LISCARROLL GAA Club held a very pleasant function in Kilbrin Community Hall on Saturday night. The occasion was to celebrate the winning of the 1987 Co JBHC(1) final. That was just the second Co title won by the club. In 1934 they were Co JHC kingpins.
There were a couple of connections with both the 1934 and 1987 sides. Newly elected Chairman Ted Burke acted as MC for the occasion. He complimented all involved in 1987 bringing Co honours to the village. He introduced John Murphy who was Chairman that year.
John complimented his fellow officers and also the players and selectors. He paid tribute to the deceased officers Mrs Sheila Grey who was Treasurer at the time, Jimmy Murphy was Club President and Paddy Hawe who was a selector on that winning side. Mementos of the occasion were presented to the players, selectors and officers of 1987.
The team captain Liam Fitzpatrick introduced each team member to the stage and John Murphy presented them with a montage of the County success. The captain complimented the panel for their dedication and commitment over many barren years which finally led them to the holy grail.
He had special praise for Johnny O'Mahony R.I.P. (Kanturk) who was coach to the team - stating that Johnny's achievement as a player spoke for itself but that he was also an outstanding coach, having the unique gift of being able to size up and assess each player's strength.
The late Johnny was able to convince all the players that no matter who they met they would be victorious. He was a true gentleman, great trainer and a role model for the players to follow.
Liam Fitzpatrick pointed out that Liscarroll played 11 games that year to win the title.
In the county final they defeated Randal Og 2-8 to 1-7 in Pairc Ui Caoimh. The links between the 1934 and 1987 winning sides was as follows - Tommy Buckley played at wing back in 1934 and his son Dermot was a selector in 1987.
Willie Fitzpatrick played at midfield in '34 and his son Liam was the successful captain in '87. Tadgh Murphy played at corner forward in '34 and his son John was Club Chairman in 1987.
All the team members and their families relived that special day by admiring the pictures and notes that were on display. It is nights like this that remind us what it is to be part of the GAA or any association, the pride it brings to the village for both young and old.
The following were the successful 1987 team and club officers: Danny J O'Brien, Eugene O'Sullivan, Ned Egan R.I.P., Jackie Healy, Philip Egan, Joe Hudner, Ger Hawe R.I.P., Johnny Keane, Neill O'Callaghan, Eamonn Collins, Tim Egan, James Hudner, Timmy Healy, Liam Fitzpatrick, Willie Madden, Bill Egan, Connie Carroll, Anthony Grey, Joe Collins R.I.P., Willie John Egan, Donal Og O Cainte R.I.P., Liam O'Callaghan, Billy Egan. Coach Johnny O'Mahony R.I.P., selectors Dermot Buckley, Sean Burton, Tim Egan, Liam Fitzpatrick, Paddy Hawe R.I.P. , Officers: President Jimmy Murphy R.I.P., Chairman John Murphy, Secretary Eamonn Collins, Treasurer Mrs Sheila Grey R.I.P., First Aid Officer Eileen Hallihan.
The official part of the proceedings was completed with prayers for the deceased members by Fr. Stephen O'Mahony PP Liscarroll.