The Lynch Brothers, Carhue
There were five Lynch brothers - Sean, Dan, Michael, Jerry and Denis. There was an intense interest in football within the household. This probably came about because four of the brothers attended Colaiste Iosagain Secondary School, Ballyvourney, which was a very committed nursery of Gaelic football and so the love of football was instilled in the brothers.

Michael was the most accomplished footballer and was a member of the Colaiste Iosagain team who were the Munster Colleges Senior Football Champions - Corn Ui Mhuiri - in 1949. Other members of that team were Micheal O’Muircheartaigh of RTE fame, Mick Murphyu and Sean Murphy, both of whom played for Kerry throughout the 1950’s. Michael played minor football with Macroom in 1949 also and won a Cork County Minor Football championship with them.

In 1951 the three older brothers were approached by Donoughmore GAA to play football for them, which they did. In 1952, Donoughmore were most unlikely contestants in the Mid-Cork Junior football final. They won this final and three of the medals came to the Lynch’s of Carhue.

In 1954 Michael transferred to Lees Senior Football Club in Cork and in 1955 he was a member of the team which won the Cork Senior Football Championship, defeating Macroom in the final. Michael also won a Junior All-Ireland Football Championship with Cork in 1955. In 1956 he won a Munster Senior Football Championship and an All-Ireland Runners-up medal with Cork. In 1957 he captained the Lees team who were defeated in the Cork County Senior Football Final by St Finbarr’s after a replay. Michael continued playing football with Lees until the mid 1960’s when he retired from playing.

Sean and Dan continued to play with Donoughmore until 1957 when Dan emigrated to New York and Sean got married and moved away from the locality. Jerry had little interest in football. He played minor championship with Donoughmore in 1957 and hung up his boots after that at the ripe old age of eighteen.

Denis played football at underage level from 1957 forward with Lees. He was on the panel of the Lees team defeated by St Nick’s in the Cork City Division Minor Football Championship in 1958. He was a member of Darrara Agricultural College team who won the Carbery Division Junior B Football Championship in 1961. He joined Donoughmore GAA in 1964 and played football at junior level with them until 1974.