Friday 19 October 2018

Harps pay fitting tribute to Bobby

Rory Kerr

He is one of ten men to have All-Ireland medals with two different counties and the late Bobby Beggs would have been smiling down on his beloved club, Skerries Harps, as they hosted Galway and Dublin on Sunday.

Dublin 1-16 - Galway 1-16

Beggs won All-Ireland titles with Galway in 1938 and then four years later with Dublin and his wife was on hand to present Galway player, Danny Cummins with the man of the match award afterwards.

It was a perfect day for travelling fans with two and a half thousand in attendance in brilliant sunshine. There was plenty of local interest on the day with two former A-ll Ireland winning U-21s, Harry Dawson and Ciaran Reddin, both featuring prominently, while Ravens man Darren Daly also played and came close to a goal for the home side in the first half.

There was also a big cheer for home grown keeper, Alun Cullinan, who came on with seventeen minutes to go and with Alan Brogan popping up with a late equalising point, it was a fitting end to what was a terrific day out for all concerned.

It was back in 2002 when Harps bought land down the road in Milverton, that the idea of building a clubhouse was first conceived although it wasn't until 2008 when a committee was set up that the ball started rolling.

And for club chairman, Niall Murphy, it was a proud day.

'It was a fantastic day. We had a big crowd here and we are delighted we got Galway here because of the late connection with Bobby.

'When I came to Skerries in the eighties Bobby was the hero then, obviously Bryan Cullen became one later but it was great to have Galway as the connection.'

And while the clubhouse is a significant landmark for the club, they continue to go from strength to strength. They now boast 58 juvenile teams and seven adult sides and remarkably they have produced three inter county captains in Bryan Cullen, Ross McGarry (Fingal hurlers) and Lyndsey Davey (Ladies football).

The success in all four codes means that the club will be looking to expand at same stage up to Milverton as they attempt to cater for their ever expanding playing population.

But the fruits of their toil are already there to see. Donal McIgorm played another starring role for the Dublin minors at the weekend while Dawson turned on the style in the Dublin shirt with five fantastic points.

And Murphy was of course delighted with Dawson's return.

'We are very proud of Harry. He's a great club player who is always down during the week training with Jack Smith and along with the other stars in the club so he is a great club man.'

The game itself saw Dublin open up an early 0-6 to 0-3 lead with Dawson twice on target, but a 21st minute Shane Walsh goal saw the Tribesmen lead at the break.

The second half saw both sides enjoy periods of dominance but Galway had moved five points clear with five minutes remaining when impressive sub, Philly Ryan, struck with a classy finish.

And with the clock ticking down, Dublin who had taken off Cian O'Sullivan as a precautionary measure, rallied late to secure a draw with points from Vincent's man Shane Carthy and Brogan.

Meanwhile, both the Dublin ladies and Dublin camogie sides will be in action for the official opening of the clubhouse in a fortnight's time.

Dublin: Sean Currie; Mick Fitzsimons, Kevin Nolan, Eoin Culligan; Nicky Devereux, Darren Daly, Davy Byrne; Cian O'Sullivan, Tomas Brady; Emmet Ó Conghaile 0-1, Alan Brogan 0-4, Brian Fenton; Harry Dawson 0-5(2f), Ciaran Reddin 0-1, Paddy Andrews 0-3. Subs: Graham Hannigan for O'Sullivan (21); Philly Ryan 1-2 for Byrne (HT); Hugh Gill for Culligan (HT); Shane Carthy (St Vincents) 0-1 for Fenton (43); Jarlath Curley for Daly (53); Alun Cullinan for Currie (53); E Culligan for Nolan (61).

Fingal Independent