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Did Nelson Mandela get to wear the Drogheda mayoral chains?


Togher's Ian Tiernan with Tommy Dowd.

Togher's Ian Tiernan with Tommy Dowd.

Togher's Ian Tiernan with Tommy Dowd.



LOUTH County Council Chairman Frank Godfrey may be gone to South Africa, but he’s certainly not forgotten!

Although it was the absence of the chains of office and not Mr. Godfrey himself which seemed to be concerning some members at Monday’s meeting of the county council.

Cllr. Jim Cousins wanted to know if he had been instructed to leave the chains behind when he departed on his travels and whether he was abroad as Chairman of the Council or in a personal capacity.

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County Manager John Quinlivan confirmed that the Council had not asked him to leave the chains but the insurance issue had been put before him.

Mr. Quinlivan added that the chains were in Cllr. Godfrey possession of Cllr. Godfrey and he had them in a private and public capacity.

‘I expect no difficulty with our insurers regarding security,’ he concluded.

‘Was Interpol alerted?,’ wondered Cllr. Peter Savage, with tongue firmly in cheek.

‘About the chains or the chairman?,’ Cllr. Declan Breathnach asked.

Cllr. Tommy Murphy wondered what the big ‘song and dance’ was all about. He added that maybe the Council should know one way or the other whether there was a rule on such an issue arising.

Cllr. John McConville, who took charge of the meeting as vicechairman, said the matter could be brought up again when Cllr. Godfrey returned, an opinion echoed by Cllr. Scan Kenna who added it should not be discussed until he was present.

‘Frank Godfrey will enjoy reading about this,’ remarked Cllr. Jimmy Mulroy.
‘He will probably come back with a picture of him wearing the chains alongside Nelson Mandela’

Magdalene’s see off the Mary’s challenge

November 1931

Gusts of wind, coming from the South West direction handicapped play at Castlebellingham and neither the Magdalenes nor St. Mary’s minor team had mastered the elements for a time and overs were the rule following the start.

The Magdalenes worked forward via the centre-field and P. Mullen opened their scoring with a point. Following the kick from the line P. Bellew drove over the cross bar from almost the touch line for Magdalenes second point.

There was little if any difference in the merits of the teams and the tackling was close and lively. St. Mary’s had three overs against a strong wind and the efforts were made from far out. Carolan, Mallon, and K. Carr had wides for the Magdalenes, some of which were from difficult angles. Kerr’s close in free went for a 50, and McArdle’s effort sailed into the goal mouth where Beirne fisted it clear of danger, but Carr screw-kicked wide when the Magdalenes were pressing around the goal. Another 50 for Magdalenes and many wides followed before Mallon was entrusted with a free on a spot on the 21 yards line opposite the goal. He directed his shot for the goal and the ball glanced oft two players hands and lodged in the net for a goal just on time. Magdalenes 1—2, St. Mary’s 0-0.

All the signs seemed to be in favour of St. Mary’s on the change of ends, but the team disappointed their followers badly, and Magdalenes went on to win rather easily. Magdalenes played better football against the breeze than they had when playing with it. Mallon obtained a point for Magdalenes early on, and when St. Mary’s had begun to combine to better advantage, V. McKenny had a free about 40 yards out from which he landed a good point. A moment later Magdalenes had entered the Marys’ territory and Bellew ashed the ball through for a goal. Getting a better grip on the play St. Marys were on the when McKenny from a fr.ee hit the parallel bar; the rebound was tipped by Burke into the net for a goal. Of course, the Mary’s fought on, and at intervals got within scoring distance but then* forwards were erraticwith their shots and the Magdalenes, who were always dangerous around goal in this half had increased the score by two goals eer Bellew. St. Mary’s notched a point per Carrie before the final whistle. Result: MAGDALENES 4—3, ST. MARY’S 1—2.

Mr. P. Murtagh (Dromiskin) refereed
Teams:—Magdalenes—D. McEvoy, K Carr, J. Mulroy , P. Brady, P. Mullen, J Carolan, T. Mallon, J. McQuail, J. Gerrard, R. Bowden, J. Kane, J. Bellew, W Carolan, T. McArdle, K. Kelly.

St Mary’s—J. Harlin, J. Halpenny, B. Carrie A. Dempsey, A. Bradley, P. McDonnell C. Crawley, T. Burke, J. Beirne, P McKenny, J. McGahon, V. McKenny, H McKenny, P. Stokes, S. Dunne.

Patrick Wade died after fall from horse

November 1931

An inquest was held in the Co. Hospital here to-day before Mr. J. J. Lynch, solr., Coroner for Meath, sitting without a Jury, to enquire into the death of Patk. Wade, Julianstown, Drogheda, who was admitted to the Hospital on October 28th suffering from injuries to the spine rceived when thrown off a horse, the property of his employer, Mr. Ed. Delany, Corballis, Laytown, which he had been practising in a field on that day.

Evidence was given by Patk. Collins and Michael Murphy,, two other employees of Mr. Delany, that they saw the horse running through the field and knowing that deceased had taken the horse out for practice some time previously they became curious and proceeded to investigate. They found Wade lying on his back in the field. He was conscious, but unable to move and he told them that he had been thrown off the horse. He was treated by Dr. Murray, Drogheda, and sent to the Co. Hospital where he died on November 1st. The horse was twelve years old and was regarded as being a quiet animal.

When medical evidence had been given by Drs. Monaghan and Murray, the Coroner returned the verdict that deceased died from hypostatic pneumonia following complete destruction of the spinal cord at the cervico-dorsal joint, caused by being accidentally thrown off a horse at Laytown.

The Coroner expressed his sympathy with the relatives of the deceased, who was a married man with four children, and Mr. L. F. Branigan, solr., representing Mr. Delany, Sergt. McConville, representing the State, and the two doctors, associated themselves with the expression.