Mullinalaghta players Tom Meehan, John Keegan and Simon Cadam celebrating after their historic Leinster Club Championship final win over Kilmacud Crokes.
The remarkable and unique achievement by Mullinalaghta in producing the first Longford team to win the Leinster GAA Club Championship will be proudly marked by the association at our 65th, and final, annual dinner dance.
Some readers may recall that the association presented the club and team with our Special Recognition Award three years ago to mark their winning the Longford Senior County Championship for the first time in sixty two years.
As it transpired they won the three-in- a-row and went on to take Leinster by demolishing one of the biggest and best-resourced teams in that competition: Kilmacud Crokes were surely not expecting such an outcome.
We feel it is probably the biggest thing that happened in Longford GAA since the sixties with the so called half parish being the first ever in the county to come out on top in Leinster.
They’ve gone from being hardly known outside county Longford, and perhaps a few surrounding counties, to being famous all over the whole country.
People who couldn’t even have a stab at its pronunciation can now trip it off the tongue like it was second nature, and are not even slightly daunted having a go at spelling it correctly!
The fact that this our final annual event, we were considering not presenting an honour on this occasion. But when Mullinalaghta brought honour to the parish and the county, there were no second thoughts – this simply could not be overlooked.
The Longford Association in Dublin is looking forward to presenting Mullinalaghta with our final main award on Saturday, April 6 in The Red Cow Moran’s hotel.
Our wish now is that as many of our patrons as possible, from Longford and Dublin, join us to appropriately mark Mullinalaghta’s historic achievement, and the association’s final dinner and dance. Dinner will be served at 8.30pm; music by the Paschal Flaherty group.
Tickets at €50 each may be reserved by ringing the following: Association Chairperson, Tony Gilleran 086 8745213; Gerry Quinn 087 6755127; Liam Caldwell 087 2595963; Yvonne McCormack 086 8548282; Padraig Connolly 087 9327205; Pat Cunningham 087 2865402; Danny Donohoe 086 2404295; Dessie Kiernan 087 9276767; Paddy McKenna 086 8732744; Tim Donlon 086 8977241; John Rabbitt 087 9270052 or Eamonn McPartland 085 8864466.