Down to relive day in the sun
Published 08/08/2009 | 00:00
It's 50 years since Down won their first Ulster senior football championship title.
And the progressive Clonduff club have certainly no intention of allowing this landmark anniversary to pass unheralded — and with good reason, too.
Two of the greatest players ever to wear the famous red and black of Down, Kevin Mussen and Patsy O’Hagan, were key figures in that trail-blazing Mourne side and both were Clonduff through and through.
Mussen, of course, went on to captain Down to their first All Ireland title in 1960 while O’Hagan, a versatile player who fulfilled a variety of positions during his tenure in the side, also played a key part in that success.
That Ulster title in 1959 was to mark the start of a glorious Down hat-trick as they retained the provincial accolade in 1960 and ’61.
The Clonduff club, of which recently deposed Down boss Ross Carr is a prominent member, plan a special celebration to mark Down’s breakthrough.
Aidan Carr, son of Ross, is currently a member of the Down side.
Jerry Quinn, a club dynamo for many years and chairman of its History Committee, stresses that the achievements of Kevin Mussen and Patsy O’Hagan provided the inspiration for hundreds of players since then to aspire to represent Down.
“We as a club and Down as a county owe players like these a great debt of gratitude,” he said.
And he adds that there is huge interest in the gala presentation night arranged by the club for next Friday, August 14.