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Friday 18 April 2014

Step back in time as old rivals face off

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Mícheál Slattery (Na Piarsaigh), Paul Geaney (Daingean Uí Chúis), Colm Galvin (Chiarraí Thiar) and Noel O'Callaghan (Sráid Eoin) who will face off in two exciting challange matches in Dingle on December 29. Credit: Photo by Marian O'flaherty

A CELEBRATION of Dingle's footballing heritage – and one that is sure to re-ignite old rivalries – is set to take place on Saturday, December 29, as Na Piarsaigh line out against Sráid Eoin in Páirc an Ághasaigh.

In 1940 a town league was developed in Dingle when Canon Lyne donated a set of medals. Although there had been earlier formats in the 1920s and 1930s, this was the town league's first formalised outing. The league saw teams from John Street (Sráid Eoin), Grey's Lane and The Quay compete, along with teams from Lispole and Chill Mhaolceadair. Eventually Grey's Lane and The Quay amalgamated to form Na Piarsaigh (the Pearses) and a great rivalry between themselves and Sráid Eoin ensued.

Even now in 2012, the old rivalries still exist and the match on December 29 is sure to retain all the passion the town league was famed for. Noel O'Callaghan is set to take the helm at Sráid Eoin while Mícheál Slattery will lead Na Piarsaigh on the day.

"Sráid Eoin versus Na Piarsaigh is an institution in the folklore of Dingle," said Chairman of Dingle GAA, Mícheál Ó Conchúir. "These players may be over-35 but when the passion of the team leaders is factored in, this game it has the potential to be a stand-out fixture."

The match will he hosted in aid of Cumann Slainte Intinne Chorca Dhuibhne ( West Kerry Mental Health) and joining Na Piarsaigh and Sráid Eoin on the bill will be the present day stars of Daingean Uí Chúis (captained by Dingle's Paul Geaney) who will take on Chiarraí Thiar (captained by Lispole's Colm Galvin) at 2.30pm. An All-Star Penalty Shoot- Out during the half time of the Dingle v West Kerry game also promises to feature some of area's biggest names in GAA, along with a few local legends.

"It's always going to be a great occasion when West Kerry play Dingle," said Seán O Luineacháin of Coiste Ciarraí Thiar. "Throw in Sráid Eoin against Na Piarsaigh and an All-

Star Penalty Shoot Out and it has the makings of an epic day." "Cumann Slainte Intinne Chorca Dhuibhne do great work in West Kerry and we're very happy to assist them in this very important fundraising effort. After last year's wonderful tribute to Bawny O'Driscoll everyone was keen to contribute once again to hopefully another great occasion," Seán added.

Na Piarsaigh against Sráid Eoin kicks off in Páirc an Ághasaigh at 1.30pm on Saturday December 29.

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