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Young Munster's 120 years young

A trip down memory lane

Johnny Brennan

My earliest memories with Young Munster go back to the junior Cup final in 1958-59. Beating Cork Constitution 6-0 in Musgrave Park Cork. Noel Killbridge was Young Munster captain on the day. The following year we beat Sundays Well 16-3 in a team which had Paddy Treacy as captain.

Moving onto 1962-63 season saw the team reach the final going down on this occasion to UCC 11-6 the team was captained Ger Treacy.

When I stopped playing I became team secretary of the 1st fifteen in which Tom McGarry was captain. In 1974 a group of people including Sean Gavin, Tony Grant, Willie Flanagan, Jimmy Carr, Paddy Foley, Mickie Cross and Mick Foley restructured the under-age in the club. This went on to become one of the strongest clubs in Munster and still is to this day. Many of those players went on to win Munster Senior Cup medals in later years. We reached the final of the senior cup in 1979 only to be beaten 3-0 by Garryowen. But in 1980 after waiting 42 years the cup returned to Young Munster with Richie Daly as captain, assisted by Tony Grant as coach, Mick O Callaghan as selector and Sean Moore as president. The senior cup was won again in 1984 also winning the junior cup and the senior cup again in 1990.

Just to refer to some of the great people included in training and coaching at that time and also some great characters on the side-line cheering us on were Frank DOLLARS Mulcahy, Frekie Lynch, DO DO Reddan, Didi Sheehan, Tom CLA Clancy, Oily Quinlavin, Harry Butterflied, Nobby Clarke, Nonker Wallace and Cyril PAL Kiely to name but a few.

During my time as Team Secretary for about 20 years I would like to mention some people bring back special memories to me and gave great service both on and off the field.

When I started playing Tony Grant was playing and 20 years later was still involved. He would call to my house six nights a week re training or team business and was totally committed to the club. Paddy Foley who gave his life and soul to the club and never missed a training session and would travel to most home and away games with Tony Grant.

I hope this small piece of my memories of Young Munster RFC will bring back some fond memories and stir up some ones of your own,

Yours in rugby,

Johnny Brennan