Ardee to hon­our All Ireland men of 1957

The Argus - - NEWS - Heroes of 1957. A big day is be­ing planned in Ardee on Fe­bru­ary 1. BY HU­BERT MUR­PHY

SUR­VIV­ING mem­bers of the Louth 1957 squad and the fam­i­lies of those who have passed away have been in­vited to a very spe­cial cer­e­mony in Ardee on Wed­nes­day Fe­bru­ary 1.

They will be hon­oured with a spe­cial af­ter­noon to mark the 60th an­niver­sary of their fa­mous suc­cess.

The idea is the brain­child of Dolores Minogue, the Cathaoir­leach of the lo­cal mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil, with the event or­gan­ised by a com­mu­nity com­mit­tee, all in­tent in mark­ing the his­toric foot­balling oc­ca­sion.

‘It was some­thing I raised at an area coun­cil meet­ing be­fore Christ­mas but didn’t get the back­ing needed,’ she ex­plains. How­ever, the pub­lic re­ac­tion to the idea sim­ply over­whelmed her.

‘Peo­ple re­ally wanted it to hap­pen and it has,’ she added. In­di­vid­u­als, plus the likes of St Mary’s GAA club and the lo­cal traders have played key el­e­ments in it.

The day will see an ad­dress by the Pres­i­dent of the GAA, Ao­gan O’ Fearghail, who plans to have Sam Maguire with him at 1pm in Mul­doon’s on Bridge Street.

Mem­bers of the squad and their rep­re­sen­ta­tives will re­ceive spe­cial awards to mark the 60 years and a tree is also be­ing planted on the main street, af­ter a spon­sor was se­cured. Lo­cal schools are also be­ing in­vited to at­tend.

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