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Beefy Kennedy

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THERE'S no point being seen as a traditional super power of the GAA without paying homage to the heroes of the past and celebrating the stars who created that rich heritage.
So today the Dub Hub pays tribute to the Dublin GAA heroes of 1942 - the year that Dublin reached the All-Ireland senior hurling AND football finals.
And we also salute one Paddy 'Beefy' Kennedy who played in both finals.

Regardless of the decade, to be considered good enough to play for the county in both codes and to do so on All-Ireland Sundays in September is a serious achievement.
The hurlers were beaten by a Cork team featuring a certain young talent called Christy Ring and captained by future Taoiseach Jack Lynch. The footballers triumphed in an exciting final with Galway.But both teams were notable for the amount of 'home grown' Dublin stars who were involved as the Dublin GAA club scene began to thrive.

There were five true blue native Dubs on the hurling team - a big deal when you think the last Dublin senior team to win Liam MacCarthy in 1938 had just one actual Dubliner involved, Jim Byrne from Eoghan Ruadh.
The footballers had nine natives in their successful ranks and also had a player/manager/coach in Saggart's legendary Peter O'Reilly - a feat that the Dubs would pull off again in 1977 when Tony Hanahoe would do all of the above and also skipper the Dubs to a successful defence of Sam Maguire.

Again, we are indebted to the brilliant work of the late great Sean Og O Ceallachain for making sure the Dublin heroes of old are not forgotten through his many collections on the Dublin stars of the past. If you get the chance, get your hands on his book: "The Dubs - Dublin GAA since the 1940s" because it's a real treasure trove of Dublin GAA memories and history.
And it's because of Sean Og that the likes of 'Beefy' Kennedy live on.
We love our characters in Dublin. In truth, it's a part of who we are. And 'Beefy' sounded like one of the greats.
An event was organised for a function room in prestigious Cleary's of O'Connell Street to honour the All-Ireland winning Dublin football team of 1942. This was Dublin's first senior title since 1923 and the first time they ever received the Sam Maguire cup.The Dublin hurling team, who won Leinster and reached the 1942 All-Ireland final, were also invited to attend as guest of honour.

Despite the wartime restrictions, the Dublin county board supplied the stout for the occasion.
The story goes that around 11.30pm Beefy Kennedy approached the Dublin treasurer to inform him that the stout had run out, who then went and informed the Dublin chairman.
The chairman looked around the hall and wrote a note to be given to the store man for 12 dozen bottles to be produced for the gathering.
Beefy offered to take the note to the store man and when the Dublin chairman, who was a strict teetotaller, was leaving Cleary's at 12.30am he was surprised to see that the party was still in full swing and the drink still flowing.

It wouldn't be until sometime later that the bill would arrive with Dublin GAA chiefs and instead of 12 dozen extra bottles, the 1 had been turned into a 7 by 'Beefy' and so the final order was for 72 dozen - that's 864 bottles of stout that kept the party going until after 4am.
It was a big bill for sure. But for a feat of having two teams in All-Ireland senior finals they were right to mark the occasion!
That 1942 victory for the Dubs was extra special as it made up for the disappointment of the year before after an All-Ireland semi-final replay defeat set against an unusual backdrop.
After drawing with Kerry at Croke Park in the semi-final, the replay was fixed for Tralee and on the way down to play the Kingdom, the train carrying the Dubs ran out of fuel.

hill16no1man (Dublin) - Posts: 12665 - 17/05/2013 19:29:16    1385944


Peter O'Reilly and a number of other Dublin players got off the train and chopped up wood to enable the train to get to Tralee.

Hardly the sort of pre match warm-up routine that today's fitness boffins and gurus would advise!

But in '42, the Dubs set the record straight by beating Galway in the final. A star for the Dubs that day was Bobby Beggs - who had played for Galway when they lost to Kerry in the 1941 final.

Beggs was a fisherman and a native of Skerries - enhancing the north county village's proud GAA history that continues up to 2011 All-Ireland winning skipper Bryan Cullen.

Reports from that time feature Beggs heavily as a hero for the Dubs holding back a late Galway rally alongside Peter O'Reilly, 'Beefy' Kennedy, Caleb Crone and Brendan Quinn.

hill16no1man (Dublin) - Posts: 12665 - 17/05/2013 19:45:26    1385951


Great piece.

jimbodub (Dublin) - Posts: 18962 - 23/05/2013 11:03:45    1389518


Fantastic piece , will definitely try get my hands on a copy of book , love the stories of old , dont live in the past but do believe it shaped who we are ,

Damothedub (Dublin) - Posts: 5175 - 24/05/2013 12:43:31    1390423


Fantastic piece , will definitely try get my hands on a copy of book , love the stories of old , dont live in the past but do believe it shaped who we are ,

Damothedub (Dublin) - Posts: 5175 - 24/05/2013 12:43:33    1390424