Spa the victors in Henry’s memory

At the presentation of the Henry Deane Cup were, from left, Brian Gleeson, organiser, Michael Cronin, Spa GAA Club Chairman, Michael O’Donoghue, Spa captain, Ruairi Deane, Bantry Blues captain and Fr Joe McCarthy, President, Bantry Blues GAA Club

A FOOTBALL match between two clubs from opposite sides of the county bounds has been held in memory of a great GAA man who helped to forge strong links between them.

Henry Deane, who passed away in 2010, fostered a great relationship between Spa GAA Club and Bantry Blues, especially at underage level.

After his sad passing, the links continue as was seen a year ago when Bantry ladies played Spa ladies for the Henry Deane Cup. The relationship was also very evident when Spa under 11 squad was invited to Bantry during the summer for a blitz.

Henry, who became close friends with Spa’s Brian Gleeson, even toured the country supporting Spa whenever he could and he was in attendance when the Killarney club claimed a Munster Intermediate title in Mallow 10 years ago.

Henry’s memory lives on in both clubs and this year Spa’s senior men played their Bantry Blues counterparts for the cup.

The game was played in Spa and in a very competitive match, the sides were level at half-time. The second half saw the forwards of Spa gain control and they Spa took a five-point lead.

Bantry responded well but Spa continued to drive forward and emerged victorious.

Spa captain Michael Stam O’Donoghue lifted the Cup which was presented by the president of Bantry Blues Fr Joe McCarthy.

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