AN old hurling team photograph in last week’s Clare Champion provoked huge interest and many correctly identified the team as the Spancilhill side that lost to Liscullane in the 1947 junior B final.
In a keenly contested game, Liscullane won by 4-1 to 2-1.
Clare GAA historian, Ollie Byrnes has unearthed the Liscullane (Tulla) photograph, which was taken in Tulla in October, 1947.
Many of the Spancilhill team played senior championship for Clooney. Maghera, also from the parish, fielded a team in junior A. According to Ollie, this photograph was probably, taken by Mary Duggan (nee Forde).
Kevin O’Doherty, Spancilhill, played senior hurling for Clare in 1953 and ‘54. James Corry was a native of Tulla but played with Spancilhill.
On the Tulla side, Eddie Quinlivan, Peter Conway and others were big name senior hurlers. Conway scored 4-0 in the 1945 Clare Champion Cup final.
Ollie Byrnes has recently completed a compilation of over 40 interviews dealing with Clare hurling, covering the era from 1914 to the present day. Featured in his latest series will be the views of prominent Clare hurlers at club and county level and avid followers of the game through the county and beyond. More than 100 photographs have been gathered to illustrate the text and any other contributions of pictures or articles would be appreciated. All material submitted will be returned in due course to contributors. For further details, contact Ollie Byrnes on 087 6138594.