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Skerries enjoy the party after historic league win turns the tide

SKERRIES RFC are celebrating a historic Leinster League Division 1A win. It's more than 30 years since the team last won a major trophy, but a superb win at home to Garda last week was followed by a presentation of the trophy. Having won the league at Coolmine the week before, they now go into the round-robin for an All-Ireland League place.

This year's Skerries side has featured some wise and experienced heads, such as former Leinster and Ireland 'A' player Chris Keane, veteran centre Ed Caraher and former Connacht player David Hewitt. But they've also had some brilliant young players come through, such as Kevin McGrath, Thomas O'Hare and Chris Tonge.

A great addition was Cook Islands prop James Ngatupuna -- who quickly became known as "Seamus Cook". He has been helping out underage teams.

Coached by John Murphy and Chris Keane, the style of rugby has brought big crowds to Holmpatrick. Next up is a tough Towns Cup quarter-final away to Enniscorthy on March 18.