Down through the years, Dublin have been blessed with excellent free-kick takers. Jimmy Keaveney, Dean Rock, Stephen Cluxton. However, were any as iconic as ‘The Darling of the Hill’, Charlie Redmond?
He is our focus on this week’s ‘Forgotten Friday‘.
Redmond is remembered by many for finally getting over the line in an All-Ireland final in 1995 following several near misses for Dublin across the previous four seasons.
However, Redmond soldiered with Dublin from the early 80s having come into the squad weeks after completing his leaving cert and was indeed part of the Dublin panel in 1983 when they won an All-Ireland title despite not playing.
The Erins Isles man would soon become one of the key figures in Dublin football and an icon of a Metropolitan side that played in some of the biggest and most high-profile games of an era where Sam Maguire was anybody’s and became well-known for his famous free-kick ritual as he would take seven steps back, two to the left and then lick his fingers three times before taking the kick.
Dublin qualified for the final in 1992 where they faced Donegal. It’ll as be remembered as the year Donegal made their breakthrough winning their first All-Ireland title. Another thing that the game will be remembered for was Redmond’s penalty miss. Despite the year ending in defeat, Redmond finished the season as the country’s top scorer with 1-28
Dublin fell in the semi-final in 1993, again to an Ulster county as Derr went on to claim their first All-Ireland title that year. Redmond would pick up his first of three All-Stars that season.
In 1994, Dublin returned to the All-Ireland final where they met a Down side who were looking to repeat their success of 1991. Unfortunately, Redmond missed a penalty again as Dublin fell to another All-Ireland defeat. It was a tough blow to take for Redmond and Dublin, however, the Erin’s Isle man collected another All-Star that year.
1995 was the defining season for Charlie Redmond. Dublin were viewed by many as an ageing team and nobody epitomised that narrative as much as Redmond. They qualified for the All-Ireland final where once again Ulster opposition sat across from them in the form of Tyrone.
Redmond made atonement for the previous two All-Ireland finals that day scoring the Dublin goal in a 1-10 to 0-12 point victory, he was the hero on the day, however, such is the iconic nature of Redmond the game will always be remembered for the day that he was sent-off twice by the referee, Paddy Russell.
Dublin won the game, Redmond was the hero and finally had an All-Ireland medal he could call his own after years of sacrifice.
In a storybook career with Dublin, Redmond managed to win two All-Ireland medals, eight Leinster’s, two National leagues and three All-Stars, a true legend of Dublin GAA.