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Class act Eoin bids to be the top alley cat

DUBLIN handball hero, Eoin Kennedy, will play Westmeath's Robbie McCarthy in Saturday's M Donnelly 60x30 All-Ireland Singles final at Abbeylara, Longford (3.30).

It's the sixth successive time the duo have met in the final, McCarthy winning three.

It is one of the sport's great modern-day rivalries, and it's sure to be another compelling clash.

In the semi-finals, McCarthy beat Brian Carroll of Meath, while the Brigid's Brave defeated the legendary Top Cat, Ducky Walsh.

Sevens success

STILLORGAN folk know all about waiting for the 46A..........and indeed Sevens hurling glory!

But last Saturday, Kilmacud Crokes were crowned One Direct All-Ireland Hurling Sevens champions.

It was the first time in the 42-year history of the competition that the hosts took gold.

Crokes beat Midleton in the semi-final and Portroe in the final. Portroe is the club of the former Tipperary manager, Liam Sheedy.

It was a joyous occasion for club stalwarts like Peter Walsh and Tom Rock.

Music of the night

LAST Saturday night, Ceili House was broadcast live from Naomh Barrog.

Brian Carthy was a guest in Kilbarrack. He told of his life-long admiration for Eddie Keher.

Eddie's father was from Brian's county, Roscommon. Eddie worked in the bank, and there were days when you'd need two tellers to tot up all the scores he got.

And when Ceili House finished on Saturday, there was a big welcome back to the wireless for the legendary Donncha O Dulaing, who was returning to his iconic programme, Failte Isteach, for the first time in six months.

And he wasted no time to get in the mood by playing The Rose of Mooncoin and Sliabh na mBan.

70 not out . . .

REMARKABLY, last Sunday saw Larry Ryan attend his 70th successive All-Ireland Hurling final. As they used to say, "well, that beats Banagher."