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Sunday 22 October 2017

St Mary's pen a bestseller book

Saggart club's blockbuster is hot off the presses

IT was a hard day's night, but it was worth every second.

The history of the St Mary's club in Saggart, '100 Years or So' will be launched this Saturday by Micheál ó Muircheartaigh in the Mary's clubhouse (8.45pm).

"We are very happy with it. It looks good. We tried to make it as inclusive as we could. As well as the football, there's a community aspect to it," says Eamon Walsh.

"Eamon Walsh has left no stone unturned in his quest to put this history together.

HARD WORK

"We very much appreciate the hard work that has gone into this project, and in particularly to Eamon," states Mary's secretary, Pat Farrelly.

But Eamon says it was very much a team effort. Jim Byrne and Ciara Casey were his co-pilots.

"Jim is the club's vice-chairman, and his company, Spectrum Print, designed and printed the book. Ciara works at Spectrum and she was the engine."

The title '100 years or so' has struck a chord. "There is a line of Patrick Kavanagh poetry that says 'if you ever go down to Dublin town in a hundred years or so'.

"The early history of St Mary's was a bit stop-start. It would start up, fold for a time, begin again, and so on. That's where the title came from."

Eamon spent much time at the libraries in Pearse Street and Tallaght. The Irish newspaper archives website was most useful, as was the History of the Dublin GAA books.

He also carried out research at Croke Park and Parnell Park.

"Noel Murphy in Parnell Park was especially helpful.

"And I have to say that people were so generous with their time and giving us photographs, which are a big part of the publication They were all so kind."

Pat Farrelly adds: "We are delighted that the past 100 years or so is officially documented and it will soon be in the hands of members and friends for generations to come.

"We are sure that the patrons of Saggart, Rathcoole, Brittas and Newcastle will find something in the book that will be of interest to them."

Eamon says he has met some wonderful characters that have been at the heart of Mary's down through the decades.

For details how to order a copy, log onto www.stmaryssaggart.com or alternatively text your order to 086-8199331.

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