The Pipeline: How American scholarships won over Irish athletics

A full list of the 700 athletes to head across the Atlantic has been compiled

Cumin Clancy, Jimmy Reardon and John Joe Barry, the original trio of American scholarship athletes, at Villanova University in the spring  of 1949.

Cumin Clancy, Jimmy Reardon and John Joe Barry, the original trio of American scholarship athletes, at Villanova University in the spring of 1949.

“Are you John Joe Barry?” he was asked, after answering the phone at some ungodly hour at his apartment in suburban Philadelphia.

“I am,” he replied, half-wondering what trouble he was in this time.

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