All-Ireland medal winner Falvey dies

MICK FALVEY, a Kerry native who won an All-Ireland SFC medal with Dublin, has died.

Falvey, who was born in Dingle, was on the 1942 championships winning team and was partnered in midfield by a fellow Kerryman and Dublin captain, the late Joe Fitzgerald.

He was one of six Kerrymen, based in Dublin, who helped end a 19-year famine to bring the Sam Maguire Cup back to the capital when they defeated Galway by two points (1-10 to 1-8).

There were six Dublin natives on the team, as well as one player each from Longford, Sligo and Cork.

Falvey played for the Munster Colleges in 1934 before entering the Civil Service in 1935. He worked in the National Library for 10 years before moving to the Department of Education.

He was a member of the Civil Service team that won a Dublin SFC title in 1944, playing alongside Cork hurling great and former Taoiseach Jack Lynch.

Falvey lived in Glasnevin and recently attended the launch of Seán Óg Ó Ceallachain’s book The Dubs — Dublin GAA since the 1940s.

Dublin’s victory ended a Championship drought that had lasted since 1923, and also brought to a close a three year (1939, 1940 and 1941) period of Kerry dominance.

They did not win another All-Ireland until 1958.

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