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• 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...

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