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Friday 15 December 2017

Gahan's call to the whistle

SEAN GAHAN did one match in the early stages of this season's Dublin Senior Football Championship. The phone fell silent after that.

He felt that was his championship lot for 2012. But his next gig was the pulsating semi-final between Kilmacud and Brigid's. Then came the county call. Magic Monday - The Mun against the mighty Crokes in the county final.

"I couldn't believe it when I was asked to do the final. It came completely out of the blue. I was chuffed. The game itself passed by so quickly. You are so intent that everything goes well."

It was a quick promotion for Seán. He only took up refereeing in 2009. His first game was an Adult Football League tie involving Naomh Barrog and St Peregrine's in one of the lower divisions.

He's with Erin's Isle since he was eight. He played junior, inter and senior football. And he had a few years with the Dublin Masters.

"It was terrific to be playing with the likes of Barney Rock, Joe McNally and Ciarán Duff. We had a couple of good trips to Australia and Boston."

Paddy Power was corner-forward on that side. He asked Seán did he ever consider refereeing. He did the Referee's Course in 2005.

"Then Ciarán O'Hara asked me to be part of his management with the Isles senior footballers, so I had to leave the refereeing for a few years.

"But I have enjoyed it since. Treating the players and mentors with respect goes a long way. You have to be fit. I'd be in the gym a couple of times a week as well as my other training.

"I play hockey for St Brendan's. Three years ago we won the All-Ireland. Dessie Farrell was on that team. We miss him now. He was a smashing player."

The course for new Dublin referees begins on January 8. "I'd highly recommend it. It's an excellent course. It's so well presented and the tutors are top-class," says Seán.

The course takes place at Parnell Park over four nights in January - 8th, 10th, 15th and 17th, starting at 7.30pm. To book a place, ring Aidan Shiells (087-2442764)/Paddy Power (087-2175293)/Frank Brady (086-8295068).

THE camogie Dub Stars 2012 have been announced. They will play Dublin at Ballyboden St Enda's on Sunday, December 30 (1pm).

DUBLIN CAMOGIE DUB STARS: Sile Nic Coitir (Ballyboden St Endas); Elaine O'Meara (Na Fianna), Grainne Quinn (Nh Pádraig/Na Cloigthí), Emma White (Good Counsel); Arlene Cushen (Na Fianna), Sarah Ryan (Nh Mearnóg), Orla Smith (Ballyboden St Enda's); Joanne O'Sullivan (Ballyboden St Enda's), Louise O'Hara (Erin's Isle); Ali Twomey (Lucan Sarsfields), Andrea Fitzpatrick (Nh Mearnóg), Anne Griffin Ballyboden St Enda's); Eve Marie Elliott (Nh Uinsionn), Amy Murphy (Erin's Isle), Elaine Gallery (Portobello). Subs: Kate Whyte (Lucan Sarsfields), Ali Brien (Na Fianna), Danielle Smith (Nh Uinsionn), Siobhan Grimes (Lucan Sarsfields), Siobhan McGrath (Thomas Davis).

NORTHSIDE Dublin club require senior hurling and football manager. More details from 085-1121525.

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