Jim Hodnett

Jim Hodnett was one of the great gaelic exponents from the South West Division. A native of Barleyhill, Rosscarbery and being born into the tradition of a "Quarrying Family" his trade and livelihood took him first to Drinagh and afterwards to Courtmacsherry in the late thirties when the family acquired the Courtmacsherry slate quarry. While in Drinagh, Jim played with the Dohenys, and when he came to Courtmacsherry, the Barryroe club was not functioning so he declared for his native Rosscarbery with whom he was to win a historic three-in-a-row. When Barryroe GAA was revived in the early forties, Jim was the anchor of the defence and he was always the shining star. When his playing days were over, he took a keen interest in the administrative side of the club and never a man of "soft options" he detested those who preferred to keep the club in the lower grades. Time was to prove him right because it was when Barryroe joined the higher grades that they really showed their fine mettle. His sporting activities were not confined to the gaelic fields as he took a keen interest in bowling, being quite a formidable exponent and he was afterwards to become the first chairman of the Courtmacsherry Branch Bol Chumann and one of its mose expert referees. At his funeral in 1989 both Barryroe and Carbery Rangers GAA Clubs formed a guard of honour for his removal. It was a true farewell to a staunch and loyal gael.

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