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Banjo Barney to be remembered

THE great Barney McKenna will be celebrated at the Donnycarney Traditional Music Festival which will be hosted by Craobh Chiaráin this Saturday night.

'Banjo Barney' from Donnycarney was an iconic member of The Dubliners, and the McKenna family have kindly agreed to support the festival in its first year by remembering his wonderful career through music with a host of family and friends.

Top names from the world of traditional music will be on the bill including Donal Lunny, Andy Irvine and Mr Marino Waltz himself, John Sheahan, a long-time colleague of Barney in The Dubliners.

It is sure to be a memorable night's entertainment, and it throws-in at 9pm just after the Dublin-Wexford Leinster SHC replay in Parnell Park

Admission is by ticket only. Tickets (€25) can be purchased from Craobh Chiaráin GAA Club or ring/text Aidan on 086-0701581.

THE Wild Geese U14 hurlers made the long trek south to play Cuala on the Thomastown Road. It was a charming evening. Hurling weather.

The sun shone, the sod was firm, the sliotar skipped along, and the Obelisk on Killiney Hill peered down on the action.

The Wild Geese are making strides. They have travelled far in a football stronghold. They have been on 'The Sunday Game', they have published an acclaimed book, 'There is an F in Hurling', and now they are featuring on the John Murray Show on RTé Radio 1.

There's a couple of the U14s who could one day play senior hurling for Dublin. And those who drove from the North County, picked the team and encouraged every strike last week, are the reason why that will happen.

THERE should be a cracking game down in Parnell Park tomorrow as Raheny play St Maur's in the Dublin Senior Football Championship first-round replay (7.30).

Not even extra-time out in Rolestown could separate the sides last month and another compelling contest is expected.

The turnstiles should be clicking merrily. Only Fools and Horses would miss this one.


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