Friday 24 November 2017

Crotty hails his heroes ahead of Lilies finale

TOM CROTTY has hailed the heroic performance of the Dublin squad, who have advanced to the Leinster Vocational Schools Senior Football Championship final.

"They are a very dedicated group," stated Tom. "They remind me so much of Pat Gilroy's team.

"What I really admired about Dublin's All-Ireland win last year was how grounded the fellas were.

"And these young Dubs have the same attitude. They are a credit to themselves, their schools and their clubs," added Tom, the celebrated PRO.

Dublin had to put on the working gloves to beat Offaly in Dunganny in Meath. Offaly were five points up early in the second half.

"Offaly were completely on top then, and it looked like they were going to win easily, but fair play to our lads who staged a wonderful recovery," reflected Tom.

Two Shane Hickey goals were crucial in the revival, with the accuracy of Adam Rodgers and Darren Murphy also proving vital.

Dublin eventually won by a point, 2-7 to 0-12, with their scorers being Hickey (2-1), Rodgers (0-3), Murphy (0-2) and Tom Devlin (0-1).

"The guys deserve so much credit for the win, but we know we are up against it now in the final when we play Kildare. Kildare beat Meath, who have been the Leinster champions for the last five years," revealed Tom, who also saluted the Dublin management crew of David Hickey, Marcus ó Leanachain and Eamonn O'Connor.

Henry a true inspiration

DAVID HENRY was chatting to Seán Bán Breathnach on Raidio na Gaeltachta last Saturday.

He has already made his mark in coaching at Holy Trinity, Donaghmede. But the Dubs will miss him.

He played under three managers, Tommy Lyons, the Pillar and the Giller. He brought huge commitment to the shirt. And it's the same when he laces up the boots for Raheny.

For his own part, he admired Dublin's celebrated half-back unit of Curran, Barr and Heery. And he especially rated Ciarán Whelan and Collie Moran.

David, of course, also excelled at hurling. He told Seán Bán he's looking forward to getting back to the sliotar with Raheny. Brian Whelehan was a role model. David's Dad, Gene, hurled with Offaly.

The Donaghmende pupils cannot be but inspired to follow the Henry Highway.

Harps enjoy the Journey

THE folks at Skerries Harps are delighted with the reaction to their DVD, The Journey to Skerries.

It was launched by Dublin captain and Harps hero, Bryan Cullen, and it captured the memorable night when Sam came to Skerries on the night after the All-Ireland final.

"People have been very happy with it. In the years to come it will be a collector's item," states club PRO, Fergal Lynch. Copies are still available at the club.

Tune into golden hour

WEDNESDAY sees Dublin City FM (103.2) produce it's weekly golden hour (7pm).

The Dublin GAA show is well worth a listen. Last week featured the new Raheny boss, Ciarán Whelan, Fergal McGill from Croke Park and Seán Kelly of www.myclubfinances.com.

Olaf 'treasure' huge hit

THE 30-year history of Naomh Olaf has proved a brisk seller. It is a charming hard-back publication.

Its editor, Brendan McGlynn, did a marvellous job. The book, Treasured Memories, is super value at ¤20. More info on www.naomholaf.ie

Email: niallscullyfootball@eircom.net

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