Gaelic Football

A rural two-teacher school served by pupils mainly from a farming background gave little priority to sport. The pupils were required to help on the farm from an early age and had little time for football, with the exception of the occasional game throughout the summer. In addition, the pupils were scattered from across the entire school catchment area, which meant that getting together proved difficult. Only a few pupils played football with neighbouring clubs. The following are the pupils who won medals:

Johnny Egan, Coolsipeen

Johnny Egan from Coolsippeen (Lack school 1920) won an Intermediate Cup medal for Clonlegad in 1944. He is regarded locally to have been the most talented all-round sports person that the area produced. In addition to Gaelic football and athletics, he was a committed huntsman, while his home was the venue for a weekly game of cards throughout the winter for many years.


Michael Walsh from Crahera (Lack school 1949) played for the Coolmeen club. He won a Senior A Championship medal in 1964 and an Intermediate Championship medal in 1966. He generally played as right fullback and was an excellent fielder of the ball. He is considered to have given an exhibition on fielding a ball at the Senior Championship for Coolmeen in 1962.

PJ Garry from Clonfurish (Lack school 1953) won a Junior A medal with Clonlegad in 1969.

Fintan Kelly from Leimnaleha (Lack school 1959) won the under 21s B Championship with Lissycasey in 1975. He played in the position of cornerback. He had already won a Geraldine League medal in 1973.

James Hehir, whose father came from Lack, helped train the Clare hurling team that won the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship in 1914.