Notice Board; 1. I wished all involved in the Eastern Harps Club a
great day on Saturday as they officially open their fine new dressing rooms. It
is a fine building and a credit to the community and those involved. It puts in
place a great facility for future generations of Eastern Harps GAA and also the
community in the region. I have great memories of many of those Eastern Harps
lads especially the Ballinafad and suburbs contingent!
2. This week-end there is a big calendar of GAA fixtures with at least 7
Round 2 games including Down v Mayo/ Leitrim v Clare and so on. Then
there were the three provincial finals Cork v Kerry on Saturday evening and
Dublin v Meath & the pick of the bunch Donegal v Cavan on Sunday. While I
think Donegal will win this one as they are playing fine football I would like
to see Cavan, that old lion, rise from its slumber. Roscommon will play the
loser of the Ulster Final after they play one of the round two winners from
this week-end. The top teams there include Mayo. Tyrone, Armagh, Monaghan. We
know that we will be playing the winners of the Leinster final between Meath
and Dublin. Roscommon play their first Super 8 game at home which is good on
the 13/14 of July.
3. It may seem odd but if you are a sports nerd then the Ladies Soccer
World Cup is well worthwhile tuning into. It is now down to the knock-out
stages in France. I’ve watched snatches of games such as Brazil v Australia and
Brazil v Italy and they are really great games. There are now about 12 teams or
so in contention with the U.S. being the favourites but not by much. Germany,
Australia, France, England, Japan, Sweden, Norway, Spain, Cameroon and Nigeria
are amongst the other teams. There are certain to be dramatic games with VAR
(Video Assistant Referee) being centre stage. It seems obvious that this World
Cup which will be viewed by millions will contribute to the expansion of the
game for ladies. (Not many years ago there was a pretty limited range of sports
for ladies in this town but now there is Gaelic football, camogie, soccer,
athletics, community games, golf, tennis and so on which is great to see.
Praise too for all those who make this happen).
4. Congratulations to all the recent writing award winners a number of
whom are regulars in that art including John Mulligan. But I’d like to mention
also Shane Tivnan also from Boyle but domiciled for quite a while now in Clann
na nGael country and a great follower of Roscommon football.
5. it was floating around last week that Roscommon’s last time to beat
Mayo and Galway in the Connacht Championship in the same year was 1972. That is
not the case as they defeated Mayo and Galway in ‘77/’78/ ‘79/ ’80 and 2001.
6. Boyle GAA club are in the process of selling their Club Rossie €100
tickets. Club Rossie is a major fund-raiser for Roscommon GAA activity and each
year clubs are asked to sell a specified number of €100 tickets which isn’t too
easy. So if you are willing to assist get in touch.
Recent ‘Spell’ of Sport (It is all sport this week!)
Connacht Final Drama in the Rain
I am a ‘little’ reassured by the suggestion of the writer Camus that
most of what he ever learned about life came from being involved in sport.
While I am not, I should be a pretty learned man now if that mantra held for
everyone. On Sunday last it rained, took time out and then rained again but
though many people got saturated it did not take from the joie de vivre for
Roscommon supporters. The game is framed by the previous game that being
another rainy night in Castlebar which set the standard for last Sunday. The
build-up is part and parcel of these championship games. It even revives
memories of games in Tuam and Castlebar and the old St. Coman’s Park in
Roscommon town of my youth. Every time I pass St. Coman’s Park on my way ‘home’
to Castlecoote I look fondly and sadly now at the remains of St. Coman’s Park.
That was my boyhood Croke Park. Then came actual visits to Croke Park from ’61
onwards to see our heroes Gerry O’Malley, John Oliver Moran, Eamon Curley,
Michéal Shivnan, Aidan Brady, Des Dockery and so on. They lost to a great
Offaly team in ’61 but returned to defeat old forties adversaries Cavan in the
’62 Semi-Final. We hoped for a return to the glory days of the forties but
defeat was again our lot to the great Mick O’Connell and Kerry. A real bright
day in the ‘60s was a great game and victory of the Roscommon U 21 team of 1966
against a fine Kildare team. There were many stars in that team including a
young Dermot Earley and Boyle connections in Pat Clarke and Pat Nicholson, Ray
Sheeran and John Kelly. The seventies produced the great years from ’77 to ’80
when going to Croke Park for big games was routine. That ended on another rainy
day when we went down narrowly to another ‘great’ Kerry team by a narrow
margin. Roscommon had one of its greatest teams those days and ‘what might have
been’ is a regular ache when we revisit those times. Roscommon have regularly
been down but like the ageing boxer they have gotten to their feet as
regularly. And each May or so we dust down the disappointment of the previous
year and head for Carrick –on –Shannon, Castlebar
Salthill, Sligo or Hyde Park for renewal of our vows and see where it
takes us this year. So we arrived at Salthill on Sunday last. It began with an
early start from home knowing well the traffic issues in Galway city and
Salthill itself. For us it was good as we had ‘friends’ living within minutes
of Pearse Stadium. First there was a visit to the Roscommon supporters base on
these occasions in the Galway Bay Hotel. All the familiar faces seemed to be
present and correct and ‘will we?’, ‘what do you think?” and varied
unanswerable questions peppered small talk. It was a moving screen of familiar
faces and me struggling for names for those familiar faces. Eventually game
time and the ten minute walk to the park. It was sunny and warm then.
Would it hold? Getting a seat in the stand seemed to offer cover. The first
half began well but the last ten minutes turned as the rain came down and my
rain gear proved lamentable. The stand roof did not extend to my row! Galway
were cruising in those last minutes and kicking points with ease. Roscommon
supporters were downcast and it was hard to hope. I left immediately at
half time and went to my house abode to dry out and get reorganised. Back to
the battlefield and things on the pitch took a turn for the better. A goal by
Diarmuid Murtagh proved a turning point and from that there was no looking back
as Cormac Cox, Enda, Nialls Daly and Kilroy saw us home. The Roscommon support
re-enacted their Braveheart pitch invasion of 2017 on ‘take two’ and all was
well with the world. The wet clothes seemed to dry in jig time and the traffic
had so many polite drivers waving you out that it was all courtesy and
consideration. The Monday papers were hugely complimentary. Eamon Sweeney
in fine form “Roscommon looked like they were having the time of their lives……You
could have run the national grid off Roscommon’s energy and enthusiasm.
Galway’s wouldn’t have lit a match” followed later by “ At the end the Rossies
stormed the pitch with the unity of purpose in a county small enough for most
of the inhabitants to know each other. And Anthony Cunningham has entered his
house justified.” Dick han's Dick Clerkin in Monday’s Indo also; “Roscommon
have been the story of the 2019 Championship so far and are fast becoming
everyone’s favourite second team”. Michael Clifford in the
Irish Daily Mail referenced Conor Cox’s “logic- defying score in the first
half”. Willie Hegarty in commentary casting his net wide as usual to Rockall “
The catch of the year has been Cormac Cox”. I could add on a free transfer as
well. Others talked of the three Daly brothers who I see as fine individually
but a real ‘force’ together. The ‘back row’ of Roscommon right now.
Looking at the panel of 26 listed in the programme it breaks down as
follow: Michael Glavey’s 6/Pearse’s 5/ Boyle 3/ Strokestown and Fuerty 2 each/
Tulsk, Elphin, Kilbride, Western Gaels, Fáiles, St. Brigid’s, Clann na
nGael and Listowel 1 each. There is material there for
It is fair to say that Roscommon GAA is in a pretty good place right now
and a rising tide is said to raise all
On the week-end of Friday June the 28th Gaultier nicknamed 'The Barony'
from near Dunmore East in County Waterford will be the guests of Boyle
GAA Club for Feile 20019. Feile is a national under-age Gaelic football
festival for boys and girls. There is also a hurling Féile. The football
carnival takes place in 200 venues in this North –West Connacht region with 350
teams from all over the country and from the U.K. and the U.S. which will
involve 850 games. With these statistics it must be one of the biggest such
sporting events anywhere. The games begin in Boyle on Friday evening. Boyle
have participated in recent years in Féile in Cork and Down and were very
active hosts to the Derry champions in 2007. Boyle’s Pat Goldrick was one of
the top regional organisers on that occasion. Hopefully the whole community
will join with the GAA community in welcoming visiting teams especially our
guests from Waterford. It is a great and memorable occasion for those who
actually travel to what would be, for say the Waterford young people, a pretty
distant location. So we certainly want them to be made very welcome. Indeed
they come when Roscommon football is grabbing a lot of national attention just
now for all the right reasons. As Monaghan’s Dick Clerkin said in Monday’s
Independent “Roscommon are fast becoming nearly everyone’s favourite second
county team”. So our fine sports facility will be a hive of activity from
Friday the 28th so drop into the park and get into the mood of the occasion.
The four teams in the Abbey Park are Gaultier, Boyle, Western Gaels and
Whitehall Colmcille’s. The games on Friday evening start at 4.45 with Boyle v
Whitehall Colmcille’s followed by Western Gaels v Gaultier. Then Boyle v
Western Gaels and Gaultier v Colmcilles. The final group games take place early
on Saturday am. I’m looking forward to it all. Oh yes there will be
a number of park preparation Meithéals starting at 10 am on tomorrow
The Nestor Cup Visits the Abbey Park
I mentioned a hive of activity next week-end but that happens there
regularly as it did yesterday evening Thursday when the Connacht Nestor Cup was
taken to the grounds. This especially enabled people to bring their young
family members to see what it was all about. There was a great ‘buzz’
about for over the hour and I must commend the Boyle members of the county
panel, Donie Smith, Evan McGrath, Cian McKeon and team captain Enda Smith for
their participation. As Club Chairperson Kathleen Hanmore related ‘They are
back where it all started and where their skills were nurtured and developed”.
She continued to say how proud the club is of them and this sentiment was
echoed by all present. Following a county team in victory is sweet but
following a county team with members from your own club is all the sweeter. I
feel that they know that and last evening was followed today Friday by visiting
local schools. Club President Barry Feely also commended the team and the Boyle
players contribution to a fine victory. The lads signed innumerable autographs
on scraps of paper and jerseys. Indeed it was a lake of primrose and blue.
While Enda and Donie are probably veterans at the autographing business I
observed a shyness in the approach of Cian McKeon. While many veteran former
players and GAA officials and supporters were also present it was an evening
for the kids. As I was about to leave another veteran Boyle player from the
50s’ arrived on the scene and that was Bill Corcoran. Bill has come from Dublin
for Boyle GAA events from time to time and keeps in touch with the happenings
of his native Corrigeenroe and Boyle and has been a great supporter of
Roscommon through county organisations in Dublin. He was the original Mayor of
Boyle in the 50s’ and still carries that title despite Marian Gaffney
succeeding him some time ago now. Anyway Bill and his family were delighted to
be present and I’m sure it will be discussed when we are in contact again. He
was delighted to meet Gerry Nerney, Fergal O’Donnell, Jnr. Smith, Brendan
Nestor and Enda Smith of course and various others. Regrettably I forgot to ask
him to sign a few autographs. In the unlikely event that you read this, Bill,
after I got over the surprise of the kind of apparition of you emerging from
the limousine I was delighted to see you there on a special evening. We
couldn’t have organised it better. I disagree with the idiom that ‘One should
never meet their heroes’.
I’ll run this by you for consideration. At the launch of the Roscommon
Historical Journal on Tuesday evening a friend of mine from Elphin said he had
an idea regarding Boyle. His idea is that maybe Boyle should adapt its name to
Abbeyboyle. Since the Abbey is the great architectural building in the town and
there are many towns with the prefix of Abbey such as Abbeydorney · Abbeyfeale
· Abbeyknockmoy · Abbeylara · Abbeyleix · Abbeyshrule amongst them. This would
not be totally new as it was called Abbeyboyle centuries back. While I imagine
people are very comfortable with the name of Boyle on its own, appending the
Abbey would be highlighting its magnificent Cistercian church remains. It is
there in the Irish version being Mainistir na Buille. What ‘Boyle’ itself
stands for is a bit of a tangle and not easy to explain. It may relate to the
practise of moving animals from one place to another across a river ford i.e.
to ‘booley’. Another suggestion is that it is the name of the river and means
beautiful! A small part of Boyle, Abbeytown, already has incorporated the abbey
in its title. I’ll leave it with you.
Jarlath Tivnan and Decadent Theatre with new play.
Jarlath Tivnan of Boyle is very familiar to Boyle playgoers. Jarlath is
a primary figure in possibly his most impressive initiative to date which will
come to fruition in Galway’s Town Hall Theatre next week. With the assistance
of Decadent Theatre Director Andrew Flynn they have embarked on a totally new
play and production which will have its premiere on Thursday of next week June
13th. They have acquired the rights to adapt the acclaimed Tipperary
writer Donal Ryan’s novel ‘The Thing About December’. This novel has been
twice-nominated for the Man Booker Prize. Donal Ryan was reluctant to allow an
adaption of his first book but since the Director Andrew Flynn was a fellow
Nenagh man that made the decision easier. (Mister Ryan is also the author of
the widely recognised novel ‘The Spinning Heart’). The play will be staged for
ten days from June 13th (excluding Connacht Final Sunday the 16th).
"I’m glad it’s in the hands of Andrew and Jarlath and Decadent
Theatre Company, theatre-makers with a stellar record of bringing stories to
life onstage with empathy, passion and verve," said Mr Ryan.
Andrew Flynn, the Artistic Director of Decadent Theatre Company, hopes
to bring his adaptation of ‘The Thing About December’ on tour around
"Theatre needs new life. It has to keep evolving. All great
classics are brilliant to stage but they have been done. This production aims at
bringing new Irish drama to the stage” said Mr. Flynn.
‘The Thing About December’ is set in rural Tipperary at the turn of the
21st century as the Celtic Tiger begins to roar.
The story of the play revolves around the character of Johnsey Cunliffe,
a simple, naïve only child in his 20s, grieves the death of his much-loved
Harassed by local bullies and excluded by his peers, Johnsey’s isolation
worsens when his inherited farm is re-zoned and becomes valuable.
The clouds gather as a local conglomerate connive to tempt him into
giving up his family’s land, while Johnsey, the unlikeliest of heroes, tries to
hold on to those things dearest to him.
People may remember an earlier work by Jarlath called ‘The Pleasure
Ground’. This is on much more ambitious scale with a stellar cast. It is a huge
achievement for Jarlath mentored by Decadent Director Flynn who obviously holds
Jarlath in very high regard with so much of Decadent’s resources invested in
this production. Hopefully it will make its mark in the theatrical world which
would elevate Decadent, Jarlath and Flynn to high levels in their genre.
So if you have connections in Galway you might spread the word with them
about its run from the 13th of June to Saturday the 22nd
in the Town Hall Theatre which is a long run for a new work.
Roscommon GAA Inc. See the Light
When I opened today’s Roscommon People I was pleasantly surprised to see
that Roscommon GAA Inc. had decided to revaluate the location for the county’s
‘Centre of Excellence’ proposed for Runabracken, Oran and seek a new location
near Roscommon town. Like quite a number of people I have always felt that the
Oran location was unsuitable and that what is now proposed, a centre near
Roscommon Town if it can be sourced, is a much better option. I give credit to
the powers that be that they have seen fit to accede to the principle that
there is a better way and that they are willing, with all the stakeholders
mentioned in The People, to vigorously pursue an alternative course. I wish
them well and if the acumen demonstrated by the famous ‘House Draw’ comes to
the fore again it could all be achieved.
Searching for a Maria McKay married to Michael O’Grady with a
daughter named Eileen:
I posted this query a couple of weeks ago and have made some progress in
the meantime. I have learned that Patrick McKay was a gardener (succeeded by
Christy Regan) for the Stewart family with the McKays living in the gate Lodge
near Shilling Hill. My real query related to a daughter of Patrick i.e. Maria
McKay married to Michael O’Grady and they having a daughter Eileen. It is
probably there that there could still be a Boyle connection. Frank Tarpey
showed me a reference to a Michael Grady and a Mrs. Ellen Grady in
Patrick Street in the late 30s’. Now Grady is not O’Grady but… There was
another reference to an O’Grady/Grady getting the title of ‘The Durrango Kid’
because of a movie hero of that appendage. ‘The Kid’ is assumed to have
emigrated to England. I did get some sources which might have been helpful but
they seem to have disappeared on me now ! Anyway if anyone has any ideas on my
quest you might contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
or at 086 8163399.
I’d appreciate same of course.
I returned to the island of Innis boffin (Island of the White (?) Cow)
off the Connemara coast for a couple of days last week. It is a favoured place
of mine. However it too needs the sun. it was a 50:50 split of sunshine and the
gloomy inclement weather we are experiencing presently. On the way over through
Mayo I called into The National Museum of Ireland concentrating on County Life.
There are about a dozen Exhibition themes covering Trades and Crafts, Life in
the Community, The Natural Environment, The Times 1850 to 1950 and so on. This
is part of the National Museum and is –in my opinion- really worth a visit.
Admission is free. Turlough Park is approximately 5 miles on our side of
Castlebar so if you are in those parts (an hour or so from Boyle) you could
consider a visit. It is mentioned, from time to time, that the artefacts
unearthed from the drainage of Lough Gara in the early 50s’ should be housed in
a similar Museum in Boyle rather than being invisible in some Museum store in
After Turlough Park we went to Clifden which was busy with visitors. I stayed in the Station House
Hotel. Clifden is not a big town but has numerous restaurants and music bars.
The following day I hit off for Cleggan which is the ferry port for
Boffin. It was wet though, but the 45 minute journey across was not as
intimidating as it can be. Island walks are one of the real pleasures of Boffin
but walking in the rain was not an option. Later that night there was a fine
traditional session in Andrew Murray’s Doonmore Hotel with Kerry singer Sean
Garvey. Friday was good and the choice of walks was abundant. I visited
Inishbofin House Hotel which is also referred to as Day’s or by some locals as
‘The Posh’ hotel. There is a third hotel run by Pat Coyne called The Dolphin
Hotel. Pat exclaimed when asked the time “There are two times THE time and
Boffin time”. It does not take long before you get to know people and talking
to strangers on the roads or bars is to be encouraged. Once I said to myself
‘He looks familiar” and when I suggested his name it was indeed Paul Muldoon.
So we chatted as we walked up the hill. Mister Muldoon is from Armagh a notable
poet, is a professor of English at Princetown University in New Jersey and
winner of the Pulitzer prize for a suite of poetry. ‘Boffin’ is certainly a
different place with the anthem of the corncrake as a background melody.
The 4th of June was the 30th Anniversary of the Tiananmen Square,
Beijing student protest and its suppression by the Communist Government. I
watched a two part documentary on it on RTE 1 on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.
This showed how close that protest was to changing the path of China’s
subsequent course to a more democratic model. About 20 years ago in a visit to
a former history teacher at Roscommon CBS as I was about to leave he suggested;
‘And what about China? “ which meant another half hour parsing that conundrum.
I have been meaning to write a piece on the China story and its ominous global
spread for some time but that time is not now. One of the great iconic
pictures/images of that Tiananmen student protest was that of a student (I
presume) standing in front of a row of tanks which he stopped.
Thursday June 6th is the 75th Anniversary of the D Day landings in
France in 1944. The American President Donald Trump will be in Normandy for
those commemorations. D Day is often referred to as Deliverance Day for France
but I believe that the D is actually a random code letter for the day. There
have been a number of films depicting the landings such as ‘The Longest Day’
and the very graphic representation of the horror of the beaches in ‘Saving
Private Ryan’. A good deal of that picture was filmed in County Wexford and
Curracloe beach. A large number of F.C.A./.L.D.F. personnel featured as
extras in that film and I seem to remember one of them, the Roscommon Sports
Editor, Ian Cooney, arriving in the Abbey Park from Wexford to play for St.
Michael’s. The things you remember!
The Mayo Weather Forecaster’s key Role in D-Day.
A Mayo post office worker Maureen Sweeney played a key role in the D Day
landings. She was employed at Blacksod Post office in Mayo and the extra
dimension to her work was taking readings from a weather ‘station’ in terms of
air pressure, wind, rain etc. . These readings found their way to the heart of
the D Day planning organisers in London. Those for the 5th of June
anticipated a storm coming through for the Normandy area. Thus Eisenhower the
Commander in Chief postponed the attack of the 5th and got some
better weather for the 6th and so went on that day and the rest is
history. This story is being told in a documentary on RTE on Thursday night at
10.15 titled ‘Storm Front in Mayo-The Story of the D Day Forecast’ in which the
key role of Maureen Sweeney is highlighted. She featured in last Saturday’s
independent as a vibrant 96 year old lady.
Irishtown and the Land League
Since I am mentioning a few pretty local places of interest that I have
been to in recent times I’ll mention Irishtown. Usually Irishtown get its name from
being the part of a larger urban area which is identified by its Irish
population or ethnicity. People will have heard of Chinatown and so on. There
is an Irishtown in Dublin not far from the Aviva Stadium. I digress. I was in
Ballindine and decided to tick one of my long- term boxes by visiting Irishtown
the home of the Land League. I drove slowly into the outskirts of the village
looking for a museum commemorating the hugely important historic event which
took place in Irishtown in 1879. On seeing some bunting and colour I felt that
I was on course but it turned out to be National School. There wasn’t a soul to
be seen on the humble street of houses and I had to knock on a door to seek
information regarding my quest for a significant memorial to the achievements
of Michael Davitt and the Land League. A lady told me I had passed the memorial
and recited the Irish inscription on it which she had retained from her
national school days. ‘First you have to turn around and you will see the
memorial opposite the national school’. A couple of minutes later I was gazing
at the humble marker and reading the inscription. The first Land League meeting
promoting the realisation of the organisation’s slogan ”The land of Ireland for
the People of Ireland” took place in Irishtown in April 1879 not long after
Davitt had returned from England and promoted the idea though he was not at the
inaugural rally. There is, in fairness, a Michael Davitt museum in his
birthplace of Straide maybe 20 Kms. or so from Irishtown.
Michael Davitt is a somewhat forgotten man in Irish History yet the Land
League led to one of the greatest legal transfers of land ownerships without
huge strife anywhere in Europe. It formed the basis of land ownership of the
small/smaller farming classes that exists today. Not being aware of the role
and achievements of Michael Davitt is a real deficit in one’s knowledge of
Roscommon Historical and Archaeological Magazine Launch (RHAM)
I attended the launch of the RHAM magazine in Tuesday the 4th.
This is the 14th of such publications. It includes a wide diversity
of articles from all parts of Roscommon. The 14 magazines form an important
collection of record on Roscommon history, archaeology and the general story of
Roscommon down the centuries. The Society is very active and has a number of
outstanding officers and members including Mary O’Connell, President; Albert
Siggins, Secretary; Shane Lynskey Vice-President; Marian Harlow, Treasure; and
Darragh Kelly P.R.O. The Editors of this year’s journal are James Ganley and
James Hoban. The book costing €15 was launched by Roscommon County Council Arts
Officer Nollaig Feeney. The launch took place in the very impressive County
Council headquarters in Roscommon town.
Boyle Camera Club Pictures Very Impressive Display
As an aside I was pleasantly surprised to see the pictures from a single
day in Boyle last summer by Boyle Camera Club on linear display in the large
reception area of the building. They looked hugely impressive with Frankie
Tarpey, Christy Wynne, Michael Conlon, Donal O’Connor and Mandy, Eileen
Higgins, Jack Murphy, Imelda Maughan and the full ensemble occupying a
fine space. The highlight picture is an enlarged canvass of Roch Hanmore and
his son. I would really encourage Boyle Camera Club to put them on display
again in Boyle as they are a special collection and a credit to the camera
club. If you are passing though Roscommon and have a half hour to spare call in
to see the exhibition. As Council CEO Eugene Cummins said a number of times at
the launch they are happy for people to do that as it is “your building”.
Some Sport….The Penalty Competition Follow Up
I missed the penalty competition last Saturday am in Boyle’s Abbey Park.
I am told that it was a great success and great entertainment. The penalty
competition is a really good idea. It could be extended to an all levels
free-taking competition (maybe hand-passing over the bar as well!). Free-taking
is one of the key elements of success. I do not know what time is put into free-taking
in coaching and general match preparation or are 'the free-takers' expected to
emerge of themselves. I have thought of such a competition within our club for
a long time .....one of a good few ideas that did not reach fruition....hurling
another. Anyway seeing that the penalty competition has emerged maybe Boyle
free-taking could follow. Only a few weeks ago against Fuerty their free-taker
Gearoid Ennis must have scored all 8 frees he took and some from a real
distance. I'll 'help' with the free -taking initiative if it is thought worthy.
The great free-takers were key players in successful teams. Donal Keenan, Ros.
in the 40s'/ Don Feely Ros. 60s'/ the sublime Mickie Kearins with Sligo in the
'60s'-70s'/ Tony McTeague with Offaly '60s'-70s/ Jimmy y Keaveney for the Dubs
'70s/ Mickie Sheehy, Kerry '70s -'8os/ Stafford for Meath/ the Kildare man from
Cork, Tomkins/ Joyce for Galway/ Lohan Ros./ Michael Murphy for Donegal/ and
Barney Rock for the Dubs today. They were all free-taking kings in football and
hurling has them also.
They saved the worst wine for last with the two European Football Finals
last week or so . The Semi-Finals had it all but the finals were very
disappointing. Fair play to Eamon Sweeney who gave Roscommon GAA a great blow
in last Sunday’s Independent.
I’ll leave you this week with one of my favourite Chris O’Dowd public
‘speeches’. It was given at the Irish Spirit Awards in New York on march 17
2013. So Google those and listen to his speech with a twist. You should enjoy
May your God’s go with you. T.C.