Commemoration commissioned to honour Kildare's Squires Gannon

First man to lift the Sam Maguire in 1928

Tommy Callaghan


Tommy Callaghan


Artwork commissioned to commemorate 'Squires' Gannon lifting Sam Maguire

Squires Gannon with the other four Round Towers players, members of the Kildare team of 1928

William 'Squires' Gannon was the first man to lift the Sam Maguire Cup back in 1928 when Kildare defeated Cavan by a point. It was Kildare's fourth time to win the All Ireland, ironically, it was also their last time.

Now Kildare Co. Council are to mark the occasion, with specially designed artwork, by Mark Richards FRSS.

Squires was one of five Round Tower players to play that day for the Lilywhites, the others being  Martin Walsh (goalkeeper), Jack Hayes at wing back; Bill Mangan at corner forward and Tom Keogh top of the right; Squires himself led the team form midfield.

It is expected that the artwork will be installed early in 2021, coinciding with the extensive refurbishment of the Square in Kildare town

1928 was the first time the Sam Maguire Cup was presented to the captain of the All Ireland winning team.