Croke Park Fesitval of Football highlights all that is good about Gaelic games in the capital
FIFTEEN matches in Croke Park yesterday at the Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Football finals.
The party has been going since 1928. And the music will play on forever.
Ciarán Whelan was back in HQ for the Tuesday Game. How many great games did the big man play here for the Dubs?
But he never managed to score five goals! That was the remarkable feat of Sadhbh Ní Mhorain, who was playing for Gaelscoil Cholmcille.
Sadhbh even managed a point, and it was a good one.
Solas Chriost NS were back in the final for the first time in 20 years.
David O'Callaghan is a past pupil. The Dublin hurler won the Dublin Senior Football Championship with Ballyboden St Enda's last Sunday.
Other past pupils who played for the school in Croke Park included former rugby international, Girvan Dempsey, and ex-Dubs, Gemma Fay and Amy Murphy.
It was also quite a day for Scoil Bhríde from Ranelagh, who will be celebrating their centenary in 2017.
Louise Gavan Duffy and Aine Nic Aodha, formed the first Irish school on St Stephen's Green.
They were involved in one of the best games on the programme against Scoil Uí Chonaill in the Corn an Chéid.
Bhríde's Anthony Mac Aonghusa was outstanding, and so was Scoil's Anthony Hanney, who has a left peg that could butter a scone. And put jam on it too.
The GPA's Seán Potts was also embracing the drama. His daughter, Ellen, played splendidly for Scoil Neasain. So did Aoibhin Nic Carthaigh, Eve Ní Chuirneain and Siofra Ní Mhaoileoin.
They were up against Killester's Scoil Bhride, who had a majestic footballer in Christina Tome.
So many were praising the standard of goalkeeping throughout the day. Lauren O'Keefe played in front of the Hill with all the assurance of Cliodhna O'Connor.
Princess Gabari is also a wonderful 'keeper from St Mary's. The Saints had a hat-trick hero in Emma O'Brien.