John O’Riordan, who hurled with Carrig in the 60s and 70s, contacted us with a message he wanted to share with the club and with the lads he hurled with down through the years.
”Now that we are in a stage of cocooning I had time to think of all the boys who played hurling with me over the years. I was thinking of the U16 team that won the U16 championship in 1961, the minor championship in 1962 and all the other teams I played with in Carrigtwohill and Imokilly. I would like to wish all these individuals well. We were a winning team then and please God after all this is over we will be winning team again. Looking forward to seeing ye in the future. Stay safe and God Bless us all! Alleluia!
‘Johnny’ was part of an all-conquering u-16 team in 1961 coached by his brother Eddie that went on to minor success a year later. Johnny was also part of the East Cork Junior winning side in 1965, the legendary Junior County champions in 1966 and captained Carrig in the 1978 Junior County final. Johhny also has the unique distinction of playing in junior, intermediate and senior county finals.
We would like to thank John sincerely for reminding us of what the GAA is all about in these strange times and wish him a very Happy 75th Birthday today from all at the club. Thank you also to Margaret and Martin O’Riordan in Boston who got in touch. Stay safe and Carrig Abú!
(Picture below of John, his wife Nora and his grandson, John Anthony O’Riordan).