Monday, 02 October 2017 16:23

Jack Lynch Centenary Celebration

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Glen Rovers GAA, Cork, Commemorate The Centenary Birth of Jack Lynch

On Friday 29th September 2017 Glen Rovers GAA Club commemorated the Centenary Birth of one of their most celebrated sons in the person of Irish Statesman, legendary Cork and Glen Rovers GAA legend, the late Jack Lynch.

In an oration delivered by former Glen Rovers and Cork hurler, Tomás Mulcahy, at the unveiling of a Jack Lynch Commemorative Plaque, at the entrance door to the Glen Rovers Clubhouse, the feats of the famous Cork legend were retold.

The oration  was as follows:

Jack Lynch:

Hurler, footballer, politician, statesman but foremost a Glen Rovers and St. Nicholas legend.  A legend known to every man, woman and child during his own lifetime, and also a legend inscribed in Ireland’s history books for current and future generations of Irish people. In Glen Rovers, just like his great friend, Christy Ring, he left a mammoth and proud legacy, one greatly guarded and protected.

Jack Lynch made history in sport and politics and is still the only GAA legend to win six All Ireland senior medals in a row. No Cork man or woman succeeded Jack as Taoiseach Of Ireland.

He bridged all barriers and became an iconic personality and made Cork citizens so proud to announce their Cork identity. We’re from the county of the Real Taoiseach. Everybody knew that meant Cork.

It was on Wednesday 15th August 1917 when Jack Lynch made his birth entry to Nora Lynch (nee O’Donoughue of Glounthane, Co. Cork) and Dan Lynch, a native of Baurgorm, east of Bantry. He was born in Cork city and farming was in the family loom whilst Nora’s father once occupied a well known city pub on McCurtain Street, The Cork Arms.

Jack’s parents were cut from the same cloth when it came to career choice. They both worked under one roof in the tailoring trade on Cork’s Grand Parade and love blossomed through the measuring tape as Dan got the measure of Nora and walked her down the aisle as his blooming bride in 1908. It would be nine years later, in 1917, when Jack arrived.

Tuesday 15th August 2017 was the Centenary of the birth of one of Cork’s most famous sons, Jack Lynch, who passed away on 20th October 1999 and is buried at St. Finbarr’s Cemetery, Cork.

Glen Rovers and St. Nicholas GAA clubs are hugely indebted to have such a famous Son of Cork associated with their identities all through his life. He made both clubs part of his own identity all over Ireland and he availed of every opportunity to proclaim his own allegiance to Glen Rovers and St. Nicholas clubs.

His sporting pedigree is truly documented over many decades and to further embellish the links between Jack Lynch, Glen Rovers and St. Nicholas, the unveiling of a Centenary Plaque to commemorate his 1917 birth will further solidify the proud association with Jack Lynch.