Jim steps into the breach again after 50 years

Jim Cronin, who collected an award for one of the recipients at the 1964 event will perform the same role at this year’s awards presented by the Tipperary United Sports Panel.

Jim Cronin, who collected an award for one of the recipients at the 1964 event will perform the same role at this year’s awards presented by the Tipperary United Sports Panel.

Fifty years ago Jim collected the weightlifting award for his friend Frank Rothwell, who had moved to Yorkshire and was unable to attend the function.

This time he will collect a commemorative scroll for Hugh O’Callaghan, one of the winners from 1964 who are being honoured by the Sports Panel to celebrate 50 years of sponsorship by Bulmers of the sports awards.

Hugh O’Callaghan, who won the athletics award in 1964 divides his time between Mexico and Fort Lauderdale in Florida and won’t be home for the Annerville awards presentation, which will be held at the Clonmel Park Hotel next Saturday night.

“It’s hard to credit that I collected that award (when they were the Cidona awards) 50 years ago”, Jim Cronin says.

He and Frank Rothwell had grown up as friends in Albert Street, Clonmel and went to school together at St. Mary’s.

Jim, who now lives in Marlfield and Frank will be reunited on Saturday night. Frank is one of the 1964 winners who will be honoured and he and his wife Angela (nee Kiely, who is also from Clonmel) are travelling from their home in Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire for the occasion.