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Monday 20 August 2018

Pat's sit pretty thanks to new sponsor

ROISíN BRADY danced around her handbag to All-Ireland Scór glory. It was a charming slice of recitation that turned the day into St Patrick's night.

And it looks like for many more decades to come, St Patrick's will be dancing at the Palmerstown crossroads.

Glenaulin Park is a different place now than it was 50 years ago. Pat's have made mammoth strides since they first ran out in 1961.

Sponsorship has always been a welcome fuel. The Johnstone's Decorating Centre are the latest kind souls that have signed the cheque.

They have provided a new set of gear bags for the juveniles. Barry Cahill and Liam Rushe attended the sponsorship launch.

Liam (pictured right in action for Dublin) is the home-town hero. His late goal in Croke Park on Saturday night came straight from the heavens. He's one of the best fielders in the modern game.

And walking down the street, he is never short of a greeting for everybody in the audience. A word from Liam and children feel ten feet taller.

They'd be thinking that one day they might also be able to climb into the clouds like the great man and come down with the golden sliotar.



Brilliant

"Every kid in the club wants to be the next Liam Rushe," reveals club secretary, Pauline Mooney. "He's a brilliant role model.

"Barry Cahill is also such a gent. Liam and Barry are so down-to-earth, but in fairness, I find it's the same with all the Dubs. They are a credit to the county."

Pauline adds that Sam coming to the capital was perfect timing for Pat's. "It was lovely that it happened in our golden jubilee year.

"Winning the All-Ireland, and the success of the hurlers in the National League has had an impact.

"There's no doubt about it. It has been a big boost to us. You get people coming back to the club and then other new people getting involved. It's terrific."

There's no shortage of work for the new volunteers. "Things are busy. We have three senior teams, hurling, football and camogie, and the juvenile section continues to grow.

"It's wonderful to see the numbers in the juvenile ranks. Holding on to them when they reach a certain age is the big thing."

The Saints can avail of a fine clubhouse and all-weather surface. Pat's have future plans to add to the furniture. "Something like the sponsorship of Johnstone's means so much to us, and we are very grateful.

"It helps us to keep things go-ing."

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