“Our hearts so stout have brought us fame
for soon 'tis known from whence we came
where e'er we go they dread the name
of Garryowen in glory”

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O’ Connor Brothers 1904

Four of the O’Connor brothers in their prime:
Back: Jack and Thade. Front: Joe and Bryan

Garryowen followers will be interested to know that for the first time the story of the legendary seven O’Connor brothers has just been published. Between them they won 47 Munster Cup medals with Garryowen, and no Garryowen cup winning team between 1890 and 1914, the club’s most prolific era in that competition, was without at least one of the brothers. They were also superb athletes and oarsmen: Jack and Joe were capped for Ireland. Surely Limerick’s greatest sporting dynasty. Their story, amongst several other rugby tales and other stories pertaining to Limerick, is included in Denis O’Shaughnessy’s “Reflections on Limerick,” on sale in all bookshops in the city.

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