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Clarence Grey 50th Anniversary today.

posted 25 May 2012, 11:19 by Edenderry GAA   [ updated 1 Jun 2012, 07:59 ]

To mark the 50th Anniversary of the death of Clarence Grey, Edenderry GAA finance committee  approved the upgrading of his grave side & headstone. 

Clarence was a great stalwart throughout the 1950's which saw the reds claim 3 senior football titles. The club would like to thank Pat Nolan and Tom O'Neill for all their hard work throughout the past few months.

The anniversary occurs today on June 1st.

Clarence Grey - the Man
When Clarence Grey was elected to the boards of hurling and football clubs in 1942 he began a 20 year association with the GAA and is still fondly remembered by all who knew him.  A great organiser and motivator, it was during his period as secretary and treasurer that the club experienced its greatest success along with consolidating its home by purchasing Fr. Kearney Park.

Clarence Grey was one of a family of eight - 4 boys and 4 girls.  His father George was Scottish and came to Edenderry to work in Alesbury's Mills.  George helped to install machinery there when the mill opened.  He married Annie Murphy - a native of Clonbullogue.  George was a convert to Catholicism.  Both of Clarence's parents are interred in Cloncarne cemetery in Clonbullogue.

Clarence worked in the Civil Service at the local exchange until his untimely death in 1962.

As well as his intense loyalty to Gaelic Games he had a great love of the Irish language.  He was a non-drinker and was involved in the PTAA for many years.

His Godmother was none other than Maud Gonne McBride - mother of General Sean McBride.  He was touched by another name in history when he was taught by Sinead Flanagan in Edenderry.  Sinead was to become the wife of Eamon DeValera.  He never married.  He lived at 16 Francis Street from where he committed the greatest part of his life to the GAA.

The impact which Clarence had and the esteem in which he was held is borne out by the recollections of the Edenderry greats in the Tale of the Reds (p. 75)

Clarence Grey
Left to Right Clarence Grey, Fr. Cullen CC & Patsy Collins

(Wednesday May 30th)