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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Westphalia visit to NDSL, Whitehall

THE Oscar Traynor Road Coaching and Development Centre and Whitehall are the places to be as Westphalia stroll into town for a couple of games.

The German regional association are here in Dublin for two games this coming week and it is the honour of the NDSL Headquarters to host the first game tomorrow evening at their home, the Oscar Traynor Coaching and Development Centre in Coolock.

The NDSL are hosting the game which will be at under 16 level. Kick-off tomorrow night is at 7.30pm.

Once again the newly installed lights -- which have been such a huge success -- will in operation. The newly installed lights at the Oscar Traynor Road facility have proved a huge addition to the League giving them greater flexibility in terms of arranging games.

And this fact was one of the reasons they were given permission to host tomorrow evening's game.

The under 16 side in action will be Martin McCormack's Under 16 representative side which played in the SFAI Under 16 Paul O'Neill Cup, where they finished second in Group 1, behind runaway winners Kilkenny.

They beat the NEC and Wicklow and will now have the chance to pit their skills against the Westphalia side tomorrow evening.

Then on Thursday evening there is a second game, this time when the Leinster FA side play host to Westphalia at Home Farm's Ground in Whitehall. Once again there will be a 7.30 kick-off.

So why not come along and witness the wonderful facilities at the Oscar Traynor Centre and witness their new floodlights.

Joe Cullen honoured with national award

THEY were proud as punch at Kilbarrack United recently when Joe Cullen was rewarded for his dedication to the club at a national awards ceremony.

Joe was recipient of the Clubman of the Year at the 2009 National Awards to Volunteers in Irish Sport, the ceremony for which took place at Farmleigh.

A dozen awards in total were made at last month's ceremony. They were made to people who are in many ways the unsung heroes of Irish sport. Without them, most clubs would cease to exist as they do.

Joe was rewarded for ten years of dedicated service to Kilbarrack United, where is wife Joan is schoolboy secretary at the North Dublin club.

Forced to give up work following an accident over 15 years ago, Joe was convinced to come down and help at Kilbarrack United, where he is now facilities manager at the club. There is has responsibility for the maintenance of the clubhouse and the nearby playing pitches.

His efforts have always been recognised by those connected with Kilbarrack United, but now they have been recognised on a national scale and he was presented with his award by Irish Olympian Ronnie Delaney, who is Chairman of the Committee, which is supported by the Irish Sports Council.

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