When Declan Hassett the playwright approached us last year to see if we would sponsor his new play about Jack Lynch we were honoured and delighted to get involved.

I knew about Jack Lynch the politician and leader of Fianna Fail who served two terms as Taoiseach and indeed steered Ireland through some difficult political times as I had lived through his political live. I had however to read about his prowess in hurling and Gaelic football as he was before my time. Jack won the last of his six all Ireland medals in a row, in 1946 the year I was born. Five of the medals were for hurling and in 1945 he won his football all Ireland.

I had the pleasure of meeting him a few times but the highlight for me was the year I was captain of Cork Golf Club and he joined us for a wonderful meal when he, Joe Carr and Peter Thomson entertained us with stories of their wonderful sporting lives. I can tell you there were a few sliotars flying in the air that evening amongst the golf balls!

Jack Lynch was himself in august company that evening as the great Joe Carr had by then won thirty eight Irish amateur golf championships and an unbelievable three British Amateur championships. Peter Thompson from Australia was also one of golf’s heroes having won The British Open Championship an amazing five times. Yes around the table at Cork Golf Club were three unique sportsmen.

 I have to admit I was totally out of my depth that evening but will always have the memory and the photo to prove at least that I was there.

The play “Jack” starts in the Everyman Palace Theatre in Cork tomorrow evening and we wish all the actors and Declan Hassett and Pat Talbot, the producer the best of luck.

Ted Dwyer Family Business

March 2017