LYNDSEY Davey arrived at Parnell Park and the memories began to dance.
It was the final day of Cumann na mBunscol. She remembered her school days in Réalt na Mara, archipelago.
They were in the final at Croke Park. Davey was only in third grade. She is 9 years old. However, she still remembers being substituted in as a sub.
Little did she know then what a career she would have in Dublin Blue. She’s played Croke Park so many times now, even on the biggest day of them all.
She has also graced the Donnycarney lawn on a number of occasions and was delighted at last week’s football finals.
She came to present the trophies and medals. Jerry Grogan introduced her as a “superstar”. And it’s so true.
Davey took the time to speak to each child, offering a word of congratulations and encouragement. The confidence that could make the difference.
Among those she spoke to was Saoirse O’Callaghan, captain of the St Martin’s of Brittas. Saoirse knows all about superstars – her uncle is David O’Callaghan, a hurling genius.
Officials talked about how Davey made the day even better for the kids. Hopefully they’ll see her play for the dubs in the coming weeks and months.
She is one of Mick Bohan’s favorite soccer players. And it’s easy to see why. It’s their attitude, their hard work and their willingness to work for the team. The indispensable team player. team in front of themselves.
So many times has she been seen returning to deep defense to get her hands on the ball and start a Dublin attack.
She teaches the best lesson of all – be the best you can be. Play to your strengths and keep going until you hear the bell.
She represented Dubliners Cumann na mBunscol in Belfast in 2000. “She still treasures the medal,” says Grogan.
Since then she has won a few more medals. She posed with young Saoirse for a photo with Sam Maguire. Brendan Martin was often in her company.
And maybe it will be again this season. No one will try harder to win back the prize.
But no matter what, Davey wishes the kids who played in last week’s Cumann na mBunscol finals will enjoy the sport as much as she did. She understands better than most that this is the one medal that will never lose its luster.
Tony was a legend at Parnell’s
PARNELL is Tony Fitzpatrick through and through. He’s also done so much for Dublin, and as Brendan Conlon recounted, “He was a proud Down man.”
He has contributed enormously to his beloved Coolock Club. “He served as chairman, treasurer and women’s soccer manager,” revealed Conlon.
In 2010 he led Parnell’s to the final of the Dublin Ladies’ Football Intermediate Championship at Parnell Park.
He came to the Donnycarney venue earlier in the week to help promote the event. He was interviewed by Mick Hanley for Dublin City FM. Hanley couldn’t have a better guest. Tony loved the game and all the people in it. He could see the big picture. He was having fun.
Fitzpatrick was the easiest and best companion. So many lovely messages came in after his sudden death last month.
One of the kindest of all came from his colleague on the Dublin County Board, Paul McLoughlin, who spoke of how “Tony brightened up many long meetings with his wit and sharpness.
“He was an absolute gentleman,” McLoughlin continued. “And his passion and loyalty to his club Parnell’s was so admirable.”
Paul valued his friendship and advice very much. And he wasn’t alone. Tony was a giver. For club and district. He served as CODA Officer for the Dublin Ladies’ Football County Board.
And as McLoughlin so rightly said, “Tony’s legacy will live on.”
County prepares to stage Féile Funderland
THE John West Dublin Féile is just around the corner – the weekend after next, April 23rd and 24th.
The children count the days. The event delivers what it promises – it is a real sports festival.
The nice thing about the Féile is that everyone can play along. It’s 15-a-side on a full field. 15 minutes each way in a group system with at least three games.
There are unlimited substitutions, and the player who came on and the player who dropped exchange batons.
And that sums up the sport. Passing the torch. Light a candle in a child’s eye. So that you can enjoy every second in the boots.
No one will remember the results, but everyone will remember the tea and sandwiches. And the smell of the fries.
Féile underlines the value of sport. Clubs get together to throw a big party. For the VIPs – the kids.
It’s all about fun. And fair play. And the warm welcome from the hosts.
Féile is one of the largest sporting events in Europe.
Thousands of young players take part.
“Generations have experienced the joy of féile,” says GAA President Larry McCarthy.
The flags will wave. The pitches are freshly marked. And the young players will step onto a magical stage on a day they will remember for the rest of their lives.
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