Clonmore heros of 1962 honoured at 125 celebratory function

November 8, 2018

As part of their GAA 125 anniversary celebrations, Carlow County Board honoured the Carlow hurling and football teams of 1962 at a function in the Talbot Hotel on 25 November.


The Carlow hurling team swept all before them to win the All-Ireland Intermediate Hurling Championship in 1962 and Mick O’Brien from The Green, Hacketstown was one of the outstanding performers on the team.


The footballers of this era were a match for the best and beat Cork, Kerry (in Tralee) and Kildare before losing to reigning All-Ireland Champions Down in the National Football league semi-final in Croke Park. Later in 1962, Carlow won the prestigious John Player tournament beating Cavan and Dublin en route. Clonmore’s Paks Connolly and Tommy Keogh were on that team and JJ Doyle was a selector.


That Carlow team included the following who featured on the Carlow team of the century: Joe Nolan, Buller Canavan, Paks Connolly, Pat Brophy, Ned Doogue and Joe Gorman as well as legends such as Cran Hogan and Ned Long. The mystery is how this great team, regarded by many as better than the 1944 team, did not succeed in winning a Leinster title.


John Connolly received the award on behalf of his late father Paks.


MC for the night, Micheál O’Muircheartaigh, was at his brilliant best and a great night was had by all.

PHOTO: Tommy Keogh, John Connolly (representing his late father Paks), JJ Doyle and Mick O’Brien. See more photos in the Photo Gallery.