1965 team express thanks

  Gerry Flanagan, a member of the Roscommon team which won the 1965 All-Ireland Junior title, addressed guests on behalf of his panel colleagues.   Mr. Flanagan said that he wished to thank the organising committee for the great honour bestowed on the 1965 team. It was a very historic occasion and he knew that the players from 1965 were re-living the events of that year with great enthusiasm. The celebration taking place was a way of re-capturing the spirit of 1965.   Mr. Flanagan said that he wished to particularly acknowledge the players and mentors who had passed on. ‘Rightly we should plan for the future, but we should not forget the past,’ he said, before paying tribute to the skills and personal qualities of each deceased individual associated with the 1965 success.      ‘We owe them a debt of gratitude’ he said.   Mr. Flanagan acknowledged that the team captain, the inspirational Mick Hoare, was ill and could not be present. Mick’s wife, Margaret and family members were at the function.   He singled out his legendary colleague Gerry O’Malley for special mention, detailing his successes, and describing him as ‘a gentleman to his fingertips.’ O’Malley, he said admiringly, had won his first medal of any description in 1945; he began playing for Roscommon in 1947 and ended his career in 1965. It was, he said, a remarkable career by a remarkable individual.   Speaking on behalf of his colleagues, Mr. Flanagan added his congratulations and thanks to Johnny Haughey. He concluded by describing the night as a joyous and historic occasion and by again thanking all associated with the event.