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Special event in Loughinisland to honour 1994 Down team and remember Eamonn Burns

Down defeated Dublin to win the All-Ireland in 1994. Picture by Seamus Loughran
Marie Louise McConville

A special event will take place in Co Down this weekend to honour the county's 1994 All-Ireland winning football team.

'A Night with Down 1994 Jubilee Legends', at Loughinisland GAC clubrooms on Saturday night, will also include a tribute to former Down footballer and manager Eamonn Burns, who died after a heart attack earlier this month.

The 56-year-old father-of-two helped his county win All-Ireland titles in 1991 and 1994 and managed the side for three years before stepping down last summer.

This weekend's event marks the 25th anniversary of Down last lifting Sam Maguire when they defeated Dublin in Croke Park in 1994.

The victory came just three months after the Loughinisland massacre which saw six men murdered in The Height Bar by UVF gunmen while they watched a World Cup game.

The following month, the recently-crowned Ulster champions, complete with the Anglo-Celt Cup, came to Macartan Park to play a charity match against a team from Loughinisland, Teconnaught and Drumaness.

The event raised more than £5,000 for the Loughinisland Appeal Fund.

A large number of the 1994 Down squad are expected to attend this weekend, including captain DJ Kane, Ross Carr, Mickey Linden, and James McCartan.

Alan Molloy, a former Down and Loughinisland player who is helping to organise the Irish News-sponsored event, said it would be a "wonderful opportunity to reminisce with these All-Ireland winners".

"The club is very grateful that so many of the legends of the 1994 team are returning to spend this evening with us," he said.

"This will be a relaxed evening where we can sit back and listen to the enthralling stories from those glory days".

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