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Martin Molloy - Captain 1955 & 56

Ricketstown, Co Carlow


Death of Clonmore legend Martin Molloy

Martin Molloy (1929-2009)

Martin Molloy, who sadly passed away on 16 February 2009, held the distinction of being the first and only man ever to captain a Clonmore team to the Carlow Senior Football Championship, leading them to victory over O’Hanrahans in 1955 and repeating the feat in 1956.

When a club wins its first ever Senior Championship it is a very special occasion and every member of the team becomes a hero within the club. But the captain tends to hold a special place and Martin Molloy held legendary status in Clonmore.

A native of Ricketstown, Martin starred at centre half back with the great Clonmore team of the fifties – alongside brothers Larry at wing back and Patsy at corner forward. With the other members of Clonmore’s “big five” (Paks Connolly, Jim Fogarty, Denis Cullen and Mick Connolly), Martin was a regular on the Carlow team at a time when the county was a match for the best, playing in the Leinster Junior Final of 1951 and against Mayo in the 1954 National League Final in Croke Park.

In a recent newspaper article, former Carlow player and trainer, Vinnie Harvey, described Martin as the ”best small man ever to play with Carlow”. High praise indeed. Nominated at right half back on the Carlow Football Team of the Century, Martin was unlucky to lose out to the great Peenie Whelan. There can be no doubting the greatness of the man or his love for football – when his native Rathvilly started up a team he returned to play for them winning a Junior Championship in 1967.

Martin is remembered with great respect by friend and foe alike, as a gentleman off the field and as a great hearted player who was uncompromising and fearless on it. The huge number of people who attended his funeral was an indication of the high regard with which he was held throughout the county, and beyond.

Clonmore GFC sends sincere sympathies to the family and friends of this great Gael – ar dheis De go raibh se.

Source: The Nationalist February 27th 2009

Tommy Murphy

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