Ravens start search for Rose
THE pale moon is rising above the Rolestown valley.
Fingal Ravens have begun the search for the Rose of Tralee.
It could lead all the way to the Dome next August for one of the most enduring of Irish festivals.
A Dublin win in the heart of the Kingdom would be just the ticket for the thousands of Dubs that travel to Tralee.
And it might wipe away some of the memory of last year's crushing quarter-final defeat in Croke Park.
"It would be great if a Dub could win down there. There would be some slagging," smiles Fingal chairman Declan O'Brien.
The word has got out in the North County, and Fingal officials are hopeful of a positive response.
The club are also seeking escorts to head down to the Kingdom.
"Maybe a couple of Mick Deegan's lads might apply for the job," notes Declan.
Any ladies, aged between 18 and 26 and who are not married, can apply to become a Rose, and any fellas, aged between 21 and 30 and not married, can enter the frame to be an escort.
On the football front, the Fingal ladies are certainly smelling of roses.
They are in flourishing form in Division 6 as they have put together an impressive surge this season.
"They are flying, and they have been playing some great football," reports Declan. Further good news is that the club have also established a girls juvenile section, so there should be no shortage of players, or, indeed, potential Roses, in the future.
The Ravens have a neat home, deep in the countryside. Fine pitches and a spacious pavilion.
The locals know their football. And they'd like nothing more than to seeing one of their own girls, or escorts, appearing on the big screen come the autumn.
"That would be marvellous. If anybody is interested they can ring me, and the door is also always open for new players," adds Declan.
His number is 086-2673830.