Thursday 21 September 2017

Liam and Sam

The sporting pedigree of some of the current Meath footballers reaches far beyond the parameters of Gaelic football.

Flying debutant Eamonn Wallace is a nephew of former Ryder Cup hero Philip Walton, while goalkeeper Paddy O'Rourke's first cousin on his mother's side is Stephen Moore, Australia's hooker in tomorrow's second Test with the Lions.

Siobhan Byrne, who represented Ireland in fencing at the 2008 Beijing Olympics is another O'Rourke cousin.

Another cousin Jamie Byrne is one of three cyclists who will undertake a 1,400 km cycle along a coastal route around Ireland between July 3 and July 12 to raise a target of €15,000 for the National Rehabilitation Centre in Dun Laoghaire and the Jack Kavanagh and JP O'Brien funds. Kavanagh and O'Brien are friends who were involved in serious accidents in the last year.

Jamie, Joe Coffey from Tipperary and Niall Barnwell from Dublin felt compelled to do something after visiting them in Dun Laoghaire. Anyone wishing to donate or help can visit www.cycle2013.com

CONGESTION BAD FOR FANS

Kildare v Dublin in the Leinster semi-final in Croke Park; Day 3 of the Irish Derby Festival meeting in the Curragh,; Day 4 of the Irish Open Golf Championship in Carton House, Maynooth.

Kildare is the common denominator in Sunday's crowded events' schedule, leaving multi-interest sports fans – and there are many in that category – wondering why there can't be greater co-operation to avoid such a three-way clash.

HILL 16 EXPERIENCE

Dublin Fringe Festival is looking for Dublin GAA Fans, Actors, Volunteers and Sports Fans to get involved in a project about Dublin and Hill 16 which will take place as part of the festival in September.

A Belgian theatre company created a piece about local football fans in Ghent in Belgium and this September they are coming to Dublin to make a local version of the show which will be all about Dublin GAA fans and Hill 16. To take part contact, projects@fringefest.com or call (01) 6706106.

NUMBER OF THE WEEK

10 The number of stone Colm 'Gooch' Cooper weighed when stepping out for his first All-Ireland final for Kerry in 2002. The Dr Crokes man reckons he could be left on the sidelines if he was emerging now, due to the emphasis on size and athleticism on county panels.

Irish Independent

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