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20 years since Hughie’s hat-trick shocked Derry to their core

Hughie Emerson in action against Paddy Reynolds of Meath in 1997
Hughie Emerson in action against Paddy Reynolds of Meath in 1997

Can you believe that it has been two decades since Hughie Emerson bagged that incredible second half hat-trick against Derry? Well it has. On this weekend in 1997, the Portarlington club man made national headlines by becoming the first man to score three goals in Croke Park since the great Bomber Liston of Kerry in 1978….


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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.