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Countdown on for Féile festival

THE children are counting down the days – it's the Féile festival Lift-Off.

It's on this weekend. It starts with the Skills event at Kilmacud on Friday night. They'll be playing for the Kay Timmins trophy. The late, great Mrs T, a celebrated name of the camogie craft.

Then on Saturday, venues all over the county will stage the five divisions, with the finals taking place on Sunday at O'Toole Park. As Sky would say, it will be a Super Sunday.

Last year, the Crumlin coliseum also hosted the five finals. It was a day to remember.

The day was blessed with colour and excitement. There was a parade, a fine programme and a good sound system.

It was the birthday of the Dublin Chairman, Pat Martin. The crowd all sang 'Happy Birthday'.

And what a party the games produced. Lucan won Division 1. Good Counsel took the Division 2 title, and the other winners were Ballinteer St John's (Division 3), St Anne's (Division 4) and Erin go Bragh (Division 5).

But, as ever, everybody was a winner in Féile. And it will be no different this weekend.