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Derry O' Brien RIP.   24/03/2020

As we mourn the loss of Derry O’Brien who passed away last week, it is fitting to recall the contribution made by the O’Brien Family to the Éire Óg Club. Derry’s older brothers paved the way. Jim played Intermediate and Junior in the forties and early fifties. Billy from the late forties, through the fifties and sixties, ended up at centre-back on the 1973 Junior B Hurling win. Paddy played through the fifties and sixties and was part of the 1972 Junior A success. His sister, Rita, and the Conway Family also played their part.                Unsurprisingly, Derry got involved at a young age, first at Juvenile level in 1951. He won Mid-Cork medals – Juvenile 1952, Minor 1953, Junior 1960, 1961, 1962 and Co. Junior Hurling 1962. He also won Walsh Cup 1964 and Co. Intermediate Runners-up medals in 1965, as well as Junior B Football in 1961.            Derry represented Éire Óg on Muskerry teams, and he won Munster Intermediate Hurling medals with Cork in 1964 and 1965, followed by All-Ireland Intermediate success in 1965. He also wore the Cork Senior jersey in the National Hurling League.                                An able administrator, he served as Treasurer of Éire Óg in the early sixties and Co. Board Delegate during the difficult times of the mid sixties, while still playing the game.  Even after he went to live in Cobh, he was always willing to help Éire Óg whenever  possible.      Our sincere sympathy to the O’Brien and Galwey families. 

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a Anam Dílis.

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