Sunday 17 December 2017

Saints set to Per-ty!

ST PEREGRINE was born in Italy. It was a few years ago now. 1265. He's the patron Saint of cancer patients.

Fast forward to 1978 and the birth of a new club. Peregrine's are proud to carry the Saints name.

1978 seems only a short hop down memory lane. But, nevertheless, the road has been a fruitful one for the club who are at home on the Blakestown Road.

Their venue will be buzzing on All-Ireland Hurling final weekend when they host their very own Gathering.

"It's a chance for people to meet old friends and savour the memories of times past," announces Peregrine's PRO, Arthur McLaughlin.

It starts on Friday, September 6, with a mass for deceased members. That will be followed by a reception with finger food.

"Then comes the big raffle," reveals Arthur. "We'll have two tickets for both the All-Ireland Hurling and Football finals. There's plenty of other prizes as well, including a 38-inch television for those who didn't get a ticket for the match!"

The following day, Saturday, September 7, will see the Parish League finals and the Marianne Costello Memorial Match. Music will round off each evening.



There will be a sponsored cycle on the morning of the All-Ireland Hurling final. The members will then be hopping on the bus for Croke Park. With the right bounce of the sliotar, Arthur is hoping that they will have swapped their yellow jerseys for blue ones!

The club itself has no shortage of jerseys.

"Yes, thankfully everything is going well. All the codes are doing nicely and we are extremely busy."

Things were a little quieter in the late 1970s. Farming was the principal activity in the West Dublin locality in those days.

When Peregrine's were formed they had nowhere to hang their hat. Their first steps were spent on Coolmine Park, now the Blanchardstown Shopping Centre. They also used Hartstown Park.

They then secured a bit of land on the Blakestown Road. It is now one of the most impressive homes in the country.

Its unique feature is the 500-seater stand. The club have hosted many big match days as a result, and they are part of the very fabric of the locality.

"The club has made tremendous strides in the last 35 years. And hopefully we'll continue to be a pillar of the community for many years to come," says Arthur.

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