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Fingallians bash 
a massive success

It has been a typically busy summer out in Fingallians and last Saturday was no exception as they famous Swords club hosted their annual Under 10s footballing tournament.

A total of 16 teams from Donegal, Down, Armagh, Louth, Meath, Kildare, Carlow, Wicklow and Dublin took part with a total of 270 U10's footballers involved.

In total, 36 games were played in a competitive but sporting manner. The standard of football and commitment of each team was exceptional with the eventual group winners being Ratoath (Meath), Pearse Óg (Armagh), An Ríocht (Down) and O'Dwyers (Balbriggan).

Naturally, the support of sponsors in hosting such rewarding days was highly important, a fact outlined by tournament organiser Ciarán O'Rourke.

"We are very lucky to have received valuable support that enables us to go through with ventures like this and last Saturday was no different.

"SuperValu in the Pavilions Shopping Centre in Swords were brilliant and provided lunch packs and drinks for all the 270 kids taking part, and we would like to again thanks SuperValu manager Paul Dunne for such generous support.

"In addition to that, Essence Bistro from Main Street in Swords provided on site catering for parents and supporters.

"We are extremely thankful to Robbie Burns and his team for their professional service and generous support on the day," said O'Rourke.

With the Paul Flynn School of Excellence just completed and further tournaments for both U10 girls and U12 hurlers planned for the next fortnight, it is proving a hectic but rewarding time for the Swords club.

"This annual tournament demonstrates the commitment of Fingallians to the local community and reaches out to GAA communities far and wide in a spirit of sportsmanship, competition and friendship.

"It tests our young players against teams they would not ordinarily encounter and challenges them against different playing styles and skills emphasis.

"Most importantly, it provides a platform for our youth to develop lifelong friendships in their own community and further afield," he added.