- Michael O'Hanrahan
- (Author of "The Swordsman
of the Brigade," etc)
- Executed in Kilmainham Prison, May
In 1881 at the age of four years Michael
Hanrahan moved with his family to Carlow from Wexford. His father
established a business as a cork manufacturer at 90 and 91 Tullow
Street. Michael was educated in the Christian Brothers’ school. He
founded the Gaelic League in Carlow and was also a founding member of
Carlow Workman’s Club. A founding member of the Irish Volunteers, during
the 1916 Rising Michael fought at Jacob’s Garrison. The garrison
surrendered to the British forces on Sunday, 30th April 1916, Michael
was tried by Court Martial, was sentenced to death and was executed on
Thursday, 4th May 1916. His brother Henry was also sentenced to death,
but the sentence was commuted to penal servitude for life.
O’Hanrahans Football Team
Within three years of the execution of
Michael O’Hanrahan a football team was formed in Carlow (1919) and named
O’Hanrahans. In this picture we see O’Hanrahans team which won the
County Championships and were awarded the Haughney Memorial Trophy for
1937. The final was between two Carlow town-based teams. O’Hanrahans
(the Blues) had last won the finals in 1932. On this occasion they
played against the Young Emmets (the Rockies). The Rockies were
favourites and many players on the Rockies team had once played with the
Blues. The rivalry guaranteed a record attendance at the match. The
result: O’Hanrahans l-7,Young Emmets 0-3.
The First O’Hanrahan Gaelic Football Team 1919
- Back row: P. (Whack) Hayden, P. Lawler, P. Kavanagh, N.
Keyes, P. Reilly, M. Cullen, T. Conners, J. Byrne, R. Ager.
- Middle row: T. McGrath, J. Timmons, P. Kelly, J. Murphy.
- Front row: C. Timmons, P. Hayden, J. Darcy, J. Mahon, J.
Source: Carloviana Vol 2. No. 31. 1983 p.16.
- The First O’Hanrahan Gaelic Football Team 1919
Gaelic Football Team
O’Hanrahans Football Team 1928-1929
- Back Row, L. to R.: Tom Finn, Club Secretary; 'Bolum' Hogan,
Sonny Wall, 'Yellow' Tom Mulhall, Billy Moran, Tom Shaw, Tommy
Moran, 'Crewman' Paddy Kavanagh, Murt Lennon. Centre Row, L. to R.:
Matt Lynam, Dick Hogan, Ned Geoghegan, Johnny Murray, Ned Haughney,
Jack Clarke. Front Row, L. to R.: Jackie Geoghegan, 'Drakes' Walker,
Mick Murray, 'Buller' Moore, Johnny 'Daw' Nolan.
- C (The Blues) 1937
- Back row, left to right: Joe Brennan,
D. O’Connell and John Doyle.
- Centre: Gda. John McMahon, Jim Breen,
Tommy Moran, Dinny Murray, Gda. Mick Behan, Jim Geoghegan, Phil
Comerford, James Doyle, James Mulhall, Pim Quinlan and Tommy Little,
- Front: John Murray, Paddy 0 Brien,
Jimmy Cummins, Micky Byrne (mascot, M. Murray), Fr. Miller, Jim Rea,
Danny Coughlin and Jackie Geoghegan. Missing are J. Mc Kenna and J.
Carlow S.F.C. Roll of Honour - O'Hanrahan's 16 Games -1927,
1928, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1937, 1942, 1945, 1951, 1954, 1958, 1961,
1999, 2000, 2001, 2003.
Source of dates:
Source: Carlow in
Old Picture Postcards Vol.3 by Michael Purcell. (2000).