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Noel Clancy, Alo Kelly and Martin Fitzpatrick

Alo Kelly and Noel Clancy describe growing up in Offaly with an enthusiasm for GAA. Although they didn’t have the best equipment they spent all their time immersed in playing games, as there was little else to do. Martin Fitzpatrick moved to the area and quickly became involved with the Tullamore club, enjoying some success with the team. Alo played with the county team and was part of the panel that contested the 1961 All-Ireland final. He also managed a number of clubs, spending some time in England in later years. Between them they played, coached and worked hard to bring administrative projects to fruition, such as the centre that the club opened in 1972. The three recall a time when rural life was simpler, the games were less defensive and the Association less structured. And as supporters they recall the unbridled joy that swept the county off its feet in the wake of a succession of unexpected All-Ireland triumphs in both hurling and football over a relatively short space of time.

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