Tuesday, 10 October 2017 23:08

Peter McGinnity (Fermanagh)

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One Of Fermanagh's Greatest Ever Footballers


From Roslea, Co. Fermanagh, Peter McGinnity is recognised far and wide by gaelic football fans throughout the Emerald Isle as one of the genuine greats of the game. Peter’s golden eras came in the 1970s and 80s decades and at a time when the footballers from the Kingdom of Kerry were setting new and unprecedented winning standards, as they became a team of superstars.

Quietly and with great dignity, Peter McGinnity in the green and white Fermanagh colours, was also a superstar footballer in Ulster, despite being denied the hallowed glories that descended on the famed Kerry players of Peter’s era.

The Roslea mans displays for Fermanagh and Ulster were terrific visions of a rare talent, from a footballer playing for one of the wee Ulster counties, a county without many major titles in the trophy room.

Peter McGinnity exploded on to the inter county scene at the tender age of sixteen in the Ulster under 21 football championship. He won Ulster medals in this tough grade in 1970 and again in 1971. The county football selectors also gave sixteen year old Peter his senior inter county debut for a National Football League tie in 1970. He won a Dr. McKenna Cup medal in 1977, and was at midfield when Fermanagh lost to Armagh in the 1982 Ulster senior football final.

That year also witnessed Peter McGinnity’s recognition as Fermanagh’s first ever All Star footballer, when chosen at right half forward on the elite 1982 All Star selection. Peter emerged as one of Ulster’s most outstanding footballers, as a midfielder and as a forward. Ulster with Peter McGinnity on board, were a much more potent combination. The Fermanagh player became a hugely commanding figure for his province from the mid 1970s and holds the distinction of becoming the first Fermanagh man to captain Ulster to Railway Cup triumphs in 1980 and 1983.

Peter McGinnity earned his masters degree in gaelic football, playing with a minnow county, where medals and trophies are not the chief ingredients to football greatness. They became rare bonus points much appreciated in all grades when proudly representing the county.

Very few Fermanagh players wore the green jersey with such pride and national recognition, as the great Peter McGinnity from Roslea and many decades after Peter kicked a football in inter county action. a mere mention of the Fermanagh legends name in football strongholds around Ireland, will arouse many Golden Memories of one of Ireland's greatest gaelic footballers. 

Tribute by Derry JF Doody

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