ENDA COLLERAN STATUE
If you ever visit the village of Moylough in Galway, you will not miss the striking bronze statue of a Gaelic footballer who is about to kick a ball off the ground with his right foot. The statue, which stands on a seven-foot-high concrete plinth in the main street, is a tribute to one of the greatest players of all time, Enda Colleran.
Enda Colleran (1942-2004) was a native of Moylough and a star of the Galway senior inter-county team that won three All-Ireland titles in a row in 1964, 1965 and 1966. He captained the team in the last two finals, becoming one of the few players to achieve this feat. He also won two National League titles, six Connacht titles and two Railway Cup titles with Connacht. He played club football with Mountbellew-Moylough and won two Galway senior championships.
Colleran was renowned for his skill, leadership and sportsmanship. He played as a right-corner-back, but was equally adept at any position in the defence or midfield. He was famous for his long kick-outs, which often set up attacks for his team. He was also a prolific scorer, scoring 1-9 in the 1966 All-Ireland final against Meath.
Colleran’s achievements were recognised by many awards and honours. He was named on the GAA Team of the Century in 1984 and on the GAA Team of the Millennium in 1999. He was also inducted into the GAA Hall of Fame in 2005. He was a teacher by profession and worked in St. Enda’s College in Salthill. He also served as a manager and pundit for Galway and RTÉ respectively.
The statue of Enda Colleran was unveiled in Moylough in 2003, a year before his sudden death at the age of 61. It was sculpted by Mark Rode, based on a photograph of Colleran kicking a ball during his playing days. The statue is a fitting tribute to a man who brought glory and pride to his village, county and country.
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