Young Shankill Stars dream of days with Dublin
THERE'S a lovely poem on the Shankill website (www.shankillgaa.ie).
It appears in the Kids Zone department. It's called 'The Beautiful Game' and it contains the lines:
'My father, he gave me the love of it all,
When he guided my arms to strike the first ball,
A hurley, a football, it's the same thing to me,
It's playing the game that matters, you see.'
It's well worth a read, and its sentiments capture present-day life in the village.
The church bells rang out loud and long to mark the Shankill renaissance.
And now Girls Football is exciting the locals. The U11s are thriving. They joined the convoy that travelled to Croke Park this season to cheer on the Shankill boys who were playing at half-time during a Dublin match under the lights.
It was a Cumann na mBunscol exhibition. Jerry Grogan was smiling.
He saw future Dubs. No doubt, there will be future Jackies too. The Juvenile Academy is flourishing at Rathmichael School every Saturday morning (10am). It's for girls and boys, aged 4 to 8. New members are always welcome.
The home games are played at Shanganagh Castle. And already, the young lady footballers have turned it into a fortress.