In conversation with Paul O’Donovan “You can win several Irish senior boxing titles and you might not be remembered, but once you are an Olympian boxer you will never be forgotten”, said Mullingar boxer Davey...
This week Topic met up with Michael ‘Spike’ Fagan and spoke to him about his memorable sporting career, at the height of which he was playing for his country against Australia, alongside one of the greatest midfielders in the game in Kerry’s Jack O’Shea.
“We arrived in Mullingar to stay for the weekend, that was 20 years ago and we are still here,” said Tommy Carr with a smile as he reflected back on a very eventful, busy, colourful and enjoyable sporting career on and off the field.
Mullingar man Barry Kelly has refereed at the top, the very top. All-Ireland Hurling final day in the red hot cauldron of Croke Park, it doesn’t get any bigger.
“I would look to my left and I would be marking Henry Shefflin and on another day it would be Joe Canning or Sean Óg O’Halpin. Those were great days in the Westmeath jersey,” said former Westmeath hurler Brendan Murtagh as he reflected on his playing days with his beloved county.
“I might be retired, but I am not going to put my slippers on, sit down on the couch and watch TV. No, I am going to keep active, and still bring horses to the races and do things I have done all along,” said recently retired Mullingar horse trainer Dot Love.
“When you mention ‘the border’ in Ireland most people are talking about the border between Northern Ireland and The Republic, but for us here in Kinnegad the border has always been between Westmeath and Meath,” said Larry Giles with a wide grin.
So you think you know your sport?...well Tom Hunt is a man who can certainly claim to Know His Sport!