Wednesday 15 August 2018

Dundalk stop for Creedon's Road

RTE programme presenter hears story of Jimmy Hasty, visits the Magic Hill

RTE’s John Creedon meets ‘customs’ officers on the border in a Brexit protest
RTE’s John Creedon meets ‘customs’ officers on the border in a Brexit protest
John Creedon with a young Dundalk supporter in Oriel Park
Jimmy Hasty

Margaret Roddy

The latest episode of 'Creedon's Road Less Travelled', which airs on Sunday, August 5th at 6.30pm on RTÉ One, focuses on Dundalk and the border.

The County Museum Dundalk is the backdrop for segment on Jimmy Hasty, one of the most remarkable players in Dundalk FC history.

A number of relatives, friends, team-mates and fans of Jimmy Hasty joined RTÉ's John Creedon at the exhibition to share their recollections of one of Dundalk FC's most prolific goalscorers.

Despite his physical impairment, Jimmy Hasty was known for his skill at heading the ball. During his time with Dundalk FC, he scored 103 goals in 170 appearances, including a memorable 15-yard winning strike in a European Cup tie against FC Zurich in 1963.

The popular broadcaster went to Oriel Park to see Dundalk play Cork and spoke to Jimmy's sons s Paul and Martin, as well as Paddy Malone whose father Jim had signed the player to Dundalk, and John Murphy who was captain of the Dundalk FC team that Jimmy played for.

Museum curator, Brian Walsh said: 'We were delighted to host John Creedon and the extended Hasty family at County Museum Dundalk for the recording of this special episode of 'Creedon's Road Less Travelled'. It's a fitting setting to honour a player whose confidence, skill and strength shone through his career. Tragically, Jimmy Hasty was killed in a sectarian incident in 1974. Though his life was short, his legacy is evident at Dundalk FC and in this 'One Team, One Dream' exhibition.'

The programme also sees John Creedon meeting Brendan Murphy of the band The 4 of Us who takes him to the 'Magic Hill' at Jenkinstownand tells him the story behind their hit song 'Mary'. He then gets the low down on the Good Friday Agreement from ex- Downing Street press secretary, Alastair Campbell and meets Declan Fearon of Border Communities Against Brexit, who 'detains' him at a fake customs checkpoint.

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