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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Jim is bringing his Blues to the coast

Dublin will play Galway to celebrate Harps home

SKERRIES has long been the Tidy Town.

The Dubs are coming to the sea-side on Sunday week, April 19th. They'll play Galway in a Senior Football Challenge (2.0).

It will form part of the celebrations to mark the new Skerries Harps clubhouse.

The official opening will take place on Sunday, May 3rd when the Dublin senior camogie and Ladies football teams will be in action.

The captain of the Jackies, Lyndsey Davey, has long been the pride of the parish.

The ex-Dublin hurler, Denis Murphy, managed the Dublin camogie side and he has done wonders for camogie and hurling in the area.

When the Dubs were last on the coast, they arrived in an open-topped bus with Sam.

It was another Harps hero, Bryan Cullen, who was the captain.

huge step

That occasion will never be forgotten. And the clubhouse represents another huge step.

"It's a state-of-the-art building, and it has been so well received in the locality," says club PRO, Fergal Lynch.

"It's right in the heart of the community and already we have hosted different functions, so it's working out very well."

Previously, the Harps home was in the distinctive house at the entrance to the ground.

The then Dublin County Board Chairman, Phil Markey, opened it in 1986. Before then, the HQ was an old band room in the square.

Memories tingle of the great Bobby Beggs, who played for Dublin and Galway. He'd think nothing of cycling from Skerries to Crumlin to play a match.

Harps had one of their blue-letter days when they won their first Dublin Junior Football Championship in 1943, beating Great Southern Railways in Croke Park.

It was the curtain-raiser to the All-Ireland final replay between Roscommon and Cavan.

The nearest Skerries got to senior glory was reaching the 1963 Dublin Senior Football Championship semi-final, losing to Aer Corps.

The AFL Division 2 side are flying this season.

Last year they were involved in one of the games of the Championship when they took St Brigid's to extra-time at Parnell's.

They have drawn O'Toole's in the first round this time. All are looking forward to that fixture.

And indeed to seeing Jim Gavin's Dubs in their own favourite garden. Tickets are on sale in the new clubhouse tonight and Thursday (8.pm).

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