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Monica's laud legends of '87

ST MONICA'S turned back the clock a full 25 years on Saturday night as they celebrated their historic Dublin Junior Football Championship victory.

They produced a masterful performance to defeat St Brigid's in the final at Parnell Park in 1987.

The game was played on December 13. They beat St Vincent's in a tight semi-final two weeks before.

It was a long wait from their quarter-final win over St Mark's in July. Mark's had Declan Bolger at midfield.

They say the Dublin Junior Football Championship was the hardest one of all to win. Monica's had a tough road. They needed a last-minute goal to overcome Fingal Ravens in the first round before pipping St Anne's and getting past Bank of Ireland.

"We had a super team," remembers manager Pat Finn. "Sean Barry was on it. He won the minor All-Ireland in 1984.


"We also had Paul McEntee who gave us that extra touch of class.

"That group of players were special. Dublin chairman Andy Kettle joined us for the reunion. We had the DVD of the final. I have to sincerely thank the club. They put so much into it.

"It was an evening full of nostalgia. Winning a championship, no matter what the championship, is a badge of honour you carry all your life, and it's certainly true for these heroes of '87."

Two years later, Monica's came within a breath of senior football when they lost in the replay of the intermediate final to Kilmore.

"I think if we had gone up then we would have stayed in senior because we were ready for it," judges Pat.

These days Pat is back on board. "Vinnie Murphy is the manager and I was thrilled when he asked me.

"Two players from the 1987 side are also with us on the management, Rory Quinn, who was the captain, and Tom Clancy."

Helping to manage the Magic Mons a quarter of a century ago were Don Kissane, Paul V Kelly and Brian Talty. "Brian was our trainer. He was fantastic."

Club chairman was the one and only Terry Monahan. "Terry was an extraordinary man. He was loved in Edenmore. He did so much for the area. He inspired everybody. And he'll never be forgotten."


The club produced a special silver jubilee booklet. It contains a picture of Terry and secretary, Paul Kelly, with the match ball following the final whistle.

Philip Reid is missing from the team picture. He was working for the Irish Press on the day of the final. The sports editor had sent him to Belfast. He must have been a Brigid's fan!

The Super Saints of 1987 were: Bernard Fitzsimons; Ciaran Kelly, Pat Peate, Tom Clancy; Liam O'Connor, John Somers, Tom Behan; Sean Barry, Rory Quinn; David Dillon, Paul McEntee, Liam Kelly; James Eustace, Shay Byrne, Mick Dalton. Ray McHale, Ritchie Watson. Don Kissane, Alan Somers, Brendan Kelly, Johnny Nolan, Philip Reid.