Sunday 24 September 2017

Gallagher has shown he's no one-trick pony

Right now the independent candidate is 'hot' and poses a real challenge to Higgins and McGuinness, writes Jody Corcoran

The crowd began to gather at St Kevin College in Finglas, Dublin, at 6.30pm on Thursday, parents mostly and many students, too, a fair proportion of the 470 boys who attend the Edmund Rice Trust school in the heart of Ballygall.

They were there not necessarily to hear the presidential candidate Sean Gallagher, more likely to see the Sam Maguire, to be brought along by Pat Gilroy, the Dublin manager, and one of his star players, Ger Brennan.

Ostensibly, the purpose of the evening was to recruit pupils of the future, the initiative of a youthful principal, Ciaran O'Hare, a friend of Gilroy's; in enrolment terms, he could not have wished for a more successful night.

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