In warm sunshine last Sunday in Lourdes, the website administrator listened to words about “Come to the Water and the importance of Baptism“. Back on Croke Park soil players from Tipp / Kerry and Dublin / Kerry were getting a baptism in torrential rain while wearing the football jersey for the honour of their little village and county.
Looking for GSRMA connections to the panel of GAA Football players who lined-out in the rain – gives us an interesting result and it shows we were well represented by players with hearts like GIANTS.
John Mark Foley, who played mid field for Kerry minors is a member of the Kilgarvan GAA Club in the Kingdom of Kerry. He is a grandson of the late Garda P.J. McIntyre (Kenmare) and a nephew of the late Garda Seamus McIntrye (Watercourse Road Station, Cork).
Billy Courtney, who played in goal for the successful Kerry minors is a member of the Dr. Crokes GAA Club in Killarney. He is son of Garda Frank Courtney , Kilorglin Station.
Brian Fenton, who played mid field on the successful Dublin senior football team is a member of Raheny GAA Club. He is son of Retired Garda Inspector Brian Fenton who is a Dublin North GSRMA member. His 22 year old son (also Brian) inherited the love for football from dad who played with the SPA GAA Club near Killarney — 50 Years Ago.
When the two Kerry teams returned to Tralee on Monday evening, a Pipe Band lead the parade to Denny Street. One of the Bag-Pipers was Retired Garda Gerard Baynham, who served in Kilorglin Station and is a Killarney GSRMA member. Two of his sons are serving in the force.
(Sincere thanks to Jim Casey, Killarney Branch Sec and Christy Lonergan, Dublin North Branch Sec for sharing the “WORD ON SPORT”)