O’Dwyer family gifts historic medals to Galbally GAA Club – By John Barrett

Galbally GAA has enjoyed another significant boost for its clubhouse display with the presentation of a number of historic medals to the local club by Peter O’Dwyer and his sisters Margaret and Pauline.
The collection includes a Munster Junior Football medal won by Peter’s grandfather Dan O’Dwyer, one hundred and twelve years ago in 1910. This particular pendant carries added historical significance in that Dan O’Dwyer had the name of his then girlfriend, Emily O’Brien, a sister of Galbally republican volunteers John and Ned O’Brien engraved on the medal. The haul presented to Galbally GAA Club also features a Tipperary County Senior Football medal won by Dan in 1902 as well as a number of medals captured by his son Paddy O’Dwyer (Peter’s father), including 1937 and 1938 South Limerick Minor Football, 1940 Limerick County Minor Football, all representing Galbally GAA Club, as well as a London Senior Football medal that he won with Round Towers in 1949.
Welcoming the presentation by the family, Gerard Cussen told the Vale Star, “The late Paddy O’Dwyer is fondly remembered as being a jovial gentleman who was a strong Tipperary supporter but still a Galbally man to his fingertips. Peter O’Dwyer and his sisters Margaret and Pauline have been so good in gifting us this historic collection of medals which will take price of place on our display board in the Galbally GAA Clubhouse.”