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Donabate is cheered by home cooking

THE smell of freshly baked scones still drifts over Ballymastone.

The St Patrick's mini All-Ireland Blitz continues to be the talk of Donabate.

"The interest in GAA is thriving in the parish," underlines the club's juvenile secretary, Leslie Brooks. "We have had an increase in numbers this year at our Easter Camp, Cúl Camp and the mini All-Ireland', so that puts the club in a super position."

Three hundred players took part in the Blitz. They were aged from 6 to 14. 136 games were played.

Sponsorship came from Centra, Great Gas and Supermacs at Turvey - junction 4.

The Pat's Director of Coaching, Fergal Power, states: "There was such a fantastic community spirit in Ballymastone on finals day.

"We had terrific support from the parents. And a marvellous group of volunteers who looked after the organisation, the scheduling, coaching and refereeing.

"And they even found the time to do some baking! All in all, the event showcased everything that is good about the club."

Kennedy is superb

ONCE again, top Dub, Eoin Kennedy (pictured), is the toast of the handball world.

The St Brigid's legend won his ninth M Donnelly 60x30 All-Ireland Singles title at Abbeylara in Longford on Saturday night.

And in one of the finest finals of the modern era, Eoin showed all his class and courage to defeat Robbie McCarthy.

The Westmeath man was seeking his fourth successive crown, and he was well on his way after taking the first set, 21-5.

But Kennedy staged the most remarkable revival to dig deep into his vast store of stamina and class to take the prize, 21-17, 21-12.

The arena erupted at the end to acclaim King Kennedy, one of the wonders of the handball age.

Jude's big weekend

ST JUDE'S will stage it's annual All-Ireland Junior Football Sevens this Saturday.

It is now firmly established as part of the All-Ireland Football final weekend.

And there is always such a cracking atmosphere at Tymon.

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