Derry GAA pays tribute after passing of Newbridge legend Gribbin

The Derry County Board have paid tribute to Derry and Newbridge legend Roddy Gribbin who has passed away aged 92.

Thursday, 16th March 2017, 12:53 pm
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 10:46 am
Roddy Gribbin with fellow star of the Derry 1947 National League winning team, Paddy MccErlean, and then GAA President Liam O'Neill the 125th Anniversary celebration of Derry GAA back in 2013.

One of the six famous Newbridge brothers that played for the Oak Leaf county through the 1940s and 50s, Roddy picked up two Dr Lagan Cup medals, a National League and a Dr McKenna Cup medals during his time with the Oak Leaf County.

He was also part of the 1944 Derry side that won the Ulster Junior Football Championship by overcoming Armagh in the final only to be denied the opportunity to play in the All Ireland semi-final because of the travel restrictions imposed in relation to the Second World War.

Roddy played alongside his brothers Mick, who passed away in January, Hugh Francis, Henry, Willie (RIP) and Owen (RIP) for Newbridge during the club's most successful period in it history as they claimed three county titles in the 40s and another two in the 50s.

Speaking about Roddy, A Derry County Board spokesperson described him as the "standout forward of his era."

"Like all true superstars, his first name sufficed. He was known simply as Roddy," said the spokesperson

"Playing in an era, when forwards didn't win many 'soft' frees, Roddy was as hard as his native county's oak. A prolific scorer, his powerful left foot drive became his calling card. A supremely talented footballer, Roddy was a servant on the field, helping Derry claim the National League title in 1947, and a leader too, as he was the manager when he guided Derry to the All-Ireland final in 1958.

"Along with his brothers, the Gribbin clan were synonymous with the green jersey of Newbridge, and when they were in their pomp 'the Bridge' enjoyed its golden age.

"We offer our sympathies to Roddy's immediate family, wider family circle and friends, and to Seán O'Leary's GAA, Newbridge.

"Our county mourns, but is deeply proud.

"Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam uasal."