Remembering Galway’s athletic prowess

Caption: Successful Derrydonnell AC athletes cir 1958: Front row: Bernie Rohan, Eamonn Fitzpatrick. Middle row: Bernie Ruane, Willie Morris, Tommy Madden, Kevin Ryan. Back row: George Moran, John Joe Burke, Peter Michael Conneely, Mick Molloy, Dick Walsh.

Caption: Successful Derrydonnell AC athletes cir 1958: Front row: Bernie Rohan, Eamonn Fitzpatrick. Middle row: Bernie Ruane, Willie Morris, Tommy Madden, Kevin Ryan. Back row: George Moran, John Joe Burke, Peter Michael Conneely, Mick Molloy, Dick Walsh.

A new book on the history of successful Galway athletic club Derrydonnell AC will be launched tomorrow in the Rahoon Woods Hotel, Athenry.

In Their Bare Feet, written by Mick Rice, a member of Athenry AC, tells the story of one of the most celebrated athletics club Galway produced. The club won county, provincial and national championships over a period of nearly 20 years during the 1950s and 60s, and athletes such as Willie Morris, Mick Molloy, Tommy Madden, Kevin Ryan and Willie Cannon gained near legendary standing among followers of the sport, not alone in Galway, but all over the country. Several athletes who ran with the club, including Tommy Madden and Willie Morris, will attend the launch. Master of ceremonies will be Frank Greally of Irish Runner Magazine.

 

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