HISTORY CORNER – PART TWO
The history corner in last week’s edition was a huge success with plenty of interest from many quarters. However nobody got all the answers correct, but there were some very close. The game was against Aughnasheelin, played in Ballinamore, and the referee was the late Charlie Lee from Aughavas. The Aughnasheelin fullback was the great Tommy Gallagher, who was a member of the Leitrim senior team at that time.
This week’s history corner brings us to a very high profile game played on Sunday 21 March 1971. Reports would indicate that this was one of the best games played at this distinguished venue for a decade, with Cloone recording a famous victory over high profile opposition, on a scoreline of 1 09 to 1 06. I won’t dare mention the row as the CCC Liatroma might issue suspensions retrospectively, as there no cards available on the day, not even blue cards. Cloone pulled out all the stops to ensure that a full team would be available. Cloone lined out as follows: Paddy Kelly (R.I.P.) Mattie Joe Lennon, Pat Beirne, Kevin Lennon, Bertie Scanlon, Peadar Moran, Gerry Moran, Jim McCabe, Tommy McNamee, Kieran McGovern, Damian Brennan, Gavin McAlinden, Willie Mitchell, Tommy Derwin ( R.I.P.), Timmy Beirne. Subs togged out on the day were Kieran Brennan and Sean Smith. As you can see a lot of players from the previous team had got their P45’s. There was a big crowd at the game, with takings from the gate amounting to £ 24. Simple questions this week, now who was the opposition and where was the game played? The success of the day did not end with the game, as the club hosted a very successful concert in Doherty’s Hall that night when the local Drama group presented their hilarious comedy to a packed audience. Proceeds from the door amounted to £42.00. Sure we were kicking it out of our way back then! I won’t ask you the name of the play or the cast members but feel free to tell me. More next week
Congratulations to our local Publican and Sponsor Tommy Creegan on his success in the Leitrim Club Cairde draw held recently. Tommy and Pat have been long-time supporters of Leitrim and Cloone GAA, and the Creegan name has been on the Cloone jersey since sponsorship in the GAA was introduced.
It is with regret that we note the deaths of people who have contributed to the local community in many ways over a long number of ways. We remember the late George Argue who passed to his eternal reward in the last two few weeks, a man who contributed in no small way to everything that was progressive about Cloone, and now we remember Dan Keegan who on Saturday evening last suddenly passed to his eternal reward. Dan was so supportive of everything that was happening in the parish, and he will be missed by everyone that knew him. We extend our sympathy to their family and friends, and may their souls rest in peace.