TONY CAMPBELL – MBE

Although no longer living in Ballybay local lad David Moen is always on the lookout for items relating to home. David recently came across a letter in a local paper posing the question, “Was this the GAA, first MBE to win a SFC medal”. The letter referred to the Ballybay team of 1969 who defeated Castleblayney in the county final in front of a record crowd in Emmet Park, Carrickmacross. Playing corner forward for the Pearse Brothers that day was Tony Campbell. A few years later the Derry native headed off to South Africa where he spent his time teaching in the poorer areas of the country. He made such an impression that the British Government awarded him an MBE (Members of the British Empire). An MBE is given for an outstanding achievement or service to the community which will have had a long-term, significant impact and stand out as an example to others. If anyone has any memories of Tony and can confirm if he was the first SFC medal winner to receive an MBE can you email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.