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Wednesday 7 December 2016

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LIAM Costelloe is managing Faughs-Celtic in the Senior 3 Division.

He has an acclaimed co-pilot; Sean Buckley played for Kilkenny and for St Lachtains of Freshford.

"He has a couple of All-Irelands. It was back in the 60s. He was a humdinger of a player," says Liam.

Liam himself was reared with the ash. He hurled for James Stephens.

First touch and soft wrists came with the porridge.

And he brings that flavour to Tymon. Liam likes nothing better than to see the squad perfecting their touch out on the grass.

"We have good facilities here. We have the astro surface and the Ball Wall. We use them as part of our training. They bring a different aspect to it.

"But it's lovely to be out on the grass working away on the technical side of the game and trying to improve the skills."

Faughs/Celtic have obviously been paying much attention to the details of the art.

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They sit top of the table, having won four matches, losing one and drawing one.

The draw was away to Kilmacud Crokes. "That was an absolute cracker. Great stuff from both sides.

"We have been involved in some very tight games. Games that either team could have won or lost. There's nothing between the leading sides in the division. It's a very high standard.

"Anybody can beat anybody. You have to play well on the day and we are happy to be there or there-abouts."

Faughs/Celtic had home wins against Thomas Davis, Naomh Fionnbarra and Crumlin. They beat Na Fianna away and lost to Portobello away.

"We have a young squad. We have 22 in the panel. We aim to give players as much game time as possible.

"We like to keep a solid structure, and try a few things around that structure without experimenting too much."

The team's next league game won't be until August. But they'll keep polishing the wood.

"Several of the players are with the Dublin U16 and minor squads, so they'll be training away.

"And, as a team, we'll arrange a few matches down the country to keep our eye in," explains Liam.

They may even find themselves in the marble city.

Even in those esteemed parts, the names of Faughs and Celtic are highly regarded. Two clubs who have decorated the Dublin timber for generations.

And when the vote was being taken to merge the two celebrated names, the verdict was a resounding Yes.

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