Photo: Divided Loyalties
The death has been announced of Dan O’Neill, who played for the county in the Fifties and Sixties, and who was an All-Ireland winner, though not with his native county. Instead, he won his Celtic Cross playing for Louth in the 1957 All-Ireland, where coincidentally another Mayoman – Seamie O’Donnell – was also on the starting fifteen. The photo above shows Dan being chaired from the field at Croke Park by jubilant Louth supporters the day they beat Cork in that All-Ireland final.
Dan’s story of his time as an inter-county player – he was on the League-winning side of 1954 and the team that won Connacht the following year before switching to the Wee County; he lined out again for Mayo in 1963 – was told in his book Divided Loyalties, which was published in 2008. It’s a great read, not just from a footballing perspective but also to get an insight into his very interesting life and times. I did a review of the book at the time – it’s here.
Dan died yesterday at his home in Galway. He was 82 years of age. His funeral takes place at noon on Monday in Galway Cathedral. Full funeral details are here.
May this distinguished servant of Mayo GAA rest in peace.