I was wandering away in through file-land recently and some of the negatives from one of the first batches of photographs I took with a new 35mm camera suggested themselves to me.
One evening during the summer of 1981 I was heading off up Pound Road on a camera testing mission when I heard voices across the fields.
The voices alerted me to a sporting event from the Limerick Road and much closer to town than the Desmonds GAA grounds.
Across the Fields
I ventured across the fields and came across a soccer match in waiting in Hogan’s Field.
I plucked up the courage to ask the locals if they’d mind if I took a team photograph and they obliged.
I stood in behind the goals for a while as J.J. Broderick was keeping at the Castleisland side.
I don’t know who won or lost as I headed off for Ballinaboul Cross after a while.
Ronnie Whelan Stood Here
But I do know that the photographs I took on that evening in late June 1981 were never seen by anyone – I was only practicing.
The pitch in question, Hogan’s Field, is now where St. John’s Park stands and JJ Broderick, whose goals I stood behind all those years ago, is now my neighbour across the street.
At Georgie’s Invitation
It was one of the many fields on which Georgie O’Callaghan’s teams played over the years.
Shortly after that the great Irish and Liverpool player, Ronnie Whelan stood on the same field as he presented trophies to a squad of Georgie O’Callaghan’s young proteges and at his invitation.