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Sunday 11 December 2016

Mick forever Darling Prince of Kingstown

THE annual Mick Holden Memorial Golf Classic takes place on Friday, June 12 at The Glen of the Downs.

It's a fund-raiser for the Cuala adult hurling teams.

Mick won Sam with the Dubs. The famous final of 1983.

Many say he was a better hurler.

With the Dad, Tom, coming from Mullinavat, it was only natural that Mick could make the violin dance.

Mick lived in Dun Laoghaire. Just off York Road. A puck out away from the great Paul McGrath.

Two legends on their own journeys, yet with so much in common.

One thing was sure, neither was likely to be seen polishing their medals down in George's Street.

Mick was a Heffo favourite. He gave his all. And that was enough.

A nimble, crafted wood-smith. And a football defender that made sure no forward got a clear motorway.

Some Dubs called Mick the Octopus. His hands were everywhere!

100 per cent on the pitch. And when it was over, the table everybody wanted to sit at.

Down in Dun Laoghaire, they are about to do a big job on the old Baths.

SPIRIT

Many years ago, Mick managed the Rainbow Rapids there. He'd give out free tickets to the kids.

He had that generosity of spirit. The team player. Greatness concealed in modesty.

Just like his one-time neighbour.

Before the biggest of matches, All-Ireland finals, Mick would venture out on the Saturday night for a pint.

Then he'd go to morning mass at St Michael's, have a walk on the pier before heading into Croke Park.

There's one marvellous picture from a Dublin-Kerry game. Eoin Liston is almost in the clouds trying to catch the ball. But Mick is above him. In Heaven.

All are welcome to take part in the Classic.

"Mick is one of our favourite sons and a true Dublin icon," says Cuala's Tadhg Murphy.

A team of four costs €300. Hole sponsorship is €100.

Book a place, or sponsor a hole, by contacting: harry@officeshop.ie. barry.cuala@gmail.com. vinnieholden@gmail.com. gough.eddie@gmail.com.

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