Most people’s thoughts are, I know, on yesterday and what happened to us in Cork and I’ll get to all the reports on that in a bit but first it’s only right and proper to acknowledge the passing over the weekend of a Mayo great. Fr Peter Quinn, wing-back on the 1950/1 double All-Ireland winning team passed away on Saturday. He was, I believe, ninety years of age.
A native of Quignashee, near Ballina, Peter Quinn was a Columban missionary priest who lived for decades in the Philippines. He was ordained late in 1950 and so, in order to get around the rule at the time forbidding priests from playing in “violent games” he donned the alias ‘Peter Quinlan’ in order to continue playing for the county in their successful Sam Maguire defence the following year.
The 1951 final win over Meath was Peter Quinn’s last match for the county. By that December he had taken up his missionary posting in the Philippines, his inter-county career behind him at the age of 26.
After retiring from the missions, Fr Peter lived and worked as a priest for some years in America before returning to Ireland in 2012. It was in the Árd Na Gréine Nursing Home in Enniscrone, a short distance from where he grew up, that he passed away on Saturday last.
May this great and distinguished servant of Mayo GAA rest in peace.