Sunday 23 April 2017

Sons of Down have pedigree

Four Down panel members have fathers who won All-Ireland senior medals during their own playing careers.

Daniel McCartan's father James (he's also the father of the current manager James) won All-Irelands in 1960-1961 on a Down team that's still regarded as one of the best in GAA history.

Kevin McKernan's father Brendan was corner-back in 1991 when Down beat Meath. It was a rather tough afternoon for McKernan against an in-form Bernard Flynn but Down's dramatic win more than compensated. That game also featured Ambrose Rodgers' father, the late Ambrose Snr, as a substitute, coming on for Peter Withnell.

The quartet of famous sons is completed by Aidan Carr, a current substitute, whose father Ross was the stylish right half-forward on the 1991 and '94 All-Ireland-winning teams. He managed Down for the three years previous to McCartan's arrival late last year.

Irish Independent

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