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On a mission: Marty McGrath is gunning for Fermanagh title glory at long last

On a mission: Marty McGrath is gunning for Fermanagh title glory at long last

�INPHO/Tommy Dickson

On a mission: Marty McGrath is gunning for Fermanagh title glory at long last

It was late August 1968 when the slopes of the Irvinestown St Molaise grounds were heaving with people ahead of the Fermanagh county final, as they watched the Coa Pipe Band lead the teams around the field on a fine, sunny day.

When the money men finished their tallying up that evening, they put the attendance at over 3,000 - a record for the time - who witnessed Ederney St Joseph's win their first ever Championship by beating Newtownbutler 3-7 to 2-6.

The winning team wasn't so much backboned as stuffed with McGraths. Colm was at corner-back, Anthony at centre-back, Sean at midfield, Tom at right-half-forward and Ciaran and Brendan were corner-forwards. The first sub pressed into action? Leonard McGrath. Seven brothers.