Regretted death of former Clonduff and Down
football legend - Taken from Hoganstand.com - 26/09/2002
Gaels throughout the Mourne county were
saddened at the recent death of former Down and Clonduff
football legend, Andy Murnin.
He died on the Sunday morning
of the recent Down SFC Final between Mayobridge and Rostrevor
in Newry and patrons at the game were called upon to observe
a minutes silence for one of the greatest-ever footballers
in Clonduff and County Down.
The popular Andy won SFC medals
with Clonduff in 1944, '45, '47, '49 and '52, and a J.F.C.
medal with Cabra in 1956. He was also on the Cabra side
defeated by Clonduff in the all-Clonduff Parish senior decider
in 1957. He was also a member of the Down junior team of
1946 which won the All-Ireland junior title - home and away
- and which was always credited for blazing the trail which
led to the senior breakthrough in 1960.
He played for a
number of seasons with the Down senior side. He was a member
of the side beaten by Monaghan in the Dr. McKenna Cup Final
of 1948, but had some consolation when the team won the
Lagan Cup (the forerunner to the National League) in the
same year. A year earlier he won a Railway Cup medal with
His remains were laid to rest in Cabra graveyard,
and all the surviving members of the 1946 Down junior All-Ireland
winning side were present to bade him farewell. Jimmie Heaney
and Dessie Downey led the guard of honour and following
were Paddy O'Hagan, Noel McCarthy, Gerry Doherty Kevin O'Hare
and Aiden Carr.
They were followed by many of his Clonduff
playing colleagues of the 'fifties and leading county players
of the time and members of the Down All-Ireland winning
sides of 1960 and '61.
The format usually consists of footage of the some of the
highlights of the games as well as interviews with the famous
names which formed the fearsome lines such as Sean O'Neill
and Pady Doherty. It is good to see these great men getting
this recognition and would be worthwhile watching.
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