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Clubs turn out for Kieran

THE Kieran Burke Perpetual Trophy was set up in honour of one of our youngest and most enthusiastic players (who also was a Leinster mascot), Kieran Burke, who died of leukaemia in January 2004, aged six.

The tournament starts at 10am on Sunday in DLSP FC's home grounds at Kirwan Park, Kilternan, Co Dublin.

DLSP FC have exclusively reserved the use of their 16-acre site and facilities.

The tournament was devised by DLSP in conjunction with the Burke family, with the first event held in January 2005.

Since then, it has grown into the largest U7 sporting event in the country, with last year's tournament attended by more than 1,000 children. This year will be the tournament's ninth and, with 29 clubs registered to date, more than 800 U7 boys and girls will play.

This year, Karl Burke (Kieran's father), is president of De La Salle Palmerston FC, and will take great pride in welcoming all participants.

The huge success of the tournament and its contribution to the development of rugby at such a young age in Leinster has seen Leinster Rugby incorporate it into their calendar and provide their full support.

Donations on the day will go to the Children's Cancer Fund at Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin.

For further information please contact: David Hicks (087 2565656 or david.hicks@themeatfactoryoutlet.com), Michael Nugent (087 6804221 or Michael.nugent@bmw.ie) or Karl Burke (085 2536620).