Friday 26 May 2017

GAA mourns death of one of the last surviving heroes of Mayo's All-Ireland-winning team

Mayo All-Ireland winner Fr Peter has passed away

The late Fr Peter Quinn
The late Fr Peter Quinn
Peter Quinn when he lined out for the 1951 champions Mayo
Caroline Crawford

Caroline Crawford

One of the last surviving heroes of Mayo's All-Ireland-winning team has died.

Fr Peter Quinn (91) died on Saturday at the Ard na Gréine Nursing Home in Enniscrone, where he lived out his final years.

The Ballina man was one of three surviving members of the winning Mayo squad of 1951, the last time the county won the Sam Maguire Cup.

The last two surviving members of that famous team are Paddy Prendergast, who now lives in Kerry; and Padraig Carney, who is in the US.

As a priest, Fr Quinn had to seek a dispensation from the Bishop of Meath to play on the winning team in 1951. He also had to change his name to Quinlan while playing, due to a ban on clerics playing inter-county football at the time.

Fr Quinn was ordained in Dalgan Park, Navan, for the Columban Missionaries in 1950. He spent most of his life as a missionary in the Philippines before moving to America. He returned to Ireland in 2012.

He remained an ardent GAA fan throughout his life, making it to matches when possible. Fr Quinn attended the 2013 final as a guest of the Taoiseach and fellow Mayo man Enda Kenny.

Fr Quinn often told of how he and his fellow teammates kept in touch and would meet at games when they could.

He is survived by his brothers, Pat and Jerry, and sister, Sr Josephine.

His remains will repose at McGowan's funeral home, Ballina, this Sunday from noon to 2pm, before removal to St Patrick's Church, Ballina, for funeral Mass. He will be laid to rest in St Patrick's Cemetery, Kilglass.

Irish Independent

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