RIP Stephen Melia

by louthandproud on October 23, 2015

in County

Sad news that has rocked the county.


A generation of Louth fans have lost a hero.

I am one of those.

As a kid growing up and watching Louth there was no greater sight in red and white than Stephen Melia.

His style of play, all action in the full back line, high catches and uncompromising approach to opposing forwards added to his hero status.

Like all good hero’s  He just never let you down.

I’ve heard at the time, that he didn’t play underage football for the John Mitchells at all, that gave you/me belief that if you worked hard on your game with the honesty Stephen Melia had, you could achieve anything.

Even playing club football in Balbriggan for O’Dywers too, gave insight for me to the mystic of the ultimate competitor he was, playing alongside Dublin Goalkeeper John O’Leary at the time he wanted to test himself against the best.

Then, his possible career highlight came during the twilight of his playing career. Coming back to win a Joe Ward with the Joes while he was in his forties cemented his already legendary status in Louth GAA circles.

RIP Stephen

Sympathies to his Family and Friends.



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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

louthandproud October 29, 2015 at 11:15 am

Sorely missed is right. you are welcome, he was a inspiration of mine and my friends who went to all the those louth games when we were younger. Loved playing against him too.

Anonymous October 27, 2015 at 3:50 am

Unbelievable tribute Daniel what a legend Stephen was and what a class act u are with that tribute!! RIP Stephen you’ll be sorely missed in every corner of the county

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