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Blue Beat: Joe’s generosity lifts Ballinteer St John's

Cosgrave Developments sponsorship much appreciated at Marlay

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Joe Cosgrave of Cosgrave Developments presents a sponsorship cheque to Ballinteer St John's

Joe Cosgrave of Cosgrave Developments presents a sponsorship cheque to Ballinteer St John's

Joe Cosgrave of Cosgrave Developments presents a sponsorship cheque to Ballinteer St John's

Joe Cosgrave is always at home at Ballinteer St John’s. There has been many a day he has felt the warmth of the welcome. And the lush turf of Marlay beneath his feet.

Joe and the club go back a long way. As Ballinteer Chairman Darren Chambers explains: “Our original clubhouse in Broadford was built with materials from Cosgrave Building sites.”

Joe is a good pal of the Laois legend, Kieran Brennan, the heart and soul of the club. And, once again, Joe had good tidings for Kieran and all the Ballinteer folk.

“Cosgrave Developments will be our main sponsor for the year ahead with a sum of €20,000,” outlines Darren.

“They were also our official club sponsor between the years 2005 – 2008, and over the intervening years have maintained a supporting relationship with our club – one which we are hugely grateful for.”

“As we enter our 40th year, Ballinteer St Johns continues to thrive. Our latest membership figures are just above 3,700, with over 120 teams catering for all codes.”

Joe is impressed. As he knows well, everything starts with a good foundation. Giving the kids every chance to follow the pathway of players like Nicky Devereux, Orlagh Nolan, Iain Ó Heithir, Liam Smith, Jack Lundy and Lauren Burke.

The recent addition of the BSJ All-Stars has also lifted the mood. “A wonderful group of needs- assisted young people who are finding a great love and passion for Gaelic Games,” states Darren.

Oisín inspiring young Gaels

Oisín, the legend of Tir na nÓg. The great poet, warrior and sportsman. It’s said that he hurled on Crumlin Common.

His statue is at the entrance to Bunting Park, on the edge of Crumlin village, known by the locals as Mooney’s Field.

Now, hurling’s coming home. As Kevin Dunne explains. Kevin is the assistant Chairman of St James’s Gaels/An Caisleán.

“With the help of Dublin City Council, Gaelic goal-posts have been erected in Bunting Park, and, as a club, we are making full use of the facilities.

“The park is now busy with hurling, football and camogie. Boys and girls of all ages. And adults too,” outlines Kevin.

“St James’s Gaels/An Caisleán have been promoting Gaelic games in the locality since 1958. And today we have teams from all age-levels to adult. New members are always welcome. Check out our Facebook page or contact Eoin (086-8286543).”

1961 Dubs added to a great occasion

One night in November. It would be hard to find a better one.

The Go-Ahead Dublin Senior Hurling Championship final. The county’s showcase hurling game of the year. Being broadcast live to the nation.

A big crowd in Parnell Park. And a crisp, dry, mild night in Donnycarney under the bulbs. The occasion blessed by the men of ’61.

The Dublin hurlers of 1961. The last Dublin team to reach the All-Ireland Senior Hurling final. Losing to Tipp by a point. The ’61 side assembled for a pre-match meal before taking their VIP seats.

Emerging onto the pitch at half-time to salute the crowd, who gave each player, and their representatives, the warmest of ovations.

They enjoyed a throbbing encounter. The game stretching to extra-time. Kilmacud Crokes and Na Fianna producing such quality and drama. A match that lifted the hurling mood in the city.

Maybe the sixty-year wait will end soon. Nobody would be more pleased than the team of ’61.

Ronan’s lesson for the ages

There were hundreds of children in Parnell Park on Saturday night. Many of them were out on the pitch after the game. With their hurls.

A pitch where Ronan Hayes gave one of the best lessons the kids will ever learn. Things weren’t going well for him. But he stuck at it. Kept putting in the hard yards. When it would have been easier to fold up the tent. And put the head down.

But he dug even deeper. And scored a goal for the ages. It was his attitude that turned the game. He showed true character. His resilience was embedded in the timber. His unspoken message – never give up.


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