On the way to Mullingar, inspirational Philly McMahon was heard on the radio. A brilliant interview with Brendan O’Connor.
Hilly talked about his new book. And about how sport can change people’s lives. And be role models for society.
Mullingar has some iconic characters. One of them sang in the rain on Saturday afternoon.
The city was busy. The bachelor party was on. Memories for the locals when Westmeath’s only bachelor unboxed the Greville Arms.
Among the spectators at TEG Cusack Park was Sinéad Aherne, seated in the stands as Dublin began their journey to the TG4 Leinster Senior Championship.
It’s a compact, cozy theatre. Outside is a statue of Michael O’Hehir, who gave his first commentary from the venue.
Declan Drake was in the comment box for this one. The Leinster Ladies GAA will broadcast several games live. Only costs a fiver per game. Or 25 € for the six-pack.
The We Are Dublin crew was also out and there was an advertisement for them on the other side of the pitch Westmeath Examiner. Where Joe Dolan used to work.
It was going to be a busy weekend for Gerry Buckley in the newspaper. There was a double count at Cusack Park on Saturday. Westmeath hosted Longford on Saturday night and the Hurlers arrived from Dublin on Sunday.
It was a gray, damp afternoon. While the dubs did their warm ups, Mick Bohan watched. He wore a cap. He had folded his hands. Note every detail. Like Aidan O’Brien.
Sinéad Goldrick and Lauren Magee were back from the sunshine. And Dublin were on their feet after just 40 seconds and sprinting as Sinéad Wylde scored at the end of the Dunnes Stores. The supermarket that inspired John Spillane’s song The Girl from Dunnes Stores.
The hour ended with the finest wins, 6-23 to 0-4. The Blues could only have had a few more goals for home goalkeeper Aoife O’Donnell. The highlight of their performance was a triple save in the second half. Sarah Dillon (two frees) and Ciara Blundell each scored two points for Westmeath. All quality strikes.
Hannah Tyrrell was Dublin’s top scorer. Her first point was one of the best of the day. She climbed into the sky like jumping into an alley before hitting the ball across. She’s so good at showing ownership.
Bohan is pleased with his team’s first act
ALL eyes turn to Donnycarney. Parnell Park on Saturday night. The dubs against the royals (7.0). box office.
“Yes, it should be good,” Dublin manager Mick Bohan said as he sheltered from the drizzle of Mullingar on Saturday.
“Meath are the top of the mountain. They are National League and All-Ireland champions. A big occasion at Parnell. One to look forward to.”
Bohan was delighted with the return of the Leinster Senior Championship.
“It’s good to be back on the bus. In the last two years we haven’t had a Leinster Senior Championship.”
The district administrator was satisfied with the application of his team. “We were happy with the way they went about it. The pitch was pretty greasy but they did really good things out there.”
Carla Rowe and Hannah Tyrrell picked up a basket full of points, but as Bohan noted, “It was the work on the field that got the points.”
Dublin led 2-9 to 0-3 at half-time. Rowe scored his second goal in the 13th minute. Much of the second half was spent within the Westmeath ’45’, with the dubs adding goals from Kate Sullivan, Tyrrell (twice) and Rowe.
The boss man is thrilled to have Sinéad Goldrick and Lauren Magee back from their ban in Australian rules.
“It’s been a great week at camp to have her back. They certainly bring the level up a few notches. There’s no one lingering on the ball when it’s around because it would be gone.”
Memories of Féile will linger on Thomas Davis
THOMAS Davis hit a remarkable milestone over the weekend of John West Féile. “It was the first time in our history that we reached two Féile finals in one year,” explains secretary Linda Walsh.
Aylesbury captured Tallaght’s excitement. “It was an unforgettable day,” says Walsh. “We hosted four other clubs in Division 11 and everyone came together to make the occasion so special.
“The teams were paraded onto the field by bagpiper Amanda Brennan and it was a wonderful experience for all the children.”
The hosts were in brilliant form. And after beating Naomh Barróg in the semi-finals, they headed to Newcastle on Sunday morning. Where they played Ballinteer St John’s at St Finian’s home. Davis played well but they lost to an excellent Marlay team.
Not far from home, however, at St Anne’s in Bohernabreena, Thomas Davis won the Division 2 Féile trophy when they beat Clontarf.
“It was a great match. It went into overtime,” notes Walsh. “Both teams deserve so much recognition.”
In Saturday’s group stage at Clontarf, Thomas Davis had won all his games and passed Raheny in the semifinals.
The spirit and friendship of Clontarf and Aylesbury was reflected across the county in a weekend that the young Thomas Davis girls will long remember.
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