Thursday, February 25, 2016

The Legend Of Willie Neenan

On one of the gates in Millstreet Town Park is inscribed his name
In Irish athletics Willie Neenan's is an enduring fame
In his thousands of races he seldom finished out of a place
In Millstreet in late June in his honor a 10k road race

By Cashman's Hill in St Mary's Cemetery his last remains lay
But the legend he created in his lifetime is living today
Against the best with success he did compete
He remains today as Millstreet's greatest athlete

In his lifetime of competing and training a million miles he must have ran
Willie Neenan he was quite an amazing man
In athletics in Duhallow sixty years to the fore
He often ran to the cross on the summit of Clara above high Claramore

In his twilight years Willie Neenan outran many in their physical prime
But like everyone he eventually became a victim of time
World Masters, Irish, Munster and Cork County medals he ran against the best
And he was one never found to be wanting when put to the test

In his physical prime in the nineteen fifties sixty years ago
And eventually time becomes everyone's foe
By Cashman's Hill in St Mary's Cemetery near Millstreet Town the last remains lay
Of Willie Neenan a legend in his lifetime and a legend today.

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