Thursday 19 April 2018

One of the last surviving heroes of Mayo’s All Ireland winning team of '51 has died

Caroline Crawford

Caroline Crawford

ONE of the last surviving heroes of Mayo’s All Ireland winning team of '51 has died.

Rev Peter Quinn (91) died on Saturday at the Ard na Gréine Nursing Home in Enniscrone, where he lived.

The Ballina man was one of the last three surviving members of the winning squad.

He was an outstanding footballer and won two All-Ireland senior football medals with Mayo in 1950 and 1951.

Fr Quinn was a priest when he played on the winning Mayo team in 1951, and had had to seek a special dispensation from the Bishop of Meath.

He also had to change his name to Quinlan due to a ban on clerics playing intercountry football at the time.

Fr Quinn was ordained in Dalgan Park Navan for the Columban Missionaries in 1950. He had spent most of his life  as a missionary in the Philippines before moving to America. He returned to Ireland in 2012.

He remained an ardent GAA fan throughout his life, making it to matches when possible.

He attended the 2013 final as a guest of the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny.

Fr Quinn is survived by his brothers Pat and Jerry and sister Sr Josephine.

His remains will repose at McGowan's funeral home, Ballina this Sunday from 12pm to 2pm before removal to St. Patrick's Church , Ballina for funeral mass at 2.30pm. He will be laid to rest in St. Patrick's Cemetery , Kilglass .

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