Friday 22 September 2017

Willie, prince of full backs

'Willie was a regular on Connacht Railway Cup teams and his province won the competition in 1958.'
'Willie was a regular on Connacht Railway Cup teams and his province won the competition in 1958.'
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Sir - I read with interest Dermot Crowe's excellent article (Sunday Independent, January 1) regarding the great sports people who passed away in 2016. However, another footballing great passed away in mid-December, which seems to have gone unnoticed in the media.

I refer to Willie Casey from Ballina who represented Mayo from the early 1950s to the mid-1960s and who, at 19, was a sub when the county won its last All-Ireland title in 1951. In 1954, he won a National League and added a Connacht medal the following year.

My first time in Croke Park to see my native county was in that year's All-Ireland semi-final in which Dublin overcame Mayo by a point after a replay.

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