Cork man receives his minor medal 60 years after emigrating to the US

Cork man receives his minor medal 60 years after emigrating to the US
Dave Geaney with the Minor County Hurling Championship medal which he received at the St. Vincent's GAA 60th anniversary celebration. He missed out on the presentation back in 1957 as he had departed to start a new life in America. Picture: Mike English

A former member of St Vincent’s hurling club who missed out on a county win with his team 60 years ago was surprised by his former team mates last night on the anniversary of the club’s championship win.

Dave Geaney played in every round of the club’s championship battle in 1957 but missed out on playing in the club’s title win in the Cork Minor hurling final as he emigrated to America.

Last night, 60 years to the day of the final, Mr Geaney was honoured by the surviving members of his team when he was surprised with a replica of the county medal he originally missed out on.

Mr Geaney, originally from Gurranabraher, travelled from the States especially to attend the event held to mark the team's anniversary.

11 surviving members of the club’s original team attended the ceremony last night.

Lord Mayor Tony Fitzgerald and Bishop John Buckley also attended the club's celebrations.

Lord Mayor Fitzgerald congratulated St Vincent's for promoting Gaelic Games in the community for almost 75 years.

“St Vincent’s Hurling and Football Club is very much connected with the local communities of Hollyhill, Knocknaheeny, Gurranabraher and Sunday’s Well,” he said.

“Since the club’s formation in 1943, it’s grown from strength to strength in promoting Gaelic Games and I’d like to congratulate the club for their dedication to the youth in the local area.” 

“I’m very happy to be here with the 1957 minor hurling champions at the club pavilion, with such a fitting tribute to the team who brought so much joy with their win 60 years ago.” 

Club PRO Councillor Mick Nugent commended the club’s organisation committee for the successful event.

“It was great to have the Ard-Mhéara and Bishop Buckley in attendance too here at Hollymount House.” 

“It’s fantastic to mark such a special event with the team, 60 years to the day they won the hurling title.” 

“It’s important too to remember the members of the team who have since passed away,” he added.

“It was a really nice occasion to celebrate with the club, who will be following on with more events to mark their upcoming 75th anniversary as well in 2018.”

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