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Camogie: Whitehall Colmcilles have smiles on their faces


Whitehall Colmcille celebrate winning the Go-Ahead Dublin Intermediate 2 Camogie Championship

Whitehall Colmcille celebrate winning the Go-Ahead Dublin Intermediate 2 Camogie Championship

Whitehall Colmcille celebrate winning the Go-Ahead Dublin Intermediate 2 Camogie Championship

“The players are happy with themselves, and that is the most important thing of all.” So says Whitehall Colmcille mentor, Dan McGarry.

His words should be pinned up in every clubhouse in the country. In big, bold print.

“It’s all about the players. As mentors, we are there to try our best to help them in anyway we can.”

This year, Whitehall won the Go-Ahead Dublin Inter 2 Championship title. In doing so, they produced one of the finest displays of the season. Overcoming an excellent Lucan Sarsfields side in the sunshine of the Trinity Sports Ground in Santry.

A big crowd travelled from Collins Avenue to see them do it. And there were joyous scenes on the pitch at the final whistle.

“It was a great achievement for the squad. And they really deserved it,” states Dan. “They worked so hard.

“Like all clubs, we had our difficulties during the restrictions. But the players showed such commitment, working away on their own. And when we were allowed to return, they brought that resolve to the training pitch.

“They certainly put in the effort. They brought such determination to every training session, and that paid off in the matches.”

The victory is a big boost. “Camogie is going well. And we keep progressing,” outlines Dan.

“This year we had a Junior team as well. And we are fielding two Minor teams, which is great to see. The numbers are there.

“Our progress is down to everybody at the club. The time that the mentors put in. We get wonderful support from the committee and also from the Dublin County Board.”

A highlight of the campaign was the deeds of the Under-13s team which won a camogie and ladies football Championship double.

There’s more silverware on the road ahead. But, as Dan relates, that’s not the important thing. It’s more that the players leave every training session and match with a smile. And are counting down the days to the next one.

Dan admires the commitment of the parents in the journey. Which now sees the club’s flagship side take their place in the Inter 1 grade next term.

They are looking forward to the challenge. And the word from Dublin 9 is that they have the boots already polished.

Camogie car-chase story lights up pages

There’s nothing as welcome at this time of the year as a new book. The fresh smell of its pages.

PJ Cunningham has produced a nugget: GAA Grassroots – Stories from the Heart of the GAA.

Camogie features among its chapters. The fabled story of a boy playing camogie. And the ensuing car chase in a bid to identify him!

There’s 150 stories in all. Taken from every county. The publication pays homage to those that keep the engines running. And the kettle boiled. Who mark the pitches and wash the jerseys.

It was launched in Croke Park. Bill Kelly was there. Bill, of Arnotts, who helped put the Dubs in the market place. You still see the Arnotts jerseys.

Joe Kernan lost the 1977 All-Ireland final to Dublin. Many years later, as the Armagh manager, he brought that disappointment into his half-time pep talk and Sam spent that night in the Orchard.

There weren’t many better Dublin centre half-backs than Keith Barr. He’s also in the book as are two celebrated Dubs, Niall Quinn and Dermot Gilleece, plus two favourite Royals, Seán Boylan and Bernard Flynn.

GAA President, Larry McCarthy, launched the book. “It’s a book about the embellishment and enrichment of great deeds and great figures in the GAA.”

PJ Cunningham stated that “the book is about ordinary people coming together to do extraordinary things for their communities.” It’s published by Ballpoint Press. And it’s available in book shops and on-line.

Garda Westmanstown Gaels ready to introduce senior teams next season

The Express Train races by. Right beside the ground. Garda Westmanstown Gaels are also going places.

There will be a new name on the Dublin adult camogie roll in 2022. The club are starting a senior camogie section.

For many years, they have been doing excellent work in bringing through the juveniles. The Nursery and the Juvenile sections are flourishing.

Now, many of those players are progressing towards adult level and the club is anxious to establish a pathway for them.

And they would be delighted to hear from people who would like to help further their initiative.

Perhaps players who would like to start playing again. Or maybe former mentors or officials .

They would be assured of the warmest of welcomes. And first-class facilities. The club have all-weather, floodlit training surfaces, as well as grass pitches.

The Ball Wall initiative has been applauded by all. As Dublin’s Donal Burke says, a player should practice at the Wall every day.

The Westmanstown venue is a sporting centre that houses rugby, soccer, tennis, golf, a gym and an impressive clubhouse.

A senior camogie team would add to that even more. If you would like to become involved in anyway, text your name to 087-9657620. Or log onto gardawestmanstowngaels.com

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