Stars of 1951 amongst those honoured

Roscommon 1951 All-Ireland Minor Championship winners were honoured last weekend at the Roscommon Supporters’ Club dinner dance in Dublin. Michael Shivnan, John Lavin, Mick Kelly and Barry Molloy were among the former players present on a night when members of one of Roscommon’s best-remembered teams enjoyed reflecting on a famous victory over Armagh.   Gay and Mary Sheerin from Ballyfarnon were also guests of honour at the dinner dance on Saturday evening. Mr. Sheerin, who was in goal for Roscommon in the 1980 All-Ireland Final, played for the county with distinction for nearly two decades before successfully managing the county for some years.    The Roscommon ’51 team defeated Sligo, Galway, Louth and Armagh over the course of a minor championship season that was prolonged by difficulties relating to Galway’s fielding of an overage player in the Connacht Final. Roscommon did not play the All-Ireland final until the 16 th of December, 1951.   Having defeated Sligo by 3-5 to 0-2 in the Connacht semi-final, Roscommon moved past Galway and into the All-Ireland semi-final in which they overcame Louth by 2-5 to 1-3. Roscommon defeated Armagh by 2-7 to 1-5.   Harry Penney, Leo Duffy, and Michael Shivnan played exceptionally well for a Roscommon team that was also well served by John Raftery and Tom Finnegan on what team captain Barry Molloy recalls as a ‘beautifully sunny December day’.   Leo Duffy (died 1964), Jerry Healy (died 2006) and Tony Murphy (died 2006) were remembered on Saturday night their contribution to the 1951 success on what was a hugely enjoyable night for old friends.