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Benedict Kiely Weekend

Friday 11th September 2015

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14th Benedict Kiely Weekend

Benedict Kiely was born near Dromore, County Tyrone on 15th August 1919. He was the sixth child of Thomas and Sara Alice Kiely. His family moved to Omagh, County Tyrone, when he was only one. This is where he spent his formative years. Benedict was educated at Mount St. Columba's by the Christian Brothers. His father was a Boer War veteran, who later worked as a survey measurer for the Ordnance Survey. Although the town was largely free of the sectarianism associated with Northern Ireland, intolerance did occasionally rear its head. Benedict, who as a boy played outside-right for Omagh Corinthians and wore his hair in the manner of Dixie Dean, was suspended from the GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association) "for being spotted by a member of the Gaelic Vigilance Committee playing a foreign game with Protestant boys in a Protestant field".

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