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Míceál O'Leary of Avondale United

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Blackrock Online.. People of Distinction.. Sports Category.. Soccer 

Míceál O'Leary of Avondale United 

A prodigy of Ringmahon Rangers where it all began for Míceáll O’Leary, he later signed up with Avondale United and became one of the Dales formidable players. Honours were achieved in the Mall Tavern and President’s Cup competitions and Michael was a member of the historic Dale team that won the clubs first ever F.A.I. Intermediate Cup title in the memorable season of 1977/78.

Like many more progressive soccer players, Míceál departed the Dale for Cobh Ramblers of the Munster Senior League and won his second F.A.I. Intermediate Cup medal under the managership of the renowned and late Tony “Tucker” Allen. That was 1979/80 season. With Ramblers, Míceál also won Munster Senior League honours.

An item of Cork soccer heritage states, Míceál’s dad, the late Jer O’Leary, was one of the historic founding members of Ringmahon Rangers and this notable footballer also won Munster Junior Cup medals in the Green/Gold colours of Blackrock FC in seasons 1953/54 and again in 1954/55.

Our Blackrock Online People of Distinction now preserves the Golden Memories of the O’Leary father and son footballing family of Blackrock and we look forward to researching many more glorious sporting stories of Times Past.

Michael Casey

Soccer Historian @ Blackrock Online

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