Kevin Marren

Kevin Marren

Over the past one hundred and ten years, a number of great and generous people· have given exceptional   and loyal   service   to our club.  They have gone beyond   all reasonable   bounds    of duty   to better   the quality    and standards of the club. One person stands out in this sphere as being a man apart.  He is my good friend, Kevin Marren. For the   past   forty   years   he   has   been   the   principal inspirational figure in our club. Kevin was born in 1933 in Connemara where his late father was stationed as a member of the Gárda  Siochána. However,  he did not spend  much of his infancy  outside  of Clare as the  untimely death  of his mother at the  age  of 26 years  meant that both  Kay and Fergie  returned to their  grandaunt, Mrs. McMahon  of Ballinacragga  in 1935. Kay received  his early  education  in Newmarket   and  after  the  Primary  Cert, both  himself  and Fergie cycled off for St. Flannan’s  College where their father had booked them as day pupils. However, the two boys had other ideas and they passed   the College and went on to Ennis Vocational School   where   they   both   enrolled. While attending the Vocational School, the two boys stayed with their aunt, Mrs. Angela Dwane in Clarecastle. Ironically, in view   of later   events,    Kevin’s hurling    career began representing   the “magpies”!   After  his  Group   Cert,  he returned   to  his  Uncle   Andy,   wife   Gretta    (RIP)  and commenced  his  career   as  an  apprentice  carpenter.  He continued his studies doing night classes at his Alma Mater, and in 1954 he successfully completed his exam for entrance. to the Woodwork  Teacher Training College in Cork. In 1955 he was domiciled in the Donegal Gaeltacht, perfecting his Gaeilge and the result was a qualified teacher.  This· placid, humble and honest man was most suitable .for the teaching profession.



This was the year that the ‘Blues bridged a nineteen-year gap and regained   the senior championship. The ’55 campaign was both exciting and enticing  for  the  young Marren  and  in fact he made  a return  trip  from Donegal to play  Sixmilebridge   in the quarter   final.  The county final versus Éire Óg was an incredible experience and the most memorable   occasion in his hurling career.  Kay’s hurling career was cut short by a number of injuries received from 1958 – ’60. He broke every finger (of his own!) but a damaged nerve was the final agonising injury and in 1960, Key retired from active hurling.



In 1961, Kay got involved in the administration of the club and became secretary. This position he held for nine years   and  his record   proves   he  was  the  greatest  club secretary  in Ireland.  Along with  the late Canon  Clune and Miko McMahon, he drafted the first club constitution  and set the  club  up  as  a  highly organised and professional institution that  united   the  whole parish   and  was the springboard  for the huge success of the ’60s and ’70s.



In 1962, his love for hurling eclipsed his fear of injury and he returned to the playing fields. He captained the junior team to league honours in 1963, ’64 and ’65. However,  his second  greatest  moment  came in 1967 when he captained  an outstanding Intermediate  team that brought the  first  such  title  to the  club.  This achievement   brought immense satisfaction to Kay, and he retired permanently.  His playing career was now over, but it must be stated that but for his many injuries, he would undoubtedly  have won more senior titles.



On the playing side of the club, the most successful era was unquestionably the ’63 – ’69 period. Newmarket was producing successful teams at all levels with conveyor belt efficiency. The secretary would have been at the heart of this operation and it is difficult to appreciate the huge amount of work that was involved.

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