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Tuesday 24 October 2017

Dublin duopitch in tohonour Austin

TWO of Dublin's backroom crew took part in the second annual Austin Carruth Memorial Pitch and Putt classic at the Spawell.

Bernard Dunne is on Jim Gavin's management ticket, while Michael Carruth is involved with the Dublin hurlers.

The event was to raise funds and to raise the awareness of Parkinson's Ireland, the association that helps those suffering from Parkinson's Disease.

"Unfortunately, Parkinson's Ireland gets no government funding," reveals Mary Carruth, Austin's daughter.

World champion, Eamonn Coghlan, and top boxing coach, Billy Walsh, also took part.

Austin was a legendary boxing trainer and he was in the corner when his son, Michael, won gold at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.

Those were the magical days when all the emotion in the Carruth's front room was beamed live across the nation as family and friends gathered to watch the action.

"We have brilliant memories of those times. Dad was a brilliant coach," reflects Mary.

"He was a keen pitch and putt player.

"Friday was a fantastic day. The weather was gorgeous, and the Spawell people had the course looking lovely.

"We played the pitch and putt and then we had the gala evening. Everybody enjoyed it. We had great fun."

Tony a top gent

TONY JORDAN was one of the best referees in the capital. He refereed at county, provincial and national level. And he did it well. A highlight of his career was taking charge of 1981 All-Ireland Minor Football Championship final.

And when he stopped blowing the whistle, Tony was still giving as much as ever.

He was chairman of the Dublin Referees, he was a national tutor and he was an accessor.

The Round Towers, Clondalkin man was a popular figure among his peers.

They respected his knowledge and his diligence. He helped raise the standards.

So many young referees learned from him. There was a warmth in his personality.

He was highly intelligent. He became a Master in Letters at Trinity College. And he helped light the way for so many in life.

All were sad to learn of his passing.

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