Hall of Fame award for Oliver




Roscommon Gaels’ Hall of Fame recipient this weekend is Oliver McGuinness Snr.

  Oliver was born in 1938 and lived at Main Street, County Roscommon. He played football at all levels for St. Coman’s from juvenile up to senior with considerable success. It was acknowledged by people involved at the time that Oliver was a very skilful and talented player, and that he would go on to have a successful football career.

  He progressed to the St. Coman’s senior team, and, when the new Gaels were formed in 1959, (following the amalgamation of Eoghan Ruadh’s and St. Coman’s), Oliver played a prominent part in the Roscommon Gaels senior football team.

  In 1959, the senior team were defeated by St Brigid’s in the County semi-final, and Oliver played at corner-forward at the age of 21.

  In 1962, the senior footballers began their campaign with a 1-8 to 1-5 win against Shannon Gaels. The County final in 1962 was not played until 1963 as Roscommon qualified for the All-Ireland senior football final. At Athleague in July 1963, Roscommon Gaels defeated St. Brigid’s by 1-11 to 1-10 and Oliver McGuinness played a prominent role in the victory.

  Oliver moved from Roscommon in 1963/64 for career purposes, but continued to maintain a keen interest in the Gaels. A truly great Gaels’ family. Well done Oliver.