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1960’s

1960’s

1960 Naomh Mairtin went up a grade to Junior status, but were well beaten in a semi-final replay by Marsh Road club Parnells.

The team of this time was very strong and boasted a number of inter-county players and others of a high standard and had the potential to make the senior ranks.

After the disappointment of the semi-final defeat in 1960, many of the players who came from Collon and Tullyallen to play for Naomh Mairtin returned to their own clubs. A new club, Glen Emmett’s was formed in Tullyallen and a lot of the Tullyallen players returned to play there.

Ted Russell joined the Naomh Mhuire club, while his brother Hugh continued to play his football with Naomh Mairtin. The Collon players returned to play with Mattock Rangers, namely Mal Hickey and Ollie Taaffe. This mass exodus proved too much for Naomh Mairtin and they returned back to Division 2.

Relegation proved to be a blessing in disguise at the time, as it gave the club time to regroup and of course the opportunity to start winning matches again and boost morale and confidence in the camp.

The following were the principal officers of the club who attended the annual meeting for the 1961/62 season: Chairman: Father Kevin Moran, Secretary: Patrick Wade, Treasurer: Pat Usher, Team Captain:Patrick Wade

For the 1961 season the team representing Naomh Mairtin was virtually all new, with only six players remaining from the original side. The balance of the team was made up of all locals with a good sprinkling of young players just starting out.

Although this year was difficult for the club in terms of being able to compete successfully, it was nevertheless the foundation of the club that exists today.

Transfers were now less likely and planning for the future progress could now be more certain. The boundary of the club now stretched south to Killineer, the majority of whose inhabitants were in the parish of Drogheda. This area supplied many footballers to Naomh Mairtin and continues to do so to this day.

Following the annual meeting it was agreed to approach players from the parish who were playing for other clubs with a view to convincing them to join up with Naomh Mairtin. Fr Kevin Moran and Patrick Wade were allocated this task.

While it was a time consuming exercise, it was a successful one and two players willing to transfer allegiance to Naomh Mairtin were identified. The pair in question were Nicky Fitzpatrick and Pat Johnston.

At the same time, Naomh Mairtin was in danger of losing a number of its most influential players, but this was avoided through negotiations in one case and in the second case, through the transfer not been properly executed.

The club entered into the 1962 season with a lot more hope and a settled, albeit young side. The year was pretty good for the club, in that a lot of the new players had established themselves and a good pattern of play was developing. While not winning any trophies in 1962, the Martins were developing into a side that would have potential in the coming year. It was a period of stability.

The annual meeting held at the end of the 1962 season was very positive and the only change in the officer positions was that of secretary, where Patrick Wade stood down. Jim Mooney was elected as captain for the coming season.

The changes in the boardroom quickly translated into success on the pitch and Naomh Maritin reached another championship final after beating Walshestown Rovers in the semi-final in Drogheda. Fane Rangers were the opposition in the decider and they proved too strong for Naomh Mairtin, beating the Monasterboice men by 1-12 to 3-1.

1963 was an excellent year for the club on the playing field as the Jocks reached the second division championship final and the Ranafast cup final.

In the final of the championship the Mairtin’s were beaten by Fane Rangers once again, in Castlebellingham. The loss in the final was as much due to the fact that for the majority of the team this was their first final at any level and big-game nerves took their toll.

The Ranafast Cup final was also played in Castlebellingham and the opponents on that day were Stabannon Parnells. The game was to more than make up for the Division 2 disappointment.

Naomh Mairtin 2-5

Stabannon 0-3

The Ranafast cup final played at Castlebellingham resulted in a fine victory for the Monasterboice club, Naomh Martins, who fully deserved their victory, for when in control in the opening quarter and in the second half, they took their scoring opportunities.

The Martins were a far superior team in most positions and dictated the pattern of play. Although victorious they did not reach any great heights. Realising early that the opposition was not too strong, they exerted themselves just as much as they had to. In defence they were far too crafty for the Stabannon attack, while at midfield they had command for at least three quarters of the game. Their fitness stood to them, and enabled them to get the ball first.

The winners were ahead for the duration of the game. After early promise by the losers, Martins came into the limelight when Wade, after a fine solo run, sent in a high shot which was flicked to the net by Hugh Russell.

After this the Martin’s kept up the attack, but the losers got the next score when Gorman pointed a free. Despite several switches, Stabannon could make no impression, and a double disaster struck them when P Mooney, working up field, sent the ball into the Stabannon goal-mouth for Meade to tap into the net, and their full back T McEnteggart was injured and removed to Drogheda hospital. No more
scores came and at the half way stage, Martins led 2-0 to 0-1.

On resumption the winners ably led by midfielder Jim McDonnell, gave no respite to the losers and points came from Paddy Meade and McDonnell. A faint ray of hope was given to the Stabannon supporters when Gorman hit two points, but the side was firing hot and could and not keep with the pace. In the last ten minutes Jim Crilly and Oliver Harmon (2) pointed to leave the final score 2-5 to 0-3 in favour of the Martins.

For the winners, Jim Mooney at centre-full was a tower of strength. He was ably supported by Frank Mulholland and Tom McGovern, while at midfield McDonnell and Nicky Fitzpatrick were top class. The attack played well with Oliver Harmon, Patsy Wade and Jimmy Campbell being well to the fore.

NAOMH MAIRTIN – P McCullough, P Briscoe, J Mooney, F Mulholland, J Crilly, T McGovern, D McCullough, J McDonnell, N Fitzpatrick, O Harmon, H Russell, P Wade, J McGahon, J Campbell, P Meade. Referee- Mr J Callan

After the game the cup was presented to Jim Mooney (captain) by Mr B Breathnach, Chairman of the County Board.

Also in 1963, Naomh Mairtin became the first club from County Louth to cross the Irish Sea and play a Gaelic football match in England. John Finnegan, Ned Walsh and Paddy Martin arranged the trip, which saw the Jocks depart from Dun Laoghaire and arrive in Hollyhead before travelling on to Liverpool. There the Monasterboice men faced John Mitchell’s in two games. A large group of players and supporters from the club made the trip across the water to see Naomh Mairtin play and win both matches.

In the following three years, Naomh Mairtin were beaten in championship semi-finals, but they won both the Donegan Shield and Collier Cup competitions in that period.

The most significant event in the following few years came in 1969 when the club’s current grounds were officially opened, giving the club the space to operate properly and continue to expand. There was a great carnival for the official opening and the Dubliners, Wolfe Tones and Philomena Begley provided the music.

The new facility consisted of a barna port-a-cabin dressing rooms, complete with snooker table, darts, rings and shop, all of which was organised by paddy Meade and Pat Clancy.

The chairman and commitee at the time of the opening of the new grounds were Rev Bennett, Rev Kevin Moran, Sean Murray, Peadar Kearney, Fr Hamill, Frank Johnson and Patrick Darsfield Donegan.

Donal McKeown, Ollie Lambe and P Mullen also played an integral part in realising the club’s ambitions for a suitable home ground.

In 1960 Naomh Mairtin went up a grade to Junior status, but were well beaten in a semi-final replay by Marsh Road club Parnells.

The team of this time was very strong and boasted a number of inter-county players and others of a high standard and had the potential to make the senior ranks.

After the disappointment of the semi-final defeat in 1960, many of the players who came from Collon and Tullyallen to play for Naomh Mairtin returned to their own clubs. A new club, Glen Emmett’s was formed in Tullyallen and a lot of the Tullyallen players returned to play there.

Ted Russell joined the Naomh Mhuire club, while his brother Hugh continued to play his football with Naomh Mairtin. The Collon players returned to play with Mattock Rangers, namely Mal Hickey and Ollie Taaffe. This mass exodus proved too much for Naomh Mairtin and they returned back to Division 2.

Relegation proved to be a blessing in disguise at the time, as it gave the club time to regroup and of course the opportunity to start winning matches again and boost morale and confidence in the camp.

The following were the principal officers of the club who attended the annual meeting for the 1961/62 season: Chairman: Father Kevin Moran, Secretary: Patrick Wade, Treasurer: Pat Usher, Team Captain:Patrick Wade

For the 1961 season the team representing Naomh Mairtin was virtually all new, with only six players remaining from the original side. The balance of the team was made up of all locals with a good sprinkling of young players just starting out.

Although this year was difficult for the club in terms of being able to compete successfully, it was nevertheless the foundation of the club that exists today.

Transfers were now less likely and planning for the future progress could now be more certain. The boundary of the club now stretched south to Killineer, the majority of whose inhabitants were in the parish of Drogheda. This area supplied many footballers to Naomh Mairtin and continues to do so to this day.

Following the annual meeting it was agreed to approach players from the parish who were playing for other clubs with a view to convincing them to join up with Naomh Mairtin. Fr Kevin Moran and Patrick Wade were allocated this task.

While it was a time consuming exercise, it was a successful one and two players willing to transfer allegiance to Naomh Mairtin were identified. The pair in question were Nicky Fitzpatrick and Pat Johnston.

At the same time, Naomh Mairtin was in danger of losing a number of its most influential players, but this was avoided through negotiations in one case and in the second case, through the transfer not been properly executed.

The club entered into the 1962 season with a lot more hope and a settled, albeit young side. The year was pretty good for the club, in that a lot of the new players had established themselves and a good pattern of play was developing. While not winning any trophies in 1962, the Martins were developing into a side that would have potential in the coming year. It was a period of stability.

The annual meeting held at the end of the 1962 season was very positive and the only change in the officer positions was that of secretary, where Patrick Wade stood down. Jim Mooney was elected as captain for the coming season.

The changes in the boardroom quickly translated into success on the pitch and Naomh Maritin reached another championship final after beating Walshestown Rovers in the semi-final in Drogheda. Fane Rangers were the opposition in the decider and they proved too strong for Naomh Mairtin, beating the Monasterboice men by 1-12 to 3-1.

1963 was an excellent year for the club on the playing field as the Jocks reached the second division championship final and the Ranafast cup final.

In the final of the championship the Mairtin’s were beaten by Fane Rangers once again, in Castlebellingham. The loss in the final was as much due to the fact that for the majority of the team this was their first final at any level and big-game nerves took their toll.

The Ranafast Cup final was also played in Castlebellingham and the opponents on that day were Stabannon Parnells. The game was to more than make up for the Division 2 disappointment.

Naomh Mairtin 2-5

Stabannon 0-3

The Ranafast cup final played at Castlebellingham resulted in a fine victory for the Monasterboice club, Naomh Martins, who fully deserved their victory, for when in control in the opening quarter and in the second half, they took their scoring opportunities.

The Martins were a far superior team in most positions and dictated the pattern of play. Although victorious they did not reach any great heights. Realising early that the opposition was not too strong, they exerted themselves just as much as they had to. In defence they were far too crafty for the Stabannon attack, while at midfield they had command for at least three quarters of the game. Their fitness stood to them, and enabled them to get the ball first.

The winners were ahead for the duration of the game. After early promise by the losers, Martins came into the limelight when Wade, after a fine solo run, sent in a high shot which was flicked to the net by Hugh Russell.

After this the Martin’s kept up the attack, but the losers got the next score when Gorman pointed a free. Despite several switches, Stabannon could make no impression, and a double disaster struck them when P Mooney, working up field, sent the ball into the Stabannon goal-mouth for Meade to tap into the net, and their full back T McEnteggart was injured and removed to Drogheda hospital. No more
scores came and at the half way stage, Martins led 2-0 to 0-1.

On resumption the winners ably led by midfielder Jim McDonnell, gave no respite to the losers and points came from Paddy Meade and McDonnell. A faint ray of hope was given to the Stabannon supporters when Gorman hit two points, but the side was firing hot and could and not keep with the pace. In the last ten minutes Jim Crilly and Oliver Harmon (2) pointed to leave the final score 2-5 to 0-3 in favour of the Martins.

For the winners, Jim Mooney at centre-full was a tower of strength. He was ably supported by Frank Mulholland and Tom McGovern, while at midfield McDonnell and Nicky Fitzpatrick were top class. The attack played well with Oliver Harmon, Patsy Wade and Jimmy Campbell being well to the fore.

NAOMH MAIRTIN – P McCullough, P Briscoe, J Mooney, F Mulholland, J Crilly, T McGovern, D McCullough, J McDonnell, N Fitzpatrick, O Harmon, H Russell, P Wade, J McGahon, J Campbell, P Meade. Referee- Mr J Callan

After the game the cup was presented to Jim Mooney (captain) by Mr B Breathnach, Chairman of the County Board.

Also in 1963, Naomh Mairtin became the first club from County Louth to cross the Irish Sea and play a Gaelic football match in England. John Finnegan, Ned Walsh and Paddy Martin arranged the trip, which saw the Jocks depart from Dun Laoghaire and arrive in Hollyhead before travelling on to Liverpool. There the Monasterboice men faced John Mitchell’s in two games. A large group of players and supporters from the club made the trip across the water to see Naomh Mairtin play and win both matches.

In the following three years, Naomh Mairtin were beaten in championship semi-finals, but they won both the Donegan Shield and Collier Cup competitions in that period.

The most significant event in the following few years came in 1969 when the club’s current grounds were officially opened, giving the club the space to operate properly and continue to expand. There was a great carnival for the official opening and the Dubliners, Wolfe Tones and Philomena Begley provided the music.

The new facility consisted of a barna port-a-cabin dressing rooms, complete with snooker table, darts, rings and shop, all of which was organised by paddy Meade and Pat Clancy.

The chairman and commitee at the time of the opening of the new grounds were Rev Bennett, Rev Kevin Moran, Sean Murray, Peadar Kearney, Fr Hamill, Frank Johnson and Patrick Darsfield Donegan.

Donal McKeown, Ollie Lambe and P Mullen also played an integral part in realising the club’s ambitions for a suitable home ground.