Ballinhassig keeping up tradition when it comes to Cork’s last line of defence

Brothers Patrick and Ger Collins continue a long line of goalkeepers from the rural club

Cork’s goalkeeping brothers Ger and Patrick Collins. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Cork’s goalkeeping brothers Ger and Patrick Collins. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Coaches at Ballinhassig GAA club were facing a predicament midway through the 1960s. They weren’t the first club faced with the dilemma, and they certainly wouldn’t be the last, but that’s not to undermine the issue at hand. The club needed a new minor goalkeeper and there were no obvious recruits.

After surveying all their options, their eyes landed on a 14-year-old that may have lacked the experience and size of other players on the panel, but who more than made up for it in confidence and skill. So, young Martin Coleman, a handy outfield hurler within his own age group, was approached.

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