Sisters and daughters) doing it for themselves

Mon, Sep 6, 1999, 01:00

Family tradition has always run deep in the GAA and it was once again in evidence at Croke Park yesterday. Two-time All-Ireland winner Treacy Millea and her sister Sinead are following in the footsteps of father Joe, an All-Ireland winner in 1969. Anne Downey, 13 All-Irelands up after yesterday, also had it in the genes, father Shem having been on the victorious Kilkenny side of 1947. Sister Anne, winner of 12 herself, was no bad hand at it either. Tipperary, too, were not short of family connections, most obviously in the halfback line where Ciara Gaynor, daughter of 1965 and '71 All-Ireland winner Len, played alongside Sinead Nealon, daughter of '58, '61, '62, '64 and '65 All-Ireland winner Donie, who is also the current secretary of the Munster Council.