Special Memories for Club and County

It’s one of the nicest traditions of the post All Ireland party and this year was no different with members of the Dublin Men’s and Women’s Champions taking time amid the parties and the celebrations to visit Crumlin Childrens Hospital.

To make it extra special this year Rachel Ruddy was bringing the cup to work, where in between training sessions she is a physiotherapist, while across the two panels there are no fewer than three qualified doctors in Jack McCaffrey, Michael Fitzsimons and Noelle Healy.

It may take a lot of time and energy to be part of a senior inter county panel but what’s that old saying that if you need something done give it to a busy person.

There were celebrations across the capital over the last few days and many of the clubs will be getting ready to welcome back their players with occasions to mark what they have achieved and how they have inspired the young players that look up to them in awe.

One of those will undoubtedly be Na Fianna who probably have more than most to celebrate.

Eoin Murchan, Dublin’s goalscoring hero on Saturday night, is a member of the club, as is Johnny Cooper, who enjoyed a night of redemption after his red card in the first game.

John Horan, as President of the Association had the pleasure to hand over Sam Maguire to Stephen Cluxton on the night. He is also a Na Fianna man, as is Minister for Finance Pascal O’Donoghue who was at the Dublin Banquet in the Gibson Hotel on Saturday night.

To crown a great weekend for the club Lucy Collins was with the Ladies team on Sunday,

For others the return to club will be quicker not least at Cuala.  The Dublin Intermediate Championship semi final is fixed for Wednesday night when Martha Byrne and Jennifer Dunne will be up for selection against Lyndsey Davey and Skerries Harps.

On the Men’s side at least it is a hurling weekend in Dublin though that means Con O’Callaghan will be back in action in a crunch Senior Championship Quarter Final for Cuala against Kilmacud Crokes.

The circle keeps turning…