"The Killeshin Team Photo"
on the picture images to enlarge)
Back Row - Left to Right.
1) Miss Molly
Proctor, the Mall , Killeshin. - (2) Johnny "Franey" O'Rourke, Springhill. - (3) Paddy Procter, the Mall,
Killeshin. - (4) Markie Brennan, Cooper Hill. - (5) Jack
Cowley, Coolhenry. - (6) Johnny Drennan, Killeshin. - (7)
Tomas O'Rourke. - (8) Charlie Pollock. - (9) John O'Rourke.
Front row - Left to Right
"Daisy" Lawlor. (11) young boy, Martin O'Rourke. - (12)
man kneeling behind young boy is
(13) Patsy O'Rourke. - (14) man with cap is Michael
Dwyer. - (15) young boy, Frank Donnelly. - (16) Billy O'Rourke. - (17) Thomas O'Rourke.
The above names were supplied
August 2006. He now
lives in Farmington, Michigan, USA where
he established a successful Public House and Restaurant.
some of the lads from the 'Killeshin Football team' (above) probably taken sometime
around 1937. Most of these lads would have been in their late
teen's or early 20's.
When the Killeshin Football team
broke-up in 1939 Jack Cowley went to play for Graiguecullen Club
and played in his first Laois County Final in 1940. Tommy Murphy
took the team off the field over a disputed goal scored by
Graiguecullen consequently the team was suspended for a year from
playing. After working in England for a year with
Haughney Jack came back and in 1942 Paddy O'Rourke and Jack
Cowley played again and won their first County Championship.
very rare picture indeed!
Michael Brennan's Uncle Mark
(Markie) Brennan is standing at the back and to the right of
Jack Cowley. The girl (who is believed to be Paddy Procter
sister from the Mall, Killeshin), one of her sisters or cousin was married to Hourigan
from Ballickmoyler. We also believe that she was Markie
Brennan's girlfriend and she was training to be a nurse. The
man wearing the cap is Michael Dwyer.
who was a bricklayer
(pulling young lads cheeks to make him smile). Patsy O'Rourke
is kneeling centre picture, Thomas O'Rourke is the young boy at
right of picture and directly behind him the football team
member is another O'Rourke man. The man with the cap may be
Michael Dwyer a teacher from Killeshin School.
O'Rourke was a brother of
Thomas O'Rourke. Patsy, John
and Martin O'Rourke were brothers not related to Billy and
The Killeshin football club broke
up about 1939 and then the players amalgamated with
Graiguecullen. Jack Cowley played in the Laois County
Final in 1940 with Graiguecullen. Jack was born on 3rd Sept.
My grateful thanks to Michael
Purcell, Johnny Haughney, Charlie Haughney, Anna O'Rourke and Jack Cowley
for helping identify the team members in the picture.
(Markie Brennan died on 6th
November 1939 as a result of pneumonia as a result of a broken
collar bone received whilst playing
Source: Michael Purcell c2006
More images of Killeshin football
Graigue - Killeshin - Carlow
- The Team Left - Right:
- Front: Matt Dowling, Micky
Ramsbottom, Jim Lalor, John Moran.
- Middle: Jim Doyle, Jimmy
Ramsbottom, Jimmy Dunne Paddy Moran, Christy Bolton.
- Back: Christy Moran, Mick
Brennan, Jack Doogue, Willie O'Rourke, Billy Fitzpatrick, Paddy
O'Rourke, Paddy (Pakie) Moran.
"Players from the past"
These are the members of the Killeshin
Football team from 1937. The picture (left) as appeared in
the Nationalist newspapers c1990.
A good team which reached a
Laois JFC final, but never quite made the breakthrough, even
though good enough to defeat the outstanding Carlow O'Hanrahans.
"It was the best team in
Killeshin for a long time, but it was very hard to win in Laois
at the time" said team member Paddy Moran, a former Carlow Sugar
Factory sugar cook.
Paddy who was on the fringe
of the Laois team at the time, played with Ballyfoyle (Maganey),
Ballylinan and Crettyard before going to Killeshin.
- Boy at the Back: Jim Fitzpatrick
- From left: Kate (Kitty) O'Rourke - Josie
Teehan - Miss ? Wall - John Brennan - Tom O'Rourke -
May Duffy - Billy O'Rourke - Willie Brennan.
- Back Row: Josey Teehan - Miss (?) -
Miss Molly Proctor.
- Front Row: Tom White - Unknown - John O'Rourke.
- The two boys are: Martin O'Rourke
(brother to John) - and Unknown Boy.
Brennan, Molly Proctor and some close friends c1937.
- The young girl
is believed to one of the Proctor girls from The Mall,
- He played football for Killeshin. (see
football team picture) and he played in a band with Michael
- The people in the above photos
(#1 & #2) have been
identified by Mr. Jack Cowley Michigan, USA in August 2006.
- My grateful thanks to Jack (Michigan)
and Michael Purcell (Carlow) for all their work in this project.
- The information contained
in these pages is provided solely for the purpose of sharing
with others researching their ancestors in Ireland.
- © MICHAEL
BRENNAN July 2001. All Rights reserved