Sunday 17 December 2017

Dublin fans to flock to Hill on double

GOOD days for Dublin hurling. "Three Leinster finals. That's something to be celebrated," announces Michael O'Grady.

The Friends of Dublin Hurling want to 'Fill The Hill' this Sunday. "Sunday will be a great day for Dublin hurling followers," adds Michael. "For years, they have been attending Leinster Hurling finals seeing the like of Kilkenny, Offaly and Wexford competing.

"But now they can look forward to going to Croke Park to watch two Dublin teams, with the minors and the seniors. It makes a welcome change.

"The next step, of course, is to go on and win both finals. And FODH are offering 250 euro to two clubs who have the biggest numbers in attendance.

"To be in with a chance of winning, clubs should send us a picture of their group on their way to the game or in the stadium itself and tell us how many members they had at the game."

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The Conor Pass

DUBLIN U21 hurling goalkeeper, Conor Dooley, is the new king of the Mountain.

The Ballyboden St Enda's man won the Dublin Poc Fada, which was hosted in superb style by Beann Eadair on Friday night.

The course went up over Howth hill. A big gallery followed the players over the testing terrain.

"It was a very successful event. It really went well," states Tom Ryan. Dooley covered the course in 39 pucks in a wonderful exhibition of striking. But it proved a close contest.

Coming in a couple of shots behind was Tommy Somers, who was raised among the black and amber.

Tommy has been a heartbeat of the Lucan team for years and his stick-work in Howth would have done justice to one of his early heroes, DJ Carey.

A cluster of players finished only a shot behind Tommy as the action unfolded to a backdrop of stunning views over Dublin Bay, the harbour and the city.

All were impressed with the magnificent work Beann Eadair have done, and the Leinster final will be held there later this month.

Last year's inaugural Dublin Poc Fada in Howth saw Cormac Ryan of Whitehall Colmcille take gold.

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