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Famous days live on in the Parish

THE memories tumbled down Farnham Drive this week.

On Saturday, St Vincent's play Corofin in the All-Ireland Club Senior Football Championship semi-final.

Corofin won their only All-Ireland crown in 1998. Ray Silke was their captain.

They beat Erin's Isle in the final at Croke Park. Five points in it.

John Fagan was very much part of those golden days. He was a fine senior footballer.

He graduated through the juvenile structure at Isles, and he progressed to being club chairman.


He also gave his time as an outstanding Dublin GAA referee. And today he is still giving.

Fagan and Partners Taxation & Investment Consultants are the new sponsors of the club's minor footballers and hurlers.

"It's a big boost and a very kind gesture from John," states Paddy Canning.

Paddy is on the minor management with Stan Brannigan, Pat McCabe and Christy Cox. Paddy's presence as a mentor is also a huge bonus. He brings vast experience to the role.

If Paddy was sitting in the big black chair on Mastermind and the subject was Dublin Football, they'd run out of questions!

Hopefully the Isles minors will go on to grace Croke Park.

It was in 1993 that Isles won their first Dublin Senior Football Championship. Mick Deegan was the captain.

They beat Kilmacud Crokes in the final. Isles and Crokes formed one of the great rivalries of Dublin football during that period.

Isles had the three Barrs, Eddie, Johnny and Keith. And Charlie Redmond. In the All-Ireland semi-final of 1998, they beat Castlehaven with a late recovery, led by Ciarán O'Hare and Niall Crossan.

It was after the Leinster final victory over Clane that Johnny Barr uttered the memorable words: "There won't be a cow milked in Finglas for a week!"

In the All-Ireland final, Eddie Barr and Ciarán O'Hare were denied certain goals by the goalkeeping brilliance of Martin McNamara.

Tom Quinn was the Finglas gate-keeper, and it was the sense of parish that was their inspiration. Mick Noonan was the manager and Ken Spratt was the skipper.

John Fagan and Co are hoping that the minor maestros will also grow into legends.

His kind sponsorship will help them along the road.