Brendan Smith Remembers

ln the 1944-’48 period the children of Oldcastle were developing into the nucleus of a powerful team. They were getting great example from the Senior players of the time, such men as Jim Kearney, T. Dolan, Jack Kellett (R.I.P.), John Smith, Paddy Kearney, Austin Brady and Paddy Dermody. Our place in the Park at that […]

Our Football Nursery by Eddie O’Reilly (Summerbank)

In 1974 I became involved in Juvenile Football in Oldcastle as a result of my endeavours to muster an Under 13 team for the Meath Community Games of that year. I approached Gardai Peter Maguire and Tom Dooley, who were in charge of the juveniles and they gave me full co-operation every step of the […]

Des Boylan Remembers

Des Boylan, one time teacher in the Gilson School reminisces – “I think the best thing for me to do is to write about my memories of the club and the people connected with football as they come to mind. I am a grandfather now and sometimes I forget things. I hope I’ll be forgiven […]

The Nominative Case

The officers of the Club in 1955 were, Chairman, Paddy Keamey; Secretary, Tommy Mullen; Treasurers, Jim Haughney and D. McDonough; Captain, Connie Kelly. The Secretary, Tommie Mullen unfolds the Nominative Case. 1955 was a year when Oldcastle had to win or else! Players were coming to the end of their playing days and had not […]

Noel Smith Remembers 1950-1958

I played Juvenile Football with the Oldcastle team ‘of 1950 and although we did not win any honours – we acquitted ourselves with the best. I started playing football with Oldcastle Junior Team n 1957. The first match I remember very well against local neighbours and friends on the Millbrook team. The match was played […]

The Millbrook Team

Again we are indebted to Eddie O’Reilly of Summerbank for the following account of football in Millbrook. “In 1947 Millbrook entered a team in the Meath Junior Football Championship and continued to do so until the early 60s, when they amalgamated with Oldcastle. Whenever Millbrook football is recalled, the first name mentioned is that of […]

BLOODY SUNDAY (by Kevin Halpin)

My brothers Benny, Johnny, Paddy and I had a long and happy association with Oldcastle GAA Club and when m- playing days were over I spent many years as committee member and selector. The day which I shall never forget has come to be known as Bloody Sunday in 1937. The match was played in […]

Early Years of the GAA in Oldcastle

Perhaps we should sketch in the historical background to the foundation o the Gaelic Athletic Association in 1884. Just ten years before, in 1874, a Home Rule Association was founded, with Isaac Butt as chairman. In that year Butt entered the British Parliament with 59 Home Rulers. The following year,1875, Parnell entered Parliament for Meath […]


Mr Eddie O’Reilly of Summerbank, a lifelong supporter of every Irish Ireland project takes up the story. “The Golden Era of Gaelic football in Oldcastle was the late Thirties. In 1937 Oldcastle won The Meath Junior Football Championship, having defeated Ballinabrackey in the final by 3 goals 4 points to 1 goal 1 point. This […]