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Roll up, Roll up to the Davis Funday

BUSY days on the Kiltipper Road. Duffy's Circus has just left town.

Memories of Thomas Davis' own three-card trick when they won their third Dublin Senior Football Championship in succession back in 1991.

Dublin's exclusive hat-trick club doesn't have many members.

Next Sunday afternoon, Thomas Davis stage their Family Funday.

The Tallaght Festival Band will lead the parade from the village to the club (1.pm).

"It should be a wonderful day. There will be attractions for the whole family," announces Larry Doyle.

There will be the Cross Bar Challenge, Tug of War, Three Legged Race, Sack Race, Egg and Spoon, Jockey Back Race, Wellie Throwing, Tag Gaelic, plus much more.

"We'd love to see people come along who, perhaps, weren't in the club before."

It is a chance to recruit new members. And Thomas Davis have much to recommend.

They have top-class facilities. "Thankfully, things are going well, and it's always a boost when we have players from the club playing on Dublin teams," adds Larry.


Many years ago it was the likes of Paul Curran, Dave Foran and Paul Nugent that wore the three castles.

Nowadays, Paul Hudson is the one the children want to emulate. A richly skilled footballer with the temperament to match.

The Dublin minor footballers were also well represented by Davis personnel including manager, Cyril Kevlihan.

Hurling has made notable strides, and camogie has a deep history. Frank Malcolmson has been an inspiration through the decades.

Thomas Davis have an All-Star in Siobhan McGrath, one of the best footballers in the country.

And in recent times, the Thomas Davis ladies footballers have enjoyed a golden spell.

The legendary Christina McGinty, was among them, and she recalls well the day they won the All-Ireland Junior title.

"My best memory in the club was back in 2012 when we came down the Kiltipper Road, complete with Garda Escort, with the All-Ireland trophy.

"The children were out on the wall waving the flags and the supporters clapped us into the clubhouse. It was so special coming back to Tallaght with an All-Ireland medal."

Sunday's Funday could well spark some new dreams.