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Thomas Davis acknowledge historic win

Members of Thomas Davis' 1989 Dublin Senior Football Championship winning side marked their 25th anniversary of that landmark win when meeting up last Friday week.

That famous 2-10 to 0-10 win over a talented Ballymun Kickhams outfit marked the first occasion that the Kiltipper club tasted senior county glory and many of the players that contributed that day were re-introduced in the cosy surrounds of Cassidy's on Camden Street.

Of course, the win was followed by two further successes as Thomas Davis completed a three-in-a-row, with Paul Curran playing an integral part in those victories.

"It was a great time for the club and a hugely enjoyable period for everyone involved", recalled Curran.

"It was great to be involved with a team that won their first county title, especially after we lost to Scoil Uí Chonaill earlier that decade.

"I remember the win against Ballymun as one of the most enjoyable of my playing career and it wonderful to reminisce and look back with the lads over that great day," he said.

Of equal satisfaction to the 1995 Footballer of the Year was that Thomas Davis were able to build on that victory with subsequent county titles.

The Kiltipper club enjoyed narrow back-to-back wins over Parnells in the following two years, an unprecedented level of success for the Tallaght club.

"I recall that we had a very good minor team back in 1987 and 1988 and that was very important in driving the team forward and bringing fresh legs into the team.

"The younger players on the team played with little fear and that has a very positive effect on the team.

"The older lads had suffered the disappointment of losing to Scoil Uí Chonaill in 1986 so for them to finally enjoy the success that their efforts deserved was very rewarding," said Curran.

Another gathering is planned for next year, to mark the anniversary of that 0-10 to 1-6 victory over Parnells in 1990 and the Ballymun Kickhams manager expects a similarly healthy attendance that night.

"It was hugely enjoyable to meet up with the lads again and the majority of the panel were able to show their faces. Meeting up with them brought back some very happy memories as it was great to share those memories on the night."


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