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Carthy book captures the greatness of Earley Snr

THE Carthy Collection is in its 16th year. That's Brian Carthy's book, 'The Championship'.

This latest edition contains an elegant tribute to the great Dermot Earley, who died in June.

Brian writes how as a young fella, Dermot had a kick-about in the snow with the legendary Roscommon footballer, Gerry O'Malley, who was visiting the Earley family home in Gorthaganny.


Two Kings of the Rossies at play!

Brian tells how Dermot, who joined the army as a cadet at 17, rose to become the Chief of Staff.

There's a tale about Dermot's driver, Paddy Murray, who was feeling nervous on his first day in the job of driving Dermot.

Paddy went to collect Dermot from his house, and from the very first handshake they became friends. Dermot had time and respect for all.


He was the footballer and gentleman that everyone would like to be.

He would be cheered to look at page 58 of the book.

It shows Roscommon as Connacht champions.

'The Championship 2010' contains every detail of the hurling and football championships -- every scorer, team line-out, subs, referee, match venue, the lot. And there's some excellent photographs as well.