Monday 18 November 2019

Boggan scaled heights with Crumlin in '85

JIMMY BOGGAN'S favourite home -- O'Toole Park.

He had some great days there. One of the best of all came in October, 1985.

Jimmy was the manager of the Crumlin Senior camogie team. In the All-Ireland Club semi-final they had beaten éire óg in Cork.

That was some result. It meant that Crumlin were at home to Galway's Athenry in the final.

"That must make you favourites, Jimmy," came the question. "It's not up to me to make us favourites," replied Jimmy. Reporters ask the most stupid questions!

Camogie was 12-a-side then. The goals were smaller. The O'Toole Park sod never looked better. There was even a band.

Crumlin provided the backbone to the Dublin team that won the All-Ireland Championship a year earlier.

Crumlin had the four Redmond sisters -- Yvonne, Ann, Aileen and Barbara. Ann Byrne was magnificent against Athenry and Mary Mernagh ran forever.

Anna Condon got two goals in the final. She was a real flyer. Aileen Redmond also rocked the net, as did Mary Keane, who was magnificent.

You could always depend on the genial Gers, Brady and Byrne. Crumlin won by 4-8 to 3-3.

"It's unbelievable," remarked commanding defender, Berni Toner. Alongside her that day was Cathy Walsh, one of the best defenders in the business.

Athenry had the classical Una Jordan, a leading stylist of the day. But with Cathy in the building, Crumlin needn't have worried.

And then, of course, there was Jimmy. He hardly ever needed to give a team-talk. Just turning up was enough. The players admired him so much.


The memory of '85 will always cheer the streets of the old theatre, and inspire the coming generations on their own All-Ireland journey.

No Dublin club has won the All-Ireland since. Crumlin were such a good side, and they had such a wonderful manager.

A match made in Heaven, if ever there was one.

Crumlin 1985: Yvonne Redmond; Ann Byrne, Ger Brady, Ann Redmond, Bernie Toner, Cathy Walsh, Mary Mernagh, Ger Byrne, Aileen Redmond, Mary Keane, Anna Condon, Barbara Redmond. Subs: Phyllis Dawson, Anne Heavey, Catherine Feehan, Mary Peelo, Eileen Peelo, Ruth Lyons, Joanne Courtney, Lorraine Byrne, Lorraine Weafer.

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