Naomh Barrog Tribute to Brian Mullins

Tribute to Brian Mullins from Naomh Barróg CLG

Brian Mullins after winning an All Ireland Medal back in 1974, had become a National figure as one of Heffo’s Army beating Galway, before he ever came to Kilbarrack. Greendale Community School opened its doors in September 1975 and welcomed the new students from the Boy’s School – Scoil Lorcáin and the Girls School – Scoil Íosagain who had just finished 6th Class. Greendale was a state-of-the-art secondary school with all the facilities, a modern gym hall and educational supports in place to guarantee every child a good education according to their needs. Scoil Lorcáin the Boys Primary School opened in 1970, was already making a name for itself in Cumann na mBunscoil and in the parish after participating in five football finals in Croke Park between 1972 and 1974, the year Naomh Barróg was founded in the school. It’s here under the guidance of the Brian Mullins and other committed teachers, the school adapted the Club colours and Gaelic games, soccer and athletics as well other sport were promoted successfully in the Greendale CS.

Brian was a great St Vincents Clubman, committed and dedicated to his Club. During his days in Greendale CS, he had a respect and an interest for Naomh Barróg. In 1976 when he won his second All Ireland Final v Kerry, Naomh Barróg and Scoil Lorcáin were one of the first schools to receive the Sam Maguire, when he led Jimmy Keaveny, Paddy Cullen, Bobby Doyle, David​ Hickey, Antóin O’Toole and all the players through the school gates. The joy in the school and Club was jubilant and exciting, a day to remember. Brian was always available to support all our fundraising and social events and was well known and respected by his past pupils, Club members and the people of Kilbarrack.

When Páirc Bharróg was being opened in 1984, we had Brian to guide and advise us when we were organising the Dublin v Meath Tournament for the Official Opening, one week after Dublin were beaten by Kerry in the 1984 All Ireland Final. Brian had the ear of Kevin Heffernan to support the occasion and led the team out onto the hallowed pitch of Páirc Bharróg in front of over 5000 spectators gathered that day from all over Dublin. He left the school in 1991 to become Principal of the biggest Community School in Ireland, in Carndonagh, Co Donegal. Yet he maintained his friendship with the Club during those years and was always delighted to see the Club making great progress, on and off the playing field.

When we won the AIB Club of the Year in 2001, he was one of the first to congratulate us on that wonderful achievement. The first time we won the AIB Club of the Year was in 1984, the Centenary Year of the foundation of the GAA in Thurles. Brian was present in Áras Bharróg for the last time when he attended and participated in a talk show with Roddy Doyle, the 11th of March this year. It was a wonderful and successful night with so many of his past pupils attending and delighted to meet him again and recall memories from their school experiences, which was a great night in Áras Bharróg.

Brian is remembered with respect and fondness by his students, who acknowledge him as a good and dedicated teacher, who had a positive influence on their lives. Our Club are grateful for the support and encouragement he gave our fledgling Club, for maintaining a friendship, an interest, that we as a Club cherish and appreciate.

On behalf of the Club Executive and all our Club members & friends of Naomh Barróg CLG, we convey our sincere condolences to his family, friends, neighbours, his past pupils and his beloved Club of St Vincents GAA, at this sad time for them all. Míle buíochas, a Bhrian. Ar dheis Dé go raibh d’anam uasal.


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