Patsy Weldon

SEÁN O’CASEY’S The Plough and the Stars opened at the Abbey Theatre Dublin; there was a failed assassination attempt on Al Capone; a new political party Fianna Fáil was formed, and launched by leading republicans including Éamon de Valera and Seán Lemass; Harry Houdini died and Patsy Weldon was born.

The year was 1926 and the Syddan stalwart celebrated his 90th birthday with family and friends in style during the summer with a big bash in Dooley’s of Edmondstown. Among those in attendance to wish him well was former Meath legend Graham Geraghty.

A regular at football matches down the decades Patsy has witnessed the high and lows of the Royal County as well as his beloved Syddan. Even to this day the clubs’ most ardent supporter hardly ever misses a game, not even a challenge match in Ludlow Park.

Pasty was born on June 30th, and went to school in Newtown at the age of six and stayed there until he was 14.

He started playing football as a juvenile with Syddan and was a member of the team that won the championship in in 1939. The captain of that side was Eamon Meegan who along with Patsy, and the likes of George Clare, Phil O’Brien and Jimmy Gammons went go on to taste glory at senior level during a golden spell in the clubs history.

On leaving school Patsy went to work on a farm with Mrs O’Reilly in Johnsfort, before going to Meades of Footstown in 1944.

He remained there until 1947 and then went to work in McDonnell’s of Manistown, had another spell back in Footstown and then went to Patsy Meade in Rathkenny.

Patsy played junior football for three or four years but never played at minor or under-21 level. He then progress to the senior team and enjoyed tremendous success and was part of senior championship winning teams in 1951, 1952 and 1956. He also won a Feis Cup medal in 1952.

The 1956 victory was particularly sweet as the Keegan Cup returned to the parish for the first and only time.

Patsy had the honour of playing with some of the best footballers in the country at the time, including Bill Halpenny, Paddy Meegan and Mattie Maguire. He also lined out against some of the best, the likes of Paddy O’Brien and Mattie McDonnell.

The style of football played was a far cry from the present day, it was mostly catch and kick and Patsy had the ability to outfield the best of them. According to Patsy there were no problems with being able to field a team in those days as there were few other distractions. However if there was a field of hay down in the parish and the weather was good then players could be in short supply.

A life-long follower of the county team Patsy witnessed Meath first ever senior All-Ireland final appearance when they lost to Kerry in the 1939 final. The then 13-year-old remembers being lifted over the turnstile by his uncle Paddy Doolan. He watched the match sitting on a barrier on Hill 16 which had a sandy surface and no terracing.

He can also recall great day’s when the Royals lifted the Sam Maguire Cup, especially 1949, 1954 and 1967. Patsy has attended football matches in every county in Ireland except two – Kilkenny and Clare.

As well as his proud collection of medals won on the field, Patsy also cherishes a Meath junior championship medal which belonged to his father Henry who was a member of the successful Syddan 1927 team.

As 2016 draws to a close everyone in Syddan would like to wish Patsy many more years of health and happiness and maybe he will have some silverware, both a county and club level, to cheer along the way

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*Please support our Syddan GFC Christmas Raffle. Best of luck and Happy Christmas to all.*
Peter Callaghan of Callaghans Ardee presenting cheque to Syddan GFC for heifer as part of calf to beef scheme- Many thanks to all farmers in our parish who have donated and reared cattle to finish, we are all very grateful for your support. If you have an interest in helping towards the running costs of our club and our calf to beef scheme please contact any member of the Syddan committee.
The Syddan squad ahead of their JFC clash with Moynalty in Nobber
Killary Emmets wish to acknowledge the generosity of local business P S Supplies for kindly sponsoring a new set of jerseys for the minor and under-20 teams. Pictured is Pat Sheils making the presentation to minor manager Barry Smith along with chairman Niall Dillon and players Cormac Dardis, Darragh Weldon and Sean McKeown.
Syddan are included in Division 2A for the forthcoming A League which commences the opening weekend of March.

Please note all club games scheduled for this weekend have been postponed due to the ongoing inclement weather. This is to ensure that pitches will be playable ahead of the commencement of the A Leagues.

The Killary Emmets squad for the 2021 MFC Final against Skryne in Ashbourne
The Skryne team ahead of the MFC final against Killary Emmets
Killary Emmets joint captains Rian McConnell and Mark Goslin with the late Liam Tolan’s brother Peter and mother Theresa along with the Liam Tolan Cup
The Killary Emmets squad pose with the Liam Tolan Cup following their MFC final victory over Skryne
Three happy lads after Killary’s Win against Skryne
The Syddan lads get their hands on the Liam Tolan Memorial Cup following the victory over Skryne
Joint captains Mark Goslin and Rian McConnell lift the Liam Tolan Cup
Premier Football Division 4 result – Ballivor 4-16 Syddan 0-15
Comhghairdeas to the Meath ladies on their thrilling All-Ireland success in Croke Park. This group of players are now role
models for the present generation and have shown by their commitment, dedication and belief that anything and everything is possible.
What great ambassadors for the Royal County.
Best wishes to Killary Emmets players Killian, Rian, Adam, selector Aidan and all the Meath minor squad and management in Saturday’s All-Ireland final against Tyrone.
Sean Clare in possession as Walterstown’s Barry O’Connell closes in. Inset – Daire Rowe heads towards the Walterstown goal.
Cathal Hennelly grabs possession for Walterstown in the IFC clash against Syddan
Anyone looking for tickets for Meath v Dublin please send relevant information, name,
email and number of tickets to
secretary Laura before Sunday, July 11th at 6pm.

Don’t miss out on the chance to join the Syddan GFC Euro Millions Syndicate. 100 lines in each Euro Million & Plus draws for 10 weeks. Twenty draws – 2000 chances to win. Tickets on sale now from committee members.
CONGRATULATIONS to our very own Jim Curtis who was made an honorary president of Meath GAA at the recent Convention. It is a fitting honour to Jim who has given a lifetime of service to the GAA at club and county level.
SYMPATHY is extended to the Dillon family following the death of Tom who was a member of the Syddan team that brought the Keegan Cup back to the parish for the only time in 1956. Tom lined out at wing back on that team which defeated Skryne 3-4 to 2-6 in the final. As well as a successful career with his club Tom also represented the county at minor and senior levels. He played minor in 1952 before progressing to the senior team and was a regular throughout the 1956/57 National Football League. Pictured is the Syddan team of 1956, SFC winners, with Tom fifth from right, back row. Also included is Tom’s late brother Junie, fourth from left, back row.
Captain Cathal Duff lifts the Micheal O’Brien Cup following victory over Skryne
The victorious Syddan squad pose for the cameras following their Premier FC title win over Skryne at Pairc Tailteann
The Syddan squad that clinched a semi-final spot in the Corn Na Boinne

Syddan GFC AGM 2020

Under-15 FL Division 3 Final


 TRIM 4-5

GOALS usually win matches – but it didn’t win this one – as Killary deservedly took the honours in this U-15 FL Division 3 decider at Dunganny on Friday evening.

The conditions were atrocious with incessant rain throughout but it didn’t dampen Killary spirits as they recovered from the concession of three goals inside 16 minutes to lead by seven points entering the closing stages.

A Trim goal deep into added time left for a nervy finish but the Syddan/Castletown combination held out and Rian McConnell hit the insurance score from a free just before the final whistle.

Killary made a promising start with points from Killian Smyth and Darragh Kelly but by the time Rian McConnell accounted for their next point Trim had struck for two goals.

Both came from live-wire full forward Sean Foley who was virtually unstoppable in the early stages. Foley’s third goal left it 3-1 to 0-5 for the town side but Trim only managed another point for the remainder of the half and by half-time Killary had forced their way back into the game and were on level terms 1-8 to 3-2.

It was McConnell who got Killary back on track with a goal on 21 minutes and Darragh Kelly (two) and Adam Matthews added points as the combined side finished the half strongly.

McConnell, who was unerring from frees throughout, hit the opening two points of the second half but Trim replied to regain parity by the 40th minute.

Ciaran O’Dea regained the lead for Killary on 41 minutes and that was the start of a dominant spell for the North Meath outfit.

Four points from Adam Matthews and two more from Darragh Kelly left Killary leading 1-17 to 3-4 by the 57th minute.

Substitute Darragh Heffernan pulled a point back and the game was deep into added time when Tadhg Carty blasted a close range free to the net.

Trim went all out for a match saving goal but the Killary defence held firm and victory was assured when McConnell converted a free with the last kick of the game.

After the match county minor secretary Brian Kelly presented the shield to joint captains Ciaran O’Dea and Mark Goslin.

KILLARY EMMETS – Shane Kelly; Cillian Oakes, Mark Goslin, Ewan Sheridan; Mark Young, Killian Smyth 0-1, Cormac Farrelly; Ciaran O’Dea 0-1, Rian McConnell 1-5 (0-5f); Darragh Kelly 0-5, John Gabrial Gomez, Jack Dowdall; Adam Matthews 0-6, Aaron Monaghan, James McKenna. Subs – Darren McMahon, Josh Faherty, Cormac Dardis, Bernard Doherty, Zak Bourne, Pearse Cassidy, Aaron Young, Corey Curtis, Keelan Sheerin.

TRIM – Caelum Casserly; Victor Barbu, Eoghan Ryan, Ronan McGinley; Sam Kennedy, Evan Collins 0-1, Dylan Coyle; Tadhg Carty 1-0f, Ian Byrne 0-1; Cian Geraghty, Max McGowan 0-1, Ethan Shiels; Aaron O’Sullivan, Sean Foley 3-1, Mark Jordan. Sub – Darragh Heffernan 0-1.

REF – Joe Synnott (Donaghmore/Ashbourne)


Copper wire, wood base. I created this piece in late 2008. For this work, I aimed to convey both the industrial heaviness of an aeroplane, but also the cloud like floating quality you feel when you’re in one.