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Celtic the capital's trailblazers

CELTIC were the first winners of the All-Ireland Senior Club Championship. Kevin Heffernan's sister Claire was on the team. So was Mary Casey, the sister of another illustrious Dublin footballer, Bill.

The final was played in Croke Park in 1964 a couple of weeks before Christmas. Celtic beat the Ulster side Deirdre in the final.

In the semi-final, the Dubs played Glen Rovers in Cork. It finished level. Celtic prevailed with style in the replay. It was the days of the small goals and the top bar across the two uprights.

Bríd Hanbury captained Celtic. The legendary Nell McCarthy was the trainer. Nell, from Cork, coached Dublin in their golden era.

Celebrated Dublin clubs like Eoghan Ruadh and Austin Stacks also secured All-Ireland success.


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