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It will be the night of a thousand Stars

IN Glencullen, they are used to seeing Stars In Their Eyes.

But the biggest star of all is Ronnie Delany.

Last year, Ronnie arrived to turn the first sod for Stars of Erin on their ground development.

Ronnie's courtesy impressed all.

"I have lived here for the last forty years and it's been such a joy," he said.

He has often told the story of the tapioca pudding, and how it helped win Olympic gold!

Ronnie lived on the John's Road in Sandymount. Himself and his older brother, Joe, would get the train home from school to Sydney Parade.

The two would race to the front gate. Whoever won, would get to lick the bowl in which their mother had made the tapioca pudding.

People joke that he could have done his high altitude training at Stars.

It's one of the highest pitches in Ireland. And Stars are one of the oldest clubs.

They first kicked a ball in 1903. They have had a few pitches in that time.

They included Madge Houlihan's field, Mrs Swan's garden, Campbell's Marfield and a ground beside Johnny Fox's.

They moved to their present location in 1998, and developing the venue is now the main priority.

Next Friday, the club are holding their biggest fund-raiser of the year, The Kube, at the Powerscourt Hotel, Enniskerry (8pm).

"All proceeds will go to the development of the ground. A great night is guaranteed," promises Michael McDonnell.

"We are hoping for a big turn-out of members and supporters on the night."

The launch Night was held at Johnny Fox's. It was a dress rehearsal for the 36 contestants.

There's huge interest in the occasion.

"A big thanks to everybody who have sponsored the contestants," says Michael. "And we are very grateful for the generosity of our main sponsors -Johnny Fox's, Des Kennedy Centra and Avid Partners."

With the new facilities and the thriving juvenile structure, things have never looked better for this famous old club.

Now, as Friday night approaches, in the style of the great Ronnie Delany, they are determined to turn the moment gold.

Tickets for The Kube from Marion (087-9462307)/Mandy (086-8831350).