GOOD LUCK to Conor Meyler, Ciaran McLaughlin and the Tyrone U21’s in Saturday’s All-Ireland final in Parnell Park.
The duo hope to follow in the footsteps of former St. Enda’s players, Barry McGinn, Tony McGinn, Ciaran McBride and Gareth McGirr to lift All-Ireland U21 titles. Tony and Barry played at full-back and centre half back respectively on the 1990 team which lost to Kerry, but the following year, 1991, Barry shored up the defence while Ciaran McBride played at full-forward to win the All-Ireland for the first time. In 1992 Ciaran picked up his second All-Ireland title while Tony and Gareth earned their first.
Joe McMahon who won an Ulster medal for Tyrone U21s in 2002 was also a member of the 2003 team which reached the All-Ireland final. In earlier years, Hugh Crawford, Paddy McMahon and A. Donaghy won provincial medals with the 1972 team and in 1973 Liam Turbett, Hugh Crawford and Oliver O’Neill also won Ulster medals.
Let’s hope Conor and Ciaran will experience further All-Ireland joy at U21 level.