Friday, March 17, 2023

St. Brigid’s joint captains Gearóid Cunniffe (left) and Darragh Donnelly lift the Ansy Merrigan Cup. Picture: INPHO/Ryan Byrne


The greatest day in Roscommon club football history, and it happened on this day ten years ago.

As St. Brigid’s became the first team from the county to lift the Andy Merrigan Cup after getting the better of Ballymun Kickhams in a pulsating All-Ireland club senior football final at GAA headquarters, there was a feeling that we were watching a seismic piece of history in the making.

For the Kiltoom-based club, it was the crowning glory on a journey that started with a first Connacht club title in 2006 under manager Anthony Cunningham. Seven years later, they reached the Holy Grail.

A terrible start (2-3 to 0-1 behind) didn’t ruffle the feathers of Kevin McStay’s side. They had been around the block enough times to realise that the tide was always for turning.

The St. Brigid’s team celebrate with the trophy after the game. Picture: INPHO/Ryan Byrne

And when Senan Kilbride poached a goal before half time, St. Brigid’s were back in the ball game.

The drama continued. It was unrelenting. Karol Mannion smacked a goal off his hand following a delicious Senan Kilbride lineball. Chances came and went, and then the moment came.

St. Brigd’s won the ball back, and possession ended in the lap of Frankie Dolan. Instinctively, the ball was creeping over the crossbar at the Canal End to give St. Brigid’s a dramatic a 2-11 to 2-10 victory.

One of the great moments in Roscommon GAA folklore.



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