Thursday 17 January 2019

Mick hoping to be star of County Down

MICHAEL McDermott is playing in the Irish Open at Royal County Down this week.

He plays junior football with St Olaf's. He represented the Dublin footballers at U12 and U14 levels.

Golf then took over. He honed his craft when he was a boy in Stackstown.

Pádraig Harrington was on his way to the big-time back then, and Pádraig always took the time to give kids like Michael welcome advice.

Pádraig became a hero to Michael. And he also admired the style of Bernhard Langer.

Michael emerged as a top Amateur. He became the West of Ireland champion.

He also won the prestigious Transvaal Amateur Championship.

Previous winners of that event included Dale Hayes, Mark McNulty and Retief Goosen.

He got the call to the Irish senior team after that. Graeme McDowell was on that side.

Michael went on the Pro circuit, travelling the world.

He's now a professional at the Leopardstown Golf Centre.

And when commitments allow, he loves putting on the boots for the Olaf's footballers.

Mick's many admirers around Sanyford and Balally will be hoping this week that he enjoys favourable fairways, and friendly greens.

FODH classic a success

DUBLIN selector, Shay Boland, featured high on the leader-board at the annual Friends of Dublin Hurling Golf Classic at Castlewarden.

Shay's team claimed the runners-up prize. The Nearest the Pin award went to John O'Donovan of St Oliver Plunkett's/ER. Clontarf's Will Lillis hit the longest drive.

FODH Classic winning teams - 1: (Michael Delaney, Gerry Kavanagh, Billy Harte, Liam Delaney).

2: (Shay Boland, Rory Boland, Ken Robinson, Patsy Morrissey).

3: (Ken Bradshaw, Peter Grey, Fran Hurley, Paul Bradshaw).

Gaels travel in style

THE echo of the Dublin Football Féile Division 6 success is still being felt on the Crumlin Road.

St James's Gaels arrived on a double-decker, courtesy of their sponsors, Dublin Bus and Thornton's Recycling.

And they were kitted out by Teamware. The mentors are Molly Hand, Brian O'Neill and Eugene Murphy junior.

E-Mail: niallscullyfootball@eircom.net

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