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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Gaels still flowing in from the Liffey

Future looking brighter than ever for Liffey Gaels

SAR FOLEY'S father was from Kerry. Sar's mother was from Cavan. They married in 1944.

"The Polo Grounds final between Cavan and Kerry took place three years later. That must have been fun," he smiles.

Sar played for the Dublin footballers. He was there at the start of the 1970s, just before Heffo's Revolution.

He remembers the great man being around the place, and also figures like Phil Markey, Jimmy Grey and Paddy Delaney.

"The only addition to the panel that won in '74 from my time there was Brian Mullins," Sar recalls.

THRIVING

Sar first played with Liffey Gaels in 1957. It was Rialto Gaels then. Today, he sits on the committee.

The club is doing well. The juvenile structure is thriving.

Kind sponsorship has come from Brock Delappe Estate Agents of the Tyrconnell Road.

He praises the club's Games Promotiton Officer, the Dublin and Ballyboden St Enda's hurler, Simon Lambert.

"Simon is doing a tremendous job. The work that he does is unreal.

"And before Simon, Dave Farrelly from Thomas Davis was excellent."

The local schools are having a very important impact on the life of the Gaels.

Some famous people have sat in the class-rooms. Olympic athletes, Eamonn Kinsella and Brendan O'Reilly of RTé. Kevin Moran too.

Kathleen Mills also hailed from Inchicore. "I remember meeting her. She won 15 All-Ireland camogie medals with Dublin, but she was such an unassuming person."

Sar often met the legendary Con Houlihan of the Evening Press. When the Gaels opened their new clubhouse on the banks of the Liffey, Con honoured it in print. "I still have the piece. The headline was: 'Gaels Flow in from the Liffey'. Con was a genius."

The clubhouse is a delight. It offers the best of facilities.

"We have a Sporting Wall. You can practice all the sports there. It's great for improving the skills. I see a few kids playing handball there. Inchicore was huge for handball."

Sar's mother, Mae, played camogie for Cavan. Her father, Thomas, was on the first Cavan side to win the Ulster football title. He was so fast they called him The Greyhound.

Sar says that many of the Liffey lads and lassies may one day play for the Dubs.

And echoing the golden words of Con, his biggest wish is for Liffey's lovely river to flow on. And on.

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