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MDL to host referees beginners course

An F.A.I. Referee beginner's course will be held on Saturday September 11 & Sunday September 12 in the MDL grounds Trim Road Navan.

Registration is at 9am on Saturday The course is open to both male and female participants and the fee is 50 Euros. Law books will be provided.

For direct queries to the FAI contact Pat Kelly. at 01 8999528, or tutor for the Meath area Greg Boyd 087 2232418 or Meath Branch ISRS Secretary Conor Byrne 087 8294116.

For interested parties closer to Dublin or indeed from any area particularly if the dates in the MDL do not suit.

Courses also take place in the Oscar Traynor Sports & Development Centre Coolock (Home of the North Dublin Schoolboys League & The Amateur FootballLeague) on 17 to 19 September, and 15 to 17 October

Closing date for entry to Woodview Competition

Aside of the sad memory that the competitions commemorate, Lee-Myles Luchessi who died tragically in 2003.

The date of the competitions approximately one week or so before the various coaching programmes such as the 'NECSL Saturday sevens' begins at the MDL, provides a great opportunity for all teams to get started for the new season.

The underage Tournament is for under 8s & 9s boys & Girls and takes place in DKIT Dundalk on the 18 September.

It will be open to teams and groups The entrance fee is 50 euros per team.

For further details contact any of the following Fintan Rogers 086 8886602, Kevin Magee 087 1311457, or David Farrell 086 1237610.

Dunshaughlin set to return to MDL fold next season

Dunshaughlin were one of the original entries to the Meath & District League in 1980 (then known as the Mid Meath League), and spent over 20 years with some form of association.

The biggest drawback for the vast amount of enthusiasts in this ever growing area was the inability to source a site of their own.

They faced many obstacles, none more so than given their proximity so close to the commuter belt to Dublin. Land prices in general were way above the average for the county.

As a result of the frustration in not being in a position to properly install the club within the community the adult section of the clubs began to wane in the late nineties, but thanks to an underage policy that coincided with the start of the Meath Schoolboys League in 1984.

The concentration of the club officials put more focus in this direction, and steadily built up a strong club, and their hard work and dedication was eventually rewarded a few years ago with the securing of a lease on the Dublin side of the village.

They restored adult Football to the Club three years ago and entered a team in the Leinster Senior League, but in recent times decided to affiliate back to the MDL, but unfortunately they were primarily a Saturday team and as the MDL only cater for Reserve team Football on a Saturday.

The League were not in a position to accommodate the. It is hoped to remedy this situation next season and welcome one of the original clubs back to the fold.

gerry gorman