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The Passionate Sisters
The Passionate Sisters run the convent, boarding school
and laundry in Gowlnacalley. The Sisters are great supporters
of the Gowlnacalley - John Redmonds Hurling and Football
Club. The club's current distinctive colours - a black
jersey with a pink hoop across the middle - were inadvertently
decided upon by the Sisters some time back in the Thirties.
They offered to knit a new set of black-and-red jerseys
in time to be worn in a Mid-Tipperary 'Junor' Hurling
final. However, when they went to complete the jerseys
they were unable to find a sufficient quantity of red
wool. Instead, a number of the sisters used up several
balls of pink wool, normally reserved for carrying out
repairs to the community's underwear. The first time the
team wore the jerseys, there were jeers and wolfwhistles
from the sidelines and a number of red-faced players threatened
to walk off the field. However, the Club Treasurer, Dinny
Devanney, insisted that a further set of new jerseys was
out of the question because the club had run out of funds.
Thus were born the distinctive colours of the club.
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