Reeling in the Years…

Students were master footballers in 1973 (by Jim Carney Tuam Herald)
Gaelic Football history was made in 1973 when a Combined Universities team won the high-prestige Railway Cup competition, defeating Connacht in the final (replay) at Athlone by 4-9 to 0-12 . The West was strongly represented, with Joe Waldron of Galway, Tony Regan of Roscommon and Donegal born Martin Carney, later to star for Mayo, in the starting XV with John P. Kean and Tommy O’Malley (Mayo) and John Tobin (Galway in the panel. (Jim Carney Team Herald)

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RAILWAY CUP football champions, 1973, pictured at Croke Park on the day of the drawn final. In front, from left: Tony Regan, brothers Brendan and Paudie Lynch, John Rainey, Anthony McGurk, Paddy Moriarty. At back, from left: Joe Waldron, Cyril Hughes, Donal Kavanagh, Gerry McHugh, Dave McCarthy (UCC), Noel Murphy (goalkeeper), Séamus Killough, John O’Keeffe, Kevin Kilmurray. Team management: Paddy O’Hara (manager), Eugene McGee (UCD), Jimmy Beggs (Queen’s), Séamus Condon (UCC), Pat Doherty (Trinity)