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125 years of Little Village

THOMAS DAVIS are 125 years old. They are going to have a party – a big one.

There will be much to talk about over the profiteroles. Tallaght is a different place today. It was once a rural locality with no more than 40 houses. Yet, despite the changes, it will always be the 'Little Village' to the Thomas Davis folk.

The Little Village is the name of the club publication. It is one of the most impressive magazines on the circuit.

Their splendid Kiltipper Road HQ will host the gala anniversary Ball on Saturday, November 30.

"The demand for tickets has been overwhelming," reports chairman, Gerry Peggs. "It shows how much the club means to the people of Tallaght."

The occasion will see the faithful remember times past and chat about some of the greatest players to have worn the green and gold.

One of the best of them all, Paul Curran, came so close to steering Ballymun to Dublin gold again last week. He was, of course, part of the celebrated Davis three-in-a-row side.

JJ Martin was their full-back and trainer. A piece of Cavan crystal. The hill at the side of the clubhouse was JJ's torture chamber. JJ turned the TD's into sprint champions and Leinster champions too.

A new all-weather surface has been installed since that magical era. The clubhouse is one of the finest around.

And with flourishing juvenile departments in the four codes, tomorrow has never looked brighter.

It all brings a smile to two of the club's iconic figures, Andrew and Chris O'Donnell. They are Thomas Davis through and through.

They have been applauding the noble deeds of the lady footballers, Leinster champions once again and now getting ready for Sunday's big home All-Ireland semi-final.

Championship success has also been achieved this term by the junior footballers and junior hurlers. James 'Shiner' Brennan was some hurler. Now he tops the poll among referees.

He took charge of Sunday's Dublin Senior Hurling Championship final. He had a marvellous match.

The tables will be shining for the banquet. There will be a four-course meal. Among the musical acts will be The Late Late Show band, the Camembert Quartet. Also on stage will be Bi Polar Empire, while Aidan O'Keeffe will be doing his unique Christy Moore tribute act.

There will be another O'Keeffe in attendance, Bob, who will be in the company of his new friend, Sam. It looks like being a sell-out.