Saturday 24 March 2018

Morgan proud to be one of the Nemo 'clan'

FORMER Cork All-Ireland winning player and manager Billy Morgan will be hoping his club Nemo Rangers can achieve further success when they eventually face against Dr Crokes of Killarney in the Munster SF Club Championship final, writes Liam Kelly.

The weather will have a major bearing on whether the postponed fixture will go ahead tomorrow week, but nothing can change Morgan's deep feelings for the club that nurtured him from the start.

Morgan has been a member of Nemo since 1955 and revealed in his autobiography 'Rebel Rebel' (Ballpoint Press), co-authored by Billy Keane, just what the club means to him.

"All GAA careers start with the club, but Nemo is more than just a GAA club. It's a way of life. The values of friendship, sportsmanship, and the drive to succeed are a statement of who we are.

"I've been a member of Nemo for over 55 years and consider myself blessed to have become part of the club. Nemo has been accused of being 'clannish.' We probably are. I can't disagree with Frank Cogan's statement that you never see a Nemo man on his own.

"I'm glad to say that I can see this united mentality in the club today.

"The young lads all knock around together in big groups just like we did when we were their age. My sons are fierce friends with Dinny Allen's son Conor and Jimmy Kerrigan's son Paul.

"It's the same carry-on -- slagging, football and hurling, a few beers and looking out for each other.

"The camaraderie between the lads strengthens my confidence in the future of the club," he wrote.

Morgan's contribution to Nemo has been immense. As a player he won seven county championships with them, plus four Munster club titles, and two All-Ireland club championships. Off-field, he coached them to 11 county titles, 10 Munster clubs and four All-Irelands.

Billy will be a spectator at the Crokes match as he is not manager this year, but has a personal interest in the game as his son Brian is Nemo captain.

Irish Independent

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