Death of Jay Connolly, former Clonmore & Carlow player. RIP.

November 8, 2018

The Clonmore club was in mourning last weekend following the death of John ‘Jay’ Connolly, who played with distinction on the great Clonmore teams of the 1950s alongside brothers Mick, Paks & Denis. Jay was a fine all round athlete who won Leinster sprint championships with Knockbeg College and featured on a Leinster colleges football selection. He won a Junior Championship with Clonmore in 1950 and went on to play with the county team. To his family and friends we extend our sincere sympathies on the loss of this great Gael. May he rest in peace.

In this photo of the Clonmore team, circa 1948, a young Jay is pictured in back row, fourth from right. Back (left to right): Tom Byrne, Bill McDonald, Paddy “Johnson” McDonald, “J” Connolly, Denis Cullen, Bob Tallon, JJ Nelson. Front: Mick Murray, Pakes Connolly, Andy McMahon, John Doyle, Billy Byrne, Matt Cullen, Paddy Wybrant.