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Dubs to open Skerries new clubhouse

JIM Gavin will be bringing the Dubs to the fishing village.

It will form part of the celebrations for the new clubhouse of Skerries Harps.

Dublin will be in action on Sunday, April 19 . The opposition have yet to be confirmed.

The arrival of the Blues will spark memories of the famous night Bryan Cullen brought home Sam in September, 2011.

The clubhouse itself will be officially opened on Sunday, May 3, with the Dublin ladies footballers in action.

Their new captain is Lyndsey Davey, a long-time Skerries superstar.

In the meantime, the Skerries clubhouse will be open this Saturday.

Páidí tournament

THE 26th Páidí ó Sé Football Tournament was launched in Ballsbridge last week.

Many Dublin teams take part in the weekend festival which takes place on February 20, 21 and 22.

A lovely brochure was produced. It featured the thoughts of Paul Galvin on the great man.

Paul said he liked going back to Ventry to meet up with Páidí. They had some wonderful chats.

Not only about football, but art and photography too. "We both regarded each other with an equal degree of respect and bemusement," smiled Paul.

The brochure also included a nice piece on Frank O'Keeffe, the last survivor of the Kerry team from the Polo Grounds final of 1947.

Frank died last year. His son, John, won seven All-Ireland medals. Frank worked in the family furniture business in Tralee. He had a lovely way with people. "He enjoyed the daily banter and chat, and excelled at 'striking the deal', always ensuring that the customer felt the deal fell in their favour!"

Clontarf's carnival

IT was a sight to behold last Saturday morning.

St Paul's College was teeming with children. Hundreds of them. It was the Clontarf Nursery.

The mentors were busy on the all-weather surfaces, and out on the grass.

The coffees were selling fast. Everybody had a ball. Big and small. Enjoyment was written on every face. This is where dreams begin. Dreams of becoming the next Jim Ronayne.

E-Mail: niallscullyfootball@eircom.net