• Whatever about the verbal abuse that Dundalk took from the terraces in the lst leg of their Fairs Cup tie against Rangers at Ibrox Park in October, 1968, the players gave a good account of themselves and their 6-1 defeat did not reflect their performance. With just two minutes of normal time remaining the score was 4-1 which would be a more accurate reflection of Dundalk’s performance, but tired minds and legs saw them concede two goals in the final minutes. Having conceded two early goals Dundalk were right back in the game in the 41st minute when Kevin Murray converted a penalty after Tony O’Connell was pulled down.
• The death took place in October, 1968 of Ian ‘Owen’ Markey, from Ardee who was widely regarded as one of the finest footballers Louth ever produced. He was a member of the 1910 and 1912 All-Ireland winning sides and played for over 20 years with the county.
• Young Irelands one of Dundalk’s oldest and proudest clubs, who had been in the doldrums for some time, were back in the big time in November, 1978 when they collected their first senior title in 28 years, the Cardinal O’Donnell Cup, hammering St. Mary’s 1-11 to 0-4 in the final, while on the same day their under-16 side completed a great day for the club by beating Newtown Blues to take the Louth title. The Irelanders Cardinal O’Donnell Cup winning team was, Kevin Morgan, Seamus Byrne, Seamus Haughey, Eugene McArdle, Jim Hand, Michael Byron, Brian Lynch, Michael McCabe, Pat Mahony, Enda Murray, Gerry Nixon, Brendan Carroll, Paddy Mackin, Michael Friel and Denis Caffey. No subs.
• Eleven of Louth’s Leinster under21 side were included in the senior team for their first NFL game of the 1978-79 season when they travelled to Mullingar and beat Westmeath 1-11 to 0-11.
• From humble workman’s hut in 1916 to a clubhouse and a sports centre that was among the best in the country, Clan-na-Gael GFC completed another milestone in their history when in November, 1978 they opened a £30,000 extension to their centre. At the opening the club’s Chairman, Paddy Dixon urged younger players to show more comitment to training, saying that it was no good training on a Tuesday and Thursday nights and then going out dancing to all hours on a Saturday night. Make up your mind to play football or be a John Travolta” he urged the young players.
• Stephen Staunton made his debut for the Republic of Ireland in a friendly international against Tunisia at the end of October, 1988 while in the same month three Louth Gardai, Mick Kelly, Noel McCann and Richie Culhane were included in the Irish squad for the European Police soccer championships which were held in Malmo in Sweden in November, 1988.
• Four candidates, Paddy Kenny, Pat Hamilton, Pat Toner and Terry Sloan emerged as candidates for the position of Secretary of Louth County Board after Peadar Kearney retired after 32 years.
• In his first Marathon, run in Dublin, in October, 1998 Nicholas McGuinness from Dundalk finished 8th in a time of 2 hrs. 33 mins. 26 seconds. His feat was considered extraordinary by the experts and Nicholas remarked afterwards, “I still don’t bvelieve it”.
Minister for Justice, Dermot Ahern (second from left in front) pictured in the Spurs team that played in the Minor League U-17 final in 1972 which they won 2-1. Back Row, Noel Connolly, . . McNamee, Gerry Fox, Austin Matthews, Colm ‘ Nick’ Garvey, Jim...