132 years later: Louth club on the brink of making more history

January 16, 2019

Dundalk Young Irelands celebrate their Leinster club JFC triumph

More history beckons for Dundalk Young Irelands this weekend when they bid to become the first Louth club to reach an All-Ireland final since they themselves reached one in 1887.

On Sunday, they take on Kerry's Beaufort in the All-Ireland club junior football championship semi-final at Portlaoise - the winners will face either Easkey (Sligo) or Red Hughs (Donegal) in the Croke Park decider next month.

132 year ago, after winning the first-ever Louth football championship, Young Irelands were elected to represent the Wee County in the inaugural All-Ireland championship.

The Louth county town outfit went on to record victories over Ballyduff (Waterford) and Castlebridge (Wexford) before losing to Commericals of Limerick on a scoreline of 1-4 to 0-3 at the Benburbs Grounds, Donnybrook in what was the first-ever All-Ireland final to be played.

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