A tribute to stalwart Christy
EARLY August this year the news of Christy Archbold passing was received with sadness in Dunlavin and district by the local GAA club, his neighbours and wide circle of friends. Predeceased by his son Tommy and daughter Christine, he will be sorely missed by his beloved wife Pat, daughters Mary, Eileen, sons Kevin, Paddy, John, Gary and Alan, daughters in law, sons in Law, grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
When the word ‘stalwart’ was created it was to be used sparingly, but in Christy’s case it can be used to its full. Started kicking a football and playing handball from a young age, Christy played for his club that took part in our first Minor football final in 1948 against St Patrick’s, losing out by 2-8 to 0-5.
The tone was set for a long career with his club as a player, captain and club officer. He was playing in the club’s first Intermediate final in 1959, losing to Kilmacanogue but was on the Dunlavin Intermediate team the following year, 1960, beating Carnew Emmets 1-5 to 1-2, thus bringing the club to its first experience of Senior football.
He was the Dunlavin netminder in the 1970 Junior football success against Laragh, winning by 1-10 to 0-5 that brought the club to its second experience at Senior football.
He continued playing for his club well into the mid 1970s. He also excelled in the handball alley along with and long after his football career ended.
Christy then was honoured by his club with the position of Club President. With this position and his vast playing experience he became a sound advisor to those around him, be it at the side line or the meeting room.
Sympathy to his family from all in Dunlavin GAA Club.