In the background of this picture is the old Nally Stand and Hill 16 in the old Croke Park. You can also see scaffolding as a new, and at the time, ultra modern scoreboard is being installed. Included in the picture is Sean O’Síocháin (centre), General Secretary of GAA at the time, and on the right is Flor Butler, grandfather of Aisling (5th class) and Róisín (3rd class) Joyce . He was the contractor who provided the scoreboard and installed it on the 13/5/78. It was installed for the National football league final between Dublin and Mayo. Dublin won by five points.

The scoreboard came in three sections weighing ½ ton each. It consisted of 1,560 switchable lights. It was funded by the advertising around it. It was put under the Nally stand. It was manufactured in Salt Lake City. Underground cable for the scoreboard went under the pitch and the controls were managed from the press box in the Hogan Stand. The cost was £45,000 and was paid back with the advertising over two years.

Also designed and developed at the same time was the electronic style counting system for checking the numbers of spectators coming into all the sections of Croke Park.

Flor Butler set up Butler Tech in 1998, and little did he know then that his grandchildren’s school would win a Cumann na mBunscol gaelic football final in 2015 wearing jerseys sponsored by the company he set up…. Butler Tech.

Thanks to Fiona Joyce for the picture and revealing the unique link between a milestone in the development of Croke Park and our recent victory there.