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Sunday 17 December 2017

Brennan to be honoured by Harold's Cross Boys

THEY remember Paddy Brennan with pride on the streets of Harold's Cross.

He gave decades of service to Harolds Cross Boys. Rosary Park was his second home.

In April, they are going to re-name the old ground after him. It will be a lovely occasion.

There will be a mass, a couple of exhibition games involving the Harold's Cross sides and then refreshments.

"Paddy kept the club going for years and years. He was a remarkable man," recalls club secretary, Robbie Delaney.

"We finally got permission to re-name the ground. It's owned by the Archdiocese, so it was a question of waiting to get the green light. It was great to finally get the approval."

Paddy loved the place. It's right in the heart of the community. Some years ago there were whispers that houses were destined for the site but thankfully such rumours were banished to the winds.

In the long-term, the club would like to turn the ground into an all-weather surface. They only have the one pitch.

"The ground can't take training and matches. It would be wrecked after a while. We have to find other locations for training - indoor venues and astro pitches. That's costly.

"We'd love to get the funds to turn it into an all-weather. We could train and play on it all the time then," says Robbie.

"We only have a schoolboy section. We just haven't the facilities for a senior set-up. We finish up at Under-18. Last year's 18's finished in the top four and most of them went on to the Transport club.

"Things are going well this season. Our 8's and 10's are doing particularly well. Our oldest side play in 15B1 and they have have put in some good performances."

One prize that Harolds Cross have their eye on is the Better Ireland/AIB Award. It could net them €5,000. "That would be brilliant. We'd have plenty of use for the money," smiles Robbie.

The DDSL family can help them achieve it. Text terenure, followed by a space, followed by c to 51303. You can also vote on line at Better Ireland.ie

The club that gets the most votes wins the money. You can vote until March 15th.

The late, great Paddy Brennan would be texting and e-mailing 24 hours a day.

Respect the key word down on the Farm

FOOTBALL as it should be played down on the Farm.

Home Farm and Malahide United in the 15 Premier last week. Pacey, incisive football.

But even more than that. Despite the speed and the demands of the eighty minutes, there wasn't a dive in sight.

There was respect for the opposition, and in players so young that was pleasing to see.

In the first half, a Malahide lad took a knock in the box. Immediately, Farm hit the ball out of play.

In the second half, a Farm player was injured on the deck and a Malahide player went over to see if he was ok.

And yet across the water the pundits were having a pop at Liverpool's Benayoun for not going down in the box from a challenge from Manchester City's Vincent Kompany.

What chance has the game got in that kind of culture. From the evidence of the Mobhi Road, it has every chance.

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