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Paddy back on the street where he lived

A BIG night for one of the best goalkeepers of them all, Paddy Cullen.

Paddy accepted a special award from St Joseph's/O'Connell Boys to mark his wonderful career with the club and the Dubs.

Paddy was reared at number 75 Seville Place and he had so many happy years with the club.

"We spent our youth in the club. It was a wonderful time." Paddy played outfield for O'Connell Boys and he went on to win every honour in the game as the Dublin goalkeeper.

He's thrilled to see the splendid new St Joseph's/OCB club-rooms, which were created from a dormant railway arch.

The venue was humming on Saturday night as the great and the very good arrived to celebrate the occasion, and to join in the official blessing of the premises.

The evening began with mass at St Laurence O'Toole Church which remembered old friends.

A seat plaque was unveiled to honour founders, Gerry McGuirk and Des Gallagher, and a wall plaque was unveiled to mark the merger of St Joseph's and O'Connell Boys.

People recalled Paddy's penalty save from Liam Sammon, the save that helped spark the revolution. Somebody then had to mention Mikey Sheehy!

But all the charm of the Kerry dancers couldn't have kept Paddy away from such a magical night as this.

He was back home. It showed. And Seville Place will always be in his heart.

Ben's super strike

YESTERDAY week, Croke Park was filled with the Sound of the Music.

It was the concluding day of the Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Football finals.

The big house will be silent now for a while, but what a script the young boys and girls delivered. Among them was Ben O'Reilly. He's ten. He plays with Robert Emmet's. He scored a goal for Scoil Aonghusa that Bernard Brogan would have been proud of.

Scoring a goal in Croke Park is a golden treasure that will never tarnish.

Dub Co Board mass

THE Dublin County Board mass takes place in Parnell Park tonight (7.30).

The memory of those that contributed so much to the Dublin GAA will be celebrated.

It's always such a lovely occasion, and all are most welcome.


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