autographs of the 1949 heroes
as they appeared in
the Royal Meath Association Yearbook back in 1949
Kevin Smyth (Naas)
Age 27. A cool and resourceful goalkeeper, learned his football at St.
Colmcilles. Was sub on the 1940 team which lost to Galway in the semi-final,
and has been on the senior team regularly since.Has represented Leinster in
Railway Cup matches. One of the best keepers playing. A native of Kells.
Christy Hand (Sean McDermotts Dublin), left half back, 24. Minor
inter-county 41 Senior 43. a Sixty-minutes man. Won
Dublin S.F.C. with Seans in 1947. A native of Ardcath.
Paddy Connell (Moynalty) centrefield, 22. Minor inter-county 45
and46, junior 47, senior 48. Came on as sub in second replay
v Louth this year to get the decisive point.
Charlie Smyth (Westerns, Dublin), centrefield, 24. This product of
Belcamp College, played in attack for Dublin Juniors and Seniors 1948. A native
Frankie Byrne (Clan na Gael, Dublin), right half forward, 25. On team
since 43. Free kick specialist. Has also played M.H. for Meath. First
and only native of An Uaimh on team since Boiler McGuinness.
Brian Smyth (Skryne) centreforward, 25. Captain of the team. Learned
his football at Warrenstown College. Had a great game v Mayo. On side since
The Meath squad at a training session in Gibbstown prior
to their All-Ireland victory in 1949. Fr. Tully makes a point to his
Matty McDonnell (Ballinlough),
left half forward. At 19 years, the youngest member of the team. Has played
in all three grades for Meath. Played for Leinster Colleges when at St. Finians.
On Senior side since 1940. Also played on junior and minor county teams.
Mick OBrien (Skryne), right full back, 26. First played S.F.C.
for Meath in 43. Won All-Ireland J.H. medal last year. Another Railway
Paddy OBrien (Sean McDermotts Dublin), full back, 24. On
county team at 18 years always a midfielder until his successful switch this
season. Played for Leinster 47, 48 and 49.
Kevin McConnell (Syddan), left full back, 25. Plays centrehalf in club
games. An outstanding defender this year. On team since 1944.
Seamus Heery (Rathkenny), right half back, 22. Seamus first game for
the senior team against Wexford this year at rightfull. Very sound in his
present position against Mayo.
Meath players relax in Austin Marry's yard before heading
for Croke Park
Pat Dixon (Ballivor)
centre half back, 35. Began the current season as captain of the junior team.
Promoted for the game v Kildare. Plays centrefield for Ballivor and also turns
out for their hurlers.
Paddy Meegan (Syddan) right corner forward, 27 First played for Meath.
41. Won Railway Cup medal, 45 and was on 46 and 47
Leinster teams. Won Leinster Colleges medal (St. Finians), 1939.
Bill Halpenny (Syddan), full forward, 31. Was a sub for the 1939 final
and ever-present since. Played on Leinster Railway Cup team this
year. Previously played centrefield and centre forward.
Peter McDermott (Young Irelands, Cushenstown), left corner forward,
30. On team since 1940. Began at midfield. Rarely fails to score. Won Railway
Cup medal, 44, and scored a spectacular goal v Munster in 49 final.
Ollie and Rita Marry outside their Rathfeigh farmhouse.
In 1949 the Meath players stopped here for a cup of tea and sandwiches
provided by Austin Marry, Ollie's father. Ollie and Rita's daughter
Cepta is married to Meath legend Brian Stafford
Des Taaffe (St. Marys
Bettystown), midfield, 22. On J.F.C. side which won 47 All Ireland.
Has played on senior team in several games, 48 and 49.
Pat Carolan (North Meath), half forward, 22. Minor county side, 45
and 46, junior 49.
Larry McGuinness (North Meath), midfield, 24. Captained side which
won junior All-Ireland, 47. On senior team v. Kildare, Wexford and Louth
Johnny Bashford (Drumree), right half back 21. Played in all Leinster
S.F.C. games this year. On junior team 48 and 49.
Jim Kearney (Oldcastle) Played in 1939 final v Kerry. An outstanding left
Also in training are the brother John and James Meehan (Fordstown) and Thomas