Glitz at fans' awards
THE Dublin GAA Supporters Club Player-of-the-Year Awards event takes place this Thursday, January 26, at the Skylon Hotel.
Presentations will be made to the Dublin senior footballer, senior hurler, minor player, ladies footballer and camogie players of the year, as voted by the members. Special presentations will be made to Bryan Cullen, Pat Gilroy and Anthony Daly. Sam will be at the top table. The club will make a contribution to the Dublin senior football training fund.
Tickets cost €30 (including dinner) -- non-members very welcome -- from Joe Nugent at 087-2510198 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Semis all set to sizzle
THERE are two cracking semi-finals on the menu tomorrow night as Division 1 of the Dublin Adult Football League reaches the business end. St Oliver Plunkett's/Eoghan Ruadh meet Na Fianna at St Margaret's (7.30pm), while St Sylvester's tackle St Jude's at Parnell Park (7.30pm).
p LAST week's splendid win by the Dublin vocational footballers in the Leinster Senior Championship semi-final brought the memories rushing back. Many top names played with the vocational side over the years including Ciarán Whelan, Darren Magee and Stephen O'Shaughnessy. The present squad are giving their all for the management team of David Higgins, Marcus ó Leanacháin and Eamonn O'Connor. The Dubs play Kildare in the Leinster final at Newbridge on Saturday (2.30).
TRIBUTES have poured in for the former Dublin and Laois hurler, Paddy O'Brien, who died last week. On arriving in Dublin, Paddy secured a job at the Guinness Brewery and he joined Faughs. He helped Faughs win three successive Dublin Senior Hurling Championships titles, and helped Dublin reach the 1946 National Senior Hurling League final where they lost to Clare after a replay. In retirement, Paddy lived in Castlefleming with his Wicklow-born wife, Hannah Byrne. The flags of Laois, Borris-in-Ossory and Faughs were draped on his coffin.
The choir sang 'How Great Thou Art.' The congregation agreed.