MEDALS OF 1957 HERO STOLEN IN RAID
Family devastated after burglars flee with Jackie’s All-Ireland ‘treasure’
THE family of one of Louth’s heroes of their last All-Ireland win in 1957 have been left devastated after his medal was stolen in a break in.
Jackie Reynolds (right) was part of the Louth squad that annexed Sam Maguire 60 years ago this month.
He sadly passed away three years ago and since then the family have kept his All-Ireland and provincial silverware close to their hearts.
But their world was turned upside down late last week when burglars made off with both medals. The medals are priceless to the family and they just want them back.
They were made into necklaces and the family would dearly love to see them returned.
A FAMILY has been left devastated after the 1957 All-Ireland Final medal won by Drogheda man Jackie Reynolds was stolen during a burglary last week.
Thieves made off with both the unique ‘57 medal and a Leinster medal.
The medals were on necklaces that Jackie had specially made so the iconic medals could be passed down the generations.
Now, a search has begun in a bid to track down the rare items.
The family have appealed for any information that might lead to the recovery of the medals that are ‘priceless’ to them.
Jackie passed away at the age of 79 some three years ago and was regarded as one of the town’s top footballers.
A Pearse Park native, he began his GAA life with the CBS team, moving on to Lourdes Rangers and then the Tredaghs. Later, life would take him to the Magdalene’s and then senior with Dan O’Neill at St Dominic’s.
After helping the Plunkett’s to their SFC success in 1957, he would move on again to the Mhuire’s and then winning SFC honours with the Newtown Blues in 1962 and 1963.
He won over a dozen titles in his time on the GAA fields in a career that spanned almost 30 years, his last game in 1978 against Lannleire.
But it was his decision to play a summer league soccer match with his workmates that dominated his life for three seasons in the mid-50s when he was at the height of his game.
The story goes that he was playing in the NFL 1955/56 with the county and doing well. They played Kildare in the 1956 championship and were beaten.
At the time, he was working in Ushers and they had a fine soccer team. After a few appeals from workmates, he lined out for them in one game and was spotted and reported. He was just 21 at the time.
He was suspended immediately from the GAA, but Drogheda Utd signed him and the chance of a trial with English side Bristol Rovers came up.
But the GAA called again and he joined the Oliver Plunkett’s at the start of the 1957 season, a defining one for the club. They won the league and then a first SFC, starring with Peadar Smith in midfield.
Louth brought him back for the All-Ireland final and he would continue to play for the county until 1963.
Jackie (back second left) with some of his colleagues from that 1957 win, Dan O’Neill, Jim Judge, Tom Conlon and Ollie Reilly. Front, Frank Lynch, Kevin Beahan, Seamus O’Donnell and Dermot O’Brien. Right: Jackie in later years.