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In Pictures: Looking back at Louth’s 1957 triumph

Dermot O'Brien with Sam Maguire.
This article originally appeared on ThisIsArdee.ie

This year marks the 60th anniversary of Louth’s 1957 All-Ireland Football Championship triumph over Cork at Croke Park – Louth’s third and to date last All-Ireland triumph.

On Wednesday this week, a special tribute will be paid to the players and their families in Ardee – while a 1957 Tree will also be planted in commemoration of the team’s achievement.


In ’57, there was a big local influence on the team. Ardee St Marys were represented by five players; Kevin Beahan (Sean McDermotts), Patsy Coleman, Dermot O’Brien, Jim Roe, Barney McCoy and Aidan Magennis while they were joined by Ollie Reilly (Hunterstown Rovers) and Tom Conlon (Stabannon Parnells).

With thanks to Paul Conlon, nephew of Stabannon and Louth full-back Tom, here are a series of photos showing the team – and some very familiar faces – with the Sam Maguire after their win, along with pages from the match day programme from Sunday September 22nd 1957 and other publications celebrating the victory.

Matchday programme cover from the day Louth secured the All-Ireland Football Championship.
Team line-ups as printed in the day’s programme.
A look at some of the crowd who had travelled from the Wee County to the capital for the day.
Dermot O’Brien leads the team out onto the Croke Park pitch.
Jim Quigley takes charge of Louth training prior to the final itself.
Paddy Conlon, Joe Burke and John Reilly with Sam Maguire.
Louth captain and St Mary’s man Dermot O’Brien beams with pride as he holds Sam Maguire.
The Louth players including O’Brien with Sam at a reception.
Marys’ man Kevin Beahan wth Jim and Frank McCardle in the USA.
A printed recap of Louth’s route to 1957 Championship success – and the team that got them there.

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