Hi, does anybody have photographs from the 1973 All Ireland Football Final homecoming, where over 5,000 people lined the town of Millstreet? Has anybody photographs from it? I would love to see them please let us know if you have.
Four Millstreet men were on duty during that famous September day in 1973. Starring in the half~back line was Connie Hartnett as the Sam Maguire Cup was reclaimed by the rebels.
Born in 1951 Connie Hartnett was always destined to be a footballer as his mothers first cousin was Din Connors a member of the All~Ireland winning Cork team of 1945.
Ironically, Din Connors played at left~half back against Cavan in that final, the next time Cork would win an All Ireland another Millstreet man Connie Hartnett would be playing in the same position.
Growing up and playing with Millstreet, who were strong at underage level at that time, Con was picked for the Cork Minor team.”I was very lucky to be picked on such a talented team that won back to back All~Irelands in 1968 and 69. [read more …] “An Interview with Con Hartnett”
Pictured above are the Cork football team from 1973 that won the All Ireland, and who were honoured at the County football finals in Páirc Uí Caoimh last Sunday to mark the 40th Anniversary of their All-Ireland Final win. Millstreet had five players in that team: John Coleman (back row, fourth from the right), Denis Long (back row, second from right), Connie Hartnett (front row, third from right), Humphery Kelleher RIP (represented by his wife – back row, fifth from the right), Thomas Kelleher RIP (represented by his father Denis Strack Kelleher – front row far right) – photo is from OfficialCorkGAA
Cork 3-17 Galway 2-13
“… There was a time in the first half when I thought Cork were going to annihilate us; beat us by a cricket score. They were all over us; three men to the ball and Dinny Long rampant. He did more than anyone to break Galway’s back. Unchallenged, he raced through on solo-runs, often leaving yards between him and his bewildered and less fit opponents. Then when Galway started to rally Frank Cogan literally put Morgan Hughes in his pocket while Con Hartnett and Brian Murphy cleared ball after ball with ease and skill, John Coleman effectively barred Liam Sammon’s path to goal and after an early flourish Tom Naughton’s threat began to wane …” Read below for the full article [read more …] “All-Ireland Football Final 1973”