John Ryan passed away this evening, May he Rest in Peace. John was Chairman in 1984 when the clubhouse was opened on Church Road, played on the junior football team that won our first ever Championship and was always a hardworking and well respected member of the club,
For the first time in almost 13 years St Sylvesters senior footballers will take the field without at least one of the Cleeres in the blue. Three of the lads captained Dublin at minor or U21 and all four played for Syls seniors between 2007 and 2010. In 50 years watching Gaelic Football I have never seen a bunch of lads play the game so fair, hit so hard and never ever utter a bad word, quite amazing, and an honour for Syls to have them wear the blue and green.
Another great haul of silverware for Syls players in 2012 county competitions . . . U21,Minor and Ladies Minor Football winners, Minor Hurling finalists . . . Stephen Cunningham, Kevin O'Flynn, Gary Sweeney, Kim White, Conor Ryan, Fionn Carney . . . . five cups in Malahide over the weekend and we took a few pictures, below. Well done to all and thanks for giving your time to meet the schools and young players.
All Ireland Hurling Div 3 Minor winners Fingal were presented with their medals at the County Hall Swords on Thursday last. Sylvesters had six players involved in the squad and six clubs in Fingal were represented. Thanks to Danny for coordinating and organising and to Willie Burke (St Brigids) who coached and managed the team throughout the championship.
ST SYLVESTER'S 2-11 ROUND TOWER (C) 1-10 TWO old friends met along the Parnell Park sideline on Saturday evening. Both were wearing bainisteoirs bibs. Emmet Carroll, the Boden Bolt, played for Dublin when Tommy Naughton was in charge of the Dubs. Emmet is making a good fist of his entry into management as Clondalkin's Tower men can look forward to life in the Senior B ranks next season. But it was Tommy who went home with the six numbers as Syls emerged from a pulsating contest that had the big crowd on the edge of their toes.
1992 was a very successful year for Syls, winning the Minor A Football, runners-up in the Minor A Hurling (not a lot of people know that) and our Minor B footballers winning their championship. There is a reunion of all these lads next Saturday (after the Vincent de Paul Cup Final - make a day of it) . Derek Roche gave me a copy of the Minor Football program, attached. Anyone else got any memorabilia we could share.
Congrats to Sinead Aherne and Cliodhna O’Connor who are featured in a book launched last week ‘Fingal Sporting Heroes’ the girls are featured along with GAA greats like former Dublin footballers Barney Rock, the Foley (Lar and Des) brothers, Mick Kennedy, Paddy O’Reilly, Bryan Cullen, Ciarán Duff and others like Ollie Campbell (rugby, Eoin Morgan (cricket) and Philip Walton (golf).
I only recently became aware of the spread of Irish Dance in Russia and places not directly associated with Ireland or Irish. Makes sense, it's a wonderful and social form of exercise and art. Gaelic football was very popular in schools in the San Francisco Bay Area in the '90s as an alternative sport. Again, made sense to me, it's a relatively easy game to play, inclusive and challenging. Never crossed my mind, however, that hurling would be attractive to 'Non Irish'. Seems to be hard enough to promote the game to many of our clubs in Ireland. Then we meet this Oyvind Dahl guy - see his email below.
Monday March 5th was a lovely spring day. The sun shone. The bus arrived on time and the only delay was from all the handshakes and greetings as old acquaintances were renewed. The Malahide Lions Club sponsored the bus and got the first and biggest cheer of the day. The “hard chaws” as usual took up the back seat and were giving out lip from the start. Thankfully we had the civilizing influence of some lovely women.
Centre back for the Dublin Minor Hurling All Ireland Champions in 1965, Pat has given years of service and support to Syls hurling - pictured with his daughter Fionnula, wife Eithne and Syls dual players Ronan, Padraig and Eoin.
Joe Burke has a case of Dom (or was that a pint and a glass of rasberry) for the first person to name this U9 team from 1997 - taken before the u9 final which they won beating Trinity Gaels. Six of this team are currently playing adult football .... Can you pick them out? Two are playing hurling.
This was a small piece we carried when Vincent, one of our longest and most loyal supporters, passed away . Thanks to Eddie O'Mhorda, Brendan Bannigan and Bobby Browne
I was very sad to hear of the death of Liam Downey. I played for Syls with Liam. I knew from Colm that he had been ill in England for a while. Liam played as a foreward on our Sylvesters Adult team from the early 1980's. He started playing adult football at 16 years of age.
Nice article about St Sylvesters from the first edition of the Malahide News published 1st Oct 1979. One of the declared aims of St Sylvesters was to give the Malahide community the GAA Club it deserved. I think that was achieved.
Another from the M Howard collection - and I have some good stuff from Gay Christie to share also. Anyway . . .name that team, how did they do, where are they now . . . all these teams contributed to the club we are today.
Michael Howard sent me a few pictures and promised more . . .will surely buy a beer for the first person to name the team and tell us something about them,
And, as our chairman and leader Eddie Sullivan reminded us, we're not done yet!!! No pressure Gabriel and Derek, but . . AFL3, U21, Senior League . . yes please. There were so many successes to celebrate . . Brian Colgan, Clubman of the Year, Sinead's All Star, Darren Clarke Footballer of the Year, Ian McCafferty Hurler of the Year, Michael Howard's tribute to Hall of Famer Billy Reyburn, 39 players nominated over 13 categories, GAA President Christy Cooney's words of congratulations and encouragement, Marty Morrissey's smooth compeering, the overall organisation (Susan, Joan, Bonnie, Gabriel, Francine, Anthony, Leonard, Louise, I'm sure there are many more), and of course, Cathal O'Donnell who chairs the adult games . . . Gabriel sent our best wishes to Inter full back and former club captain, Nicky Cleere . . . and John Keenan pulled it all together with this really cool presentation . . . Hats Off . . .Kudos . . . Syls Abú
A prominent member of St Sylvesters hurling fraternity was honoured on Friday night at the Friends of Dublin Hurling dinner as a member of the 1965 Minor Hurling Team that won the All Ireland. Bernard Boran supplied the picture and offered a bottle of wine to the first comment on this article to identify him in the picture.