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Replying To foreveryoung:  "Paudie and Willie Fitzmaurice of Limerick, Iggy Clarke (great hurler) and his brother Joe (I think) of Galway, Mick Kennedy of Offaly, Paddy Barry of Cork, and Tom Fogarty of Tipp come to mind.

None from Kilkenny. Mind you, there's lots of Protestants in that part of Ireland!"
What a shocking end of your post.
I'm from a border county.
We have most years 1 or 2 members of the church of Ireland on our senior team.
Actually one of them is in a senior position in Croke Park.

I presume you were joking, joking or not with the sensitivity that this country has gone through in relation to this matter the wording was inappropriate.

I would if you were man enough to enter a post to clarify you were been humorous and apologise for the comment made referring to protestants.

As a man from the border I or others want and hope that religion sectarianism never returns.

leitrimforsam (Leitrim) - Posts: 85 - 04/10/2022 22:04:37    2442832

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Replying To Brandyh:  "Was one of the Donegal lads on the 92 All Ireland team a full time fisherman? Also thought Galways Tomas Mannion was a farmer but I might be wrong"
Barry Cunningham who came on midfield in the final was a fisherman. Manus Boyle who got MOTM that day was a net mender. In fact, the majority of the strong Killybegs team of the 90s would have been directly or indirectly employed in the fishing industry in some capacity such was importance in the area at that time.

Killybegs played Castleblayney in an Ulster Club Final in 1991. Interestingly, even a few of their players missed that game as they were 'out at sea'.

With county final season in full swing it's interesting having a look at the programmes for occupations. Definitely a lot more teachers, students and accountants nowadays. I saw an elephant walker in one - really hope he wasn't joking!

peiledoir20 (Donegal) - Posts: 896 - 05/10/2022 10:09:42    2442841

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Replying To Brandyh:  "Was one of the Donegal lads on the 92 All Ireland team a full time fisherman? Also thought Galways Tomas Mannion was a farmer but I might be wrong"
There were a few Killybegs lads on the 92 panel - Manus Boyle, Barry McGowan, John & Barry Cunningham. As far as I can recall Manus and John were the only two who worked in the fishing industry - albeit land based rather than out at sea. Open to correction on that though.

Killybegs had a great team in the early 90s and won a good few championships but their prospects in Ulster & beyond were often severely diminished by the fact that many of their key players were out at sea by the time the provincial club competition got underway. There's a good article here from one of the local legends of the Killybegs GAA club. He makes a few great points re: elitism as well.

https://www.donegallive.ie/news/sport/615228/special-feature-there-will-always-only-ever-be-one-baker.html

Lockjaw (Donegal) - Posts: 9346 - 05/10/2022 10:16:10    2442844

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A small aside.
I once in the late 80s or early 90s played Buffers Alley in a practice match.
I was hurling on some absolute beast of a man, he was hard, and fair, but he was "liberal" with the hurl (as were most back them days).
The match ended, and we were walking off, shaking hands. etc. Then I hear somebody say "Hello Father". Turned out this fellow was a priest! He was well able to hurl but it was hard to imagine him saying mass that night!
I may ask in the club WhatsApp his name and if he is still alive, but he a good hurler so I would say he won an All-Ireland club medal the year earlier.

ExiledInWex (Dublin) - Posts: 1231 - 05/10/2022 10:35:44    2442846

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Replying To Cockney_Cat:  "I took it as a joke."
I took it as ignorance and will continue to do so until he clarifies his remarks. Snide sectarian jibes on a faceless forum isn't helpful. By the way I am Catholic though non practicing.

eoinog (Sligo) - Posts: 1794 - 05/10/2022 10:38:14    2442847

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Replying To peiledoir20:  "Barry Cunningham who came on midfield in the final was a fisherman. Manus Boyle who got MOTM that day was a net mender. In fact, the majority of the strong Killybegs team of the 90s would have been directly or indirectly employed in the fishing industry in some capacity such was importance in the area at that time.

Killybegs played Castleblayney in an Ulster Club Final in 1991. Interestingly, even a few of their players missed that game as they were 'out at sea'.

With county final season in full swing it's interesting having a look at the programmes for occupations. Definitely a lot more teachers, students and accountants nowadays. I saw an elephant walker in one - really hope he wasn't joking!"
Think Barry was indeed a fisherman in those days now that you mention it. I watched the 92 final during lockdown. He made a big impact when he came on that day. A very good footballer.

Re: programmes and ocupations, I've seen a few lion tamers, spoon designers and sex therapists in different match programmes over the years! :D

Lockjaw (Donegal) - Posts: 9346 - 05/10/2022 11:11:37    2442853

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I fondly remember an TV add that would appear on the RTE coverage for All Semis and Finals featuring "Big Joe Rabbitte, hurler and farmer"

Calving4Sam (Cavan) - Posts: 84 - 05/10/2022 12:43:41    2442865

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Replying To ExiledInWex:  "A small aside.
I once in the late 80s or early 90s played Buffers Alley in a practice match.
I was hurling on some absolute beast of a man, he was hard, and fair, but he was "liberal" with the hurl (as were most back them days).
The match ended, and we were walking off, shaking hands. etc. Then I hear somebody say "Hello Father". Turned out this fellow was a priest! He was well able to hurl but it was hard to imagine him saying mass that night!
I may ask in the club WhatsApp his name and if he is still alive, but he a good hurler so I would say he won an All-Ireland club medal the year earlier."
More than likely Martin Casey. Who was actually originally from Kerry.

I would say it's a long time since a priest played at county level. I think I recall once seeing therr was a Christian Brother playing with Meath in the 90s.

oneoff (UK) - Posts: 1448 - 05/10/2022 13:50:40    2442876

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Replying To Cockney_Cat:  "I took it as a joke."
That's the correct way to take it. It was meant as a bit of humor. Humor, not in the sense that they couldn't hurl, just that they couldn't become priests, which is as obvious as a pair of balls on a bull (sorry if I've offended any bulls who identify themselves as cows).

I'm sure that if those offended by my 'ignorant' remark actually heard me say it, they'd realize the correct tone that it was meant it, and just laugh it off. You just might not like my loud American accent. Sometimes tone, and tongue-in-cheek comments, get lost online. And at other times, some people are so offended by anything that is in any way non-PC. It's almost as if they exist to be offended.

Anyway, that the man to whom my comment was directed, CC, saw it in the correct light, satisfies me. And btw, CC, thanks for the info on Fr. Tommy Murphy. I did not know anything about him; before my time following GAA.

foreveryoung (USA) - Posts: 2046 - 05/10/2022 14:34:47    2442880

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Replying To oneoff:  "Something I was thinking about the other day is now players jobs have changed in the last 15/20 years.

Does anyone know the last players from the following jobs to win All-Irelands?

I know there's been a few from Tipp and Kilkenny in hurling. But who was the last member of the Army to win a football All-Ireland? Jim Gavin is the only one I think of and even then he was in the Air Corps. Have their been anyone in either code from the Navy?

In hurling is Noel Hickey the last farmer to win an All-Ireland? What about football?

Another jobs that would have been common once but no longer are?"
Jim Gavin definitely was not the only Defence Forces to win football all-Ireland. Alan Quirke, the Cork keeper in 2010, was probably the last one. Cork would have other ones in the past like Shea Fahy and Seamus Coughlan.

jamsie (Westmeath) - Posts: 445 - 05/10/2022 14:56:20    2442884

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Replying To Lockjaw:  "There were a few Killybegs lads on the 92 panel - Manus Boyle, Barry McGowan, John & Barry Cunningham. As far as I can recall Manus and John were the only two who worked in the fishing industry - albeit land based rather than out at sea. Open to correction on that though.

Killybegs had a great team in the early 90s and won a good few championships but their prospects in Ulster & beyond were often severely diminished by the fact that many of their key players were out at sea by the time the provincial club competition got underway. There's a good article here from one of the local legends of the Killybegs GAA club. He makes a few great points re: elitism as well.

https://www.donegallive.ie/news/sport/615228/special-feature-there-will-always-only-ever-be-one-baker.html"
Was Manus Boyle not a rep for Patrick sportswear. He certainly had the boots.

Breffni40 (Cavan) - Posts: 12147 - 05/10/2022 15:15:53    2442887

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Stephen Molumphy is in the army. Dermot Early Snr & Jnr

Breffni40 (Cavan) - Posts: 12147 - 05/10/2022 15:19:07    2442888

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Replying To Breffni40:  "Stephen Molumphy is in the army. Dermot Early Snr & Jnr"
Kevin Foley from Meath was a vet, so was Brian Dooher

eoinog (Sligo) - Posts: 1794 - 05/10/2022 15:26:24    2442890

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Replying To jamsie:  "Jim Gavin definitely was not the only Defence Forces to win football all-Ireland. Alan Quirke, the Cork keeper in 2010, was probably the last one. Cork would have other ones in the past like Shea Fahy and Seamus Coughlan."
Who was asking who was the last one. Was Alan Quirke in the Army in 2010? I know he was but had left and may have come back again.

oneoff (UK) - Posts: 1448 - 05/10/2022 15:41:05    2442892

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Replying To eoinog:  "Kevin Foley from Meath was a vet, so was Brian Dooher"
brian dooher and kevin foley are still vets

mickcunningham (Westmeath) - Posts: 1838 - 05/10/2022 15:43:06    2442893

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Replying To Breffni40:  "Was Manus Boyle not a rep for Patrick sportswear. He certainly had the boots."
Think he was definitely a brand ambassador or something along those lines. Pretty sure he worked in the net making company in Killybegs as his "main" job though.

Lockjaw (Donegal) - Posts: 9346 - 05/10/2022 15:57:54    2442899

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Replying To WanPintWin:  "Davy Fitz would give him a run for his money on that front. He's had plenty of different jobs on the go over the last few years.
Sean Armstrong was in the army when playing football for Galway.
You'd see far fewer tradesmen playing intercounty nowadays. They just don't have the time needed, especially those who are self-employed. Richie Fahy was a plasterer when Galway won in 2001."
Fintan Burke for the Galway hurlers is a sparky - a tough cookie on and off the pitch!

100% agree that young lads base their occupation choices around GAA, which is absolutely bonkers. Lads getting soft jobs as teachers so they have the summer months off...you should choose your career based on your interests, not about a sport you can only play until your late 30s...just my opinion

tribesman123 (Galway) - Posts: 37 - 05/10/2022 16:36:03    2442906

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Replying To jamsie:  "Jim Gavin definitely was not the only Defence Forces to win football all-Ireland. Alan Quirke, the Cork keeper in 2010, was probably the last one. Cork would have other ones in the past like Shea Fahy and Seamus Coughlan."
Commandant John Joe O'Reilly won 2. Not today or yesterday, but 2 wins and played in 3 other finals i think

Calving4Sam (Cavan) - Posts: 84 - 05/10/2022 17:41:08    2442914

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Replying To tribesman123:  "Fintan Burke for the Galway hurlers is a sparky - a tough cookie on and off the pitch!

100% agree that young lads base their occupation choices around GAA, which is absolutely bonkers. Lads getting soft jobs as teachers so they have the summer months off...you should choose your career based on your interests, not about a sport you can only play until your late 30s...just my opinion"
The GPA are supposed to have something for helping players with this side of things but how much they do I'm not sure.

It's not really anything new. While there where more lads in trades etc in the past for the last maybe 40 odd years high profile players have also had "handy" numbers. In the past it was jobs in the bank and as reps etc

oneoff (UK) - Posts: 1448 - 06/10/2022 08:52:33    2442933

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Replying To oneoff:  "More than likely Martin Casey. Who was actually originally from Kerry.

I would say it's a long time since a priest played at county level. I think I recall once seeing therr was a Christian Brother playing with Meath in the 90s."
That is who he was. I looked him up and it turns out he was on Wexford team in 76 and panel in 77. He was as tough as nails.

ExiledInWex (Dublin) - Posts: 1231 - 06/10/2022 08:57:11    2442934

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