"He was without any doubt the most influential Meath footballer of his generation"
23 August 2017
Meath's Colm O'Rourke celebrates after his side's All-Ireland semi-final victory over Roscommon at Croke Park.
As he prepares to celebrate his 60th birthday on August 31, Colm O'Rourke finds it hard to believe that time has flown by so quickly.
The two-time All-Ireland winning Meath great is the subject of a wide-ranging interview in today's Irish News and, reflecting on his illustrious gaelic football career, the St Patrick's CS principal states: “Talking to different lads and that, you know, life is short, very short.
“You get to a certain age in life and you're looking forward and you say to yourself: 'There's not much time to do the things that you'd like to do'.
“I suppose we're lucky too when you think of Tony Keady (the Galway hurler who died recently at the age of 53).
“All our team are fit and well, all reasonably healthy. Thank God for that, but it's just gone by in a blink of an eye.”
O'Rourke's 'Sunday Game' colleague Joe Brolly also contributes to the article and he recalls a fierce competitor on the field.
“A fabulous kicker of the ball and a great fetcher above his head. There wasn't anything that he didn't have.
“He was the leader of the team. He was without any doubt the most influential Meath footballer of his generation.”