Gaels Past & Present - Pat McCann

Former Player and selector Pat McCann looks back at his time in blue & white

Louth County Board Chairman Jim Lennon Presenting the Old Gaels Cup to Gaels captain Pat McCann


1. First memory of the club -

Earliest memory of the club was way back in the 60’s and the Old Hut. I was playing in the street leagues with Cluan Enda.


2. Biggest GAA Influence -

My biggest Gaa influence was a couple of Christian Brothers- Fitzsimons and Hannon. They were GAA mad and as a child I thought they were fierce tough men.


3. Worst Trainer -

There were plenty of poor trainers. Mickey White was forever injured but when he played in a match he was always good (usually championship)


4. Best Trainer -

There were a few speed merchants but Joe O Hare and Kevin Barry were always brilliant trainers.


5. Funniest team mate - There were two men that stick out, My oul mate Gerry Crimmins, claims to have played behind the 6 worst defenders in the history of Gaelic Football and still made them look good! Willie McKeever played with us later on in his career but a brilliant character and a very funny man.


6. Favourite Pitch -

The Brides pitch. We were homeless for a lot of the time during my playing days and the Brides were very good to us, allowing us to play our home games there.


7. Most memorable win -

Most memorable win as a player was the 1986 Junior final against Hunterstown. Dreadful game but a massive win as we had a good crop of emerging players coming through who needed to play at a higher level. I was involved with Paul Lynch when we won the Leinster intermediate in 2003/2004 and that was a fantastic day for the club. Also being involved with Malachy O Rourke in 2017 was a great year and unfortunately we just didn’t get the prize at the end but 2003 and 2017 were both brilliant teams and great memories.


Noel Sweeney, Malachy O'Rourke, Niall Lambert and Pat McCann

8. Favourite sportsperson -

Bobby Charlton imagine how he could strike the balls in use now a days!


9. Your having a dinner party, Three people you'd invite -

Jesus Christ, Nelson Mandela and Gandhi. At least there would be no rows



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