A Great Club
Down through the years we had great committees and loyal
players and supporters. In those years the team would be
treated to a meal after the match and all the boys would
go off together for a drink. We were said to be very
clannish in those days by some clubs.
Michael O'Brien rode a bike from Abbeyleix and was often
a sub on the line of a wet day. There were no track
suits in those days.
The great thing about the football club was that it
helped every other organisation in Ballinabranna. The
first stage was bought and erected in the Hall by the
Club. Delph for catering at Whist Drives was borrowed
from Mrs. Clark in Carlow. The Club bought a set of
china and gave it to the I.C.A. The graveyard was gone
wild and the Club reclaimed it.
I would say this brings us up to the lads of today and
so I will finish.
Ballinabranna Female N.S. 1926
Seated: Left to Right - Lily
Purcetl, Bridget Glynn, Nellie Brennan, Annie Malone,
May Dooley, Magie Malone, Saragh Kelly, Annie Byrne,
Annie McDonald. Standing- Left to Right - Miss M.
Brennan (Teacher), Mary O'Brien, Madge Hogan, Mary
Fitzgerald, Jane Malone, Joan Byrne, Pairida White, Lena
Darcy, Katie Ayres, Maria Purcell, Mrs. McDonald
Co.Board Set Of Medals
- LEFT -
Paddy Watchorn, Pat Whelan, Johnny McDonald,
Paddy Purcell, Paddy Price. Pat Brennan, Jim
Byrne, Tom Amend, Johnny Miley, John O'Brien,
Bemey McDonald, Perie Bergin, Paddy O'Brien, Tom
Dunne, Johnny Lcwry, Owen Keating, Bill
Georgie Dunne, Billy Dobbs, Mick Haughney,
Parish Team U/ 14 1958.
Front Row Seated - Sean Connolly, Gerry
Carpenter, Tommy Mulrooney.
- Middle Row
Kneeling: Michael Walshe, Ben McNally, Francie
Doyle, Bob Sheehan, George Gahan, Hugh O'Neill,
Tommy Carpenter, Johnie Byrne, D J. Gorman,
Pal McNally, Tom Dunne, Tom Dooley, Joe Murphy,
Patrick Carter, Rev. Fr. E. Kennedy, Rev. Fr.
TUG OF WAR
In 1931 Mr. Ahern who was the owner of Clogrennan Lime
Works at this time organised a Tug Of War Competition
between three of his companies. The competition took
place in Dunmore East and Mr. Ahern hired and paid for a
bus to bring the Clogrennan Lime Works team to Dunmore
East and afterwards they were treated to a meal in the
Granville Hotel, Waterford. Clogrennan won the
competition and were presented with a set of medals.
- Back Row Left
to Right: John Lawlor (Bilboa), Paddy Walsh, Paddy
Price, Michael Grannell, Jim Purcell, Patrick Dooley
(Bilboa), Andy Pluck, Jim Dowling (Rossmore), Mr. W.
Moloney (Foreman, Waterford), Tom Lawlor, Jim Lawlor
(Tom's father), Jack Pierce (Bilboa).
- Seated Left
to Right: Paddy Farrell, Johnny Matthews, John Brien
(Craan Lane), Jim Dooley (Raheendoran), Jack
Purcell, Christy Bolton (Ballyhide), Joe Purcell,
Pat Ayres, Alec Brennan, Jimmy Lawlor, (little boy -
Source: Myles Kavanagh Ballinabranna
(Baile na mBrannach) "A Centenzry Celebration 1890-1990.
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