The Larry Kearns Cup
The Larry Kearns Cup was donated by Slane GFC to Meath County Board in 2006
following a special game between Meath and Monaghan at Toddy Harding Park
on the May Bank Holiday Monday to honour one of Slane's greatest ever
The county board subsequently allocated the cup to the Junior B Football
Championship in the county, and it was won for the first time that year by
This is a fitting tribute to a man whose significance and importance in the
GAA extended way beyond Slane GFC. The amount of work and energy Larry
Kearns gave to the club and county was phenomenal. He was a central figure
in the club’s development for many years, both on and off the pitch, working
with underage and adult teams alike.
One of his great qualities was to transcend the age gap. It always amazed
me, be it in the dressing room, or the pub after the game, or anywhere
really, how people 30 years younger got on as well with him as people who
would have been his own age, said Slane GFC chairman Wayne Harding at the
launch of the Larry Kearns Memorial Cup.
Larry’s own playing career spanned many decades and included a senior
championship success with Seneschalstown and an intermediate (1968) and
junior (1983) championship medal with Slane. The highlight of his playing
career was his involvement with the Meath senior team in 1966 which won the
Leinster championship and went on to reach the All-Ireland final of that
Larry’s family have always been immersed in the club and his son Declan is
carrying on a fine tradition.
I and all members of our club miss Larry but this is an honour for us to be
part of this match and part of the introduction of the Larry Kearns Memorial
Cup into Meath football, added Wayne Harding.