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Fundraiser for Dublin minors

ROLL UP, roll up to the big fundraising Dublin Minors quiz. It takes place at St Peregrine's on Tuesday, April 2 (8.0).

There will be many questions asked. But one question won't need answering – how hard is it to win the All-Ireland Minor Championship? Dublin have won it twice. They have suffered much hardship on the journey.

It was Dave Cullen and co that led the minors to the Promised Land in 2008. They beat Tyrone in the final at Breffni Park.

Last season, the young Dubs repeated the trick. It didn't come easy. Far from it. The first task of the management unit was to select a squad of 30 from a staggering 92 applicants. That was a six-marker in itself.

In 2011, the minors lost to Cork in the All-Ireland final. In last year's Leinster final, they almost fell to Meath but pipped them after extra-time.

Dublin then beat Cork in the semi-final before finding themselves seven points down against Tyrone in the final. They got off the ropes to carve a fantastic victory.

Emma McDonagh was the captain of the side. She was honoured at last week's Dublin GAA Supporters' Club Awards Night.

So was Sinead Goldrick. Two girls from the same club, Foxrock Cabinteely, a tribute to the heroic work of Pat Ring and his cohorts.

Last season's Dublin minor chief, Fintan O'Curry, has long called for a U-21 championship. He said the gap between minor and adult was too severe.

Now, his words are turning to concrete. The U-21 grade will help players adjust to the extra pace and demands of the inter-county arena.

Conor Barry now wears the county minor bib. He's hoping for the quiz to be a sell-out.

And he'd be delighted if any clubs or individuals could donate a prize for the night.

A table of four costs €40. More info from Conor on 087-9901385.


• March County Bord meeting: A meeting of the Dublin LGFA will take place on Tuesday March 19 at 7:30pm in Parnell Park. The meeting agenda has been emailed to all clubs and clubs should ensure that they are represented at the meeting as a number of important issues are up for discussion.

• Féile átha Cliath: Dublin Féile will take place on the weekend of April 13/14. Application forms have been issued to all clubs and should be returned by March 26 to the Dublin LGFA Office in Le Chéile, Donnycarney.

• Registrations: Clubs are reminded that all players especially NEW players must be registered with the association in order to be covered under the injury fund for both training and matches. Any club which plays an unregistered player is in breach of the rules of the association and is subject to penalties. Registration forms, payment rates and information are available to download from http://www.dublinladiesgaelic.ie.

• College football: Congratulations to Trinity College on capturing the Lynch Cup at the expense of fellow Dublin college DIT. Commiserations to DCU who reached the O'Connor Cup final only to lose out to a well-drilled Queen's side.

• Dublin Supporters' Club: Congratulations to Sinead Goldrick on being chosen as the Dublin GAA Supporters' Club, Ladies Footballer of the Year.