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Kevin Foley

(Former Meath footballer)

When Kevin Foley found the net against Dublin in 1991 in the fourth consecutive thrilling encounter between the two sides, Croke Park exploded. In one swift movement he made the dreams of Meath people come true and broke Dublin hearts.

At that time, Meath were three points down and the game looked like it was finally slipping away from them. Foley, a wing-back, received a pass from Tommy Dowd in front of the Hill 16 goal and rifled the ball past the Dublin 'keeper John O'Leary.

"I was very surprised when I scored it to be honest," says Foley. "I knew time was running out and I decided to take a chance and help out the attack. We were desperate for a goal at the time and thankfully I was in the right place at the right time. I was fairly tired running back up from the Dublin goal but it was a great feeling."

With their tails up and Dublin stung by Foley's intervention, David Beggy followed it up with a point, Meath won and Foley was a hero.

Football was always a huge part of Foley's life. He was born into a family in which football was almost second nature.

His late father Gerry was a devoted follower and encouraged this interest among his sons. Kevin's brothers Gerry, Ronan, Brendan and Frank all played senior football for Trim.

In his day, Foley was a fiercely determined player. He was part of a formidable half-back line which included current county under 21 manager Liam Harnan and the only Meath player to make it on to the GAA Football Team of the Millennium, Martin O'Connell.

He won All-Ireland medals with Meath in 1987 and 1988, along with five Leinster titles between 1986 and 1991. The fact that Foley did not receive even an All Star nomination throughout his career surprised many people involved in the game.

Foley retired from football 19 years ago at the age of 33. He's a selector on this year's Meath minor football team. For the last number of years, he has been the manager of Clonard, guiding the club to their first junior title in 40 years in 2011.

He studied at University College Dublin where he obtained a degree in Veterinary Science. He now has a veterinary practice in south Meath.

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