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Saturday 16 December 2017

Dublin's DIT rewrite back-page in a thriller

HOW the great Paddy Purcell would have loved to have reported on Sunday's spectacle for the Irish Press.

Paddy was a legend of Burgh Quay. His wife, Agnes, was regarded as royalty in camogie's corridors.

They gave their name to the Purcell Cup. And DIT and Mary Immaculate did the old competition proud at DCU.

It was a remarkable final. Not even two sessions of extra-time could separate them.

In the end, it was 3-14 for the Dubliners and 1-20 for the Limerick college. The replay has a lot to live up to.

Ali Twomey captained DIT. Katie O'Dwyer was outstanding. So was Patricia Jackman for Waterford IT, the Ashbourne Cup champions in the 100th year of the competition.

QUEEN

Patricia is the Queen of the Cooley mountains. She collected the Player of the Tournament award.

UCD secured the Ashbourne Shield, overcoming DCU in the Dublin derby, while for the second successive year, IT Carlow brought home the Fr Meagher Cup.

The two-day festival decorated the Glasnevin complex. A wonderful Centenary programme was produced. It's packed with riveting reading.

Its pages contain many notable names. They include the President, Aileen Lawlor, DCU GAA Academy Director, Michael Kennedy, Edel Murphy and Eamon O'Shea.

Edel captained UCD to Ashbourne success in 1982. Two years later, she helped Dublin to win the All-Ireland Senior title.

Eamon, the Tipperary boss, managed the 1982 UCD team with Cormac Bonner. Eamon and Edel married in 1986. They now live in Galway.

Edel is the sister of Dublin's distinguished Murphy hurling clan.

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