Carlow County - Ireland Genealogical Projects (IGP TM)

Street League Champions

Source: Carlow Nationalist December 2009 (Sport Weekly)

Blast from the Past

 Pairc Mhuire1956

Padre Mhuire, U14 Street League Champions 1956
Although the picture says 1956, Ber Hennessy is convinced this shot was taken in 1957. Back, from left: Ted Byrne, Jim Hoare, John Curran, Pat Rice, Jerry Littleton, Stephen Fleming, Michael Keane. Front: Ber Hennessy, Jerry Kelly, Michael Brophy, Padraig Bolger, Tommy Corcoran, John Mulhall, John Rea
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THE underage street leagues were a pre-cursor to underage club football in Carlow. U12 and 14 teams from Park, the Crescent, the country and the town were the earliest with Graiguecullen eventually joining.

The semi- finals and finals were played on the sports field in St Dympna's Hospital.

"You could get 2000 at those games," said Ber Hennessy of Pairc Mhuire.

"I remember The Nationalist reported that there were nearly 3,000 at a final between ourselves and Graiguecullen."

The driving force from the competition came from Brother Shelley and in later years from Brother Rogers of Bishop Foley CBS. Even then the dividing lines were being drawn.

"Crescent would have been a nursery for O'Hanrahan's and Park for Eire Og. Some players crossed but not too many," recalled Hennessy.

Kerry midfielder Jerome O'Shea was a travelling representative in the area and he refereed two finals around that time.

After the final whistle was blown the players went to the local shop where Barney Fitzpatrick (father of Seamus and Eamonn) bought ice pops for both teams.

"Jim Hoare's parents used to do same," said Ber.

Hennessy had the distinction of winning with two teams.

"Crescent were very short in 1956 and Brother Shelley asked Michael Brophy, Padraig Bolger and myself to play with them.

You can imagine the slagging we got when we beat our own team," he said.

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