DICKIE McCLELLAND should get the freedom of Drimnagh. His heroic work for the Harold's Cross Hospice goes on.
Back in 1954, Andy O'Reilly founded the Good Counsel club. Andy died in 2006.
Andy was on the management crew with Jimmy Boggan when Dublin won the All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championship title in 1965.
"He was such a pillar of Good Counsel," recalls Dickie. "He had such a positive influence on so many young people in the area.
"He didn't want any attention. He just got on with it. But everybody knew Andy was the heartbeat of the club."
Dickie set up the Andy O'Reilly Memorial Fund for Our Lady's Hospice. Last May, he brought Sam to visit all the patients and staff.
Next Saturday night, he has organised a big gig at the Good Counsel club on Davitt Road (9pm till late). The Beer Mats will be performing and there will be some top spot prizes.
Admission is a tenner. All the proceeds go to the hospice. Tickets from Dickie (087-9307385)/ Catherine (085-1675803) or from the Hospice (01-4911072).
On Saturday, Dickie wants to see the Counsel Chambers rock to honour an old friend.
"Drimnagh has produced some great people, but there was only one Andy O'Reilly," declares Dickie.
YOU gotta know how to hold them... know how to fold them. And you never count your money sitting at the table.
Sound advice from Kenny Rogers. But the good folks at St Olaf's already know that there's plenty of time for counting when the dealing is done.
The Naomh Olaf Poker Classic takes place on Saturday, November 17.
More details from Eoin Kinsella on 087-6769280.