We received an excellent response to the photograph of unidentified hurlers in Croke Park published on the Rewind page in The Echo on Thursday 21st February, which resulted in a number of readers phoning in to identify the entire team.
The first to respond was Denis Donovan in the front row of the photo. He confirmed that the event was the Primary Schools Hurling Finals in Croke Park in 1958. Once this was communicated to Mark Reynolds, an archivist in Croke Park, he quickly located an article from the Sunday Independent dated 1st June 1958. The paper carried a report of Rathfarnham (11-5) beating Edmondstown (3-1) in Croke Park on Saturday 31st May 1958 in the Fianna Fail Cup Final.
The article reported this game as “the best of three games which brought the Dublin Primary Schools hurling season to a close”. Though “the losers gave as good as they got up to the interval”, the Sunday Independent also reported that “the easiest win was recorded by Rathfarnham who ran riot in the second half against Edmonstown to capture the Harry Conlon cup” for the very first time.
Names identified from left to right are: Front Row: Martin Keane, Tom Hopkins, Jim Cummins, Mick Hensey, Denis Donovan, Tom Glennon, Ronan Douglas, Des Johns and Joe Bryan. Back Row: Ronald Perry, Frank Mc Lean, Peter Mc Lean, Donal Duffy, John Kernan, James Callaghan, Charlie Byrne, Thomas Walsh and Pat Sweeney.
The later achievements of some young hurlers were also mentioned by callers. Denis Donovan played football for Dublin in the 1960’s, Pat Sweeney was a foreman in South Dublin County Council until his retirement, Jim Cummins who later played as goalkeeper for Shamrock Rovers subsequently emigrated to Australia and Joe Bryan became a celebrated golfer who played in the finals of an Irish golf championship.
Thanks to everyone who got in touch!