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Sam steals the show at Barróg

THEY might have been a bit early but the three wise men arrived out to the Naomh Barróg domain of Kilbarrack and Sutton.

"That's what we were calling them... Michael Darragh Macauley, Eamon Fennell and Sam," smiles coaching supremo, Martin Nolan.

"Michael and Eamon are marvellous ambassadors. They were brilliant with the children. They represented the Dublin panel so well.

"It was 16 years since Sam last came to the capital and the excitement in the schools we visited was just electric. There was such a buzz," added Martin.

The Dublin duo and Sam were greeted by a welcoming party at Barróg before their tour of the area -- Liam Byrne, Diarmuid McHugh and Paul Kelly.


They then visited five schools. Their first stop was St Mary's and St Benedict's where the principal is the distinguished Ballymun Kickhams defender, Thomas Hayes.

Scoil Eoin, North Bay Project School, Gael Scoil Mide and Bayside Junior and Senior schools were also on the itinerary.

"The reception each school gave the players and Sam was fantastic," explains Martin.

"The pupils sang Molly Malone, composed poetry, made drawings, formed guards of honour, flew flags and prepared so much bunting and colour. The principals and their staff do such excellent work in promoting all the codes - football, hurling, camogie and ladies football."

Making sure the Roadshow ran like clockwork was Eimear Dignam of the Dublin County Board, who also had the most important job of the lot -- acting as Sam's security guard!