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Geese see friends flock to their book launch

AIDAN LENEHAN was in a book shop in Dublin. He was impressed with the vast collection of sports books of all shapes and sizes.

"But there was nothing there catering for the grassroots GAA player. There are thousands of players involved in hurling in Dublin, but they weren't represented at all," explains Aidan.

Aidan is from Galway. He lives in Rolestown. Wild Geese have been the pride of Oldtown. Football has long been a religion in the pretty village.

In 2008, Aidan and his colleagues started hurling in the club. He felt the tale of their journey was worthy of going into print.

Aidan met GAA president Liam O'Neill, told him about his project and asked him would he launch the book.

"I'll do better than that," responded Liam. "I'll launch it in Croke Park." And so the big night arrived, with 200 people gathered.

"I was delighted with the reaction. The club put on a coach. Family members were present and there was terrific support from all the Fingal clubs."

Aidan explains the title: "We play in Junior F. People probably think that's Zimmer-frame hurling. But there are nine divisions in Dublin hurling. In Galway, generally, they wouldn't go past Junior C. That's a testament to the Dublin County Board and the efforts that are being put into hurling."

Things are going well at the Wild Geese. A juvenile section has been established, and two of their players have gained Dublin U15 recognition. All proceeds from the book will go into the club's underage structure.

'There Is An 'F' In Hurling' costs €14.99.


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