THE goalscoring hero of Dublin’s All-Ireland football final victory last month has strong links with Burrishoole.
Kevin McManamon, who scored the late goal which sparked Dublin’s comeback against Kerry, has been a regular visitor to the area and is a cousin of Mayo forward Jason Doherty.
McManamon’s grandparents both hail from the Burrishoole parish; Patrick from Newfield, Tiernaur and Mary, neé Moran, from nearby Roskeen North. They moved to Dublin in the early 1940s but the family ties to the area remain strong.
Kevin’s parents, Maxie and Josephine, have a holiday home in Keel, Achill and the family are regular visitors to the area.
Kevin (24) himself has spent a lot of summer holidays in the area and, a keen musician, has been known to play the mandolin and guitar at sessions in Lynot’s pub in Cashel.
Maxie, a regular reader of The Mayo News, has a plethora of relations in the parish.
Mayo attacker Jason Doherty is a second cousin of Maxie’s, and a third cousin of Kevin’s.
Maxie admitted that he was hoping Jason and Kevin would get to meet for the first time after Mayo and Dublin’s National League clash in Croke Park in March but, despite Maxie reminding Kevin beforehand, the dramatic encounter meant that they missed each other.
Maxie himself was down in Mayo the weekend after the All-Ireland final and is aiming to be home to support Burrishoole in the Intermediate Final on Sunday week.
A former Dublin minor, Under 21, Junior and Over 40s footballer with Dublin, who lost an All-Ireland Masters to Mayo in 1995, he admits watching Kevin win an All-Ireland was one of the great days.
“It’s not often your son wins an All-Ireland medal, especially the way he did it by getting the goal,” Maxie told The Mayo News. “It was a fairytale for him and a dream come through for our family.”
His eldest son, Brendan (29), also played with Dublin in the past but a horrific run of three leg breaks in nine months has kept him out recently.
Their youngest son, Seán, is 17 but more keen on music than football, says his father. The Templelogue based McManamons are also related to former Mayo midfielder and current Burrishoole manager, Colm McManamon, and his extended family.