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Ardmore GAA Club, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, Ireland.

A Tribute to the King

 

A Tribute to the King

 

Donal O Brien who died recently was in his younger days an outstanding player in both hurling and football. First came to the fore as a flying forward with his school St. Augustines College in winning the Frewen Cup  Senior football Colleges in the early fifties. This team was captained by another Ardmore man the late Kevin Gallagher.

 

Donal played minor football with An Rinn where he was again the star among some great players as the fearless goalkeeper Nicholas Graves, Sean Kiely, Tom White, Bobby Curran, Eanna Faolain, multi- talented Paul Webber and the young Tommy Joe Harty, Jamsie Lenane and etc. It is interesting to note that on these great champion winning teams, three of the regular forwards were Kevin Gallagher, John Joe Carlton and Donal O Brien. At wing forward you had the flying General , later to serve his county in higher places.

 

At that time we had no club in the parish until some of us got together in October 1957 and  we formed Cumann Deuglan Naofa. This was an effort to re-unite the parish and heal the rift that had developed over time. Our new club competed in 1958 Championship as a new affiliated club. Donal being one of our best players also served behind the scenes. He won his first adult title in 1960 playing some great games, notably senior county final 1964 and also playing a major part in going all the way in 1965. Donal had a unique way of fielding a ball and played against the great Brickey Rangers Pat and Justin Spratt, the Kirwan and Walsh brothers of Killrossanty, Achie Lannon and Monty Guiry  of Kill etc etc.

 

We offer our sympathy to Geraldine, sons Patrick and Kevin and his many, many friends, You  were Truly the King.                                     ( Padraig o Foghlu)

 

 

 

Tribute to Billy Allen and Mickey Costin

 

Remembered with great affection. Two men who wore the blue and white of Ardmore in the late forties before our club disbanded in 1951, namely Billy Allen and Mickey Costin. Go ndeana Dia Trocaire Orthu. Billy had a lethal left foot and some man to take a drop kick while Mickey was the supreme stylist. They won a great Western Junior football Final in 1950 when they beat Cappoquin before losing out to Kill in a great county final. The standard was sky high as you went straight into senior ranks. Mickey and Billy’s team mates were Henry Curran, Paddy Mulcahy, Paddy Mansfield, Jim Keevers, Jim (Thud) Morrissey, Jim Cullen,Tommy Hallahan, Jimmy Allen, John Carey, Paddy Foley, John Burke, Mick Mullaney, Tom Power, Muiris Cullen, Billy Connell and Jimmy Mansfield.

 

We offer our sincere sympathy to the Costin and Allen families.

 

There were no coaches or trainers in these days ,no dressing rooms or no ham strings and certainly no showers. During practice you heard of the legendary Round landers, Mick Doyle, Peter Donaghue, john Joe Reilly, Gunner Brady and of course Patsy Torpy drop kick. Patsy was super footballer along with the great Dan Grady, gran uncle of Seamus and Declan who played for Clashmore.                             ( Padraig o Foghlu)