DOB: 8 April 1926
Debut: Round 6, 1945 against Footscray at Western Oval
Last MFC Game: Round 18, 1948 against Carlton at Princes Park
Number: 22 (1945), 27 (1946-1948)
Grand Final team - 1946
Games: 39 (48 total)
Goals: 46 (52 total)
Rover recruited after finishing second in the Caulfield-Oakleigh Association league best and fairest.
All 10 of "Irish" O'Rourke's appearances in his last season at the Demons were as a reserve, one of only a handful of league players to be named a reserve ten times or more before the introduction of unlimited interchange.
After Fitzroy showed interest, the rover joined North Melbourne in 1949. They asked Melbourne to clear him after seeing him impress in a pre-season game. O'Rourke played the first nine games of the season there, before transferring to VFA side Brighton.
Players without photos
Shown as being from Oakleigh District in 1945
Described as a player who "can play practically all positions on the field" in 1948, which is not consistent with a rover.
Argus - 18/10/1944
Sporting Globe - 20/06/1945
Herald - 01/03/1949
Argus - 11/03/1949
Herald - 22/03/1949
Argus - 07/04/1949
Argus - 23/06/1949
Herald - 09/08/1951
Football Record R17 1964
Australian Football profile
VFA Project profile