Cunningham, Jim

Dundalk Young Irelands legend Jim Cunningham, who died on April 2, 2009 at the age of 90, was one of the stars of the Louth team that won the Tom Markham Cup (All-Ireland MFC) in 1936. Jim, who lived in Dublin at the time of his death but was formerly from Castletown Road, was amongst the goalscorers as the Wee County eclipsed Kerry (5-1 to 1-8) in the national decider. It was the perfect start to an illustrious club and county career. Jim was only 18 when he broke onto the county senior team for a league match against Kildare at Dundalk's Athletic Grounds. He scored 4-1 in his third outing, against neighbours Monaghan. Jim played a total of 19 times for the Louth seniors, up until 1945. He was associated with the Dundalk Young Irelands club all his life and it was poignant that the club organised his 90th birthday party shortly before his death. He won six county SFC medals in the Green & Black, between 1938 and 1950, as well as a host of league honours. Jim's late brother Sean famously scored the winning goal for Louth in the 1957 All-Ireland final.

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