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Article From Westmeath Independent and Written by Deirdre Verney


TubberclairGAA club is encouraging other clubs in the region to get involved in GAA Social Initiative follow­ing their first foray earlier this summer.

35 former footballers who played with the club in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s got together for a special social function in The Fatted Calf, Glasson, back in April.

“It was a reunion of peo­ple who wouldn’t have met for donkeys years,” Carthage Conlon, one of the organis­ers, along with Sean Kenny and Micheal Fagan enthused recently.

“We had people coming from Dublin, Galway, Clifden, Mullingar and of course, all around Athlone and Glasson. It was a fantastic night,” he adds.

The GAA Social Initiative arose as a result of former President Mary McAleese and her husband, Martin, notic­ing an absence of older men in attendance at official func­tions during their many visits to local communities over the years.

The couple spearheaded the setting of a forum to examine the issue of isolation among older people and the GAA So­cial Initiative was later born, under the stewardship of Kil­toom resident Sean Kilbride. It has set about organising activities to get men together, including reunions, socials, local history projects and reg­ular functions.

“It gave an opportunity for people to meet and talk. That’s what it was all about, a social side,” Mr Conlon says of the first Tubberclair event. “The people who came were thrilled to come back and meet guys they hadn’t seen for 30 or 40 years,” Mr Conlon, himself a former Tubberclair and Westmeath footballer says, laughing that there was plenty of talk of their memora­ble Junior Championship final win over Ballinacargy back in 1967.

That famous match has gone down in GAA folklore as it took over four and half hours of football in four different matches to separate the pair, the second bout having to be abandoned after Sonny Farrell and other players stood up on the crossbar to prevent a free being taken near the end of the game.

Such was the success of the inaugural Tubberclair GAA Social Initiative first event, the club is now planning to turn their attentions to the play­ers of the 1960s and 1970s for an event, probably later this year.

“It’s an exercise worth doing. I hope other clubs fol­low it on. Rosemount were the first club in Westmeath to get involved and others have followed since then,” Mr Con­lon explains, adding that it is fantastic way of reconnecting with people, especially those who have fallen away from the GAA since they stopped play­ing.

He thanked his fellow or­ganisers, the club itself for all the help in contacting former players and everyone who helped make the first occa­sion such a resounding hit for all who attended.



        Daphne Bigley, Kathleen Connaughton and Julita Conlon.



                                 Moss Farrell and Billy Moran.



                               Sonny Farrell and Tony Fox.



                              Willie Doogan and Mike Conlon.



     Tom Martin, Fr Paddy Conlon, Sean Flanagan and Liam Conlon.



                              Richie Collins and Frank Walker



                     Miriam Collins ,  Richie Collins and Frank Walker



                              Oliver Farrell and Joe Sammon



                                 Tony Fox and Patsy Conlon



                                                  Joe Bigley



                           Tony Fox, Patsy Conlon and  Betty Conlon



                     Margaret Martin, Ann Martin and Ann Ganly



                                    Music In The Fatted Calf



                                         Mary Wilson  and    Paul Wilson



                                  Willie Moran and Pat Murphy



             Mary Reynolds,Carthage Conlon and Katherine Fox







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