PRESENTATION TO THE ALL-IRELAND CHAMPIONS, 1919

by ehistoryadmin on October 19, 2019

The All-Ireland Champions

Presentation and entertainment in Naas

On Tuesday last on behalf of the people of the County Kildare to the G.A.A. team which annexed All-Ireland honours recently was made to the members of the team in the Agricultural Buildings, Naas. The presentation took the form of silver hunter watches and chains with gold medals of antique Irish design attached. The watches and medals were inscribed, that on the inside back of the watch cases being:- ‘Presented to – as a member of the G.A.A. team in All-Ireland Football Championship 1919.’ The name of each member of the team was inscribed on the watch presented to him.

The presentation was made by Mr. Geo. Wolfe, J.P., Co. C., Vice-Chiarman of teh Co. Council and amongst those present were – Lord Frederick Fitzgerald, Messrs. Joseph O’Connor, James O’Connor, P. J. Doyle, J.P., M. Fitzsimmons, P. Phelan, Jas. Sunderland, J.P., W. Murray, Jos. Connolly, P. Coffey, John Quinn, A. O’Connor, T.D., J. Fitzgerald, T.C.; W. E. Coffey, and Myles Quinn, Hon. Secretaries of the Presentation Committee, etc.

Mr. Wolfe, in making the presentation said he was only voicing the feelings of his colleagues and himself and of the people of the county generally without distinction when he said it was a great honour to them to have the privilege of making such a presentation to a team of young Kildare men who had so valiantly upheld the prestige and asserted the supremacy of the county of the Short Grass in the arena of sport. To the members of the County Council from whom the proposal first emanated, it was a very pleasant means of bringing their run to an end, and in that tribute to the young men of the G.A.A. championship team they were expressing the feelings of pride and admiration which filled the breasts of the people of the county generally, irrespective of whatever they might agree or disagree of in other spheres (applause). They were proud, too, to be the first county in Ireland that thus united in an all-county movement to which the people subscribed in this marking their pride and admiration to the upholders of the honours of the county on the sports field. That was but fitting, as there was no county in Ireland in which sport and tall that stood for clean, honest, physical fitness was so highly prized nor in which it had been brought to such a high degree of efficiency, as the occasion proved, and in connection with that movement it was only fair that mention should be made of some of the members of the County Council who had been most energetic in bringing the movement to fruition. Mr. Joseph O’Connor had been a power in himself and a driving force that, notwithstanding the shortage of things generally, had overcome the difficulties which stood in the way of procuring watches that would not alone mark the people’s appreciation of the services of the young men of the county team, but would be of practical utility to them in the days to come. Mr. Phelan, Mr. Healy, Mr. Fitsimmons, and Mr. Coffey too, deserved tributes for their energy and enthusiasm in forwarding the movement (hear, hear). They all hoped the recipients would like the watches, and that they would be mementoes to them in the days to come of what they had achieved and an incentive to them to continue to uphold the honour of their Co. (applause). He wished the wearers of the watches good luck, and hoped that as time passed on, and when in the days that lay ahead – long and happy days he hoped for all of them – they looked at their watches, they would be to them remembrances of what they had done when they were young, and of how Kildare had joined as one man in doing honour to those who did honour and brought the laurels of a much coveted victory to Kildare (applause.)

Mr. Joseph O’Connor said as his name had been mentioned he would only say that to him it was a labour of love to help forward the movement. He took personal pride in the fact that one of his own relations was a member of the team. They were all united in paying that tribute of admiration to the team. He had always felt – and had said so at least once before – that politics should never enter into the realms of sport, and he was glad to see that feeling was shared by those who had joined so generally in showing the feelings they entertained for the team and stood and won honour for their county (applause).

The medals were then presented to the team as follows: Messrs. Joe McDonald (trainer), Larry Stanley (captain), James O’Connor, Paul Doyle, Thomas Goulding, Michael Buckley, J. Flynn, Joseph O’Connor, Geo. Magan, L. Cribben, Michael Sammon, Frank Conlan, B. McGlade, Jas. Moran, J. Conlan, A. O’Neill, Thos. Lawler, B. Garrett, G. Carey and Peter Grady.

Mr. Jack Fitzgerald said on behalf of the Gaels of Kildare he had to return thanks. Mr. Wolfe said it was a pleasure to them to make the presentation when about to leave. They had been warned that they must not touch politics but he would say if Mr. Wolfe was doing actions like that every day of the week they would never want him to leave office (laughter). He did not know whether the Selection Committee of the Co. Council had in their minds the future in choosing watches as their presents. Perhaps they had done a bad thing for the G.A.A., for if a referee chanced by any means to allow a game to run for a minute over the allotted span he would probably be lynched by the holders of the accurate timekeepers with which they had just been presented (laughter). But he believed the members of the Co. Council had rather in their mind’s eye a certain abuse which existed in the G.A.A. in the county in the past in not starting their matches punctually. He was voicing the feelings of every member of the Kildare team when he thanked them from the bottom of his heart for the demonstration of support and admiration for men who knew how to play the game and who played it. It was the first time a presentation of that sort had ever been made to a county team, and he was proud that the first county to take action was good old Kildare, the finest and the greatest sporting place in the whole world (hear, hear). The G.A.A. was non-political and non-sectarian. It was a national association which he believed had done any amount of good for Ireland by nourishing and developing the physical powers of the race. While thanking them most heartily he believed it was the duty of every Irishman to support the G.A.A. (applause),

The team and their entertainers then set down to a repast provided by the Committee, and the catering for which was in the capable hands of Mrs. Lawlor, Poplar Square.

Note: My thanks to Miriam O’Flaherty who brought in a copy of this article from an undated newspaper, probably from February 1920.

 

ART O’CONNOR – A WANTED MAN

by ehistoryadmin on October 19, 2019

The Freeman’s Journal 29 May 1918

A “WANTED” MAN

Fruitless Police Search in County Kildare

Naas Meeting and After

The police in Co. Kildare are still in search for Mr. Art O’Connor, C.E., on some charge under the Defence of the Realm Act, but up to the present have not succeeded in tracing him. Armed with a warrant for the arrest of Mr. O’Connor, in consequence, it is said, of a speech recently delivered by him, a number of police in two motor cars were pulled up at Celbridge police barracks on Friday evening, where they remained for a considerable time. A Sinn Fein meeting was announced to be held in Celbridge that evening, and the presumption is that the police, with whom were the County Inspector and District Inspector, expected Mr. O’Connor would attend the meeting, after which the arrest could be easily effected. Somehow word got abroad of the object of the constabulary activity, and the police not finding Mr. O’Connor in the town afterwards motored to his residence, Elm Hall, Hazelhatch. There they discovered that Mr. O’Connor was not at home, and having made a search they returned. It is now stated that while the police were in Celbridge Mr. O’Connor visited the town, and was actually within some yards of those who were inquiring for him, but crossing the Liffey bridge, unseen by them, he reached his home, again getting away from there in a motor before the police searched.

Another Escape

Mr. O’Connor attended a meeting at Naas, on Sunday, and delivered an address. He was received with much cheering, and, in the course of his speech, declared his allegiance to Ireland and the men who were deprived their liberty, whose only crime was love of country, and claimed his own God-given right to existence and freedom in his own country.

During his speech several policemen were present, and Mr. Supple, County Inspector, R.I.C., happening to drive past, in a trap, pulled up on seeing Mr. O’Connor and consulted with some of his men, some of whom were observed to ride in different directions in bicycles. Meanwhile, a double file of Volunteers lined up from the rear of the platform to Church lane, adjoining, and when Mr. O’Connor had finished speaking, and while great cheering again broke out, he stepped off the platform, and, accompanied by half a dozen young men, passed through the file of Volunteers, and walked up the laneway. Here he was awaited by some others, who, it is presumed, conveyed him elsewhere, but he was traced no further.

Searching in Vain

Meanwhile a diversion was caused by a rush towards the corner of the Protestant Church adjoining, and here an impenetrable screen of men with bicycles opposed a number of policemen who believed that their quarry was behind. Excitement rose high, but no conflict occurred, and a few minutes later found the police search in vain for their man.

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