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Times Past At Dunlops G.A.A. Club and Familiar Faces

Looking back on Times Past is of sentimental value and it is even more sentimental when a person you knew quite well pops up in a special nostalgic picture. That is and was the motivation behind the establishment of Blackrock Online Heritage. Of course as we grow into mature adulthood and senior citizen status (and remember it happens a lot faster than we ever imagined in the prime of youth) recalling days of yore is most often a pleasant experience. We no longer have the legs or the firepower to sprint the shortest distance for the newspaper, but we have our Golden Memories of Times Past to recall.

Recently Frank Murphy of Ballinlough (late Simon's brother) presented me with a collection of pictures by email of Times Past involving Blackrock and districts. Amongst the collection was a picture of a former Dunlops inter firm G.A.A. football team of probably 1960’s/70’s eras. I immediately knew many of the faces and this picture I realised would also revive many memories for former inter-firm G.A.A. players all over Cork. Dunlops workforce consisted of people from all over Cork and also from other counties and the picture reminds us of the former great Cork hurler, Jimmy Brohan.

Also in the picture alongside the Blackrock legend are well known former Cork players such as Joe Twomey (Glen Rovers fame); Finbarr O’Neill (Glen Rovers fame); Brian Murphy (Crosshaven fame) and John Joe Kelly (St. Nicks fame). Dunlops were a powerhouse club at Cork G.A.A. inter firm and mention of the name always dared opponents to be at their very best to live with a factory team endowed with so many household names in Cork hurling and football. Other firms also had their fair share of star players and the inter firm competitions, mostly played on Saturday afternoons, exhibited a very high standard.

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