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Thursday 8 December 2016

Croke Park Fesitval of Football highlights all that is good about Gaelic games in the capital

Corn Chlanna Gael, Croke Park 3/11/2015
GS Brian Boroimhe, Sord vs GS Taobh na Coille, Beallairmin
GS Brian Boroimhe's Conor Ris and Liam O'Donaile of GS Taobh na Coille
Pic : Lorraine O'Sullivan
Corn Chlanna Gael, Croke Park 3/11/2015 GS Brian Boroimhe, Sord vs GS Taobh na Coille, Beallairmin GS Brian Boroimhe's Conor Ris and Liam O'Donaile of GS Taobh na Coille Pic : Lorraine O'Sullivan

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.

Sciath Chumann na Gael Croke Park 3/11/2015
Woodview Lucan vs Holy Trinity Donaghmede
Woodview team celebrate
Pic : Lorraine O'Sullivan
Sciath Chumann na Gael Croke Park 3/11/2015 Woodview Lucan vs Holy Trinity Donaghmede Woodview team celebrate Pic : Lorraine O'Sullivan

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.

Sciath an Chladaigh Croke Park 3/11/2015
Woodview Lucan vs GS Taobh na Coille Woodview's Clodagh Nic Eochagain tackles Taobh na Coille's Shannon Byrne
Pic : Lorraine O'Sullivan
Sciath an Chladaigh Croke Park 3/11/2015 Woodview Lucan vs GS Taobh na Coille Woodview's Clodagh Nic Eochagain tackles Taobh na Coille's Shannon Byrne Pic : Lorraine O'Sullivan

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.

Corn Irish Rubies, Croke Park 3/11/2015
Scoil Mhuire Garristown vs GS An Duinninigh Sord
Scoil Mhuire celebrate
Pic : Lorraine O'Sullivan
Corn Irish Rubies, Croke Park 3/11/2015 Scoil Mhuire Garristown vs GS An Duinninigh Sord Scoil Mhuire celebrate Pic : Lorraine O'Sullivan

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.

Corn an Chladaigh, Croke Park 3/11/2015
Mount Anville, Kilmacud vs GS Mologa, Harolds Cross
Mount Anville celebrate victory
Pic : Lorraine O'Sullivan
Corn an Chladaigh, Croke Park 3/11/2015 Mount Anville, Kilmacud vs GS Mologa, Harolds Cross Mount Anville celebrate victory Pic : Lorraine O'Sullivan

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.

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