London’s St Kiernans enjoy Longford hospitality

London’s St Kiernans enjoy Longford hospitality
London’s St Kiernan’s in Longford, pictured with Chairman Jerome O’Shea, centre.

Last weekend saw Longford GAA hold their 1916 commemorations, with St Kiernan’s of London the special guests.

At a special banquet following a parade in the town, the 1966 team were honoured, as was Patrick Belton, who played a part in the Easter Rising.

His grandson Robert Belton was a special guest and unveiled a special plaque in the former Geraldine’s clubman’s honour.

London’s St Kiernans enjoy Longford hospitality

The Longford county team of 1966 were present, as were players from the Galway team who faced them that year.

In 1966 Longford won the National Football League and Leinster Championship, before losing to Kerry by just two points in the All Ireland semi-final.

St Kiernans, last year’s London Senior Football finalists, faced a Longford county selection 15.

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Missing their many London inter-county players, the team gave a great account of themselves, each player playing excellently.

They were running out comfortable winners towards the end of the match, with a five point lead, before an unfortunate error led to the corner back deflecting the ball into the back of the net to score an own-goal on the cusp of full-time.

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