The following year, 1990, could be described as the nearly year. Aidan Berrill, Paul Carrie and Paddy Winters were the selectors and they watched from the sidelines as their side was beaten by a single point after a replay with eventual winners Cooley in the championship. Also in the nearly year, the Jocks were beaten in the semi-final of both the senior league and the ACC cup.
Naomh Mairtin had an uneventful league campaign in 1991 and were beaten by four points by St Mary’s of Ardee in the quarter-final of championship.
In 1991, Paddy Briscoe was the Senior Chairman for the coming years, while Joe Delaney was the Juvenile Chairman. Bernard McNally who coached Baltinglass (Wicklow) and Dublin Parnell’s to championship success took over as trainer.
Hopes were high but the Mairtin’s were beaten by the Pat’s early on in the championship. Selectors Paul Carry, Aidan Berrill and Paddy Winters were disappointed by the effort of the players. A long term injury to Noel Healy proved costly.
We surrendered a nine-point lead against St Josephs in the league play-off, with a late Pat Mulligan penalty sinking the Jocks. Meanwhile, Gerry Winters and Martin Morgan were on the Louth senior team who beat Longford and Kildare in the Leinster senior championship that year.
The next year, the team, trained by Jackie McGahon, maintained their senior status wins over Dundalk Gaels, Dreadnots, Roche Emmet’s and draws against Stabannon Parnell’s and St Joseph’s. Eight sets of brothers made up the back of the panel, namely the Healys, Winters, Lambes, Callans, Holdcrofts, Sullivans, McDonnells and Cowleys respectively.
In 1994, Paddy Sullivan took over running of team with the aid of Mickey Heaney, and despite the efforts of the enthusiastic new management, Naomh Mairtin were beaten in the quarter-final of the championship, the semi-final of the senior league and the final of the ACC Cup by Dundalk Gaels.
In 1995, Jack Mulroy became Senior Chairman, while Kevin Wall took the top position at the Juvenile Committee. The team selectors were Jimmy Berrill and John Roche.
The Jocks finished mid-table in the league and were beaten by St Patrick’s in semi-final of the Senior Championship.
The Naomh Mairtin team on the day was: Shane Cowley, Gerry Callan, Nicholas Sullivan, Martin Winters, Ray Lambe, Martin Morgan, Gerry Winters, Damien Lynch, James McDonnell, Fergus Winters, Peter McCullough, Paul Clutterbuck, Kevin Victory, Eddie Martin, Brendan Burke (Captain).
Subs: Paddy Callan, Colm Winters, Mark McDonnell, Paddy Lambe, Declan Healy, Donal
McCullough, JP Davis, Niall Callaghan, Richard McCormack, Ray Morgan.