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TENNIS TEMPER TANTRUMS

Contributor Barry Foley (Old Boy)

Circa 1959

The late great Rev. Fr. Colin Ogilvie & I were doubles partners in the tennis finals in 1959. We were both hot-tempered, quick to the boil and hardly suited to the gentlemanly game of tennis. We were the forerunners to John McEnroe and his ilk.

Col and I were approaching match point against Pud O'Donnellís brother & his partner, whose name I cannot remember, when Col missed the simplest of overhead shots. What had been threatening to explode into an all out brawl did. No not between opponents but partners. Eventually, with Col and I letting fly at each other, whilst our opponents stood dumbfounded at the opposing end, it had the desired effect, with Col and I going on to win the title, only to have it taken off us for unedifying behaviour by mentor and friend Br. Leo.

My dear friend Fr. Col, played it hard, but was always quick to forgive, and wanted to leave you in no doubt about his contrition. Until the next time, that was!! It was no surprise to me to hear of Colin's late call by his Lord to the priesthood, and indeed, a great source of joy to one Bro Leo. I read some years ago a five minute conversation with a priest in the 'Catholic Weekly'. Those of you that may have been fortunate enough to read same, would have gained a great insight into the kind of man Colin was - it was emotional for me to read the brief expose.

I was saddened to learn of Colin's passing a couple of years ago but the memories still live on.






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