Re­mem­ber­ing the men of ’54

Kil­coole host ma­jor shindig

Bray People - - SPORT -

KIL­COOLE GAA club hosted a cel­e­bra­tion din­ner to com­mem­o­rate the 60th an­niver­sary of their last Se­nior foot­ball cham­pi­onship win in 1954.

Guests of hon­our on the night were the sur­viv­ing mem­bers of the team and their next of kin.

With Chair­man Bernard Col­lier, and club sec­re­tary Sea­mus Finn, the leg­endary cap­tain from 1954, Jimmy Gam­mell, pre­sented an award to his team­mates in attendance - Ned Kee­gan, Danny Hat­ton, Jimmy Hat­ton and Sean Kelly.

Awards were also pre­sented to the fam­i­lies and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the other team mem­bers and se­lec­tors.

Over 150 peo­ple were in attendance for din­ner and spe­cial men­tion must go to the or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee, the caterer, the dec­o­ra­tors and the many vol­un­teers who helped make this a mem­o­rable night for ev­ery­one. Cel­e­bra­tions con­tin­ued into the wee small hours and a great night was had by all.

The club would also to ask for as­sis­tance in track­ing down any de­scen­dants or fam­ily mem­bers of ‘Sonny’ Atkin­son.

Sonny em­i­grated not long after the vic­tory and was the only per­son for whom we were un­able to find a fam­ily mem­ber or rel­a­tive. His me­mento will be put on dis­play in the club­house

Brothers Jimmy and Danny Hat­ton hold­ing the foot­ball that was used 60 years ago.

Danny Hat­ton with Rosanna and her hus­band Gerry. Rosanna is the daugh­ter of the late Wil­lie Red­mond who also starred on the 1954 team. Rosanna and Gerry are hold­ing the plaque that was pre­sented on the night to the play­ers.

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