Medals of honour
Teams hit the gold standard in great day of Bunscol action
ANOTHER day in paradise. The Allianz Dublin Cuman Na mBunscol Football finals concluded in Croke Park yesterday.
32 matches over the two days. Grey clouds overhead but down on the pitch there was an ocean of colour. The big screen welcomed all.
Sam rested on the concrete down in the Muhammad Ali corner. The kids produced another knock-out performance.
The GAA President, Liam O'Neill, enjoyed the action, as did super Dubs, Ciaran Kilkenny and Ciaran Whelan.
Ladies football supremo, Helen O'Rourke, was also pitch-side.
The Thynne brothers, Alan and Rory, were on the opposite sides of the fence in the Corn O Donnchu final. Alan was managing St Patrick's, Diswellstown, while Rory was in charge of Sacred Heart, Huntstown.
Alan's aces prevailed. "Ah sure, he's still talking to me anyway," smiled Alan at the final whistle.
The great Austin Finn would have got magical some pictures of the festival. The legendary photographer was so good that they named two trophies after him.
Belgrove won the Finn Cup. All the players had their faced painted. Katie Doyle kept finding the black spot. Connie Whelan was in inspired form for Divine Word.
In the second half, Divine Word threw everything except the Bull Wall at the Clontarf back door. The Belgrove defending was heroic.
The Divine Word boys were also on duty. They were involved in a cracking Corn Chumann na nGael contest with Mount Merrion's Scoil San Treasa.
Divine Word had diamonds in David Murphy and Paddy Quinn-Glennon. David Kelly and Marcus Nagle made critical contributions for Treasa.
Earlier, Frankie Roebuck steered Clondalkin's Clonburris to victory in the Sciath Mhic Chaoilte. A few weeks ago, Frankie was part of Jim Gavin's backroom All-Ireland winning crew.
There were a few players in the Sciath na nGearaltach decider that could wear the blue one day. The Joey's, Terenure captain, Matthew McGetrick, had a mighty match in midfield. He scored a thumping goal.
The St Pius right-half back, Sean Fitzgerald, also gave a majestic performance. Tom Malone struck a vital second half goal for Joseph's when the game was balanced on a match stick.
There were two hat-trick heroes in the Sciath an Chladaigh - Lauren Biggar for Mount Anville and Alannah Coughlan for St Brigid's, Killester.
Lisa Maher thundered in one of the goals of the day for Brigid's. It almost took the net from its rigging. Top sports-writer, Vincent Hogan, saw his daughter, Holly, play splendidly for Mount Anville. The score-board had them level at the end.
The Cup will spend six months in each school.
Ellie Kane showed blistering pace for Holy Family, Swords in the Sciath Chomhar Linn. They met a fine St Brigid's, Glasnevin side that had Karla Conway excelling at midfield.
Everybody left for home with gold medals ... and with memories that will last a life time.