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Syls salute Downey's historic deed

THEY came to remember and honour Liam Downey in Malahide last Friday night. Liam was the first St Sylvester's player to bring home an All-Ireland medal to the club.

He helped the Dubs that beat Kerry in the 1982 All-Ireland Minor Football Championship final in Croke Park.

That was a super Dublin team. Joe McNally was in goal. Also on board were players like Eamon Heery, Mick Deegan and Declan Sheehan.

Two years later, Dublin won the All-Ireland minor crown for the tenth time. It was their last success.

Paul Clarke was the captain. He's now training the first team at Syls. The great Jim Stynes also played that day.

Members of the 1982 side, and several of Dessie Farrell's present panel, were at Friday's function.

Liam moved to London, but unfortunately he died after a brave battle with cancer.

His historic deed will always live on in the village. Friday's presentation filled his family with pride.

THE St Joseph's/O'Connell Boys Inner-City Invitational Football tournament is always a highlight of summer in Dublin 3.

This year will be its 30th anniversary. It will begin on Monday, July 30 and end on Friday, August 3. The competition brings a real buzz to Fairview Park. Crowds always look forward to the festival of football.

The eight-team invitational event is always well run.

Only players of Junior B Championship standard, or lower, are eligible to compete. The winning team will receive a perpetual cup. Each winning player will get a trophy.

Parnells are going for the four-in-a-row. Only the hosts have ever managed that in 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004. O'Toole's and St Vincent's are also members of the three-in-a-row club.