On Thursday night last a big crowd assembled as our club commemorated the 100th Anniversary of Darby Collison’s All Ireland win with Tipperary in 1916, with the unveiling of a photo display in the Séamus Ó Riain Centre. Chairman Pat Sheedy welcomed all in attendance, in particular Darby’s nieces and nephews and the members of the extended Collison family, and our visitors representing the Boherlahan Dualla club, who backboned that Tipperary team.
Eugene Ryan gave an in-depth talk that detailed the history of the Collison family in Moneygall, Darby’s own life story and playing career and those of his brothers, and the exploits of the Moneygall and Tipperary teams each year right throughout that time. He detailed the three All Ireland senior finals that Darby played in – in 1908 when he played on the Dublin team that lost to Tipp, in 1916 when he played on the victorious Tipp team against Kilkenny, and in 1917 when he scored 2-1 for Tipp in defeat against Dublin.
County Development Officer PJ Maher and club chairman John Wardick both spoke well on behalf of the Boherlahan Dualla club, and of the importance of hurling in our communities. Darby’s nephews John Collison and Philip Kennedy spoke on behalf of the family, thanking the club for marking Darby’s achievements, and recalling some anecdotes involving their uncles.
Pat Sheedy then brought the formalities to a close thanking all who contributed to the preparations and to the event itself, and outlining his hopes for the club into the future. Thanks to all who made the event a success, especially Eugene Ryan for his extensive research and preparation, to PJ Maher who brought along the Liam McCarthy and Irish Press Cups, to John Wardick, and to all the members of the Collison family. Thanks also to Sean King, to our photographer Sandra Quinlan for all her work, and to our team of caterers and volunteers.
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