ST PATRICK'S GFC will honour five club members who have represented their county since the 1950s at what is being billed as a unique function in the clubhouse on November 30th.
Of the seven All-Ireland titles which Meath have won, there has been a St Patrick's player on each team apart from the first success in 1949.
Sports presenter Darragh Maloney will be in conversation with each of the players on the night to tease out the history and stories that many GAA fans will never have witnessed.
Kevin (Gus) Lenehan will be speaking of his exploits as part of the 1954 winning team when Meath played Kerry in front of a mammoth audience of approximately 75,200 spectators. He played alongside some of the great players who had been on the winning team from 1949 such as Michael O'Brien, Paddy Connell, Mattie McDonnell and Peter McDermott.
Pat (Red) Collier made his senior debut in 1961, but had to wait six more years before he would reap the reward of an All-Ireland medal. He was always a favourite with the Meath supporters and will no doubt give a great insight into the team up to his retirement from the intercounty scene in 1969.
The St Pat's club had to wait another two decades before it would have representation on the panel again, and Mickey McQuillan was goalkeeper for the 1987 and 1988 wins and captain of the latter team. He was also on the team who played Dublin in the historic and unforgettable Leinster Finals of 1991, and was rewarded with a place on the All-Star team of 1991. His career includes five Leinster titles, two All-Ireland medals, two National League titles and two Railway Cups - not to mention his underage achievements.
The 1990s saw double representation of the club in the forms of Cormac Murphy and Cormac Sullivan. Murphy made his championship debut against Laois in 1993 and has two All-Ireland medals from 1996 and 1999, although he was on the bench for the first. His has contributed handsomely to his county's success over his intercounty career, with Leinster titles and National Football League and O'Byrne Cup wins. After his retirement he continued to play football with his club until recently.
Sullivan followed in the steps of McQuillan, being a netkeeper for the team. He played for the Meath senior team against Wicklow in 1999 and like Murphy has a medal from the 1996 All-Ireland, despite not playing on the day. However, he did play in the 1999 battle against Cork with his fellow clubmate.
Sullivan was also part of the International Rules squad in 2000 and was named Player of the Tournament. Sullivan, after a distinguished career wearing the green and gold, still plays for the senior St Pat's football team, though club accolades have been few.
Also making an appearance on the night will be the legendary Sean Boylan who will no doubt add a unique insight into the lives of these players. His distinguished career has been interlinked with three of them in the early years of his management career and Boylan will have a first-hand account of many of the matches and stories which will surely come to light on the night.
There will be light refreshments and a bar extension on the night and music is provided by Tropical Storm. Tickets are on sale now for a great value price of €10, available from the clubhouse reception, any committee member or Whytes Bar & Restaurant in Stamullen or Julianstown Providers (Main Road, Julianstown). For further information please contact Anto Woods on 086-8379710 or check out the club website on http://www.stpatricksgaa.com.