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Scoil day for a 'Celebrity'

A SENSE of mystery surrounds Super Sunday out by the seaside. The gentle whispers have been coming in on the waves over the last few days.

Scoil Uí Chonaill will be Dublin's representatives in the RTé programme, 'Celebrity Bainisteoir.' The question on everyone's lips is who will be the bainisteoir.

Names have been tumbling from all angles -- local rugby star, Cian Healy, has been mentioned. So have the dashing Lucan midfield duo, Jedward.

The intermediate lads would love to see top model, Georgia Salpa, walk into their dressing-room, but it's all pure speculation.

"Everybody wants to find out, but it's top secret at the moment," insists the Scoil chairman, Declan Hoban.

All will be revealed at the club's gala Community Family Funday at their scenic home opposite the old Clontarf baths next Sunday (1pm) when the RTé cameras will be there to capture the excitement.


"We are delighted to be involved in the show. The excitement is building in the club ahead of the announcement, and then our first match in August," adds Declan.

It will be another interesting chapter for Scoil, who first set sail in 1950. They became one of the most distinguished names of Dublin GAA.

They attained senior hurling status in 1959, and their footballers followed suit in 1963. It was also in the swinging sixties that they won five Dublin Minor Football Championships.

Then came the noted double in the electric eighties when they secured the Dublin SFC title in 1983 and 1986. Camogie began in 1977. The Dublin Senior Camogie Championship crown was captured in 1989. Ladies football was born in 1998, and Scoil have had many Dublin players in all codes.

In recent times, there has been a sparkling renaissance. The juvenile structure was re-built and much work was done with the schools in the area. Now, the juvenile section boasts 400 players.

They are all lucky to have such a pretty home with the fresh sea breeze coming in over the wall. Scoil built their neat clubhouse in millennium year, 1988.

It will welcome a little bit of tinsel town this Sunday as the Scoil super-troupers get ready to sample their first taste of the make-up department.

To mark their taking part in the Celebrity Bainisteoir, Scoil are bringing out a special souvenir brochure.

They are asking the local business community to place an advert in the publication. A full page ad is €150. Half page is €75. More details from Carmel Martin (086-8052355).

In the meantime, the Scoil boys are not too worried about looking good on the big screen. They are in it to win it. And with the final being staged in nearby Parnell Park, they won't lack motivation. Over to you, mystery Celebrity Bainisteoir!