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Royal Noel fondly remembered

ALL were remembering Noel Curran with fondness over the last few days. He played on the Meath team that won the All-Ireland title in 1967.

That was a fine Meath side, which included the famous 'Red' Collier. Meath beat Cork in the final. The Royals travelled to Barry's Hotel on the morning of the match. They walked down to Croke Park, mingling with the crowds. Different times.

Noel was the old-style classical full-forward. He could out-jump the best of them and he had glue on his hands. He could pop them over from all kinds of angles.

He played for Dunshaughlin. In later years, as he settled in Tallaght, he wore the colours of Thomas Davis.

Noel 'followed' the Dubs as his son Paul's career blossomed.

And Noel especially enjoyed the golden three-in-a-row days of Thomas Davis as they strode through Dublin and Leinster.

At Thomas Davis, they recall a very decent, hard-working, family man. A gent who loved football... and the good times and the friendship it brought.

In Dunshaughlin, Noel had the honour of entering the Hall of Fame.

And they feel very much the same on the Kiltipper Road.