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Paddy Reid RIP

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  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 15,519 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Neil3030


    Heard Woody talk about him on OTB ball during the week. What an unbelievable story. See if I can remember it all:

    - Wins a grand slam in 1948
    - Leaves to play league in England, it doesn't work out and he returns home
    - Handed a 40 year ban from all rugby activity by the IRFU for playing league :eek:
    - Returned to coaching in the 90s after his ban, having never lost his passion and love for the game
    - Coached in Garryowen, where Woody had very fond memories of him

    What a guy!


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,087 ✭✭✭✭ elperello


    A legendary man.
    He was held in great esteem by all the old school sports fans and he was a nice man into the bargain.


  • Registered Users Posts: 12,338 ✭✭✭✭ Losty Dublin


    Neil3030 wrote: »
    Heard Woody talk about him on OTB ball during the week. What an unbelievable story. See if I can remember it all:

    - Wins a grand slam in 1948
    - Leaves to play league in England, it doesn't work out and he returns home
    - Handed a 40 year ban from all rugby activity by the IRFU for playing league :eek:
    - Returned to coaching in the 90s after his ban, having never lost his passion and love for the game
    - Coached in Garryowen, where Woody had very fond memories of him

    What a guy!

    Knowing how the IRFU wigs were, he'd probably still be banned had the game not gone professional :)


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,273 ✭✭✭ Snickers Man


    Does anyone know if any of the 1948 team are still alive?

    in particular, for anyone from Ulster, is Albert McConnell still with us? The ESPN website has a database of former players and consulting it for the Irish Grand Slam team it has dates of death for all of them except McConnell, a Collegians forward who played in all four Grand Slam matches in 1948 and would be 98 years old if still alive.

    According to the data gleaned from the site, (I do this so you don't have to :) ) Paddy Reid was the last but one to die when he passed away in January 2016. Bertie O'Hanlon, another Munster three quarter died in September 2016. Both men were 91 at the time of death.

    They weren't the longest lived. Mick O'Flanagan (died 2015) and Jimmy Nelson (died 2014) were both 92 when they passed away.


  • Moderators, Music Moderators Posts: 6,495 Mod ✭✭✭✭ dregin


    Does anyone know if any of the 1948 team are still alive?

    in particular, for anyone from Ulster, is Albert McConnell still with us? The ESPN website has a database of former players and consulting it for the Irish Grand Slam team it has dates of death for all of them except McConnell, a Collegians forward who played in all four Grand Slam matches in 1948 and would be 98 years old if still alive.

    According to the data gleaned from the site, (I do this so you don't have to :) ) Paddy Reid was the last but one to die when he passed away in January 2016. Bertie O'Hanlon, another Munster three quarter died in September 2016. Both men were 91 at the time of death.

    They weren't the longest lived. Mick O'Flanagan (died 2015) and Jimmy Nelson (died 2014) were both 92 when they passed away.


    Bertie O'Hanlon was the last to die, apparently - https://www.irishexaminer.com/sport/rugby/obituary-bertie-ohanlon-last-surviving-member-of-irelands-1948-grand-slam-winning-team-425745.html


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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,273 ✭✭✭ Snickers Man


    Here it is then. The Roll of Honour of the 1948 Grand Slam team, none of whom are any longer with us.

    Listed in order of their known dates of death. Interesting to note that the captain Karl Mullen was the youngest player on the team at only 21.

    Hopefully, all enjoying the game they play in heaven in heaven.

    Name Surname Position Opposition Date of Birth Date of Death Age at Death

    Bertie O'Hanlon Wing F E S W 23/10/1924 25/09/2016 91
    Paddy Reid Centre F E W 17/03/1924 08/01/2016 91
    Michael O'Flanagan Centre S 29/09/1922 12/09/2015 92
    Jim McCarthy Flanker F E S W 30/01/1926 20/04/2015 89
    Jack Kyle Out Half F E S W 10/01/1926 27/11/2014 88
    Jimmy Nelson Lock E S W 16/09/1921 13/06/2014 92
    Colm Callan Lock F E S W 06/01/1923 30/05/2010 87
    Karl Mullen Hooker F E S W 26/11/1926 27/04/2009 82
    Des O'Brien Number 8 E S W 22/05/1919 26/12/2005 86
    Jimmy Corcoran Prop F 14/07/1922 5/8/2002 80
    Dudley Higgins Full Back F S W 20/05/1920 30/12/1999 79
    John Mattsson Full Back E 16/07/1917 16/10/1999 82
    Robert Agar Number 8 F 29/03/1920 23/4/1998 78
    Bill McKay Flanker F E S W 12/07/1921 15/10/1997 76
    Ernie Keefe Lock F 16/03/1919 30/11/1991 72
    Chris Daly Prop E S W 12/12/1917 10/11/1988 70
    Barney Mullan Wing F E S W Unknown 25/09/1986
    William McKee Centre F E S W 27/08/1923 28/01/1982 58
    Hugh De Lacy Scrum Half E S 20/11/1919 08/11/1979 59
    Ernie Strathdee Scrum Half F W 26/05/1921 17/07/1971 50
    Albert McConnell Prop F E S W 29/10/1919 Unknown

    * Exact Date of Death unknown. Age accurate to within a year.


  • Moderators, Music Moderators Posts: 6,495 Mod ✭✭✭✭ dregin


    ESPN has a death date for Jimmy Corcoran - 5/8/02 - http://en.espn.co.uk/ireland/rugby/player/5010.html
    Judging by this piece in the telegraph, Robert Agar died on 23/4/98 - https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/incoming/rugby-death-of-bob-agar-28312905.html


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