This year we are strengthening our links with another great dual club – the famous St Vincents of Dublin. There is a strong connection between both clubs and a big part of the reason behind this was the arrival of Sean Mullins to Portlaoise back in the 1970s.
Sean starred with The Town upon his arrival and was on the team that won the Leinster Club Championship in the 1976/1977 campaign…beating St Vincents in a memorable game on route to the title. Of course his brother Brian was an iconic figure in the GAA – an integral part of the great Dublin teams of the 1970s and 1980s – Heffo’s Army!
Sadly both men have now departed this life – Sean died in August 2020, while Brian died in September 2022. Both clubs are coming together to honour the memories of these great men.
On Sunday June 4th – the Bank Holiday weekend – the senior hurlers and footballers of St Vincents will travel to Portlaoise to play our senior teams. There will be other teams coming to play too, including some juvenile teams. It is hoped to create a festival atmosphere around this with family fun day also. And there will be a social aspect to the evening later that night – as a large contingent of the St Vincents group will be spending the evening in town.
It is envisaged that this becomes an annual event, with Portlaoise making the trip to Dublin in 2024.
There will be two perpetual trophies for the football and the hurling.
Watch this space as we work to prepare for this event.