Monday, 25 September 2017

Tit-Bits of History

The following reports are taken from the Irish Independent,between September 20th.and 25th.1945.
# William Joyce--'Lord Haw-Haw'of German radio-was found guilty of treason at the Old Bailey,London,and sentenced to death.Joyce showed no signs of emotion,bowed to the judge,smiled to his brother Quentin,and raised his right hand in what appeared to be a fascist salute.

++ Two Irish children,Michael Shannon,six,and Oliver Shannon,eight,brothers,who were recently released from a Japanese internment camp in the Philippines, were on the liner Queen Mary when she docked at Southampton from New York.Their parents were also captured by the Japanese,but no trace has yet been found of them.The boys are coming to Dublin to stay with their grandmother who lives in Blackrock.

ooo A crowd of 67,329 thronged Croke Park to watch Cork win the All-Ireland Football Final from Cavan in a thrilling and hard-fought game.when the Last whistle sound,Cork had 2 goals and 5 points against Cavan's 7 points.Cork supporters surged across the pitch and carried the winning team shoulder-high around the field.

Monday, 18 September 2017

Heart-break again for Mayo.

All-Ireland Senior Football final: Dublin 1-17; Mayo 1-16.
Once again Mayo have to swallow the the bitter pill of defeat in an All-Ireland Senior Football final;on this occasion they were beaten by a 76th. minute pointed free from Dublin's Dean Rock.They lost,by a similar margin,to the same opposition in their last encounter in an All-Ireland senior final.I have a special fondness for Mayo football.In my early youth I had an obsessional interest in Gaelic Games.In the part of Tipperary that I come from the interest in Gaelic Football,as well as hurling,not alone in our own county,but country-wide was intense.In those relatively stress-free times in my life,Mayo were one of the footballing giants.I can recall the names of practically all their All-Ireland winning team of 1951.
     This present Mayo team is very close to the Holy Grail.The indomitable spirit Mayo's Michael Davitt,and the Land League,failed to be crushed by the cruel Land Lord system .In July 7th.1980 Mayo lost one of it's greatest-ever footballers,John Morley,when he was brutally shot down by bank-robbing terrorists.Let next year be your year.