Aaron Hoey and twelve others will be honoured at the Louth Supporters’ Club annual dinner taking place in the Carrickdale Hotel on the 23rd of this month. The St Bride’s player retired from the inter-county scene last year having been ever-present on the Louth senior side since 1996.
Not only was Hoey consistent, he was versatile, wearing ten different-numbered red jerseys. Like many others, he didn’t get the competition-wins his talent deserved; but he went close, with both club and county.
He was the inspirational figure in his club side, St Bride’s, reaching the 2002 senior final, and as an under-21 player was a pivitol figure in Louth reaching the 1996 Leinster final, only to be beaten narrowly by Meath. At senior, he was included on the panel for that traumatic provincial final of three years ago.
Having played for the county seniors over sixteen seasons, the Dublin-based garda lies third in the table behind Benny Gaughran and that great Ardee St Mary’s player of many years ago, Eoin Markey, both of whom had an inter-county career lasting nineteen years. Stephen Melia, a long-time colleague of Hoey’s, along with Leslie Toal and Mick ‘Muckle’ McKeown, had seventeen seasons between their first and last appearances.
In all, Hoey played for the seniors of 164 occasions, leaving him fifteen behind record-holder Melia. Forty-two of his appearances were in the championship, five fewer than Stephen White and fourteen fewer than Eoin Markey.
While 85 of his games were as a defender, thirty-three of them in the No 3 shirt and 27 at centre-half, he stands as the county’s 10th highest championship scorer on 47pts – Kevin Beahan has the highest total, 105pts – and he’s one of twenty-four players to have scored more than 100pts. He was second-highest scorer in 2007 and third-highest the following year.
Yes, a terrific record, one that deserves the recognition it’s sure to get on Saturday fortnight.