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Colm O'Rourke is nearly 60.........

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Replying To Laois76:  "O'Rourke's longevity was something else. Started out as an 18 year old in 1976. So 1976 to 1995!! I remember himwriting about how the 1976 game against the great Dublin team of the time passed him by and he missed a penalty.

Sean Boylan is 68. I actually thought he was a few years older."
Sean Boylan is 74 this year....far from ancient he looks more like a 54 year old...there is something in those Dunboyne herbs.. we should all be taking them.

Greenwood (Meath) - Posts: 210 - 24/08/2017 09:54:41    2037026

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One tough nut, was it against Dublin he was knocked out cold, carried off the pitch and came back on 10 minutes later concussed?

Chops (Westmeath) - Posts: 742 - 24/08/2017 10:06:26    2037031

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That goal in the AI final against Cork is my first proper memory of a GAA match.
Those bandaged legs kicking points from all angles along with Stafford and Flynn beside him, what a quality inside line.

woops (Kerry) - Posts: 1950 - 24/08/2017 10:31:52    2037043

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Replying To Greenwood:  "Sean Boylan is 74 this year....far from ancient he looks more like a 54 year old...there is something in those Dunboyne herbs.. we should all be taking them."
That would seem more correct for Sean. I knew he married around 47 (same age as my dad) rather than 41 in 1990. Out of curiosity where did you get the info? I just did a google search and a few places came up with 68, birth March 1949.

Laois76 (Laois) - Posts: 1270 - 24/08/2017 10:32:37    2037044

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Replying To Chops:  "One tough nut, was it against Dublin he was knocked out cold, carried off the pitch and came back on 10 minutes later concussed?"
Yes the 4th game v Dublin in 1991 after being poleaxed by Keith Barr and i think Eamonn Heary was the other side of the sandwich.

Laois76 (Laois) - Posts: 1270 - 24/08/2017 10:34:09    2037045

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Quality player with a fantastic pair of elbows, I suppose he needed them considering the amount of abuse he got from defenders, I'd say Gerry Hargan still has bits of Colm's jersey stuck under his finger nails!

DUBJOHN (Dublin) - Posts: 524 - 24/08/2017 11:38:57    2037072

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Replying To Laois76:  "Yes his last season was 1995, 38 yrs old. Meath lost to Dublin by 10 pts in the Leinster final. Remember Paul Clarke's brilliant fisted goal? O'Rourke was one of Meath's better players, he could have hung around for 1996 and got a 3rd all-ireland medal!

I think Meath may have lost the 1991 all-ire v Down owing to his missing most of the match. He had flu in the build up. Came in and scored something like 4 points from play with 20 min to go.

He was a great."
1 point he kicked when coming on in the '91 final, rather than 4. He did cause plenty problems though, even when nowhere near healthy. He was a huge loss that day.

WanPintWin (Galway) - Posts: 159 - 24/08/2017 13:12:00    2037136

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A fantastic player, who was told he likely would never play football again after the knee injury but came back to not only play again, but at as intense level as previously (albeit heavily bandaged) up to that point was Meath greatest ever forward, perhaps that accolade now belongs to either Giles or geraghty, however that's a different debate. A inspirational player, happy birthday Colm. We all ticking along

royaldunne (Meath) - Posts: 13570 - 24/08/2017 13:44:21    2037158

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A fantastic player, who was told he likely would never play football again after the knee injury but came back to not only play again, but at as intense level as previously (albeit heavily bandaged) up to that point was Meath greatest ever forward, perhaps that accolade now belongs to either Giles or geraghty, however that's a different debate. A inspirational player, happy birthday Colm. We all ticking along

royaldunne (Meath) - Posts: 13570 - 24/08/2017 14:00:27    2037168

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Ah he was a fantastic player, but we were spoilt with fantastic players in under Sean Boylan. Or their respect for Sean was so great that players would give everything for Sean and Colm done that on a regular basis. I remember as a small lad in the early 90s standing down near the corner of the pitch in Navan, hospital end against Offaly, Colm was almost standing on the corner flag as he swung the leg out to kick over a peach of a point. An old man from Offaly turned to my dad and said it was worth standing in the rain all day just to see a player of Colms abilities take a sore like that. Enjoy your birthday Colm and thanks for the memories.

anto_meath (Meath) - Posts: 108 - 24/08/2017 15:46:49    2037221

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Replying To anto_meath:  "Ah he was a fantastic player, but we were spoilt with fantastic players in under Sean Boylan. Or their respect for Sean was so great that players would give everything for Sean and Colm done that on a regular basis. I remember as a small lad in the early 90s standing down near the corner of the pitch in Navan, hospital end against Offaly, Colm was almost standing on the corner flag as he swung the leg out to kick over a peach of a point. An old man from Offaly turned to my dad and said it was worth standing in the rain all day just to see a player of Colms abilities take a sore like that. Enjoy your birthday Colm and thanks for the memories."
I remember that point. Brilliant.
His ability to kick over his shoulder while running away from goal I think is the remarkable thing that will always stick in my mind. That and the fact he wouldn't get called up today if he was in his prime due to been a one footed player. Unimaginable..

royaldunne (Meath) - Posts: 13570 - 24/08/2017 15:54:25    2037226

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He's 60 lads. He's not dead.
Stop all the eulogising. It's a bit over the top.

Cavan_Slasher (Cavan) - Posts: 10253 - 24/08/2017 15:57:05    2037229

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Replying To WanPintWin:  "1 point he kicked when coming on in the '91 final, rather than 4. He did cause plenty problems though, even when nowhere near healthy. He was a huge loss that day."
Yes it was Bernard Flynn who hit 4 or 5 points that day. I'm wrong. O'Rourke had only the 1 point but won a lot of ball and laid off a few scores.

Laois76 (Laois) - Posts: 1270 - 24/08/2017 19:51:01    2037305

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Best player I ever remember playing for Meath, he always performed when the pressure was on and the going was tough. In Meath s 1991 10 championship run he was by far our best player.

bdbuddah (Meath) - Posts: 428 - 25/08/2017 11:43:58    2037482

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Replying To clondalkindub:  "What you trying to say? That Meath's greatest ever player wasn't really a Meath man???


Nothing new there sure Cork's greatest ever footballer was a Kildare man."
In fairness don't compare him to outside players playing for counties, he came up to Meath as a kid and did most of his growing up in Meath so is a Meath man. In his book there is a photo of him with the Sam Maguire cup in 1967 in Skryne national school.

bdbuddah (Meath) - Posts: 428 - 25/08/2017 12:12:21    2037497

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Correct me if I'm wrong but didn't he play in the 96 season? I'm fairly certain I remember seeing him play a league game that year.

Jack_Goff (Meath) - Posts: 1969 - 25/08/2017 18:36:53    2037694

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Replying To Jack_Goff:  "Correct me if I'm wrong but didn't he play in the 96 season? I'm fairly certain I remember seeing him play a league game that year."
I remember Laois playing Meath at the start of the league in October 1995 and he wasn't on the panel. That's not saying he came onto the panel for a time in 1996. Being a 38 year old player he'd be given the rest.

Still i'm pretty sure he left after the Leinster Final of 1995..

Laois76 (Laois) - Posts: 1270 - 25/08/2017 23:09:13    2037793

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Another unusual thing about O'Rourke, something you don't see much of nowadays is he analysed games for the Sunday Game as far back as 1991, 4 years before he retired. He did match analysis for Kerry's win over Cork in the Munster Championship in 1991, Kerry's first win since 1986 over Cork. He awarded Pa Dennehy of Kerry the man of the match wrist watch as was the prize back then.

DJ Carey was another who analysed a game when just 25. The Wexford/Offaly Leinster final of 1996, awarding Larry Murphy of Wexford man of the match.

Laois76 (Laois) - Posts: 1270 - 25/08/2017 23:13:41    2037796

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