Samphires’ schoolboys teams have, over the years, found themselves up against some of the great club names in Irish soccer and on many occasions have gained the upper hand. In the 00/01 season the under 16 team earned the privilege of playing Shamrock Rovers and beat them 1-0 in front of a huge home crowd at Samphire Park. Home Farm and Sligo Rovers are two of the more prominent Irish clubs that have made the journey to the hallowed turf of Samphire Park. In the 02/03 season the Samphires’ youth team reached the final of the FAI Youths Cup but lost out on the title by a single goal when they played Tolka Rovers in Dublin. This youths campaign was a shining example of how the Samphires binds together local communities under the one banner.
You can see a list of the club’s honours here.
It is testament to the commitment of club managers, committee members and players that so many players travel so regularly to Samphire Park to represent the club. The continued running of the club can be wholly attributed to those who give up a large amount of their time freely to the club in order to fulfill coaching and administrative duties.
Structure of Fenit Samphires 2020/2021
Chairman: Dave Stanton
Vice-Chairperson: Mary Kelly
Secretary: Hazel Kelly
Treasurer: Batt McCarthy
P.R.O.: Dave Stanton/John McCann
Child Welfare Officer: Hazel Kelly
John O’Carroll, Kevin Deady, John Quilter, Ruairi Kelly, Diarmuid Reilly, John Chute, Ciaran O’Dwyer, John McCann
Under 6 – 10 Academy-Diarmuid Reilly, John Keating, John McCann, Sandra Leahy, Tony Neary, Sean Flaherty, Ronan Falvey, Paudie Whelan, Garry O’Driscoll, Sean O’Shea, Kevin Burns
Under 11 Girls – John McCann, Noel Dillon, Malachy Galvin
Under 11 Boys- John O’Brien, Paul Moloney
Under 12 Boys- John O’Carroll, Sean O’Shea, Kyle Fitzgibbon
Under 13 Girls – John Quilter, Mags McCann
Under13 Boys – Ciarán O’Dwyer, John O’Carroll
Under14 Boys – Dave Stanton, Donnchadh MacGarry, Brian O’Regan
Under 15 Girls – Diarmuid Reilly
Under 15 Boys- John Chute
Under 17 Girls – Artur Nowak
Under 17 Boys – Eoin Burns
Under 18 Boys – Patrick O’Sullivan
Seniors – David Hennessey