If county team representation is an accurate barometer, Cooley Kickhams must have an outstanding chance of winning the Louth Senior Championship. Five from the peninsula club were on the field at some stage in the Leinster game against Laois, while two others lined out with the juniors.
The question was recently asked: When before did as many as four Kickhams line out for a Leinster senior match. An occasion that figures prominently is the 1948 provincial final, in which Louth beat Wexford. Fr Kevin Connolly was at midfield, Fr Mick Hardy and Stephen White were in the half-forward line and Hughie O’Rourke was in the right-corner. The representation would have been nearly doubled had Sean Thornton, Eddie Boyle and Sean Boyle not transferred some time earlier.
Cooley weren’t good enough to win the Louth championship around that time. They’d won it in 1939, but wouldn’t regain the title until 1971. Can the current side end another long barren spell, reaching back to 1990? Can Clans make it third time lucky in intermediate? Can Oliver Plunkets compensate for last year’s early elimination from the junior?
You should know where Inside Track is coming from. It’s forecast time when you, the reader, gets the chance to name the three you think will prevail in the major knock-outs. Get your entries in, using the email address at the top of this page, or handing them in to the Demo office in Crowe Street. The championship season begins on July 11.