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Mary's book launched to high acclaim

A NIGHT for the village to cherish. The place was packed.

St Mary's were launching their club history, '100 Years Or So'.

They came from all over to celebrate the first-class publication. Everybody wanted to shake the hand of Dick Farrelly. They were calling him the Lord Mayor of Saggart.

Dick has given his life to the club. The bells of St Mary's will always ring in his heart.

Dublin County Board CEO John Costello arrived to wish the book well. And it was the maestro himself, Micheal ó Muircheartaigh, who launched it.

Memories poured from every corner. Dessie Brennan was in the building. So was one of his finest footballers, Shane Cooke.

Dessie managed a wonderful team which won the treble - Division 1 League, the St Vincent de Paul and the Herald Floodlit Cup.

That season, 2004, they also reached the semi-final of the senior championship. And there will be golden days to come.

The club's juvenile structure has never been better. For Chairman, Brendan Murray, there was optimism in the air as he addressed the assembly at the launch.

A big screen rolled back the years. Such a deep and treasured history. Five men from the one club on a winning Dublin All-Ireland football team.

Garrett Weldon was present. Brian Jacob too.

The pictures light up the pages. Author, Eamon Walsh, has done a super job. But he's quick to pass the praise to the production crew Jim Byrne and Ciara Casey.

Eamon says that it's the young generation, people like Pat Farrelly, that will now lead the Saints forward for another 100 years or so.

The social history of the locality, the very fabric of village life through the ages, jump from the chapters. It's well worth getting a copy .... before they all run out. Order a book by texting 086-8199331 or log onto www.stmaryssaggart.com

Ger lends a hand

GER Brennan is the Gaelic football ambassador for CRY. On Saturday, November 15, a healing service will take place for anybody who has been affected by sudden death.

All are welcome to the Monastery of St Alphonsus, St Alphonsus Road, Drumcondra (2pm).