The Clan notes for this month link us to the Centenary Commemoration of Mary Anne OBrien OLoghlen (+ 1918 – see post for January 2018). The sports-image below was taken at the Blue Meadow sports field, Kilfenora, North Clare c 1925.
This photograph contains two sets of three brothers, one set displays the Quinn surname; while the other set of three brothers were each grandsons of Mary Anne OBrien OLoghlen (+ 1918). The young teenager holding the football at the front was Mary Anne’s great grand child, Eamonn (+1945).
This team includes players who donned the county Clare football jersey during 1917, as well as playing for their club team, Ballyvaughan. A feature of this team was the dedicated loyalty which they evoked. Whenever this team was due to participate, their most loyal followers made ready, walking many miles through Clare highways and bye-ways to provide their support.
There was one particular supporter whose story continues to resonate within club annals and anecdotes. Although we do not know the name of that loyal follower, we know she was born in a North Clare workhouse during the final decades of the 1800’s. Whenever she entered the Blue Meadow sportsfield, outside the village of Kilfenora she was greeted with the refrain: ‘Up Ballyvaughan, with the holes in her stockings!’
Image: Arthur Irwin, La Rochelle, New York, USA
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