THE Gooch arrived in Grangegorman, the splendid new facility for the Dublin Institute of Technology.
He brought good tidings. AIB will sponsor the hurling, camogie and handball at DIT.
"This deal will help students on teams both at elite and non elite level," states DIT Development officer, Darragh Biddlecombe.
"These are exciting times for the college, with moving to Grangegorman, securing the AIB sponsorship and getting the draws for the third-level colleges competitions."
In camogie's Purcell Cup, DIT will play Mary Immaculate of Limerick and Maynooth University.
In hurling's Fitzgibbon Cup, they'll meet Limerick IT and the University of Ulster.
There's also a big Walsh Cup appointment against the Dublin hurlers on January 20th.
St Mary's story a real best-seller
ON the streets of Saggart, the story of St Mary's, '100 Years Or So,' is out-selling Keano and O'Driscoll.
Its author, Eamon Walsh, is delighted. "The reaction has been tremendous," says Eamon.
The articles and pictures in the publication spark a water-fall of memories.
"I came across a report in the Irish Independent from 1946. St Mary's beat St Vincent's in the Dublin League final at Croke Park," recalls Eamon.
"Garrett Weldon was playing. He remembers it well. It was a freezing cold day and before the match the players had to stand and say a decade of the rosary in Irish.
"People still talk about 1942 when Mary's had five players on the Dublin team that won the All-Ireland. "
The pages of the book tell of the remarkable devotion of the great Dick Farrelly, the High King of Saggart.
Dick inspired the generations.
Many of the children that he nurtured are now grand-parents themselves, and they all have such fond memories of growing up in the Mary's colours.
Copies of the book available from a number of outlets in Saggart and Rathcoole and from Mick Nugent (087-6888909), Brendan Murray (086-0401169), Eamon Walsh (085-7367291).