He played midfield on the Louth team when the wee county won its third - and last -  All Ireland Senior football title in 1957. For a Gaeilc footballer, there is no greater moment.

But Dan O'Neill was not a Louth man. He was born and reared in Castlebar, Co. Mayo, and just a few years earlier, had played with his native county, winning a National Football League title in 1954 and a Connacht Senior Championship in 1955.

In this book, he recounts why he left Mayo in an expense tiff over a meagre few pounds, causing a welter of controversy in Mayo and throughout the GAA world. He accepts it may have been an 'impetuous decision', but he felt strongly about the matter and he stuck to his guns.

This book details Dan O'Neill's chequered career from childhood in Castlebar, through a varied working life which brought him the length and breadth of Ireland and beyond.

It also records Louth's march to glory at the remove of just 50 years, and reveals how the men who defeated Cork retain a deep and affectionate friendship to the present day. Ironically, on that fateful day in Croke Park, another former Mayo footballer - Seamie O'Donnell from Ballaghaderreen - ended up as Dan's midfield partner.

He is a man full of fun, humour and personality who can sing a song, tell a joke, and if he is one of two or more gathered together, you can be sure of one hell of a party.

If you've an interest in GAA, you will find this chronicle of a GAA life a compelling read.

 

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Divided Loyalties

  • Publisher: Dan O'Neill
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