St Ni­cholas - a club with a proud his­tory ‘Lar’Carolanisa tal­ent­forthe fu­ture­ofGAA

HU­BERT MUR­PHY LOOKS BACK AT 1977 AND SOME OF THE KEY MO­MENTS AS THE MAG­NIF­I­CENT ST NI­CHOLAS GAA CLUB IN RATH­MULLEN WAS FOUNDED

Drogheda Independent - - NEWS -

Jan­uary 1977

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.

July 1977

TONES 1-5

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

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