Well done to the Dublin Minor Footballers in recovering their poise to win well over Louth in the Leinster MFC Qualifier. Syls Eoin Boyne came on late in the game. Report on Hill16 at http://hill16.ie/viewstoryhill16.asp?id=12402&mainheading=Word+on+The+Hill&viewstory=yes
Congratulations to Gary Sweeney and the young Dubs on reaching the All Ireland U21 Final for the first time since 2003 (Airy Cleere won a medal with that team). See the report on Hill16 - http://hill16.ie/viewstoryhill16.asp?id=12373&mainheading=Word+on+The+Hill&viewstory=yes
Best of luck to Gary and the young Dubs at Breffini Park Saturday 7.30 for the All Ireland U21 Semi Final v Roscommon. Notes at Hill16 http://www.hill16.ie/viewstoryhill16.asp?id=12368&mainheading=Word+on+The+Hill&viewstory=yes
Well done to Gary and the Dublin u21s retaining the Leinster title over Westmeath yesterday in Parnell Park. Next up is Roscommon, see if we can go one step further than last year when Dominic McDonnell and Niall Coughlan lost out to Cork in the semis - report taken from Hill16.ie
I've been meaning to note the great venue that Parnell Park is becoming for hurling and football. Last week I saw Brian Cody and his Kilkenny players hang around after the NHL game and sign autographs and have pictures taken. Today it was Cork hurlers turn (Mick tells me that Sean Óg O'Ailpín was still on the field signing autographs when the Cork bus was ready to leave,well done Sean). Nice crowd, good game, every kid with a hurley out on the field at half time hoping to be noticed by a scout, great sport altogether, well done Dublin County Board - now, if only we could buy a win!!
Leinster U21QF Louth 1-08 Dublin 1-14. Many of the people who attended the game commented on how well Gary did. A lot of them felt that we was one of the best players on show on the day. The report in this mornings Irish times on the Offaly game from yesterday commented that John Coughlan was impressive on his Offaly debut playing the full 60 minutes at midfield - Cathal
Niamh McEvoy is in Dublin starting 15 for to- morrow's match against Kerry in Portmarnock. She joins Sinead in full forward line. Nice to see two Syls ladies start for Dublin Seniors. The throw in time is 1.p.m. Ladies Gaelic site errors, it gives it as 2. pm start.
Nearly forgot to wish Gary well in his U21 debut tomorrow, Saturday Mar 6th in the Leinster QF V Louth in Dundalk at 2.30.
It's been difficult to keep up but a few of our players have been busy on the county scene of late - pride of place again to Sinead Aherne for the Jackies fine league over Cork at Fermoy last week - Martin Ormonde has been starring with Fingal in the Keogh Cup along with Alan Morris and Andrew Richardson, Brian Sexton had a a good run out at centre back in the O'Byrne Cup at Navan for the Dubs, Darren Clarke for Louth and Diarmuid Kinsella for Wexford while John and Niall Coughlan will be seen in the tricolour of the Faithful County this season 'Uibh Fhailaí Uibh Fhailaí' - Barry Ryan and Ross Hazely played for Fingal and there are probably some more - please send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org
Scor Sinsear Atha Cliath There will be no semi - finals this year. We are going straight to the county final in Innisfails GAA Club on Thursday February 25th, commencing at 7.30 p.m. If you have not already done so, please let us know by return email if your club intends to participate this year. Scor na bPaisti The county final of Scor na bPaisti will take place on Saturday February 27th. Venue to be advised.Please let us know by return email if your club intends to take part, Trath na gCeist Atha Cliath The final of Trath na gCeist Atha Cliath will be held in Scoil Ui Chonaill GAA Club this Wednesday ( Feb 3rd) with teams from St Anne's, Lucan Sarsfields, Naomh Olaf, Kilmacud Crokes, Scoil Ui Chonaill, St. Joseph's OCB, St Brigids and Oliver Plunketts Eoghan Ruadh taking part. 2 teams will go to the Leinster Final which will be in Allenwood GAA Club, Co. Kildare on Friday March 5th
This year Dub Star games will take place on the 3rd Jan 2010. The Hurling will start at 2pm and the football at 4pm. The venue this year is Fingallians GAA Club and tickets are priced at € 10.00 each. Any club wishing to pre-order tickets can do so by contacting Paul Gormley - PRO on 087 2200 500 or email@example.com or Fingallians@gmail.com All pre-ordered tickets will be sold at the reduced price of € 8.00 and are available only direct to clubs. This offer will not be advertised so reduced cost can be passed on to the purchaser or reinvested in your club.
I attach our calendar for the year. As you can see we plan a very busy schedule this year, so there should be something of interest to everyone. We are kicking off with Scor na nOg in early November. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Craobh Chiarain, Naomh Mearnog and Lucan Sarsfields for hosting us this year. we are very grateful to them as without their cooperation and that of other clubs we could not function. Bairbre Ni Neill Oifigeach na Gaeilge Atha Cliath
Tony Forrestal Cup fro U14 Hurling - In the Div2 match vs Tipp , Paul McBride started at full forward but was moved out as very little ball getting through, Dublin were outplayed in the first half, 2-5 to 0-1. Big turnaround after the break, lads seems to find their feet, Paul was super around the middle and half forward line, 2 great points from play and a couple from frees. Conor Dwyer came on, played in the forward line and although didn't score , he made a hugh difference, any ball that came in, stayed in, kept Tipp under constant pressure, Tipp didn't score in 2nd half, final score 2-5 to 1-6. Tipp went thro to final.
Our last hope of wresting an All Ireland from our Cork cousins this year rests squarely with Sinead Aherne and the Jackies but first they must overcome last years formidable finalists, Monaghan at Ardee next Saturday, 6th September. Hopefully we will have big support - Ardee is only up the road. Nice preview attached from the Ladies website.
On Saturday afternoon in good weather Syls u13 footballers restarted the Div 1 league after the summer break with a good away win over rivals St Maurs. A depleted squad due hols etc ground out a hard fought win. Final score 3-4 to 2-3. The u13 North Dublin Hurling squad were not as lucky with the weather on Sunday morning.
Dublin vs Mayo; Sun 16th August 2009. Nicole starred in the drawn game and again in the replay when Dublin produced an excellent battling display to overcome a resilient Mayo team at Kiltoom. Played in windy conditions both teams displayed some super football but it was the Dublin team that prevailed by the narrowest of margins on a score line of 3-12 to 3-11.
Hearty congratulations to Gary Sweeney on being awarded Dublin GAA player of the month for July 09. Ironically he pipped our own Sinead Aherne who also put in a fabulous display in the Ladies Final. Since he was a young lad Sweeney has displayed great skill and football intelligence and has an ability to carry the ball at speed while surveying the field around him, a skill possessed by the likes of the Gooch, Alan Brogan and Declan O'Sullivan.
Having grown up behind Parnell Park (I could see Dubs training from my bedroom window) and attending Scoil Mhuire Marino my first big obsession was the Dublin football team and I have never grown out of it. I was born a few weeks after the 1955 Dubs V Kerry final and knew and still know a number of the players on that team. The real tradition of Dubs V Kerry is said to have come to life in 1955 but they did have a history dating back to their first All Ireland Final meeting in 1892. The Clubs represented the County at that time and as far as I know this continued until 1923. For the purpose of this we will just refer to the early meetings as Dublin V Kerry.
It's a big honour for the club and for all their team mates when our lads are involved on the national stage with a winning Dublin team. Today belongs to Fionn Carney at full back playing a stormer and Gary Sweeney who scored 5 points from play and was named 'Man of the Match'. Congratulations also to Mark Maher and Greg McInerney and all the young Dubs. They do leave us on the edge of our seats, however . . .
Leinster U21 Hurling Final. Kilkenny hit us for 1-3 early, we missed easy frees and there was a sense of inevitability in the crowd, not the blind partisanship some of would have hoped for. We missed lots more frees, maybe 7 or 8 very scorable, and only lost by 4, 2-20 to 1-19, we got to within 3 but gave up a really crap goal, but the Cats always looked crisper in their catching and striking and it would be crass to claim we were the better team.