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Talk on history of indoor football in Dundalk in the County Museum this Friday

Talk on history of indoor football in Dundalk in the County Museum this Friday

A talk uncovering the lost history of indoor football in Dundalk, Drogheda and the surrounding environs will take place at the County Museum in Roden Place this Friday night.

The talk, entitled, ‘Forgotten History: The indoor football leagues of 1960s Ireland in the border region’ will compliment the Abbey Ballroom Indoor Football exhibition that is currently on display at the museum. The exhibition focuses on the Drogheda indoor football league that was played in the Abbey Ballroom, it is open to the public and is free of charge.

This talk will give a fuller picture of the various indoor football leagues that ran in County Louth and its environs from the mid-Sixties. During this period, indoor football was seen as entertainment and not sport, which is why so many GAA players were able to participate without being penalised by Rule 27.

New research into the history of indoor football in the Dundalk area has uncovered information about similar competitions that ran in the Adelphi Ballroom in Dundalk as part of the May Time Festival, the Embassy Ballroom in Castleblayney, the Pavillion Ballroom in Blackrock, and the Parochial Hall in Inniskeen. It is hoped that people who either, played or attended those competitions could come along to the opening night of the exhibition and share their stories.

All are welcome to go along on the night at 8pm to share their memories, photos and memorabilia.

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