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Brigid's hopes in safe hands

LOWRY'S matchstick men and matchstick cats and dogs will enhance the walls forever.

Ciara Lowry has been producing her own masterpieces out in Russell Park.

Ciara has emerged as one of the top goalkeepers in Dublin. And Angie McNally is among her fan club.

Angie and her selectors picked Ciara on the Dub All-Star squad for the inaugural KCC Architectural Challenge after Christmas.

"It was a big honour. I was delighted and it was nice that St Brigid's had three girls selected," states the Blanch number one.

The other two were Elaine Kelly and Noelle Healy. The trio played a crucial role as Brigid's enjoyed Dublin and Leinster Intermediate Championship success in 2009.

Brigid's beat Garda in the Dublin final in Parnell Park. They marched all the way to the All-Ireland final in November.

Tipperary's Brian Boru were the opposition. The match was fixed for Nowlan Park.

Heavy rain saw it move to St Peregrine's on the Blakestown Road, only a kick-out away from Brigid's.

It was the day of the gale. Boru won by a point. The Brigid's Braves had given their all. Just like they had done throughout the campaign.

A special bond developed within the squad. And Ciara's consistent displays earned the praise of all.

Brigid's brilliant defence gave her many quiet spells, but when she had to make an important save or two, she proved her worth. She is quick to salute the character and conviction of her colleagues.

"We had six players on the Dublin panel. Dublin did so well to reach the All-Ireland final.


"But losing to Cork was just heart-breaking for them. They had come so close. Yet after losing in Croke Park, all our girls picked themselves up again and they gave more to the team than we could have asked of them."

Ciara feels that the experience at club and county level will make the Saints even more formidable in the coming months. "The club is growing and growing. We have an excellent panel now and hopefully we'll give the Senior Championship a good run."

There's every good reason to believe that the Brigid's and Lowry collection will become even more valuable in the seasons to come.