A REAL family heirloom was unearthed this week in Dingle as the Brosnan family in Cuilín discovered Tim Brosnan's 1938 County Football Championship medal just in time for Dingle's clash with Dr Crokes in this Sunday's county final.
Tim Brosnan, who was known in Dingle as ' Timineen Deas', was one of the Dingle greats and brother of GAA legend Paddy Bawn Brosnan.
In 1938 the brothers Brosnan, along with Mossie Moore, Paddy Barrett, Gerald Fox, Ned Kennedy, Bill Casey, Bill Dillion, Sean Brosnan, Tom Gega O'Connor, Tommy Devane, Johnny Moriarty, Tom Long, John Moriarty and team captain Jimmy McKenna beat North Kerry (3-3 to 2-5) to claim the county championship for Dingle for the first time.
The Brosnan brothers were to replicate their success five more times over the next 10 years with Tim and Paddy Bawn Brosnan adding to their county championship title haul in 1940, 1941, 1943, 1944 and 1948. Paddy Bawn captained Dingle in 1943 and Tim captained the side in 1944. After those years of glory, Dingle's last county final appearance was to be in 1951 when they lost to Shannon Rangers.
This Sunday, Tim's grandnephews Johnny and Robert B. Brosnan will face Dr Crokes as Dingle returns to the county final after a 61-year absence. Tim's medal has been passed down from generation to generation in the Brosnan family and has provided a real source of inspiration ahead of Sunday's clash with the mighty Dr. Crokes. Hopefully the Brosnan brothers of 2012 will add to the family silverware on Sunday.