Anne's kick off big anniversary
IN Bohernabreena, they believe that Big Joe can walk on water. The locals call him God.
It has been a while since he first exploded as a young Heffo Hero.
The images of that sun-drenched All-Ireland semi-final replay against Cork in Páirc Uí Chaoimh back in 1983 will live forever.
And for many years after, Joe (pictured right) brightened the dullest day with a slice of his arts and crafts. In this era of Gym Will Fix It, Joe read from a different bible.
The ball was the centre of the universe. And once he had possession, Joe turned into a mix of the master potter and Eugene Lambert. He was the footballer' s footballer.
These days, Smokey is still idolised in the place he loves so well. Back through the generations, the McNally name is steeped in the folklore of St Anne' s, who celebrate their 75th anniversary this year.
They begin the celebrations with a Mass this Thursday in the club at 7.30pm. They'd love to see a full house.
"Everybody is welcome -- present members, past members, friends, parents of members, everybody," says the Anne's PRO, Linda Harbron.
"We thought it would make a nice start to the year.
"We have such a close-knit community here."
Each week, Linda sends out a newsletter to over 600 people. They have much to read about. It covers all departments.
The latest editions have told of the club' s Lotto launch.
"You have over 300 chances of winning a prize. There's €80,000 in prize money.
"People are very welcome to contact me about the mass or about any other event. We' d love to see a huge turnout at the mass."
(For more information contact Linda at firstname.lastname@example.org or 087-6124504).