An raibh a fhios agat....

(extract taken from a match programme in the 1990's)

In 1977 Summerhill became the first Meath club to win the Leinster club championship, by defeating St. Vincent's of Dublin in the decider. St. John's of Antrim overcame the Meathmen in the All-Ireland semi-final. Ironically opponents, Walterstown, went one better than the 'Hill in 1981 when they emulated their feat of winning the Leinster club championship and went on to reach the All-Ireland final when they went under to St. Finbarr's, Cork, by 0-6 to 1-8.

Summerhill have appeared in eight S.F.C. finals. They competed successfully in their first decider in 1974 and went on to win the title in '75, '76 and '77. The 'Hill were defeated in the finals of '78 and '79 and then completed a memorable sequence of appearing in six finals in a row. The greatest number of victories in succession is held by Bohermeen who won the title six times on the trot between 1909 and 1914. Of course Summerhill have reached the final more recently in 1986 (win) and 1990 (loss).

There were four Lyons' in the great Summerhill sides of the seventies and eighties. Intercounty seniors Michael and Padraic are brothers of Terry. They are first cousins of John, who has also represented the county at senior level. John is a brother of Austin, who captained their side to their S.F.C. victory In '74. To complicate matters further, Michael Gaynor is a brother-in-law of Austin Lyons.

Michael Lyons' father played for Kildare senior footballers for many years.

Brothers John and Tom Gibbons, who moved to Meath from Mayo, had played a vital role in Summerhill's success of the 70's and 80's. Their brother, Paddy, was a member of the victorious Summerhill Junior football championship team in 1966. Another player who hails from the west is Mattie Kerrigan who was born in Recess in Connemara but came to the Royal Co. at the age of 11.

Former selector, Tom Flynn, featured at right full-back on the I.F.C. winning team of 1972, the Feis Cup team of '73 and the victorious S.F.C. side of '74, and centre half-back on the Junior team which took the '75 title.

Summerhill's Padraig Gray won two Sigerson Cup medals with U.C.D.

Ann McDonnell, daughter of Paddy Daly (Dangan), became the first woman to hold an office in the Summerhill club when she became underage secretary in 1976. The previous year Christine McKay, Donal's sister, was the first girl to attend a Summerhill annual general meeting.

Former Summerhill midfielder, Martin Coyne's sisters, Colette, Rose and Therese, won senior camogie medals with Dunboyne.

Seven Summerhill players, John Gibbons (with Mayo), Bill Shaw, Noel Byrne, Martin Coyne, P. J. Gannon, Padraig Gray and Mattie Kerrigan, have won National football league medals.

Former Summerhill player Tom Gibbons scored an amazing tally of 28-102 - a total of 186 points - in the 1974 season.