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Kicking Kings to go distance at the seaside

THE Bray Emmets All-Ireland Kick Fada takes place this Saturday.

There is always a festival atmosphere at the club's splendid Old Conna home.

There's music, entertainment, stalls and no lack of refreshments.

There's juvenile games from early morning, while the Ladies Kick Fada begins at 1.pm, followed by the men's at 2.pm.

GAA President, Liam O'Neill, will be in attendance, and the event will be officially opened by the President of Wicklow GAA, the legendary Peter Keogh.

Longford's Damien Sheridan (Dromard) won last year's title. His 75 metre kick set a new world record, beating the previous record by three metres.

Serena Hannon of Clanna Gael Fontenoy retained the Ladies crown with a kick of 51 metres. The runner-up was Hannah Tyrell of Clondalkin's Round Towers.

Dublin also had success in 2001 and 2009 when Ballyboden St Enda's Suzanne Hughes took the prize.

The competition began in 2000 and for the first four years, Mark Herbert hit the jackpot shot.

The tournament is decorated by a host of inter-county personnel, both male and female.

There's also an international flavour to the day, while the U9 and U10 Kick Fada begins just after noon.

Parnell's Vacancy

PARNELL'S are seeking a Schools Coaching Co-ordinator. It is a very interesting role.

People can apply on-line, by post or drop an application into the Parnell's clubhouse in Coolock village. The deadline is this Friday, September 12th.

Pages of St Mary's

ST MARY'S will launch their big blockbuster in November. It's called 'Hundred Years or So.'

It tells of the club's growth from 1906. And it tells it very well.

The pages are full of colourful characters and memorable events that shaped the club you see today.

There's no lack of photographs and reports. And all the achievements, on and off the field, are chronicled.

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