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    Galway GAA mourn the passing of 1956 All-Ireland winner

    Kerry native Jack Kissane, who was right half-back on the team that defeated Cork in that final, has died at his home in Salthill in Galway aged 92.

    Kerry native Jack Kissane, who was right half-back on the team that defeated Cork in that final, has died at his home in Salthill in Galway aged 92.

    THU, 06 JAN, 2022 - 10:24

    Galway owe a big debt of gratitude to the late Jack Kissane and other members of the Army who came to the city and made a big contribution to the GAA, according to one of the county’s leading football officials.

    John Joe Holleran, former chairman of Galway football board who has held numerous positions as a selector and official in the county and at Connacht level, said that nowhere was this more obvious than the Galway team which won the 1956 All-Ireland final.

    Kerry native Kissane, who has died aged 92, was a key figure when Galway won their fourth All-Ireland senior football title that year and starred at wing-back.

    “We are all sorry to hear of Jack’s death. He was a gentleman and settled well in Galway. There were three Army lads on that team, Cork’s Billy O’Neill and Joe Young from Dublin. They added a lot,” said Holleran.

    “Indeed, there is a good history there of people making a big contribution to the GAA in Galway after moving here with the army. Jack Kissane was one of those, a very reliable and fit footballer. All the army lads were super fit and Billy O’Neill trained the team a year or two after that.

    “I met Jack a couple of years ago at Gerry Daly’s funeral. He was another member of that team. Jack looked well and was in great form. He contributed a lot to a great team. In many ways, they should have won more All-Irelands but they laid the foundation for what was to come with the three-in-a-row in the 1960s.

    “Jack was also a key member of the Army team here. The Army team were strong in the county championship and teams had to raise their own fitness to match them and that, in turn, led to higher standards all round,” added Holleran.

    A decorated army officer who served overseas, Brigadier-General Kissane was General Officer Commanding Southern Command when he retired in 1990.

    A native of Lisselton in Kerry, he came to prominence as a footballer as a cadet officer in the Curragh and moved to Galway in the early 1950s after being commissioned. His displays for the Army team in the county championship led to him being called up to the Galway team and he made his championship debut in 1953.

    He won two Connacht titles along with the ’56 All-Ireland final when Sean Purcell and Frank Stockwell led them to a 2-13 to 3-7 win over Cork.

    He served abroad on several occasions in Congo, Lebanon and Cyprus. In 1960 he was part of the first unit of the Defence Forces to serve overseas when they served in Congo.

    Kissane maintained his lifelong interest in the GAA and sport and took great pleasure in recent years in the exploits of his granddaughter Molly Mayne, the promising Irish junior swimmer who set five new national records before Christmas, having won bronze at the European Youth Olympic festival in Baku two years ago.

    Jack Kissane will repose at the O’ Flaherty Funeral Parlour, Munster Avenue, Galway on Thursday from 5 pm. to 7 pm. A walk-through system is in place at the funeral parlour.

    His funeral Mass will take place at 11am at the Church of Christ the King, Salthill, on Saturday and he will be laid to rest afterwards in Rahoon Cemetery.

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    For now, everything hangs on implementation of the CoDF report.