Friday 28 October 2016

Cabra pupils learn their club history

Naomh Fionnbarra celebrate their seven decades

DUBLIN hurler, Eamon Dillon, dropped in to say hello to the Cabra Colts.

He gave them a little talk. They were all ears.

His message was simple - if they work hard, enjoy their sport and listen to their mentors, they too could play for the Dubs.

The locality is steeped in sporting history. There were the All-Ireland winners, Paddy Holden and Mickey Whelan.


There's the champion boxer, Eddie Tracey, who lost in the quarter-final to the eventual gold medallist at the Mexico 1968 Olympic Games. And also Jim McNamara, who ran the marathon at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal.

There have been many Cabra lads who went on to play for the Irish soccer team.

And following Eamon's chat, the local kids ran home with stars in their eyes.

The club are celebrating their 70th birthday this year. They decided to stage an exhibition for the school children.

It took place in a room in the club. Photos and cuttings stretched back through the decades.

Many of the club heroes adorned the walls. One of them, Nicky Kehoe, gave the kids a history lesson they'll remember forever.

"The feedback was excellent," explains Kevin O'Donovan, the St Finbarr's GPO.

"We are lucky that the link between the schools and the club is so strong. Nicky was brilliant. And he had the kids leaving here singing.

"The children had some excellent questions - Who was St Finbarr? What does the word Cabra mean? What's the name of the river that flows under Christ The King School?"

And Nicky had one for them - Name the famous goalkeeper who landed in his helicopter on The Bogies?

The club want to tell the children of all the present Fionnbarra players who play for Dublin.

It will encourage them to dream. And the exhibition taught them so much about the legends in their own area - icons like the sadly missed 'Gossy' Costello.

The club's website is a treasure trove that walks back in time, and also captures the busy club of today.

There's a charming piece on the club's connections with Bullock Harbour in Dalkey.

And like Dublin Bay itself, the history of the Barr's is deep and inspiring.

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