From God and the Referees: Unforgettable GAA Quotations, by Eoghan Corry:
“Three teams terrified the life out of us. I still remember them, Aughnasheelin, Aughawilliam and Aughvass. Aughawilliam and Aughvass would come down to play the Ballinamore lads, and strike terror into what was mostly a team of soft college boys. They would stare you down before even a ball was thrown in, and try to disable you with the first move of the match. We usually considered ourselves faster and fitter than them, but we weren’t tougher than them.”
Gus Martin Irish Press (15 August 1994)
I was born in Aughavas — was glad to see my native parish mentioned, even if it was mis-spelled (as was Aughawillan). I remember, from when I was very small, watching an Irish football match. We all cheered for Aughavas’s star player “Red” (Michael) Moran, my dad’s cousin.
And of course another relative, Colm O’Rourke, became a star player for County Meath at a later date, and then a noted sports commentator. He will be quoted in a later posting…