Saturday 20 April 2019

Evergreen Gallagher a man for three decades

Gallagher has had a fine career, including picking up an All-Ireland medal with Meath in 1998 and also being on the Ireland team that won the International Rules Series against Australia in 2008. Photo: Sportsfile
Gallagher has had a fine career, including picking up an All-Ireland medal with Meath in 1998 and also being on the Ireland team that won the International Rules Series against Australia in 2008. Photo: Sportsfile
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

It was perhaps the most striking aspect of a weekend of club finals.

Last Sunday, David Gallagher went in search of his third Meath SFC medal.

On the face of it there was nothing remarkable in that but it takes on a different complexion when you see he won his first medal at 18 as a goalkeeper, a second title as centre-back, and Sunday's success came as he operated in midfield at the age of 38.

"Three in three decades," Gallagher smiled after his latest win. "When you win something so young, and we had a very good team in '98, you think the sky is the limit. But they are hard-won."

Gallagher has had a fine career, including picking up an All-Ireland medal with Meath in 1998 and also being on the Ireland team that won the International Rules Series against Australia in 2008. And even though it has been a long year, he admits it was all worthwhile.

"Days like this are well worth sticking in there for. It's not easy going, this year especially things didn't go to plan and I had a bit of illness and stuff over the summer and injury and couldn't play the semi-finals.

"I was on one leg for a lot of the second half. But look, we were very lucky with the bunch of lads we have, there are some fine footballers there for Dunboyne."

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