Blast From The Past

A trawl through Naomh Brid teams from days gone by, in no particular order.

Naomh Brid Minor Team 1996 – County Minor Champions Division 3

Team photo

Back Row L-R: Dermot Curristun(Trainer), Pauric Doherty(Carrick), Pauric Curristun(Carrick), Pauric McDaid(Aghadoey), Rory Quinn(Mullinasole), James Kelly(Trummon), Johnny Mulhern(Tullyearl), Donal Martin(Mullinasole), Pauric Rooney(Tullywee), John Gallagher(Trummon), Martin Gallagher(Greagh), Michael Gallagher(Manager)

Front Row L-R: David O’Malley(Ballintra), Lorcan McGrory(Ballydermot), Rory Sweeney(Bridgetown), Raymond Gallagher(Greagh), Pauric McGroary(Trummon), Earl Gallagher(Shannagh), Sean Rooney(Tullywee), John Gallagher(Carrick), PJ Keeney(Ballydermot), Declan McCafferty(Lisminton), Pauric Molloy(Ballydermot)

This team were the first underage team representing the club to win a County Title, when they won the Division 3 Minor(U-18) Title in 1996. In previous seasons, Naomh Brid had been struggling to even field a Minor team and in the old Southern Division was never easy as three of the best Division 1 teams in the County that year were also to be found in the same section. Graded as a Division 3 team for the County stages, they then found their feet and after beating Red Hughs in the semi-final, they then beat Naomh Mura in the final in MacCumhaill Park to the great joy of everyone involved. The club had lost a few underage County final’s before this one, so this was a most welcome victory.

This was also a year of great personal success for two members of the team, Rory Sweeney and Donal Martin. Both were on the County Vocational Team which won the All-Ireland Title in Croke Park with Rory having the honour of lifting the Trophy on the steps of the Hogan Stand as Captain. Rory was also Captain of the Donegal Minor team that won the Uster Title that year with Donal also on the County Minor panel. A year of great success for those lads.

-Pauric was clearly a popular name in the parish at the time with six on this team.

-A few current Naomh Brid stalwarts on this particular team including a future Club Chairman and underage manager’s.

-This group is well spread out these days, I think at least four in the US, one in Australia and a few in Britain as well.