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Saints hurling game forward

THE hurling revolution of the North County gathers pace. St Patrick's, Donabate are part of the adventure.

They have only been in existence for three years. There's no history of the game in the club, which has been going since 1924.

"We have fellas who never played before," explains official, Bryan Kelly, who has three sons on the team, Tim, Bryan junior and Cormac.

"A few lads started training and more joined them. Suddenly we had enough for a team."

Seánie McDermott was one of the recruits. He lives in the area. "Imagine a player of his calibre playing for us. He hurled for Dublin. It's a credit to him.

"He has huge experience. He will be a big help to us going forward. Niall O'Connor, Danny's son, also arrived. That was another big signing.

"The aim now is to pick up another couple of players. We need to keep driving on. We want to keep hurling alive out here," says Bryan.



improved

Pat's began in Division 9. They won one game. "You'd swear we were after winning the All-Ireland," smiles Bryan.

"But we kept on getting better. Last season we only lost two games in Division 8 and we reached the AHL Division 8 final. We have also improved in our championship performances.

"Now we are in Division 7. That's promotion two years in a row. The squad deserve credit for that."

The bigger picture is also looking brighter. Sponsorship has come from Roughan and O'Donovan.

"We plan to have a nursery for five and six-year-olds. The parish is growing.

"Years ago, there weren't that many houses in the locality. But now there's a big population.

"We are making strides, and hopefully we can get bigger and better."