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Fingal hurlers will reap rich harvest

ROSS McGarry stands on the terraces at Parnell Park. He's the captain of the Fingal hurlers.

He rolls back the clock and talks of his early heroes - DJ Carey, Brian Whelehan, Diarmuid O'Sullivan, Martin Storey and the man in the white boots, Colin Corkery.

Ross plays football as well. He was originally with Round Towers of Lusk.

He has been with Skerries Harps since he was 15. He likes the view. "They made me feel so welcome.

"The new clubhouse is brilliant. So many great people gave their time to make it happen."

Harps only began playing adult hurling in 2007. Denis Murphy and Michael Joseph Geoghegan were the Tom Crean's.

"Denis Forde is another man in the club that has done fantastic work at under-age level. Unbelievable commitment."

The fishing community has had many wonderful skippers over the years. And there have been some notable captains of the Blue Armada - Bryan Cullen, Lyndsey Davey and now Ross himself.

He's thrilled to be on the inter-county stage. "The vast majority of the Fingal squad play with junior clubs, so realistically, this is the highest level we can aim for at the moment.

"It's a marvellous opportunity to be able to play against the best players from other counties. And we are grateful that the County Board gave us the opportunity."

Ross also thanks the new team sponsors, the Fingal Farmers Group. "It's a big boost and it's great to see local lads supporting local hurling." Des Foley and Sean McGarry are on Mick Kennedy's management ticket.

Des Foley senior was, of course, a Dublin superstar. Just like his brother, Lar.

Lar was one of the greatest characters the capital has ever seen. He had some good days managing the Dublin hurlers.

Ross feels the signs are good for the Dubs. "They are making strides in the right direction. If they can repeat their form in the League, they will be there or there-abouts come the business end."

The Fingal began their Nicky Rackard campaign last Saturday. They fell to a fine Roscommon side in Swords.

But they are still in the hat. "We feel our best is yet to come," says Ross. And in the words of their sponsors, everybody would love to see the Fingal bloom and grow.