Bid to host re­union of the Na Piar­saigh hurl­ing team

Drogheda Independent - - NEWS - By HU­BERT MUR­PHY

FOR­MER Na Piar­saigh Hurl­ing Club, Drogheda, player, Pa­trick Lough­nane is plan­ning a 2018 re­union of the team to mark the 50th anniversary of their suc­cess in the Louth Ju­nior Hurl­ing fi­nal of 1968.

But the big ques­tion he needs an­swered is: Where are the play­ers now?

‘We were formed in late 1967, with meet­ings in The Horse and Hound Pub when the Land­lord/ Land­lady were Oliver and Eithne O’Car­roll. We dis­banded in 1973/74 when a num­ber of us left Drogheda,’ Pa­trick ex­plains.

‘We were a bunch of blow ins to Drogheda,with the ex­cep­tion of Tommy Han­ratty (Scar­let Street Pub) and Fran­cie Meade..both from Drogheda. We were from var­i­ous coun­ties, Gal­way, Kerry, Cork, Of­faly, Tip­per­ary, Wex­ford etc.’

The panel con­sisted of 20/22 play­ers and the Chair­man was Brother Ryan of CBS Drogheda and they used their pitch op­po­site Col­lege Rise for train­ing.

The team fea­tured seven gar­dai, two Chris­tian Broth­ers, four bankers (Pa­trick worked in the AIB on West Street), a teacher in the CBS and a baker with Peter Lyons.

‘ We won 3 County Louth Cham­pi­onships in suc­ces­sion..1968, 1969 and 1970: Na­tional League Di­vi­sion 3 for Louth in 1969 and at that time 14 of the 15 rep­re­sent­ing Louth were from Na Piar­saigh and the other mem­ber of the team was Patsy Mur­phy of Clanna Gael Hurl­ing Club, Dundalk...a great achieve­ment,’ he ex­plains.

The side were un­beaten for three years and mem­bers used to train the Gor­manston Col­lege Hurl­ing team.

The ball has be­gun to roll al­ready on the re­union with a meet­ing in Cork of Pa­trick, Peter O’Brien and Michael Barry and they now want all the play­ers to get in touch.

Other in­di­vid­u­als that were as­so­ci­ated with the Hurl­ing Club in­cluded Olan Allen (Ac­coun­tant), Jimmy Car­roll, Col­man Car­roll (Brother), Do­minick Mc­Quil­lan, Tom Mur­phy, Con McGin­ley, Mel Barry, Char­lie McGrath, Sean Fo­ley, trainer Padraig O Thuama, Patsy Cole, Brian and Martin Quinn, Char­lie and Frank Kelly, and Tommy Leddy and his band who played at most of the fund rais­ing dances in Bet­tys­town Golf Club and count­less oth­ers.

‘We also had a very close as­so­ci­a­tion with New­town Blues Foot­ball Club and some of their duel play­ers were Liam Leech, Michael Leech and some of our hurlers played foot­ball with The Blues.’

Matt Downey (for­mer garda) and Tommy Han­ratty, both based in Drogheda, have agreed to be the con­tact peo­ple in the Drogheda area.

Pa­trick can also be con­tacted at email: pad­dy­lough­nane1@hot­mail.com or 91a Sta­tion Road, Co­gen­hoe, Northamp­ton NN7 1NG.

The Louth Ju­nior Hurl­ing Fi­nal in Knock­bridge in June/July 1968. Back Row..Left to Right: Gerry Clif­ford, Matt Downey, Mick Fanning: Mick Luddy: Sean Maguire.: Paddy Mo­ran Pat O’Neill): Ol­lie McEneaney: Joe Car­ley. Front Row.. Left to Right: Brian Moroney: Paddy Lough­nane.: Tom Han­ratty, Frances Meade: Andy Whe­lan: Bren­dan Raftery: Michael Barry: Peter O’Brien, ex­treme right, un­known, but could be Ger Costello.

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