West Tipperary GAA clubs celebrate golden jubilee

Tommy O'Gorman (Chuckie) Senior Hurler West Champion Team 1963 with Regina Ryan and Annemarie Karolis

1963 was an outstanding year for the amalgamated Solohead, Lattin & Cullen GAA clubs winning the west senior and minor hurling, west under 21 football and minor football and to top it all off they were the minor football county champions.

To mark the golden jubilee of this successful year, a Gathering event banquet took place at Ballykisteen Hotel & Golf resort on Saturday, October 19.

“Five teams from 1963 have gathered here tonight with James Condon and Donal Leahy travelling from New York Edward Condon from the UK,” explained Jackie Hannon, secretary of the organising committee. “There were 63 players that made up the five teams; twenty of those players played with the County teams and today only 12 of them have passed on. Tonight we go back 50-years. It was a different time and although Lattin Cullen GAA loved playing with Solohead, we also loved playing against them.”

The year 1963 marked the beginning of a ten year period win which Lattin Cullen contested every West Senior Football final and won on six of these occasions.

Lattin GAA Club Chairman Timmy O’Donoghue greeted all the guests who were gathering for this great celebration. There was a great air of excitement and warmth as old friends greeted each other and spoke about old times.

“This is our opportunity to congratulate those who have been before us on the playing field and most importantly those who handle the administration of the club. We have inherited their endeavors for the last 50 years and hopefully we shall continue to do that,” said Timmy.

In August 1963 Lattin Cullen defeated Galtee Rovers 1-7 to 1-4 in the best Junior Hurling final for years. George Ryan was man of the match.

Players Con Ahearne and Tom Breen, team members of the Tipp Minor Team in 1954 and Sologhead Lattin Senior hurling team 1963 were at the event. “It’s a great night and a wonderful celebration,” said Tom Breen.

“We’re delighted to be here and it’s great for the club,” said Con Ahearne.

Paudie O’Neill, Tipperary Senior hurling selector and coach was the guest speaker and fifty years on the players from 1963 received a commemorative scroll at this special Gathering event.

Jerry Dee, Chairman Sologhead GAA who is celebrating the recent birth of his son Tommy with his partner Marie, was delighted at the night’s event.

“This is a very special occasion and a great chance to look back and celebrate this historical year for the two clubs,” said Jerry.

The organising committee would like to add a special word of thanks to all the sponsors of the spot prizes for the night and also to: Ballykisteen hotel management and staff, to the Chairmen, secretaries and committee members of both clubs and to everyone who came out and supported this momentous event.