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Ernie McKay

Full name: Earnest Arthur "Ernie" McKay
Gender: Male
Born: October 7, 1896 in Templemore, Tipperary, Ireland
Died: November 1995 in Colchester, Essex, Great Britain
Affiliations: St. James' Gate F. C., Dublin (IRL)
Country: IRL Ireland
Sport: Football


Ernie McKay worked as a telegraph boy in Dublin’s GPO and played junior football (soccer) for Greenview. In 1916 he joined St. James’s Gate and played for them for 17 years, mainly as a halfback. In 1921-22 he helped St. James’s Gate win the League of Ireland and FAI Cup Double in the first year they were held. In addition to his 1924 Olympic appearance, McKay earned a junior cap when he played against Scotland’s juniors in 1920. He also received league honors for playing against the Welsh League three times. In the late 1950s McKay and his wife left Ireland after his retirement as a GPO superintendent, settling in Colchester, Essex, to be near their daughter. In 1986, Ernie generously sent one of his medals to the Sunday Independent to be passed on to a relative of Irish patriot Kevin Barry. He received the medal for playing in a match for the late Barry and inscribed on the back was “Kevin Barry Memorial Match 1923.”


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1924 Summer 27 Paris Football Men's Football Ireland IRL 5T

Men's Football

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result G YC RC
1924 Summer 27 Paris Football Ireland IRL Final Standings 5T 1924-05-25 0 0 0
1924 Summer 27 Paris Football Ireland IRL Quarter-Finals Match #3 2 1924-06-02 NED 2, IRL 1 0
1924 Summer 27 Paris Football Ireland IRL Round Two Match #3 1 1924-05-28 IRL 1, BUL 0 0
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