Royals bid farewell to '49 star Pat

December 10, 2009

The late Pat Carolan
The death has taken place of Pat Carolan, who starred in Meath's breakthrough All-Ireland SFC victory in 1949. A well-known cattle breeder and horse trainer, Pat was a regular in the Royal attack in the late 1940s and made a substitute appearance in the historic 1949 All-Ireland final defeat of neighbours Cavan. Two years earlier, he featured on the side that beat Laois in the Leinster final, only to lose to Kerry at the All-Ireland semi-final stage. He also started the 1949 Leinster final against Westmeath, donning the No.13 shirt that day. Pat collected a national football league medal in 1951, when the final was played in New York, and lined out against Louth in the 1952 Leinster final. He was the father-in-law of Ciaran Barr, who has the distinction of being Antrim's first hurling All Star.

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