Remembering Ger Feeney, a year on

It’s hard to credit that a full year has passed since the tragic boating accident off the west coast that claimed the lives of former Mayo footballer Ger Feeney and his friend Donal McEllin. But the world keeps turning and time continues its remorseless march and so here we are at the first anniversary of the tragedy.

I was leafing through the excellent Glór Achadh Mór 2010 magazine a while back when I came across this cracking photograph which features the late Ger Feeney in action for Ballintubber and I thought that it would be fitting to bring it to people’s attention to coincide with the anniversary of Ger’s death.

The picture (double-click on the thumbnail to see the high resolution version) is an action shot taken during the semi-final of the 1970 Intermediate championship featuring Ballintubber and Aghamore. Ger was still a minor at that stage – and would go on to win an All-Ireland minor medal with the county the following year – and, by the looks of the photo, he needed to be quick on his feet to deal with the white heat of the Intermediate championship at that tender age.

11 thoughts on “Remembering Ger Feeney, a year on

  1. Great picture, the crowd or a good part of them are on the pitch, one young lad seems to be getting out of Gers way and behind him is an old lad. I looked to see if there was anybody I recognized in the photo and I could only come up with an under cover Prince Charles near the side line…beneath the woman with the white cloaked hat! Great picture of a great man.

  2. Hard to believe its one year. great Picture indeed. Im sure he would have been proud seeing both his sons playing their part in bringing a bit of respect back to the county foorball team this year. I thought Ger himself had played for Castlebar or was that a later stage in his career ?

  3. ted,Ger played most of his football with the Tubber winning Intermediate medal in ’76 and Senior league medal in ’80.Joined the Mitchels towards the end of his playing days.RIP

  4. Sorry, I should have added more details. According to the magazine, the game took place in Ballinrobe and the Aghamore no.12 was a guy called Michael Kenny.

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