It was with regret that Dromtarriffe GAA learned of the death of a great club stalwart Con O'Connor from Knocknagurrane, Cullen.
An outstanding footballer from the mid 50's and up to the early 60's, Con figured on the 1959 Dromtariffe team that won the Co. Junior A Football Championship. A keen sportsman, he figured too as an athlete in cross country yet football was his burning passion where Con occupied wing forward position in the county final against Dohenys.
Former Club Chairman Charlie Drake spoke of Con's versatility on operating both in defence and attack, a stylish player showing his talents in abundance.
"He will always be remembered as having been a very important part in winning the 1959 County Final for Dromtariffe. A wing forward in the 50's and 60's was no easy task at that time, because the biggest and strongest section of the playing pitch was the defence," said Charlie.
"Con held a facility to leave the opposition's defence looking after him in amazement such was his determination, strength, speed and agility. Likewise if he was playing on any position in the back line, the opposition might get through once but not the second time because Con would apply the commandment of thou shall not pass," he said.
Colleague and a great friend Mick Byrnes spoke of a fierce committed, dedicated and consistent player. And team Captain Tom Meaney paid tribute to a lifelong friend, fellow team member and neighbour.
"Amongst his many attributes both on and off the field were his ability to engage in any topic of conversation with young and old. Con won many medals and trophies with Dromtarriffe outside of 1959, he had a unique since of position and had an extremely fast burst of speed over a short distance and was totally unselfish with the ball as an out-n-out team player," said Tom.
"He ensured, the man in the best position always had to get the ball so as to avail of the best advantage to get the score. On doing so, he held amazing stamina and staying power, on or off the playing pitch he was a perfect gentleman," he said.
During his playing career, Con was a good friend to Dromtariffe GAA, an inspiration to any side and his passing severs a link to a truly great team.
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