Portmarnock pair showed their talent from the start
WHEN Jim Gavin is not putting two talented footballers through their paces on the Dublin senior team, the job of coaching Kevin O'Brien and Shane Carthy falls to their Naomh Mearnog club manager, Gerry Harrington.
Gerry has watched the Portmarnock pair come up through the ranks at the club and says their talent was evident from an early stage.
'Absolutely their talent was evident. You could see it in them as they came up through the underage structures in the club. They are two fantastic footballers and they are totally dedicated to their sport,' Gerry told the Fingal Independent.
He said the Portmarnock club was 'delighted' to see two of its players rise through the ranks to take their place on the Dublin senior panel now facing into an All-Ireland final.
Gerry said that it was a pleasure to have players like Kevin and Shane at the club and said that when they are available to play for Naomh Mearnog, they lift the players around them.
'They are a great encouragement to the other guys on the panel just in the way they train and approach the game and their dedication to the sport,' he said.
The Naomh Mearnog senior team manager also had huge praise for the way the Dubs pair dealt with juvenile players at the club who look up to them.
Gerry told the Fingal Independent: 'They are great at giving their time to present medals at mini-leagues and attend summer camps and helping coach the juveniles and sign autographs. They are very dedicated to their club and give a lot of time to the club.'
The atmosphere is building in Portmarnock as the local heroes prepare for the big day next Sunday and there is a scramble on for those precious tickets.
Gerry said: 'There is a huge demand for tickets and those who don't manage to get them will watch the match here in the club.
'The amount of people locally who want to see Dublin and want to support the Naomh Mearnog lads is huge and everyone around the place is really looking forward to it.'