The Men of '67: Peter Moore

September 08, 2017

Meath's Peter Moore

At centre field, in the number 8 shirt - Peter Moore.

Imagine the scene back in August 67. Matters are into the second half and Meath are struggling to get in front of a young, speedy Mayo side during their All Ireland semi final joust. Suddenly the TV sets or maybe it was RTE, go off the air. A blank, black and white screen with one heck of a buzz.

Things return to normal about 5 minutes later and hey presto. Meath had jumped 8 or 9 points clear. Was it a miracle, an apparition or had RTE bungled up the score line?

No Big Peter Moore from Ballinabrackey in the deep south of the county, had pushed forward from his midfield berth and struck two wonder goals. If memory serves me right the late Peter had kicked one of these efforts with the intention of getting a point but somehow the ball crept in under the crossbar at the old Canal End. A flurry of points surrounded those goals. ''All hell broke loose'' amongst the Meath support.

The Royals were on their way to the final for the second year running and a meeting with Cork. Needless to say the Ballinabrackey man put in his usual wholesome effort on the big day.

Peter had a long striding run and was a fine fielder of the ball. Like a number of his colleagues he was the product of another big GAA family.

Only a sub with the minors of 57, the late developer was first introduced to the senior panel in 1960. Peter became a permanent fixture around the centre of the field, a position he also filled in 66 and was a substitute in 1970.

Peter Moore resided in Tullamore and was very popular amongst the Faithful GAA fraternity. During the 90's he took charge of the Offaly under 21 team, leading them to a Leinster title in 1995.

Rest gently big Peter.

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