Wednesday 16 January 2019

Gaels grow tall atThe iconic Iveagh

Super Saint, Liam Hand, scoops prestigious prize

THE Iveagh Grounds is one of Dublin's best loved sporting theatres. It was first opened in 1928 for the use of Guinness employees. It holds a million memories.

The modern-day St Jame's Gaels celebrated their big four-0 with an anniversary Ball in Croke Park this year.

The club was born from a merger between the An Caislean and the Guinness GAA clubs.

Young Donegal forward, Patrick McBrearty, played his early football on the Crumlin Road.

Liam Hand is showing the same type of potential. He's the captain of the U13's.

He was delighted to win the top award at the Lenova Camp.

Bernard Brogan gave him his vote, as did other Dubs, Dean Rock, Paddy Andrews, Jack McCaffrey and Michael Darragh Macauley.

They were impressed with Liam's exceptional skills and attitude. He has been prospering at the trials for the Dublin Development squad. He has already sampled Croke Park success.

And the fact that he is also a fine basketballer will come in useful as he makes his way in the game.

Liam is among a cluster of excellent footballers that are emerging at the club. The Academy is certainly doing its work.

That was clearly evident at this season's John Humphrey Memorial Cup which brings the best Under-10 talent in the county to the Iveagh Grounds.

It was the 15th year of the event. Parnell's took the prize. Big crowds enjoyed the action. And a generous donation always goes to the Crumlin Children's Hospital.

The juvenile structure has never been better. Girls football is also making a major impact.

The leading ladies play in Division 6 of the senior league, while the flagship men's team are in Division 6 of the AFL.

And with stars like Liam Hand, the future is sure to bloom at The Iveagh.

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