Thursday, January 29, 2009

Simon Behan R.I.P.

The Dublin team of 1963 with Simon fourth from the right in the front row.

The Committee and members of the Supporters Club extend their sympathies to the Behan family on the recent loss of former Dublin star Simon Behan.

Simon is probably best remembered for his performance on the 1963 All-Ireland winning team and in his pass that led to the decisive goal that saw Dublin triumph over Galway.

His father Simon, from County Laois, was GAA through and through while mother Margaret from Donegal , was steeped in the gaelic games community. His parents moved to Marino, and via the football strongholds of Saint Josephs of Fairview and Scoil Mhuire Simon’s love of the games saw him progress to achieve the highest football honours..

A member of the first Dublin based CBS school to win the All-Ireland Colleges football, within three years of his Leaving Certificate, he had collected a county championship medal and an All-Ireland. From 1963 onwards, right up to 1968, Simon Behan was to install himself as a permanent fixture on the Dublin senior team. A handful of Dublin senior championship medals were earned in ’62, ’67 and 1968 plus a similar number of Leinster provincial county medals with Dublin.

The people of Marino, St. Vincents, Dublin and the wider GAA community have suffered a sad loss but the exploits of Simon will be with us for many years to come.

Ar dheis Dhé go raimh a h-Anam.

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