Sam Maguire Bust on Marble
Samuel “Sam” Maguire was an Irish republican and gaelic footballer. Born in west Cork in 1887, Maguire was a Protestant and joined the British Army in London when he was 20. He joined and captained the hugely successful London Hibernians team that made it to many All-Ireland finals in the early 1900’s. In 1907 he went into the administration in London GAA becoming the chairman and a delegate to the GAA’s Annual Congress.
Funnily enough, the vice chairman of the London county board was Liam McCarthy, who has the hurling cup called after him. Maguire later got a job in the Irish civil service but was dismissed. According to Margaret Walsh who wrote the book “Sam Maguire: The Enigmatic Man Behind Ireland’s Most Prestigious Trophy”, he was sacked and deprived of a pension in 1924.
He returned to live in Cork in 1925 where he developed TB and died at the age of 49 in 1927. He is buried in the cemetery of Saint Mary’s in Dunmanway.