- Image supplied by W. Muldowney 04/2007
- "The Killeshin
Team Photo" (Part
- Back Row - Left to Right.
- (1) Miss
Molly Proctor, the Mall, Killeshin. - (2) Johnny "Franey" O'Rourke, Springhill. - (3) Paddy Procter, the Mall ,
Killeshin. - (4) Markie Brennan, Cooper Hill. - (5) Jack Cowley, Coolhenry. - (6) Johnny
Drennan, Killeshin. - (7) Tomas O'Rourke. - (8) Charlie Pollock. - (9) John O'Rourke.
- Front row - Left to
- (10) Jim
"Daisy" Lawlor. (11) young boy, Martin O'Rourke. - (12) man kneeling behind
young boy is Billy O'Rourke.
(13) Patsy O'Rourke. -
(14) man with cap is Michael Dwyer. - (15) young boy, Frank
Donnelly. - (16) Billy O'Rourke. -
(17) Thomas O'Rourke.
- The above names were supplied
August 2006. He now
lives in Farmington, Michigan, USA where
he established a successful Public House and Restaurant.
on the picture to enlarge)
- This is
some of the lads from the 'GAA Killeshin Football team' (above) probably taken sometime
around 1937. Most of these lads would have been in their late
teen's or early 20's.
- When the Killeshin Football team
broke-up in 1939 Jack Cowley went to play for Graiguecullen Club
and played in his first Laois County Final in 1940. Tommy Murphy
took the team off the field over a disputed goal scored by
Graiguecullen consequently the team was suspended for a year from
playing. After working in England for a year with
Haughney Jack came back and in 1942 Paddy O'Rourke and Jack
Cowley played again and won their first County Championship.
very rare picture indeed!
- Michael Brennan's Uncle Mark (Markie)
Brennan is standing at the back and to the right of Jack Cowley. The girl (who is believed to be
Paddy Procter's sister from the Mall, Killeshin), one of her sisters or cousin's was
married to Hourigan from Ballickmoyler. We also believe that
she was Markie Brennan's girlfriend and she was training to be
- The man wearing the cap is
who was a bricklayer (pulling
young lads cheeks to make him smile). Patsy O'Rourke is
kneeling centre picture, Thomas O'Rourke is the young boy at
right of picture and directly behind him the football team
member is another O'Rourke man. The man with the cap may be Michael Dwyer a teacher from
Killeshin School. Billy
O'Rourke was a brother of
Thomas O'Rourke. Patsy, John and Martin O'Rourke were
brothers not related to Billy and Thomas O'Rourke.
- The Killeshin football club broke
up about 1939 and then the players amalgamated with
Graiguecullen. Jack Cowley played in the Laois County
Final in 1940 with Graiguecullen. Jack was born on 3rd Sept.
- My grateful thanks to Michael
Purcell, Johnny Haughney, Charlie Haughney, Anna O'Rourke and Jack Cowley
for helping identify the team members in the picture.
- (Markie Brennan died on 6th
November 1939 as a result of injuries received whilst playing
- Source: Michael Purcell c2006 &
W. Muldowney 04/2007
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