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Peerless Pat is a Leinster leader!

THE Tesco Dublin Leagues have had the big blast off. There have been enough goals and points to fill a shop full of trolleys.

Pat Ring has been back on the sideline with Foxrock Cabinteely. He's busy. Pat is also on the Dublin senior management. He is a pillar of the club. His work has been rewarded with the Tesco Leinster Person of the Year accolade.

But he deflects all praise like confetti at a society wedding. "No, it's very much a team effort," insists Pat.

"I'm very honoured to have got the award, but it's all about the people here who have been putting in the work over the years. Our committee members and our mentors have put so much in."

Last year, the Fox Cabs created history by progressing to the Dublin Senior Championship semi-final for the first time. It was a notable milestone.

They didn't have their first adult side till 2006. A golden period followed. In 2007, they won the Dublin, Leinster and All-Ireland Junior crowns, and the following season they completed the Dublin Intermediate double.

"We have been senior since 2009. We had a couple of difficult years settling at that level. It was a big step up for us," admits Pat.

"But we have adjusted now. The girls are doing well and the aim is to consolidate our position in senior football."

Senior Dubs like Sinead Goldrick, Amy Ring and Ciara Murphy will help. So too the input of Marla Candon and Ann Marie Murphy.

"We have Dublin representatives throughout the grades. But we are also proud that we provide football for all levels of ability.

"That is a priority at the club. Everybody is welcome.


"We have three teams in each of the Under 12, 13, and 14 grades, so it doesn't matter what type of the ability the player has. The door is always open here."

And it's dedicated figures like Pat Ring that will continue turning the key. On match day and training nights, the Fox Cabs have turned the Kilbogget Kingdom into a Fun Palace.

And Pat's modest ways bring to mind the old saying that it's amazing what can be done when nobody cares who gets the credit.

The top man won't admit it himself, but all his club and county colleagues know that he has earned enough credit to fill a million of those Tesco trolleys.