Clogheen's Moulson brothers honoured - occasion attended by FAI CEO John Delaney
As we edge towards the three quarter point of the year, the 'Gathering' continues to throw up all sorts of intriguing stories. Clogheen wouldn't be considered a hotbed of professional soccer and it has come as a pleasant surprise to locals that two men from the South Tipperary village carved out successful professional playing careers for themselves across channel during the 1930s and 40s.
Operating in an era far removed from the glamour and wealth that surrounds today's Premier League, brothers Con and George Moulson also elected to declare and play for Ireland (George played 3 times in 1948 while Con lined out for his country on 5 occasions in the years 1936 and 1937).
The research of historian, Ed O'Riordan helped bring the 'Moulsons of Clogheen' story to light and Clogheen Community Council, in association with Vee Rovers FC, took it a stage further by organising a weekend long festival to mark the association. Last weekend's programme of events were brilliantly organised and there was widespread praise for the imaginative and innovative way the 'Moulsons of Clogheen' story was recreated.
Speaking at last Sunday's unveiling of a plaque at the former Moulson family home in Clogheen, F.A.I. C.E.O, John Delaney said the committee had done Irish soccer a considerable service.
"I must confess that I wasn't aware of this connection, however, I have been reading up on the subject and it's a fascinating series of events. Personally, I have a great interest in all the old soccer players and the Moulson brothers seem to have been remarkable men. I am genuinely delighted to be present today to do the unveiling and I'm also giving a commitment that Con and George Moulson will be further honoured by the FAI at a forthcoming international, I've assured the family of that," Mr. Delaney said.
Richie Power, treasurer of the Tipperary Southern & District League (TSDL), also spoke about the Moulsons' international careers.
"People should keep in mind the logistical challenges associated with travelling to Dublin from England to represent their country during the 30s and 40s, there was little in the way of preparation or perks, playing for Ireland obviously meant an awful lot to Con and George Moulson," Richie said.
John Moulson, who represented the Moulson family, also addressed the large crowd. He thanked everyone associated with the event and said he was truly impressed by the thought and effort put into the homecoming event. MC for the unveiling ceremony was Thomas Quirke, chairman of Vee Rovers FC. Thomas had all his facts and figures in order and gave a detailed account of the Moulsons' playing careers, without referring to any notes. The plaque was blessed by Fr. Frawley. The co-operation of the house's current owner, Noreen Brunnock was also acknowledged.
During the course of last weekend, Sean Flynn, father of Vee Rovers FC treasurer, Ger Flynn, passed away suddenly. Despite their great loss, Ger and the Flynn family were anxious that Sunday's formalities go ahead as scheduled. At last Sunday's ceremony, John Delaney took time out to sympathise with Ger and the Flynn family.
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