Lynch, Roger

Roger Lynch of Heynestown, Dundalk was an outstanding footballer with Geraldines and Louth during the Wee County's golden era. He won Leinster championship medals with Louth at junior and senior levels. A member of a family steeped in GAA tradition, he won a county junior medal with the Geraldines in 1939 and played for four decades before hanging up his boots in the late 70s. He also played soccer for Dundalk, but  gaelic football was his first love. He served as a selector and coach and was proud to see his sons John, Kenneth, Michael and Pat all represent Geraldines during their most successful period, winning junior and senior championships. He won four MacArdle Cup medals himself and played at right half forward in the 1950 All-Ireland final at Croke Park. His brother Ronan was also on the panel. Roger gained his Leinster junior medal in 1946. He was just 16 when he lined out at midfield in the 1939 JFC final defeat of St Brides but was well into his 30s when he played in the final of the same competition in 1960. Club members formed a Guard of Honour at Roger's funeral and his coffin was draped in the flags of Geraldines and Louth.

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