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McBurney/Declan Bogue



Pictured Declan Bogue



Date: Thursday 12th April 2012

Location: BT Offices

Credit: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX

Copyright: Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX



Liam McBurney - RAZORPIX

liammcburney@gmail.com

+44 7837 68 57 67

Somewhere down the years we've made sport about sacrifices and demands but now we just want fun like our forefathers

Declan Bogue


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Team player: Eddie O'Connor, with ball, endured a tough upbringing

Team player: Eddie O'Connor, with ball, endured a tough upbringing

Team player: Eddie O'Connor, with ball, endured a tough upbringing

This is the Cavanacross team of 1935. The fella holding the football we can presume to be the captain, my grandfather Eddie O'Connor.

It hung in a frame in my grandparents' bungalow, a short dander from either McMulkin's, Cox's or Gavin's Field, the rare patches of flat ground in the townland that were occasionally transformed into sporting arenas.

Into his 70s and 80s, Eddie would sit underneath it, his left arm resting on the kitchen table while he kept a plug of tobacco burning in his pipe. One ear cocked for the yarns coming from his wife Eileen and their children in the tiny living room.