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Tributes paid to Howth hero at Parnell Park

A MINUTE'S silence and then sustained applause at Parnell Park last Sunday afternoon.

Peadar MacCanna was being fondly remembered by all.

Only last week he entered the Hall of Fame at the Friends of Dublin Hurling.

He was also named as the Fingal Person of the Year.

He hailed from Glasnevin. His father, Leo, was one of the founding members of Cumann na mBunscol.

Peadar was highly successful in business. He was a member of the World Bank. He spent many years at the Bank of Ireland. He played a leading role in the Bank of Ireland sponsoring the All-Stars and All-Ireland Football Championship.

He worked closely with the farming community. He loved the Irish language and Irish music.

He did remarkable things at Beann Eadair. He was respected by all.

He achieved much, but never wanted any of the credit. He was a team player. He worked quietly in the community.

He had an easy, unassuming way. People took to him, and he got things done.

He'd often be outside Parnell Park promoting the work of the Friends of Dublin Hurling.

The Beann Eadair home is a tribute to his industry and vision. He delighted in making the future brighter for all.

Ward booked!

DARA Ward has written a book, 'My GAA Journey'. He plays for the Ballyboden St Enda's U14s.

It's his second publication. It includes a message from the GAA president, Liam O'Neill.

There's also words of wisdom from Brian Cody, Henry Shefflin and Michael Darragh Macauley.

The book enables players to chart their journey from the Academy to U15 level.

It's done in a workbook format. The layout allows players to record details of their progress through the ranks.

"Such a publication that contains figures, games, incidents and standout achievements can help mould players and people," states Liam O'Neill.

Dara has designed the book in such a way that it would suit any GAA club. The book costs £7.50. Part of the proceeds go to the Colaiste Eanna charity, The India Immersion Project.

More details on the book from Dara at darafrancisward23@gmail.com