JULIE KAVANAGH was one of the finest footballers to pull on a Dublin shirt. Now St Monica's have another jewel.
Louise Whelan is on the Dublin U16 squad. She has helped them become Leinster champions and progress to the All-Ireland semi-final in August.
She's highly regarded on the streets of Edenmore. She was greeted like a pop star when she returned to her old school, St Monica's GNS, to present medals at their sports day.
"It was a big boost for the club when Louise made the Dublin squad and she is now very much a role model for the future stars of the parish. We are all so proud of her," says Monica's official Patricia Monahan.
Monica's are enjoying something of resurgence. The success of the juvenile girls has been an important spark.
"Juvenile girls football was reformed in 2009 and it is now blooming," adds Patricia.
"The overall juvenile playing membership has steadily increased.
"Former player Liam Kelly has come in as juvenile development officer and marvellous work is going on in the nursery."
Now, Monica's want to develop their girls' football section.
The club are holding a Gaelic 4 Girls Coaching Programme behind the clubhouse in Millwood Park.
It's open to girls aged between eight and 12, and will run from 11am to noon this Saturday, and on June 15, 22 and 29.
"All are welcome. It will cater for girls of mixed ability – those that have played before and those who would like to try football for the first time.
"Girls will learn the skills in a fun and friendly atmosphere," explains Patricia.
The cost is €2 a session. Registration will take place at the St Monica's clubhouse next Saturday (10.30am).
More information is available from Patricia Monahan (087-6128368) or Liam Kelly (086-8901211).