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Miceal gets ready to fly the black and amber

Published 25/12/2013 | 05:28

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Miceal O Broin

ONE MAN looking forward to showing off the black and amber on Decemer 29 will be Miceal O'Broin.

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The Kilkenny native arrived in Drogheda 53 years ago – via Dundalk!

He recalls that first journey to the Boyneside by train and the fact that he actually missed the stop and ended up in 'The Town' by mistake.

'Michael Connolly from Connolly Brothers hired me after a meeting in Dublin and told me that Drogheda was an hour by train. So that evening I got on the train and headed off and it ended up it was only half an hour from Dublin. I didn't realise we'd missed the station until an hour into the journey we stopped in Dundalk!'

However, after explaining to a friendly station master, he was promptly put onto a Drogheda-bound train leaving the station at the exact same time as he arrived.

He worked in Connolly's until 1977 and then St Paul's and St John's and the Drogheda Corporation.

His wife, Maire, is a Galway native and they married in 1963. Maire worked in Congress Avenue Boys School and has many fond memories of the lads there.

Miceal has a deep love of the GAA and played a huge part in the success of the Wolfe Tones hurlers. He was also Irish Language Officer with the Louth County Board and is now involved with the Comhaltas and the Legion of Mary.

'One of my first memories was calling to houses in Yellowbatter for the Legion of Mary in November 1963. One woman opened the door and she was very agitated and told me that John Kennedy had been shot in Dallas.'

Drogheda Independent

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