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Graiguecullen Football

St. Patrick's Boy's in Mini World Cup 1978.

Source: The Nationalist & Leinster Times September 13th 2011

St. Patrick's Boy's 1978
Back row (left to right) Joe Maher, Alan Dowling, Martin Byrne, Kieran Doyle, Ken Coogan, Bobby Doyle, Damian Hennessy, Neil Farrell, Michael Hennessy, Gavin Hennessy, Martin Comerford.
Front row (left to right) Liam Ryan, Willie O'Connor, Dermot Webb, Liam Ramsbottom, Aidan Power, James Murnane, Liam Byrne, Alan Begley, Chris Lawler

 When St Pat's boys will be boys

By Kieran Murphy

THIS photo was taken by Croydon-based Dermot Hennessy on one of his many visits home to Carlow. He went to live and work in London as a psychiatric nurse when he was just 20 years old. To this day he still keeps in close contact with his family and friends in Graiguecullen. His son Gavin, who accompanied him on this visit in 1978, was allowed to play in the tournament which was based on the World Cup format of the time. The event proved to be very popular among club members with all players getting game time. Results were only of secondary importance. It was all about enjoyment and participation.

Back row

Joe Maher: From St Clare's Road he went on to play senior football with Graiguecullen and is now living in Crossneen. He also won a Leinster junior football championship with Laois in the early '90s.

Alan Dowling: He played soccer for St Pat's and Castle Rangers while he also won an U21 FC medal with Graiguecullen. He still lives in Graiguecullen.

Martin Byrne: Another player from Maher Road he played up to youth level with the club. He is self employed and lives locally.

Kieran Doyle: From Pearse Road he moved out to Ballyhacket where he is now living but commutes in to Carlow to work.

Ken Coogan: From Derrig Avenue, he still lives locally.

Bobby Doyle: He played underage football with Laois but moved to Canada. He came home for a spell but eventually moved back across the Atlantic where he now lives and works.

Damian Hennessy: From Church Street he played football and soccer up to underage and still lives locally.

Neil Farrell: From England originally, he lived in St Fiacc's Terrace but his family settled in Carlow Town. In later years he played a little golf and five-a-side soccer. He still lives in the area.

Michael Hennessy: From Marlborough Street, he played juvenile football with St Pat's but has drifted away from the club. Club members met him some years ago when he was working in Intel in Leixlip but he has lost contact with the club.

Gavin Hennessy: Son of Dermot he was allowed play in the tournament while accompanying his father on a visit home. He played youth football with Crystal Palace and is still a season ticket holder with the club. He is a printer in Greenwich and lives in Croydon.

Martin Comerford: From Sleatty he played underage with the club and still lives locally.

Front row

Liam Ryan: From 98 Street, he went on to play senior football with Graiguecullen while also lining out with St Pat's Boys. He lives in Carlow town.

Willie O'Connor: From Pearse Road, he lost touch with the club but is believed to living in the area.

Dermot Webb: From Oakley Park, he has a background in painting and decorating and lives in Graiguecullen.

Liam Ramsbottom: From Henry Street, he went on to play football with Graiguecullen but when he moved to Carlow he togged out with Eire Og. He lives in Carlow Town.

Aidan (The Gadget) Power: He is still extremely active playing over 35s in the Carlow League. From Pacelli Avenue, his background is in the construction industry and he is now living in Colclough Avenue.

James Murnane: He was from Maher Road originally and he is self employed with a tiling business. He is living in Oakley Park.

Liam Byrne: From Duggan Avenue, he worked in Carlow for a number of years after leaving school but eventually emigrated to England and is working in London now.

Alan Begley (RIP): He was a gifted footballer who twice won player of the tournament in a soccer tournament in Belmont in England while touring with St Pat's Boys. He lived in Sleaty Street but tragically lost his life in an accident some years after this photograph was taken.

Chris Lawler: From Duggan Avenue he was a noted goalkeeper who played up to underage with Graiguecullen GFC. He still lives locally.

Source: The Nationalist & Leinster Times September 13th 2011

St. Patricks Boys A.F.C.

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