Gaels sweep back to land famous Five
TRINITY GAELS won the Senior 5 League. It was a real black and red-letter day in Donaghmede.
It was their first league success in 19 years. And the remarkable thing is that some of the players that lifted the trophy two decades ago are still playing.
"It's a credit to them," says manager, Mark McCabe. "They stuck with it over the years and they deserve full credit for that."
The other pleasing aspect was that several girls returned to take up the hurley again after their family commitments had eased.
They enjoyed being back.
"There was a good spirit in the squad. There's great dedication there, and it was brilliant for them to win the league," adds Mark.
The Gaels also had the scent of the double. They reached the Championship final. The match was played on their own turf.
But it was St Peregrine's that prevailed. "We had no complaints. We just didn't perform on the day. Peregrine's were the better side. They deserved it," acknowledged Mark.
That Senior 5 Championship final was one of several that the club hosted this season. And they made a fine job of it.
Drumnigh is a charming venue. A slice of rural splendour amid suburbia. A sweeping drive-way, large car-park, excellent pitches and a neat clubhouse.
The Dubs have played there. On one Saturday afternoon a hare came out to watch the Blues. But Kitty would do well to match the speed of Trinity's darlin' Dub, Grainne Free, a gifted Gael.
The club are hoping that the daring deeds of the Famous Fives will inspire the younger generation in the parish where the club have been a central part since 1975.
Consistency is what earned them the league crown. They topped the poll in a division that included several respected camogie names.
And they carried that form into the top four where they won three from three.
"We were very pleased overall with the campaign. They were such a lovely group to work with, and to win our first league title in 19 years capped it all," related Mark.