Sporting headlines from the past
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Louth achieved a memorable result at the start of December, 1968 when they held All-Ireland and NFL champions to a draw in their Division I 'A' game in Drogheda. Indeed the champions who fielded all their top players, including Dan McCartan, Val Kane, Joe Lennon and Sean O'Neill were fortunate to secure a draw, 2-12 each.
The Louth team was, Paddy Gallagher, Val Corcoran, Frank Lynch, Joe Carroll, Michael Rice, John McGuire, Frank Clarke, Seamus Kirk, Stephen Thornton, Benny Gaughran (0-2), Liam Leech (0-4), Jim Marmion, Paul Judge (0-2), Jimmy Mulroy and Jim Judge (24). Sub. Danny Nugent.
• There were fears in November, 1968 that the oldest racing meeting in the area, Mullacurry near Ardee would never be held again after the Racing Board sanctioned an extra day's racing for Navan and refused to sanction the Louth Hunt meeting in Mullacurry. Attendances had been falling for some time.
• Gaels celebrated 50 glorious years in football with a Golden Jubilee dinner attended by hundreds in the Fairways Hotel. The club announced at the dinner that they had purchased 6 acres of land on the Ramparts from the Christian Brothers for £19,000 which they planned to develop for much needed grounds. At the dinner three surviving founder members, Paddy Coleman, Martin O'Donnell and Willie Lawless were honoured.
• In one of the best schools soccer
games seen in Dundalk for many a year and featuring some very talented players , the C.B.S. beat St. Mary's College 2-1 to clinch the North Leinster Colleges (under-18) tournament 2-1 at Oriel Park in December, 1988. After Leo Davis gave Marist an early lead, two goals from Brian Duffy clinched the game for the CBS. The teams ( pictured here) were, CBS: P. Drumgoole, I. Hazzard, P. Tobin, S. Mohan, P. Culligan, E. Burns, N. Prenty, P. Johnston, P. Loughran, B. Duffy, D. Reilly. Sub. J. Mulligan.: St. Mary's, J. Coggans, M. Harvey, G. Spain, A. O'Sullivan, P. Mulligan, D. McGuinness, U. McCabe, P. Gaughran, C. Kavanagh, P. McElarney. Sub. D. Coleman.
• The deficit at Dundalk FC hit £400,000 in December, 1998 as the club announced the sale of captain Mick Doohan to Bray to try and reduce their debt. The club also announced that the entire playing squad was available for transfer and that the Board would step down if any person or combination of persons was willing to take over.