Former 1968 All Ireland winning Down GAA team reunite for 80th birthday celebrations
THERE was a touch of sporting nostalgia in Co Down recently when a number of legends from the 1968 All-Ireland winning Down GAA team reunited for a special celebration.
More than 50 years after winning their coveted All-Ireland medals, the much-talked about former team mates gathered together in the Burrendale Hotel in Newcastle to celebrate the 80th birthday of Dan McCartan.
The former footballer is a retired dentist whose practice was based for many years on the Andersonstown Road in west Belfast.
The team, which emerged triumph in the famous All-Ireland final against Kerry in Croke Park in Dublin, can be seen gathered around a table decorated with red and black balloons.
Uploaded to social media by the Burrendale Hotel, a post with the photo read: "Down All Ireland winning team 1968. Celebrating the 80th Birthday of Dan McCartan - 3 times All Ireland Winner. Thank you for choosing to celebrate with us at The Burrendale Hotel".
Pictured in the photo (on the left) are: Tom O'Hare, Ray McConville, Dickie Murphy, Dan McCartan, Sean O'Neill, John Murphy and Peter Rooney and pictured on the right from left are Willie Doyle, Mickey Cole, Colm McAlarney, Paddy Doherty, Danny Kelly and Jim Milligan