Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Thanks to one Laois Nationalist reader who provided us with this copy of a page from the Gaelic Weekly News.


It provides the history of the Mountmellick team dating back to its formation at the turn of the century by the late Phil Bray and EJ Laffey.

It documents how in 1920 the team won the county Junior football championship citing names such as Sharkey Kirwan, Jack McEvoy, P. Geoghegan, Chris, Foran and Paddy Moran.

It was nine years later in 2019 that they won their second County Junior football final.

The 40s brought a flourish of silverware to Mountmellick.

In 1941 they won both the county hurling and football championships as well as the Féis Shield.

Many players featured on both teams such as brothers John, Pat and Ted Laffey as well as Don and Tom Murray, Eddie and Jack Conroy, Paddy and Gerry Horan and Billy Murphy.

Billy Murphy also played senior football for Cork, Donegal and for Laois and senior hurling for Laois and Cork.

Paddy Horan won an all-Ireland Junior middleweight boxing title and a Laois cross-country title.

So who are these players in the photograph?

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