A special documentary is being aired this Bank Holiday Monday, June 4, honouring the man who participated in Tokyo in 1964, and Mexico four years later.
However the programme will encompass much more than just those two occasions, and will take a look at Noel’s entire life, from his tough upbringing in his native Annagassan, to his days in the Army, at Villanova University in Philadelphia, his return to Ireland and marriage to Deirdre O’Callaghan, and his long association with Dublin Corporation and the Dublin Chamber of Commerce, up until his untimely death from a heart attack in 1998.
Remembering his early days’ running will be members of St Peter’s AC in Dromiskin, while other contributors will include his brother Patsy and sister Kathleen, his daughter Enda, RTE Broadcaster Jimmy Magee, former Dublin City manager Frank Feely, and one of his protégés as a coach, James Nolan.
The 90-minute programme is sure to evoke a lot of memories, and perhaps give an insight to those who are too young to remember how he graced racetracks across the world, winning numerous titles and breaking all sorts of records along the way.
The documentary, which has been made with the support of the BAI’s ‘Sound and Vision’ scheme, airs at 1.10pm on Monday, and is Produced and Presented by Colm Corrigan, himself a native of Annagassan.