DEATH OF SHIRLEY GILLESPIE MEMBER OF CARLOW PROVINCIAL TOWNS RUGBY CUP WINNING TEAM 1957.
Just as we are arranging a gathering to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the 1957 Provincial Towns Cup win it is with deep regret that we learn of the death of our second row forward Shirley Gillespie. He died in Australia on 11th January 2017.
Shirley played for a number of seasons with our club and in the final of 1957 he partnered our captain Paddy Nolan in the second row. Shirley was a tall rugged full hearted player who caused major difficulties for our opponents. He was also a fine oarsman with Carlow Rowing Club being the first reserve for the famous Senior Four of 1955.
Shirley who was living in Canada at the time could not make the last reunion of the team in 2007. On receiving the invitation he wrote regretting his absence but sent money for drinks for the gathering. He is the fourth member of the team to have died since we celebrated our 50th anniversary. The others are our back row of Tom O Brien, Arthur Collier and Gordon Prole. We offer our condolences to his family.
May Shirley and all our deceased team mates Rest in Peace.