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Saturday 19 April 2014

Return of the 'Backstreet Boys'

Getting ready for the Backstreet Boys event are Jerome McNamara, Niall Lynch, Jay Moran, Seanie Lynch. Back; Mike O'Donoghue, Kieran Lynch, Eamon O'Connor, Eddie Sugrue, and Sean McDonnell. Photo by Ann McNamee

THE Backstreet Boys are reforming for one major reunion in Listowel shortly!

Ok, so it's not the famous US boy band of the 1990s under discussion. But female fans can take heart at least from the fact that these Backstreet Boys are better looking and with inordinately niftier moves.

This particular Backstreet Boys group is comprised of the fine sportsmen who cut their teeth kicking ball out the back of Patrick Street and their reunion is taking place at Mike the Pie's public house on the Sunday before Race Week.

"We're calling ourselves the Backstreet Boys and we're looking for anyone who ever kicked a ball around out the back to join with us on the day!" Mike the Pie's owner and former football star of the back lane Eamon O'Connor urged.

Starting at 2pm on Sunday, September 15, it is going to pit the former footballer against each other once again in a series of fun, novelty events.

"We had no television back then so it was all about football and we had wonderful times out the back lane. You'd always know a fellow who played out there as his knees and elbows are still at him!" Eamon laughed.

Among the many backstreeters over the generations was at least one duo that went on to play ball at the highest level in this country and Down Under: "Noel and Tadhg Kennelly were always out there growing up, even Christmas Day so we've produced some fine players from the backstreet!"

"The reunion is on the Sunday before the Races and we'll be testing skills to see how they've held up over the years with white tyres and green and gold tyres set up as targets and points up for grabs!"

Eamon also advises the neighbourhood that a Remembrance Mass for Lilly Mai Browne who was murdered in her Patrick Street home 28 years ago. "Lilly Mai was like a mother to us growing up and we'll be having a Mass for her after the Races but the time hasn't been fixed yet."

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