Bluebeat: Mark Byrne impresses in Ballyboughal

MARK Byrne has brought a wealth of gear bag experience to Ballyboughal. They’re doing well in Division 2 of the Go-Ahead Adult Football League – two wins, one draw and one loss from four games.

e had unforgettable days in Whitehall. He was part of the team that won Division 1 of the Dublin Senior Football League alongside the likes of Paddy Moran, Declan McGrath and Conor Crowley.

Mark played football and hurling for the Dublin Minors and U-21s. He was captain of Dublin’s minor footballers under Alan Larkin.

He guided St Brigid’s to the Dublin Senior Football Championship title in 2011. And he now enjoys life in North County at a club with a deep heritage, founded in 1935.

“There’s a great community spirit in Ballyboughal,” he says. “Everyone is behind the team. And that’s a great feeling.

“The guys work hard. The standards of Dublin football have risen so much. Even going through the departments you can see the organization and dedication.

“All clubs have put so much into it. And that is noticeable on the pitch. Today’s players are really good athletes. You have the physique and the agility. And all the efforts that the clubs are making bode well for the district team.”

Next up for Ballyboughal is a trip to Dolphin Park to play Templeogue Synge Street on Sunday.

Another test run in such a demanding division.

Parnell Park was the perfect stage

MICHAEL Leddy is the chief steward at Croke Park. He took his team to Parnell Park for the Cumann na mBunscol football final last week.

You added so much to the enjoyment of the three days – making life easy for the spectators, smiling through the sunshine…and the rain. Treat everyone with respect and courtesy, as if they care about Ed Sheeran personally.

“A big thank you to Mick and his entire team for the excellent job they have done. They helped us a lot in organizing the three days,” says Jerry Grogan.

Grogan also paid tribute to the officials at Parnell Park who went above and beyond to ensure the children had the best time possible.

And he also praised the referees. Not one card was shown. No player was spoken to unless it was a word of encouragement. Fifteen fab games made up the Donnycarney Festival. The gig that lasts a lifetime.

The trade fair city offers a welcome greeting

THE Dublin GAA community has reached out a hand of friendship, explains Dáithi Ó hAolain.

“We hosted the first ever Dublin GAA and Inclusion Roadshow and over 100 children and their parents were given a warm welcome at Dublin Mosque on South Circular Road.

“They all enjoyed playing hurling, rounders, women’s soccer, camogie and Gaelic football. We held the day at Loreto College, Crumlin and St James’s Gaels/An Caisleán. It was a glorious day. Everyone really enjoyed it.”

Dublin’s All Star Football Honors Roll was submitted by Paraic Farrelly. It stretches the length of O’Connell Street. Farrelly says the dubs will come back.

You have a good man at the helm. One of the county’s finest footballers, one who has completed his management training.

No defender ever had an easy afternoon when Dessie Farrell was on the ball. And there’s no better man to navigate the twists and turns of football.

Paraic adds that Kerry, Tyrone and Mayo are the teams to watch. “But Mayo will miss Tommy Conroy. He would remind you of the great Mickey Linden.”

O’Dwyer’s Quiz Stars

O’DWYER’S travel to Killarney to compete in the Scór na nÓg All-Ireland Final.

You made it to the finals of the table quiz section. INEC will host the event on May 1st.

It’s the first All-Ireland Scór final in two years and, as always, it promises to be a spectacular show of song, dance and performance.

Scór is one of the jewels of the GAA family. And it has nurtured so much talent and built so many friendships over the years.

O’Dwyer’s quiz team was busy watching Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. And read as many topics as possible. Bluebeat: Mark Byrne impresses in Ballyboughal

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