Monday 18 December 2017

Pat Roche was a true Dub inrare old times

PAT ROCHEwas one of the original Dublin GAA pioneers.

Pat, a leading sports journalist of his era, was a one-man PR machine for Dublin GAA.

He accessed all areas. From covering county board meetings, the colleges, the primary schools finals in Croke Park, the club scene, to the Dublin teams.

He was one of county secretary Jim King's most trusted figures.

He was versatile. He could turn the typewriter just as easily to tennis, swimming and boxing. He covered many a dramatic night at the National Stadium.

And that's where his true professionalism shone through. Amid all the noise at ringside, Pat would get on the phone and 'ad-lib' his copy.

He also did it on the big inter-county championship Sundays. Pat originally worked as copy holder in the Irish Press. He was good company. He lived in Terenure. The radio was always on.

At the end of a long inter-county championship season, Spain would offer a couple of weeks in the sun.

He swam at the Forty Foot in Sandycove. He enjoyed meeting up with the regulars.

He was kind with the words, and perceptive too. Many years ago, he told a young broadcaster that he could be as good as Des Lynam. That was Darragh Maloney.

Pat would often drive the legendary Padraig Purcell to Croke Park, collecting him at the old Kenilworth Cinema. "Meet me at the Keno," Padraig would say.

Following the game, Pat would leave Padraig at Wynn's Hotel where Padraig would have his tea and hand-write his copy for the Irish Press.

Now, the two buddies are back together again in the Press Box in the sky, and not a deadline in sight.

Fingal Festival

TEN teams will take part in the Eflow Fingal Football Sevens next Saturday.

The tournament is being hosted by Fingal Ravens at Rolestown, and the event is supported by Pieta House, 'Mind our Men.'

Group one will contain Fingal Ravens, St Patrick's (D), Erin's Isle, Round Towers (L) and Garristown.

Group 2 includes Fingal Ravens (2), Ballyboughal, Qatar, St Margaret's and Innisfails.

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