Thursday 23 November 2017

All-Ireland final diary

St Gerald's impressive production line rolls on

Ken Doherty tips his native Dublin to win by three points
Ken Doherty tips his native Dublin to win by three points

'Mol an oige agus tiocfaidh si' is one of the great Irish proverbs and St Gerald's College, Castlebar has surely played its part for Mayo this weekend.

Between the county's minor and senior players and back-room teams, no fewer than 20 are past-pupils of the school.

The impressive list is as follows: Cillian O'Connor, Brendan Walsh, Danny Geraghty, James Horan, John Horan, Tom Prendergast, Michael Plunkett, Aidan O'Shea, Seamus O'Shea, Conor O'Shea, Robert Hennelly, Michael Hall, Liam Irwin, Matthew Ruane, Seamus Tuohy, Tom Cunniffe, Barry Moran, Richie Feeney, Sean Conlon and Ronan Carolan.

Former Longford star Joe McCabe is head of Gaelic football at St Gerald's and Tomas O Neachtain is the school's current senior football coach.

Given that this list was provided to us by Sean Fahey, a current transition year student, it is clear that St Gerald's is still churning out smart lads with plenty of initiative.

DUBS HIT RIGHT NOTE TO BACK 'ANGEL IN BLUE'

FORMER Down and Bryansford star Eugene Grant may seem an unlikely source for a charity single that the Dublin footballers are supporting but there is a very poignant reason.

Eugene's grandson Noah McMahon was less than an hour old when he passed away from a congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) a year ago.

Grant has written the song 'Angel In Blue' which sums up every little boy's dream of wearing their county jersey, in this case Dublin's famed sky-blue.

All proceeds of the single, available on iTunes for just 99 cent, will be donated to the LauraLynn Foundation, which does extraordinary work for children with life-limiting conditions and their families.

CELEBRITY VERDICT

Ken Doherty (snooker player):

"I'm not going to it because I'd rather proper Dublin supporters get the tickets rather than armchair supporters like me but I'll be glued to it on the television and obviously believe Dublin will win.

"It's going to be close because Mayo are really tough and have been playing brilliantly this year but the Dubs have been playing some magical stuff, especially going forward. No one would begrudge Mayo a win after all their losses but my heart is with the Blues and The Hill. The Dubs by three points."

NUMBER OF THE DAY

3 The number of Castlebar Mitchels players on Mayo's semi-final squad: Tom Cunniffe, Barry Moran and Richie Feeney, but only Cunniffe started.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"He's been very unselfish, releasing other guys. He probably looks up to the likes of Berno (Brogan) and feels an onus to play second fiddle at times but he's more than capable of putting on a big show on Sunday himself." – Ray Cosgrove on Kilmacud clubmate Paul Mannion.

TWEET OF THE DAY

"Nevin Maguire Cooking Demo in association with @CavanCoBoardGaa"

Cavan turn to an unlikely source for fund-raising at €20 a head.

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