Erin winning titles and friends
THE Dublin game has a rich future with clubs like Erin go Bragh in the building.
They threw in the ball for the first time in 1986. Barry McGuigan became world champion the year before. The Clonee Cyclone hasn't stopped since.
Last season, the Dublin county board honoured them with 'The Small Club of the Year' accolade.
And it looks like that Mr and Mrs Sheen will continue to be very busy.
Last term, the U13s and U15s delighted all. They won many matches and even more friends.
"Both sets of mentors and squads deserve so much credit," noted the EGB PRO, Keith Edgely.
The fab 15s took home the double -- league and shield. "Every match was hard won," reflected Keith.
"Their displays were a joy to watch. And it was lovely to see them winning the league because they had come so close before."
A big crowd saw the Erin Eagles defeat Na Fianna in the league final, while Ballinteer St John's were overcome in the Shield final.
"The U13s were just newly formed," explains Keith. "But they showed a wonderful attitude, and they didn't lack skill.
"Considering it was their first year, they get top marks for the effort they put in. They were consistent all the way through.
"They finished runners-up in the league and they reached the Shield final. For a first season, that was a fantastic performance.
"Reaching two Shield finals was history for the club, and they gave us so much enjoyment as we travelled around to their matches."
Erin go Bragh continue to put in the hours. The club is prospering. There's noble people in the board-room and on the factory floor.
The day is fast approaching when the club will be honoured with their first Jackie. That will indeed be a date for the Dubliner's Diary.