Willie, prince of full backs
Sir - I read with interest Dermot Crowe's excellent article (Sunday Independent, January 1) regarding the great sports people who passed away in 2016. However, another footballing great passed away in mid-December, which seems to have gone unnoticed in the media.
I refer to Willie Casey from Ballina who represented Mayo from the early 1950s to the mid-1960s and who, at 19, was a sub when the county won its last All-Ireland title in 1951. In 1954, he won a National League and added a Connacht medal the following year.
My first time in Croke Park to see my native county was in that year's All-Ireland semi-final in which Dublin overcame Mayo by a point after a replay.