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MIAH LYNCH: A MUST READ SportsStory

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MIAH LYNCH: SUCCESS FOLLOWED MIAH IN SOCCER & GAA

Miah, who was also a gifted hurler, was one of four Cork players that played for Ireland against Belgium in 1934. This was the only occasion on which Cork had such a representation on the International side. Capped along with Miah were, Tom Burke from Cobh, Jim "Fox" Foley and Timothy Jim O'Keeffe, the three of whom starred for Cork FC in their 2-1 FAI Cup final victory over St James’ Gate that same year.

Amazingly, Miah, Fox and Timothy Jim, all played hurling and football with Geraldines, ensuring that the little "Jewtown" GAA club had its name enshrined in folklore. The trio were members of the team that won the Ballinure Hurling Tournament and the Oliver Plunkett Juvenile League in 1922. Though still only a juvenile, Miah is photographed with the Geraldines junior team, which beat Cobh in the County Hurling Championship final in 1923.

Miah played on the minor team that defeated Ballinora in the Minor County (Under 17 then) Hurling final in 1925 and two years later, the teenager demonstrated exciting football skills in helping them to victory over Kilbritain in the County Junior Football final. Miah along with Fox Foley, first played soccer with Crusaders in the Munster Minor League and then moved to Rangers, who also competed in that league, before signing with Cork Bohs, with whom he won an FAI Intermediate Cup medal in 1928. When Cork Bohs withdrew in 1934, he signed for Shamrock Rovers, but returned home again to assist Cork FC at the commencement of the new season.

Miah was suspended by Cork when refusing to sacrifice a day's wages as a mechanic to travel for a match in Dundalk. He teamed up with most of his former Bohs team-mates when signing for GSR (Great Southern Railways) in the Munster League and was delighted to return to Bohs when they were reformed in 1936. He refused several offers from League of Ireland sides, preferring instead to continue with Bohs until 1940, when a leg fracture, sustained during a league game in Turner's Cross, ended his soccer career. 

Emigrated to England followed in 1942 and on his return to his homesoil a few years later, he made a comeback, not for Bohs, but with the Barrs and in 1946, at an age when most sportsmen are living on their memories, he won his first Cork Co. Senior Hurling medal when inspiring the Blues to a thrilling Cork County Championship victory over great rivals Glen Rovers.

He was magnificent again a year later helping Barrs retain the title, when defeating Sarsfields in an exciting final. Twenty-six years after winning a Junior Football County with Geraldines, he won another when Barrs surprised Delaneys in the 1951 final, which wasn't played until the following year.

It was the opinion of many experts that Miah's preference for soccer robbed the GAA of a player who could have contributed enormously to the county’s fortunes. Miah Lynch died in August 1987.

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