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Crokes serve Sevens feast

LIKE most good ideas, it started in the kitchen. A Ranelagh kitchen. Daintree Paper was born.

For the second successive year, they are sponsoring next Saturday's Kilmacud Crokes All-Ireland Camogie Sevens.

Daintree Paper have their shop in Camden Street. They specialise in wedding stationery, invitations, thank-you cards, birth-announcements, personal stationery and so much more.

In Stillorgan, the word is that the company and the club have formed a match that was made in Heaven.

It's the 39th Camogie Sevens. "It is now as much a part of All-Ireland weekend for camogie people as the trip to Croke Park," says Crokes camogie chairman, Aidan Roantree (pictured).

Buffer's Alley were the first champions in 1974. The famed Wexford club are the joint record six-time sevens winners with St Paul's of Kilkenny.

Some of the greatest players that ever played the sport have left their stud marks all over Pairc de Burca. Three venues will be used -- Glenalbyn, Silver Park and St Olaf's.

"It will be a great day," adds Aidan. "It has such a big tradition.

"The sevens creates a special atmosphere. People make a weekend out of it, and, as they always say, it's a good chance for camogie people to meet up from so many different counties.

"Teams arrive from all over Ireland. We have many of the famous clubs coming again this time.


"It's good having the three different categories -- Cup, Shield and the Plate. That way, you are catering for all the grades."

Among those lining out will be Kilimor (Galway), Duffry Rovers (Wexford) and Bishopstown (Cork).

The Dublin clubs include Ballyboden St Enda's, Good Counsel and Na Fianna. The last Dublin champions were Marino back in 1995.

They were also successful four years earlier. The only other Dublin club to take gold were Celtic, who did it twice in 1976 and 1987.

The sevens format is fast and exciting. Skill is the key ingredient. The action is as delicious as a Denis Gorey sandwich.

Large galleries follow the action from early morning. The hosts run a good show.

They have added a couple of extra treats. They include a Ball Wall competition and a Poc Fada.

The top inter-county referees will be in action. And the only cards they will be giving out will be those of Daintree Paper.