Tuesday 20 March 2018

Leonard and Ryan pure gold

JOHN LEONARD is a forever friend of Dublin GAA. He salutes all the recent Sean Gael winners. They are the folk that are honoured for their outstanding dedication to the games in Dublin.

Indeed for decades, John and his trusty cohort, Con Ryan, ran the Dublin Junior Hurling Board with all the precision of a Swiss clock.

The sight of Ryan rambling around O'Toole Park on a summer Sunday night smoking his pipe and enjoying the action was a common one. It was hard to beat the old firm of Leonard and Ryan. They still top the charts today.

Vernons' bit of history

SADLY, the crowds didn't come out for the Inter-Provincials. But for Martin Donnelly, the beat goes on.

People still talk about the old Railway Cup and how it was a highlight of the season, and of St Patrick's Day.

On St Patrick's Day in 1943, a little bit of history was made in Dublin by the Vernon brothers, Harry and Jack.

Harry played in goal for Ulster in the Railway Cup in Croke Park, while a mile away at Dalymount Park, Jack captained the Northern Regional League team against the League of Ireland. And that was the era of the ban.

Finbarr due a five-star perk

THE Brennan brothers, Francis and John, own the palatial five-star Park Hotel in Kenmare.

John was recently talking to John Murray of Thomas Davis, and RTé, on his morning radio show where he recalled the influence of an old friend.

"Finbarr O'Driscoll was my teacher. He put me on the straight and narrow."

Now, surely, it's pay-back time for Finbarr, the doyen of referees in Ladies Football, who still is serving the sport.

A week in the Park sampling the finest Brennan's Bread would be just the ticket!

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