Popular Teacher Fondly Remembered As Prestigious Tom Quinlan Cup Comes To Moyne.
A hugely popular County Tipperary Secondary School teacher, who was killed in a car accident near Monasterevan, County Kildare, in 1988 at thirty three years of age was fondly remembered by relatives and friends from Tipperary and, Dublin in Dan and Helen Quinlan’s pub in Moyne, last week.
The late Tom Quinlan was a Secondary Teacher in Colaiste Choilm, Swords, County Dublin, when the tragedy occurred in 1988. Tom was also deeply involved with Gaelic Football in the school where he taught.
Following his tragic death at an early age, his school decided to put up a splendid cup for the Dublin Schools, First Year Gaelic Football competition in his memory. Among those back in 1995 who held that cup aloft as victors were current Gaelic Football stars with All-Ireland Champions, Dublin, Alan Brogan (Footballer of the Year) and Barry Cahill.
The competition for the Tom Quinlan Cup has been as prestigious and hard fought for as the Dr. Harty Cup Munster Senior Colleges hurling competition in Munster, and is an eagerly looked forward to event on the Dublin sporting calendar. Recently a chance meeting between archaeologist, Mr Tim Coughlan, (Two Mile Borris, husband of Olivia Quinlan Coughlan) from Moyne, (who is a niece of the late Tom Quinlan), and Mr Christy Maginn, a teacher at Colaiste Deaglan, Cabra, Dublin, who won the Tom Quinlan Cup last year, had a happy sequel at Moyne, when the Tom Quinlan Cup was brought to Tipperary for the first time to be viewed by the Quinlan family.
A large crowd of Tom’s relatives, neighbours and friends from Tipperary and Dublin assembled for the happy and nostalgic occasion in the cosy rural hostelry of Dan and Helen Quinlan (Mrs Olivia Coughlan’s parents).
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