- Image supplied by W. Muldowney 04/2007
Team Photo (Part
- Back Row - Left to Right.
- (1) Miss
Molly Proctor, the Mall, Killeshin. - (2) Johnny "Franey" O'Rourke, Springhill. - (3) Paddy Procter, the Mall ,
Killeshin. - (4) Markie Brennan, Cooper Hill. (Mick
Brennan's Uncle) - (5) Jack Cowley, Coolhenry. - (6) Johnny
Drennan, Killeshin. - (7) Tomas O'Rourke. - (8) Charlie Pollock. - (9) John O'Rourke.
- Front row - Left to
- (10) Jim
"Daisy" Lawlor. (11) young boy, Martin O'Rourke. - (12) man kneeling behind
young boy is
(13) Patsy O'Rourke. -
(14) man with cap is Michael Dwyer. - (15) young boy, Frank
Donnelly. - (16) Billy O'Rourke. -
(17) Thomas O'Rourke.
The above names were supplied
August 2006. He now
lives in Farmington, Michigan, USA where
he established a successful Public House and Restaurant
on the picture to enlarge)
- This is
some of the lads from the 'GAA Killeshin Football team' (above) probably taken sometime
around 1937. Most of these lads would have been in their late
teen's or early twenties.
When the Killeshin
Football team broke-up in 1939, the players were
amalgamated with Graiguecullen team. Jack Cowley went on
to play for Graiguecullen Club, and played in his first
Laois County Final in 1940 with Graiguecullen. Jack was
born on 3rd Sept. 1921.
took the team off the field over a disputed goal scored by
Graiguecullen consequently the team was suspended for a year from
After working in England for a year with
Haughney Jack came back and in 1942 Paddy O'Rourke and Jack
Cowley played again and won their first County Championship.
very rare picture indeed!
Michael Brennan's Uncle Mark (Markie)
Brennan is standing at the back, and to the right of Jack Cowley. The girl, who is believed to be
Paddy Procter's sister from The Mall, Killeshin. One of her sisters or cousin's was
married to Hourigan from Ballickmoyler. We also believe that
she was Markie Brennan's girlfriend and she was training to be
- The man wearing the cap is
who was a bricklayer (pulling
young lads cheeks to make him smile). Patsy O'Rourke is
kneeling centre of picture, Thomas O'Rourke is the young boy at
the right of picture and directly behind him is the football team
member, and he is another O'Rourke man. The man with the cap may be Michael Dwyer, a teacher from
Killeshin School. Billy
O'Rourke was a brother of
Thomas O'Rourke. Patsy, John and Martin O'Rourke were
brothers, but they were not related to Billy and Thomas O'Rourke.
- My grateful thanks to Michael
Purcell, Johnny Haughney, Charlie Haughney, Anna O'Rourke and Jack Cowley
for helping identify the team members in the picture.
- (Markie Brennan was Michael
Brennan's Uncle who died on 6th
November 1939., as a result of injuries received whilst playing
- Source: Michael Purcell c2006 &
W. Muldowney 04/2007
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