Sunday 25 September 2016

O'Malley mourned

Published 06/01/2016 | 02:30

Legendary Roscommon Gaelic footballers Gerry O’Malley has died. (Stock picture)
Legendary Roscommon Gaelic footballers Gerry O’Malley has died. (Stock picture)

Roscommon GAA is mourning the death of one of its finest ever Gaelic footballers, Gerry O'Malley.

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O'Malley's inter-county career spanned three decades from 1947 to 1964, incorporating a 1962 All-Ireland final appearance against Kerry which they lost by 1-12 to 1-6 when he featured as a 33-year-old captain.

They lost by 1-12 to 1-6 and a groin injury picked up early in the game by O'Malley did not help his team as he was forced to withdraw.

Renowned as one of the best centre-backs in that or any era and one of the greatest players never to win an All-Ireland medal, O'Malley won Connacht medals in 1952, '53, '61 and '62 and won Railway Cup medals in 1951, '57 and '58. His performances in the 1952 and 1962 Connacht finals are considered among his best.

O'Malley, a great hurler who played for Connacht, helped St Brigid's to win four county titles and trained the team when they won in 1969.

He lived much of his life in Dublin and trained the St Maur's club to Dublin junior and intermediate finals.

Irish Independent

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