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New jerseys in honour of Jack Downey

Published 2 months ago 08th August 2022 by Jamie O’Flaherty

A beautiful new set of jerseys, along with shorts and socks, were presented to each member of Clonmel Og’s U/15 team this week in honour of their friend and former coach Jack Downey.

Jack Downey’s mother Elaine presenting the new jerseys to U/15 captain Brandon Landers with Jack’s friend Derry Phelan.

It was a very special occasion at Ned Hall Park where the new kit was presented by Jack’s mam Elaine.
Sean Quirke’s album of songs in memory of Jack raised the money to purchase the new fabulous strip that has Jack’s initials embroidered into the sleeves.

Friends and supporters of Clonmel Og gathered at Ned Hall Park for the presentation of jerseys in honour of Jack Downey

Remembering Jack, Sean said he was a huge talent and was always on hand to offer advice and guidance to younger members.

Sean said he found inspiration to write the album after visiting Jack’s graveside.
“I couldn’t find the words until I sat at Jack’s grave and had a chat with him. I often do that but on this occasion it was like Jack was talking to me.

Friends and supporters of Clonmel Og gathered at Ned Hall Park for the presentation of jerseys in honour of Jack Downey

“The words suddenly came to me and I was able to write them down and put a song together.
“I have no doubt that I was inspired by Jack that day just like he inspired this young U/15 team when he coached them at U/10 level.

The Clonmel Og U/15 team display their new jerseys in honour of Jack Downey

Club stalwarts Noel Walsh and Eddie Kearney also spoke in glowing terms of Jack and encouraged every member of the team to remember Jack whenever they pull on the new jerseys.

Derry Phelan and Elaine Downey displaying the new goalkeeper jersey

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