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Thursday 21 September 2017

Davis deliver a Little treat

Murray does business in club newsletter

THE Little Village has got a makeover. That's the Thomas Davis newsletter.

Larry Doyle interviews RTé's John Murray, who played for the club from 1973 to 1981. "I had to retire because I developed arthritis in my feet," revealed John.

He salutes his first mentor, Davy Griffin. "His mantra was to give everyone a game, an approach that isn't always too evident in sport nowadays.

"When I played for the U11s, we hadn't enough jerseys for the 20 players in the panel. If you were a sub, you had to take the jersey of the player coming off.

"In those days, we only had the small pavilion beside the graveyard. By the time I was finishing, Kiltipper had been built. It's a fantastic clubhouse.

"The three-in-a-row days were special. I was so proud that so many of my old team-mates were involved in that success," said John.

Thomas Davis won three Dublin Senior Football Championships in succession in 1989, 1990 and '91. They were an exceptional group of players.

The John Murray Radio Show on RTé 1 also continues to top the ratings. John was born and reared in Tallaght's Bancroft Park.



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"My dad was a big GAA fan, so it was inevitable that my older brother, Dermot, and I would start playing for Thomas Davis, or St Dominic's as the underage section was then known. I have fond memories of so many characters and all those that put so much into the club to help it become what it is today."

John still keeps a close eye on the club. He was thrilled to see them lift the Dublin U21 'B' Football Championship title.

"That was a marvellous achievement," remarks juvenile chairman, Niall Kelly.

"Many of the lads will again be eligible for the U21 grade next year.

"Our aim is to make all our teams strong in the club, from juvenile to senior. Sponsorship is always a boost and we appreciate the kind gesture of Airways Canopy and Ducting Ltd who presented our U10s with a set of jerseys."

Niall adds that the club's website (www.thomasdavis.ie) has also got a lick of paint. "It's well worth a look," he suggests. "There's an extensive range of coaching links provided by our GPO, Nollaig Ryan. It's probably the most extensive coaching library in Dublin.

"All the editions of 'The Little Village' are on the site. That publication is a great resource for all the Thomas Davis diaspora all over the world."

And also no doubt for folks closer to home... like John Murray. As John might have said himself in a former chapter of his career -- "The Little Village, now that's what I call the business."

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