History was made earlier today as the only two FAI Cup winning captains of St Patrick's Athletic, Tommy Dunne and Ger O'Brien, met for the first time.
Both O'Brien and Saints' manager Liam Buckley visited Saints' legend Dunne in the company of Tommy's own son (Ger Dunne) and grandson, Keith.
Tommy joined the Saints in the 1954-55 season and immediately helped the club to win the League of Ireland for two successive seasons. Tommy also won the Presidents Cup in 1955, the Dublin City Cup (both in 55/56) and the Shield (59/60).
Recognised as the best defender of his era in the League of Ireland Dunne's form for Pat's saw him win full international honours. He made his Ireland debut against Holland in Rotterdam's Feijenoord Stadion in May 1956 in a 4-1 win, while he also won caps that year against Denmark and West Germany. Dunne went on to win 2 'B' caps in 1958.
As captain of the club, the defender was famous for leading the Saints to success in two FAI Cup finals in 1959 and 1961 and up until recently, Tommy had been the only man to captain the club to success in the FAI Cup.
Speaking after his visit to see the former Ireland international, the Saints' other FAI Cup winning captain, Ger O'Brien spoke of the great pride he felt meeting Dunne.
"After winning the cup, it was something I always had it in my head that we had to visit Tommy as he is one of the greatest players to have ever played with the club," O'Brien told stpatsfc.com
"I have heard so many stories of Tommy when he played with Pat's from my family and friends and from supporters. So to visit Tommy today and re-unite him with the FAI Cup, it really was an honour."
St Patrick's Athletic would like to thank the Dunne family, Tommy's wife Maura, son Ger and grandson Keith for their great help and co-operation in facilitating the club's visit. Thanks are also extended to Tom Hanley for providing photos of the club's visit.
To see more photos of today's historical event, visit our facebook page, www.facebook.com/stpatsfc
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