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HUBERT MURPHY LOOKS BACK AT 1977 AND SOME OF THE KEY MOMENTS AS THE MAGNIFICENT ST NICHOLAS GAA CLUB IN RATHMULLEN WAS FOUNDED
DURING a discussion on affiliations for the coming year, new chairman, Mr. Frank Lynch, became involved in his first confrontation. It happened after the Co. Secretary reported that affiliation applications had come from two new minor sides, St. Nicholas (serving Ballsgrove, Drogheda), and Naomh Aine (Knockbridge-Louth).
The chairman felt there was something wrong when St. Brides and St. Mochtas couldn’t field separate under age sides instead of amalgamating forces.
Recalling that in other years. Sr. Brides had linked up with Geraldincs in supplying St. Fursey’s minor side, Mr. Lynch said there was certainly an argument St. Furseys catering for a parish which included Blackrock, should be able to field a side under their own steam.
His criticism of the St. Brides and St. Mochtas Clubs he went on, wasn’t so much in that they were amalgamating in the forming of a new minor club, as in the danger of young players losing their dignity.
Mr. Farrcll, St. Bride’s, said it had been decided that Knockbridge should sever connections on this occasion with St. Fursey’s. “because of lack of co-operation over the years.”
Denying that he was singling out St. Bride’s the chairman (addressing Mr. Farrell- added: “My comments were constuctive, but your comments tend to be destructive.’
GerryMcKeownisthefirst presidentoftheclub Feb 1977
A new G.A.A. club has been formed to cater for football and hurling in the Ballsgrove, Rathmullen. Finian’s Park and Cherrymount areas of Drogheda named St. Nicholas G.F.C. The following committee has been elected: Fr. Parrelly. President: Gerry McKeown . chairman; Kit Cahill. vice-chairman; John Carolan, secretary; Stan Buckely, assistant secretary; Jim Pentony, treasurer.
Any young boys wishing to Join this club should contact any of the committee. The club wishes to participate in this year’s under-14 and under-16 Louth championships .
TonesedgeNicksinu/14 June 1977
Wolfe Tones 3-9
St. Nicholas 2-6
Tones qualified for the final of the u-14 Top Four when defeating St. Nicholas after a great game. They had to overcome the handicap of losing their best player, J. Faulkner, who retired with a suspect broken wrist Also to the fore were Ritchie Kelly, Brendan McEntee, Paul Gregory and John McKenna. The losers best were Philip Monaghan, Oliver Kelly, John McKeown, Bosco Judge and Kevin Connolly.
ST. NICHOLAS 2-3
This was an unexpected and shock result in the u-14 football championship, but St. Nicholas fully deserved this win. Though younger and smaller than their rivals, they put more thought and method into their game, and finished the stronger team. The scourge of the Tones defence was wee ‘Lar’ Carolan with a personal tally of 2-1. The Tones’ defence was in tangles every time he got the ball.
With his first championship win behind them, the future looks good for this young chap, as most of their players on view were in the 11 and 12 year old bracket.
Outstanding for the winners: Noel Matthews, John McKeown, Andrew Campbell, Paul McGinn, ‘Lar’ Carolan while for the losers: J. McKenna, T. Dyas, R. Kelly and B. McEntee were best.
Referee . G . Hoey.
Gerry Mc Keown Founder Member St Nicholas GFC