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Joe Martin – RIP

By procarrickmorestcolmcilles Mon 21st Aug

Joe Martin – RIP
Joe Martin – RIP

馃搶 Joe Martin RIP

An Charraig Mh贸r GFC would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family of Joe Martin our esteemed past player, past club Treasurer and Chairman. The Martin family name has been synonymous with our club since its inception with Joe鈥檚 father Packie a member of our first team in 1932 as well as a past Club President.
The 鈥楥arrickmore Tradition鈥 tells us that Joe was a new player on our senior team in 1958 and that he retired from senior football in 1974. His tenure as a player would overlap with a term as Chairman from 1970 鈥 1974. However, those bald facts belie a period of total commitment and dedication to the club that few can boast.
He represented the club on the historic juvenile team of 1955, a team which captured our first underage championship title. He would go on to be part of our minor championship teams in the following two years coming to the attention of the Tyrone mentors and therefore representing the county at this level. By 1958 he was playing senior football and would line out in the 1958 Senior Final but would taste bitter defeat to Clonoe O鈥橰ahillys.
Joe would take part in seven county finals in total with wins in 鈥61,鈥66,鈥69 and defeats in the aforementioned 1958 decider and subsequently 鈥67,鈥71 and 鈥74.
Probably most notable was that he would win all his Senior Championship Medals in the left corner back position making the number 4 jersey his own for over a decade. He was part of special group of players who in the 60鈥檚 revived our senior championship tradition after the barren decade of the 50鈥檚.
Also special for him no doubt was the fact that he played for most of his career with three of his brothers – Mickael, Francis and Jim. In the 鈥 58 final defeat Joe would line out in his customary left corner with Fr Mickey at full-back. In 鈥61 win the two brothers again lined out in defence, Mickey moving out to wing half back on that occasion. In 鈥66 Joe and Mickey renewed their partnership in the last line of defence. Francie had graduated to the senior ranks playing in front of Joe at left half back. Young Jim was a panel member in 鈥66 but would go on to write his own chapter in 1969 when he would line out in defence with Joe and Francie. Fr Mickey of course had left for the Philippines after the 鈥66 final and was to miss out in 鈥69. As the new decade of the 70鈥檚 dawned there would be two more finals for Joe in 鈥71 and 鈥74. All four brothers would line out in defence for the 鈥71 final but Ardboe took the honours.
Joe was also a dedicated clubman having served as a committee member for most of his playing career and as Treasurer (1960-1962) and Chairman (1970-1974). His time in chair would see him oversee the opening of Pairc Colmcille on the 3rd of October 1971. He was one of a group of men in the club at that time who had the bravery, ambition and foresight to develop what we now have at the foot of the rock. His successor as Chairman, Seamus Woods, recalled that Joe was 鈥榟ands on鈥 and recounted that in the Summer of 鈥71 Joe, Packie Mc Gurk and himself spend many long days putting up the wire around the new field. Let鈥檚 remember that at the same time he was also playing senior football and chairing the club a level of dedication many speak of but few deliver. Joe was also involved in producing the first official history of our club in a special programme for the opening of Pairc Colmcille no doubt a first step to the publication of the 鈥楥arrickmore Tradition鈥 in 1982.
Although Joe鈥檚 official club involvement ended in 1974 he remained closely in touch with the club as a supporter seen mingling with the players and Carrickmore faithful after memorable wins in the 90鈥檚 and 00鈥檚. His loyalty would continue as he returned to the parish to pay his respects at the funerals of his playing colleagues or their family members. He took great joy from attending the various celebrations over the year鈥檚 most notably the Clubs 50th Anniversary in 1982, at which he was a guest speaker, and more recently the 50th anniversaries of the 鈥61,鈥66 and 鈥69 championship wins. His love for the club transcended the generations and the players on the 1994 team may recall his words of encouragement following their defeat in that years鈥 county final and how his predictions came through in the following decade.
Of Joe 鈥楾he Carrickmore Tradition鈥 states:
鈥楩rom 1958 until his retirement at the end of 1974 season, he was a sound, reliable and intelligent corner back. While other players may have been more in the limelight Joes鈥檚 contribution was as vital as any other in that period. Oliver Kerr recounted an incident which typified Joe the great corner back. 鈥榃hen people talk of the 鈥69 final they remembered the great scores which won the game for Carrickmore. Few remember Joe dispossessing Tommy Woods as he soloed towards the Carrickmore goals in the dying seconds of the game.鈥
His passing will be mourned by all who knew him but most especially by his immediate family. The club would like to pass on our deepest sympathy to Joe鈥檚 wife Marie, and his son鈥檚 S茅amus, Sin茅ad, Declan, Ciaran and their families. We also keep in our thoughts his sister Teresa and brothers Fr. Mickey, Brendan, Kevin, Frank Jim and the extended Martin family.
Gavan Mc Elroy
on behalf of An Charraig Mh贸r GFC

Picture Captions
1 The late Joe Martin – RIP
2 1955 Juvenile Championship winner Joe back 3rd from right back row
3 1958 Senior Championship Finalists
4 1966 The four Martin brothers with father Packie
5 1966 Senior Champions Joe front right
6 1966 Senior Championship Programme
7 1966 Frank Donnelly leads the post-match celebrations. Joe holds aloft the base of the O鈥橬eill Cup as Fr Mickey is held aloft 鈥 Fr Mickey would travel to the USA enroute to the Philippines shortly after the iconic image was captured.
8 1966 Senior Champions post-match panel
9 1967 Senior Championship final
10 1969 Senior Champions Joe back 5th from left
11 Dungannon Observer post 1966 Final
12 ACL 1969 v Coalisland at Mountfield Joe front second from right
13 1961 Senior Champions
14 Training pre 1969 Final
15 1969 Dinner Dance. Joe seated front left.

By procarrickmorestcolmcilles Mon 21st Aug

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