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crokes' king rock climbs up into fame academy

TOM ROCK is getting used to the furniture in the Friends of Dublin Hurling Hall of Fame. He got a standing ovation from the 360 guests at the Red Cow on Friday night.

Tom is from Galway where he played for Ballymacward and Pádraig Pearses. On moving to Ashbourne in 1974, he joined Donaghmore, winning the Meath SHC title and playing for the county.

He joined Kilmacud Crokes in 1977 where he captained their intermediate side. They won the league and championship in 1982.

The essential club man, he served as hurling and club chairman as well as being a selector with Crokes and also the Dublin U21s.

The award arrives with perfect timing for Tom as Crokes celebrate their first senior county title since 1985. As the lover of the small ball might say himself, hurling's coming home.

THE DIT football chairman, Aidan O'Shea of Mayo, is delighted with the new First Ireland Insurance sponsorship.

"We all know that times are hard, so we appreciate First Ireland coming on board," says Aidan, who is joined on the DIT roll by Darran O'Sullivan and Liam Rushe.

"We are thrilled to be involved with DIT," states Sarah Sheridan of First Ireland, who will provide the best car insurance possible for the students as well as organising cheaper driving lessons.

NEAR FM (90.3) will be live in Newbridge next Sunday for the Ballymun Kickhams v Sarsfields AIB Leinster SFC semi-final which throws-in at 2pm.

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