#OTD in 1936 – Carlow Gaelic Park Formal Opening.

Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

Dr. Cullen Park was officially opened by Patrick McNamee of the GAA in Co Carlow. It was so named in the memory of Most Rev. Dr. Cullen who had died on 2nd January 1936. The late Bishop was honoured as “a great churchman, a true-hearted gael and a patriotic Irishman”. The attendance on opening day consisted of nearly all Carlow people.

There was a fraternal spirit: a Catholic and Gaelic one. Here and there men mingled with men and you heard the soft cadences of our native tongue that made you realise how natural sounds the Gaelic in the mouths of Irishmen. They have completed a work that has been dreamed of for a generation. The large tricolour that flew over Carlow’s green Gaelic Park on Sunday was never more rightfully hoisted.

The grounds were opened with the solemn blessing of the Park by the ‘Rev JJ Dunny, Adm, Carlow…

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