Dicksboro GAA club took a trip down memory lane recently and two winning teams from yesteryear were honoured.
The 40th and 20th anniversary of Kilkenny hurling championship wins were celebrated.
The senior championship winning squad from 1993 and the minor Roinn A title winning panel from 1973 were honoured at a homely recentgly in the clubroom in Palmerstown.
Former selectors and members of the management teams with both sides, including octogenarians Mick Devane and Eddie O’Donoghue, who were selectors in 1973, joined in the celebrations, as did team trainer, Jim Russell.
Another selector in ’73, Sam Oakes sent his apologies while indefatigable club secretary of that time, Ned Buggy, Kilkenny’s current Leinster Council delegate, joined the festivities.
The night was very special for one man, John Marnell. He captained both teams in victories that were 20 years apart, which must have been a unique achievement.
He doubled as a selector in 1993, and he continued to line out at the top level with the club into his early forties.
The chairmen who held office during the successful years, John de Loughry (1973) and Shem Tynan (1993) joined the celebrations.
Mr de Loughry and Mr Tynan were given central roles and were invited to make the presentations to the relevant squad members when called to the podium.
The humorous and fastidious MC for the evening was Sam Dunlop, who kept the show moving along at a nice pace.
The players from both squads - 64 in all - their partners and invited guests were treated to a full sit down meal in what turned out to be an evening of remembrance and great celebration.
Absent friends were not forgotten. A minute’s silence was observed as a mark of respect to deceased members.
Dicksboro beat Thomastown in the 1973 minor final after a replay (4-7 to 2-5).
In the senior decider of 1993 they beat Fenians (Johnstown) by 2-9 to 1-9, again after a replay. The score in the drawn match was 0-12 each.