Meath GAA is mourning the passing of 1967 All-Ireland winning football captain Peter Darby.
Aged 84, Peter was a legendary figure in Trim and Meath GAA circles, being the third Meath captain to lift the Sam Maguire after Brian Smyth in 1949 and Peter McDermott in ’54. He was left corner back on the ’67 team which defeated Cork in the All-Ireland final, lining out alongside full back Jack Quinn and Mick White in the other corner.
He was an outstanding dual player who represented the Royal County in both codes for over a decade. He also wore the green of Leinster in Railway Cup football on a number of occasions and was inducted into the Meath GAA Hall of Fame in 2017.
Peter’s honours list include one All-Ireland football (1967) and three Leinsters (1964, ’66 and ’67), two Gaelic All-Stars (1964 and ’66), five Meath senior hurling championships (1955, ’56, ’57, ’59 and ’60) and one county senior football championship (1962). He also played in an All-Ireland junior hurling final, which Meath lost to Kerry in 1961, and was part of the Meath football squad – which was the first from Ireland – to tour Australia in 1968. It was from this tour that the International Rules (formerly Compromise Rules) concept originated.
FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS; Reposing at Heffernans Funeral Home, High Street, Trim, (C15 HDT1) on Wednesday from 4pm to 7pm. Funeral Mass on Thursday at 11am in Saint Patrick’s Church, Trim, which may be viewed on https://www.mcnmedia.tv/camera/st-patricks-parish-trim. Burial afterwards in Saint Loman’s Cemetery. House private, please.