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Saturday 3 December 2016

St Joey's/OCB to host annual Football Feast

THE draw for the St Joseph's/O'Connell Boys Inner City Tournament takes place tomorrow night.

The draw will happen at the club's fine clubhouse on Seville Place.

The refurbished premises has been a big boost to one of the proudest names of Dublin football.

The action will begin on Tuesday, August 18. The final will take place on the following Friday, August 21.

It is always an exciting week of football that has attracted the crowds to Fairview Park.

But now the festival has moved to the state-of-the-art Alfie Byrne Park on the Clontarf Road.

That's where Pat Gilroy's Dawn Chorus won the All-Ireland for Dublin.

The competition caters for teams of Junior 'B' Championship standard or lower.

The winners will receive the perpetual Cup. Individual trophies will be presented to the players.

The Player-of-the-Tournament will receive the Lar Sweetman Trophy.

The first tournament was held in 1982. The hosts are the holders. They have struck gold 13 times.

The three-in-a-row club also includes O'Toole's, St Vincent's and Parnell's.

Clontarf took the prize in Millennium Year. And other champions have been Craobh Chiaráin, Starlights and Clanna Gael Fontenoy.

Club officials are very grateful to the IFSC Dublin Inner City Trust, who have been the sponsors since 1995.

Raheny on the rise

RAHENY'S Junior B hurlers are getting ready for the biggest match of their lives.

The date and time are cemented on the village streets.

Sunday, August 16 at 10.15 on Pitch Number 9 St Anne's Park.

Raheny will be playing Scoil Uí Chonaill in the quarter-final of the Junior 'F' Hurling Championship.

"This team has never reached this stage of a Championship before," reveals manager, Mike O'Brien.

Mike has overseen Operation Transformation with the stick-men.

Since January, the squad have shown commendable commitment. Mike praises their efforts and that of his co-mentors, Shane Walsh and Cian Burgess.

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