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Frank Fahy (Cup) returns to Turlough 28-09-2016

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There was a lovely aspect to Turloughmore’s U21 A championship win last Saturday. It was the first time that the title was won by the club and the significance of the win cannot be under-estimated.

When Pat Kearney of the Hurling Committee presented Turloughmore Captain Vincent Doyle with the Cup in Pearse Stadium, there was great excitement. And so there should be....not alone for the historic win but also because the Cup was the Frank Fahy Cup – a man who had given wonderful service to Turloughmore and Galway.

Frank Fahy was once described as a dynamo of integrity, straight talk and controversy. As a player his career went back to the late 40’s and early 50’s as a hurler and footballer in St. Mary’s College. At inter-county level he played in the All-Ireland Junior Finals (home) of 1951, ‘55 and ‘57. At club level, there was the 1956 and 6-in-a-row county titles with Turloughmore.

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As Turloughmore’s Secretary in 1956 and Treasurer throughout the 1960’s, he progressed to being the first County Hurling Board Secretary in 1973. On the executive side, he was County Hurling Team Manager in 1970-75, ‘76 and 77 and Selector in 1972, ‘73 and ‘78. That decade before Galway’s All-Ireland success in 1980 were years of inventiveness. His well known marquee company is known far and wide.

He used to cycle from Tuam to Turloughmore for training during his playing days. What he liked to remember about the Turloughmore 6-in-a-row team was the comment of Canon O’Dea after their third victory (1963): “Their success is based on their ability to play ground-hurling and on top of that they are fearless.” A lesson he learned from their first win against Fohenagh, who were coasting to victory till the final devastating minutes, was that a match is not over till the final whistle.

Fittingly enough then, the Frank Fahy Cup will now reside in Turloughmore for the year ahead.



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