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Saturday 3 December 2016

Family of 1951 hero look forward instead of back

Ryan Nugent

Published 01/10/2016 | 02:30

Michael Dawson with his grandfather's jersey and boots from 1951 Photo: Mark Condren
Michael Dawson with his grandfather's jersey and boots from 1951 Photo: Mark Condren

They may have the boots, the jersey and the medal of their father, an All-Ireland champion - but the family who run a Mayo pub along the Wild Atlantic Way insist they are looking forward rather than back to 1951.

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Staunton's pub in Lecanvey is one of the few locations in the county where the legacy of 1951 lives on. On that day, though, it wasn't the green and red that Joe Staunton wore when they defeated Meath to take Sam Maguire home. Instead he donned a full white kit, equipped with a pair of steely brown boots, even tougher now that they've been kept for 65 years.

Therese Staunton, who runs the pub her father used to own, said that while the collection holds a special place for the family, it was never a big deal to Joe while they were growing up.

She explained that Mayo's close calls over the last quarter of a century had added prominence to the memorabilia. "Since '89 they've been in Croke Park so often that it's been a big issue. The more often Sam hasn't come home, the more significant it has become," Therese said.

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