Storeis from the Wall – Father Cyril Haran

A group of former Summerhill College students who played on teams trained by the late Fr Cyril Haran have organised a tile in his memory to feature on The Bit O’ Red Wall.

It is the among the latest tiles purchased with 183 now bought to feature on the wall.

The closing date is 31st January to be posted in time for the season.

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One of the organisers for the tile in memory of Fr Haran is Ballymote native, Michael Rafferty, who now lives in Galway.

Fr Haran was a popular football coach for a period of his time on the Summerhill College staff.

He served in several parishes in the Elphin diocese and his last base was in Grange Co. Sligo where he had family connections.

According to Michael: “Fr Haran was such a positive influence in our lives during our times in Summerhill. Over 40 years later we still cherish the memories.

“Some of us were boarders, others with day students.

‘Cyrlie’ , as we used to know him, gave us great times. During a three-year golden period in the 70’s, he brought us to tournaments in France, Glasgow and Liverpool.

“He managed Summerhill and Sligo/Leitrim teams teams that featured in All-Ireland finals.”

“Over the years we had reunions to remember the great times had together and it is a small but great way to put our gratitude to him on the record by having a tile with his name on the Showgrounds Wall.”

The Bit O’ Red Wall

“Fellas from those teams included Gerry Emmett, Kevin Murray, David O Malley, Enda Eames, Leo Harrington, Tony McGowan, Austin Jennings, Kenny Molloy, PJ Dolan, Roy Kilfeather, Martin Callaghan, John and Jim Kent, Colm Dykes, Gerry Adams, Roy Kilfeather, Paddy Cullen, Larry O’Gara, James Kerins, Kevin Gurrie, Jack Mc Groarty, Martin James, Eugene Metcalfe and John O’Doherty.”

The tile will state