JIM GAVIN is returning to the village he loves so well. The green and white bunting will be flying.
Gentleman Jim will be bringing his Dublin footballers to Clondalkin on Saturday, April 20 to mark the official opening of the Round Tower Monastery Road development.
"It will be a proud and historic day for the club which has been serving the Clondalkin community for 129 years," comments Tower's chairman, Tony Delaney.
"And the fact that Jim is manager of the Dubs makes it even more special. Jim is a native of the area and he is one of our most distinguished clubmen."
The Dubs will play an inter-county match at the impressive venue. The details haven't been cemented yet. But it's sure to be a full house.
The previous evening, 250 guests will attend a gala dinner to begin the memorable weekend. The guests will include GAA president, Liam O'Neill, Dublin chief, Andy Kettle and Dublin supremo, John Costello.
"We have been working on the development for the last two years," explains Tower's PRO, Michael McGlynn. "Things have gone very well.
"We have state-of-the-art playing facilities that include a sand-/soil-based playing surface that is one of the best grass pitches in the country.
"We have an all-weather floodlit synthetic surface, plus a 23-metre skills wall. The next stage will be to floodlight the main pitch and to enclose it with a perimeter fence.
"We hope to complete the work this year with the help of our members and friends."
Towers have a big fund-raiser coming up as they go greyhound racing to Harold's Cross on Friday, March 15.
"It's a key date in the club calendar. Times are indeed tough but we are appealing to the Clondalkin business people and the wider community to support the night," adds Tony.
"We have over 1,000 children and adults being coached to an extremely high standard to play Gaelic games and to represent the people of Clondalkin."
Tower's are offering super value. Tickets cost €10. That includes admission, transport to and from the stadium, plus music on your return.
"It's a brilliant way to start the St Patrick's weekend," says Tony, who reveals there are also attractive sponsorship packages available.
Sponsorship enquiries to Pat Lawless (087-9860883). Tickets from Pat and Sally Gilligan (086-0535178)/Jimmy Lee (4592960). Tickets also available at the clubhouse on Convent Road.
Tickets for the gala dinner on Friday, April 19 cost €45. There will be a three-course meal in the purpose-built marquee on Monastery Road.
Cool Breeze will be on stage. There will be a full bar. Contact Jessica O'Malley at 087-2806273.