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ALL WELCOME at tonight's Football 7's wrap up

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Topped off with the legendary Adrian O’Keefe, Ireland's leading entertainer kicking off the evening sessions.

St Jude’s Chairmans Address On behalf of all the members here at St Judes I would like to welcome you all here to the 2013 All-Ireland Junior Football Sevens, for what is sure to be a f east of football action today. The game of football is thriving here in St Judes and in Dublin in general, we are still competing in both the Senior and Inter Championships coming into the closing stages and we have Dublins goal scoring hero Kevin McManamon amounst our ranks who hopes to bring the Sam M Maguire trophy back to the capital, again tomorrow. We are delighted to have Pieta House involved in this years sevens and we are all doing our best here to promote their Mind our Men Campaign which I am sure you all agree does great work tackling issues which are facing every section of the community. Thanks to our hardworking committee who once again have done Trojan work in organising such an event and creating such a buzz, which ensures that we get the support of the entire community. Good luck to all the teams here today and lets hope that the games are played in the true spirit of the great game of football! Remember that when the final whistle blows the fun doesn’t stop we have an exciting programme of entertainment lined up for you in the bar with live music from 5pm till late, stick around have a chat with old friends and maybe ma make some new ones! Let the games commence! Brian Woods


Sevens Chairmans Address Go mBeannai Dia Dhaoibh go leir. Ta failte is fiche romhaibh go dti Seachtanna Uile-Eireann Cumann Luthchleas Naomh Jude. On behalf of the Sevens Committee and all the members of CLG Naomh Jude, I welcome all our competing teams here today to our Parish and our Club. I also welcome residents and friends of the community of Templeogue. It is the 23rd year of our Competition and Saint Judes is proud of its record of providing a national platform for Junior teams to display their considerable skills to other clubs throughout the country. The President of the Association and Officers of the Dublin County Board have visited our Sevens each year since its inception. Taoiseach Enda Kenny spent over three hours here last year and presented the Football trophy to the winning team. This year we are proud and honoured to be closely associated with Pieta House and its suicidesuicide-awareness campaign, “MIND OUR MEN� Please support this campaign, which should have a particular resonance with Irish people given the high rate of suicide suffered among us. Volunteerism is the heartbeat of the GAA wherever the GAA provides access to our National Games to both young and old. It is no different in CLG Naomh Jude. We have a nursery of over 100 four and five year old children along with 57 teams of Juveniles and adults, that strive weekly in training and in mat matches for the honour of the Parish of Saint Jude. The Sevens Committee represents these many volunteers who are also here today both within and without our club ensuring as perfect a day as possible to be enjoyed by all. Thank you to all our members and friends. I hope you have an enjoyable day, leavened with success if possible, and the satisfaction of a day well-spent . Beirigi uile Bua is Beannacht Sean Breheny


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Kenmare Kenmare Shamrocks Hurling & Football Club was formed on September 25th 1888. We entered both hurling and football teams in the inaugural County Championships in 1889 and our hurlers were successful. Today we field hurling and football teams from U8 upwards. In 2012 we represented Kerry in both codes in the Munster Club Championships. Our home ground is Fr Breen Park which consists of two pl playing fields, a synthetic all weather pitch, changing rooms and a sportshall. Kenamre are the reigning Kerry and Munster Junior Football Champions.

Clonmare Clonmore Harps was formed in 1914. the Club disbanded in the mid 40’s and some players joined neighbouring club in Ballinabrackey. In 1988, a dicussion was made to reform Clonmore Harps. The newly formed club tasted their first success in 1992 when they defeated Drumcullen in the Championship final. In 2008, Clonmore Harps won the Junior B Championship and this resulted in promotion into the Junior A Champions with the team quickly proceeding to the county final 2010 which they won. Last year Clonmore won the St Judes All-Ireland Junior Football Sevens Shield.

Rahney Raheny GAA fielding over 50 teams in 2010 across Camogie, Gaelic Football, Hurling & Ladies Football. We have an active Ladies 'GASS CRAIC' club, who meet monthly for informative evenings and a bit of craic afterwards in the club lounge. Our current crop and former inter-county players include Ciaran Whelan and David Henry (Football), Eoghan Keogh, Sean Swords (U21 Football), Greg Bennett (Hurling) Siobhan Curran (Camogie) Ciara Burgess (Ladies Football & Camogie).


Aghaderg Aghaderg club man Joe Lennon who won three All-Ireland Senior Football Championship medals with Down in 1960, 1961 and captained the team to victory in 1968. His other honours include 3 National League Medals, 5 Railway Cup Medals, 7 Ulster Championship Medals. He managed Down in 1981-82 winning the Ulster Championship and guiding the team to promotion to Division 1 of the National League. Mi Michael Sands won an All Ireland Minor Football Championship Medal with Down in 1977, an All Ireland U-21 medal in 1979, an Ulster Senior Football medal in 1978 and the Hogan Cup with St Colmans College in 1975. Eddie Lennon, Gerard McGrath and Hugh Ross have also played for the Down senior football team and a number of players have worn the Down colours at minor and U-21 level. In 2013 Aghaderg have just won the Down ACFL Div 3 for the first time and are in the Junior Championship Semi-finals once again

St James’ St. James’ GAA club was founded in 1892. Almost totally a football club, hurling became a big part of club when an under 10 team was formed in 1988. St. James’ played junior B level and won the west Cork division in both football and hurling in 2005. St. James’ went on to win the county that year in hurling, progressed to win the Munster title, All-Ireland semi-final, losing the final to the Kilkenny champions. A first junior ‘A’West Cork title still eludes the club. St St. James’ serves the parish of Ardfield-Rathbarry, the smallest parish in the division. Two adult hurling and football teams are fielded, U-21,minor, U16,U14, U12 and U10 in both hurling and football.Its a sign of the times and a reflection on the dictat handed down from headquarters to small country clubs preventing girls playing at U14 level, that St.James’ were unable to field 12 a side at U14 hurling this year- the first time since 1988 due to lack of numbers.


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HE’S a military man – giving 20 years to the Air Corps before moving into private aviation – and inevitably that is reflected in his personality: He is a devotee of discipline, order, strategy and the power of the collective, those cold assets of the men of uniform. But, at heart, beyond that soldier’s instinct, Jim Gavin is a romantic. For that dreamy, idealistic slice of the Dublin manager’s DNA, those who love Gaelic football – who prefer the swashbuckling shootout to the dreary game of tactical chess, who sometimes despaired at the appetite for destruction – should give thanks. Gavin’s cavalier football philosophy has enabled him to stare down all those blanket defences and not buckle; to look all those cautious disciples of negativity in the eye and say, Dublin will not compromise, we won’t seek to assure you score less than us; rather we will strive to score more than you. As an impulse, it is brave, refreshing and fraught with danger. That he has made it seem so straightforward, so painless is an immense testament to a coach in his first season as a senior commander-in-chief. Of course, neutrals will side with Mayo and their 62-year yearning this weekend. So it should be. But it would be a one-eyed fan who – even if Dublin were to win in a canter – could cast a man who gives fireflies like Jack McCaffrey, Paul Mannion, Diarmuid Connolly, Dean Rock, Bernard Brogan, Mick Darragh Macauley and, of course, Kevin Mac, the freedom to illuminate Croke Park, as a pantomime villain. Should Gavin add the All-Ireland title, only Dublin’s third in the 30 years since the Twelve Apostles of 1983, to the NFL and Leinster crowns, that tripod of glory is likely to have a deeply significant bearing on how the game is played in future years. Coaches mimic winners. Original thinkers are few and far between; So it was that Tyrone’s template for swarm defence – a cornerstone of their three All-Ireland triumphs in the past decade – was adopted and adapted by so many counties. If it resulted in some compelling battles, the football was often dour and uncompromising. But now the entertainers have struck back....

Gavin’s Dublin, the confident, strutting Mayo gifted to the nation by James Horan, and Kerry’s unbending aristocrats have been at the forefront of the revolution. Dublin’s 11-87 (120 points) total from five games is the equal to Donegal’s seven match tally from a year ago; Mayo have bettered it by three points. The firepower is off the charts, football from the OK Corral. Ho Horan is an impressive figure. He radiates assurance. There is none of the insecurity, the neurosis which has broken so many Mayo football men. He acknowledges the 62 year hiatus since their last All-Ireland success, never ducks the reality of six lost finals since 1989, but it never seems like a millstone about his neck. He talks up his team, prepares professionally and expects them too perform. Invariably they do. Mayo voyaged through Connacht like a great galleon with the wind at its sails; they wiped the floor with Donegal in an All-Ireland quarter-final that recalibrated expectations; they dug in to evict Tyrone in the semi-final. Ho Horan is half Kiwi, and there is something of the All Blacks in that marriage of flair and power that his team have brought to the summer, something too of the total football approach pioneered on the playing fields of Amsterdam by the coaches Ajax. Defenders are forwards, forwards assist in midfield, Mayo are a triumph of fluidity. Aidan O’Shea, Donal Vaughan, Cillian O’Connor (will he defy that quarrelsome shoulder to feature tomorrow), Lee Keegan, Keith Higgins and Alan Freeman have placed their memorable stamp on the summer; tomorrow they chase immortality, seek to tattoo their names onto the soul of every child of the vast Mayo Diaspora. Jim Gavin’s romantic streak will hardly extend to paving his opponents pathway to glory; but he will not seek to stop them playing. He will simply encourage his team to play better. Let us leave predictions aside for a moment and simply anticipate what could be an afternoon to saver: A day of swashbuckler, a contest for musketeers.

O’Neills An Port Mor O’Neill’s GFC An Port Mor was formed in 1934 in the village of Blackwatertown, Co Armagh. It was disbanded for a short period during the second world war but as the war ended O’Neill’s GFC was up and running again. The O’Neill’s club had played at two venues, the first the site of the current St. Jarlath’s Primary School and the new field built thirty years ago on the banks of the river Blackwater. The club has had various successes over the years winning four Armagh Junior title in 2012. The 2012 team went on to complete a remarkable treble winning Armagh league and championship before beating Brackaville in the Ulster Final in an unforgettable night in Pairc Esler Newry. This is O’Neill’s An Port Mor’s second time attending the St Jude’s All-Ireland Football Sevens event having also competed here in 2007

Ballinasloe Based in the town of Ballinasloe in the eastern tip of County Galway, the Ballinasloe GAA Club has a long and proud tradition with Gaelic Games. Up until 2006, there were separate clubs for football and hurling in the town and in that year both amalgamated to form Ballinasloe GAA. They have since developed their own pitches and clubhouse and field 27 teams in football, hurling and ladies football. h Ballinasloe have a remarkable football history and pedigree, winning 17 Galway senior championships competitions. Last year was a very successful year for our footballers won the county Junior A Championship-defeating Clifden after a replay. Following this they secured a Connaught title and beat a fancied Kenmare side to win the All –Ireland Junior Title earlier this year in Croke Park. Down through the years our Club has been well represented on Galway teams with ma many great players such as Tom Egan, John Dunne, Cyril Dunne, Sean Meade. In 1956 our current President Sean Keeley was corner back on the victorious Galway team. More recent players include Barry Brennan and currently Keith Kelly is a member of the current Galway Senior team.


Na Piarsaigh Na Piarsaigh Doire Trasna are the only GAA Club based within the Waterside area of Derry City. The club was founded in 2001 and celebrated its 10th anniversary last year. We draw our membership from the local population, the 3 local primary schools and the 2 local secondary schools. The club currently has over 170 members with over 100 underage players and 21 foundation coaches. In on only their 2nd year of existence in 2002, ‘the Pearses’ won the North Derry Minor Championship, in 2011 won the Neal Carlin Cup and were crowned Derry County Junior Champions in 2012.

Naomh Jude Your hosts Naomh Judes are a club based in the parish of St Jude the Apostle here in Templeogue. Formed in 1978 they field 5 Adult football teams and 2 at minor level and have teams competing in every age group down to U8. Our Senior team won the Senior Div.1 League in 2011 and boast Dublin player Kevin McManamon amonsts their ranks. St Judes last won the All-Ireland Sevens back in 2011. St Judes previous 2 All-Ireland Junior Sevens titles came in ‘92 & ’93 with Du Dublin players Enda Sheehy, Declan O’Boyle and Leitrims Ciaran McGovern in their ranks.

Islandeady Islandeady GAA Club is a rural club nestled between the towns of Castlebar and Westport. The Club was formed in 1904. The club as recently as 2011 won the County Championship and repersented Mayo by getting to the Connacht Junior Club Final being norrowly defeeted by Naomh Padraig from Clonbur who went onto win the All-Ireland Junior Club Championship that year. Islandeady’s most famous player was Peter Solan who remains their only club man to win an All-Ireland medal. Other well known members of their cub include RTE GAA analyst Martin Carney is also a former player with the club, our current Taoiseach Enda Kenny who spent the afternoon at last years St Judes All-Ireland Sevens watching on as Islandeady reached the final.


Downings Downings GAA were founded in 1937 and hail from a Gaeltacht village on Rosguill peninsula in County Donegal. Bunaíodh Fó-Chumann Na nDúnaibh sa mbliain 1937. Ba foireann sóisear a bhi againn suas go dtí 1948, an chéad bhliain a bhain muid Craobh Peile na Contae. Chuir muid foireann sinsir na páirce i 1949 ach bhí muid soisear arís i 1950. Thit an Fó-Chumann as a chéile idir na blianta 1951-1954, le cibé peileadóir a bhí againn ag imirt dá gcomharsanaigh, foireann An Chraoslaigh.

Cardinal O'Donnell's A group of young men in 1927, when unemployment was rife, and with little else to do but "lick sliders" and "klondykes" in Harry Greenwood's Ice-cream Emporium on the Falls Road (where regular meetings of the Club were later held), were prompted by Harry Diamond, who later became a Stormont MP, to form a G.A.A. Club. In a matter of hours they had formed the club in the parlour of Geordie Jenkins home. Subsequently a rig was acquired knitted from Irish wool by the nuns of Killeshandra and O'Donnell's were soon under way. Mac Rory Park, which first opened as a G.A.A. Ground in 1903, and, under the name of Shaun's Park, had subsequently been earmarked as playing fields for a nearby school before being occupied by the British Army, became available and since it was but a stones throw from the Club Rooms, towards the acquisition and development of this famous site the Management Committee turned its attention. Thanks to grants from various sources, not to mention a major fund raising venture within the club, the efforts of the members were finally rewarded with the opening of Mac Rory park on 20th may 2001.

Tomas McCurtains Tomas McCurtain’s, founded in 1919 in Manor Park, East London were named after the renowned Lord Mayor of Cork. The club was initially founded as a hurling club but then went on to win the London Senior Football Championship in 1934 and 1935. Last year the club celebrated the 25th Anniversary of our Senior Hurling Championship win in 1987. Today, having relocated to Goodmayes, Tomas McCurtains are the only GAA club based in the East London/ Essex area. They are also the only club in London that compete in both football and hurling at all ages up to Senior level.


St Colmans St Colman’s Drumaness GAC based in parish of Magheradroll came into existence in 1955 when a group of players who were playing for Tir-na-nOg in Ballynahinch felt that as the majority of the players came from Drumaness and the pitch ‘Paradise Park’ was also in Drumaness, the club should be based in Drumaness and so St Colman’s was formed. The club moved ground to St Colman’s Park in 1986 which was recently redeveloped. The club played in the East Down Junior League winning it in 1957 moving up to the Intermediate League and in 1965 and also winning the Down Junior Championship.Drumaness played in senior leagues through the years winning various league titles and championship titles. In the 60’s youth football started which continues fielding from U8 to Minor. Drumaness players have represented Down at various grades. Sean Murnin, Laurence McVeigh, Charlie Flynn Tom McGlennon, Maurice Bunyon, Paul Murnin, Somer Damian Murdock, Darren Harris and Paul Gilchrist County Maurice Somers, Minors.Liam Wilson, Sean Mason, John Harte, Brian McVeigh and Peter Withnell County Senior. Peter Whitnell won an All Ireland medal in 1991. St Colman’s Drumaness are the 2013 County Down 7’s Champions.

Ardagh Ardagh first fielded a GAA team in 1908 when they played Knockmore in a challenge game. Although there was a keen interest in football in the area, there was no official team in Ardagh until 1929. As it was custom then for the better players to play with the great Stephenites club in Ballina. That team recored some notable wins during the years 1929-’32. That team disbanded in 1932, when a lorry in which the team were returning from playing a match in Skreen crashed and ma many of the players were injuried and never played again. Another team was affiliated in 1944 but due to immigration, was disbanded in 1946. In the late 50’s and 60’s Ardagh teams won many local 7-a-side tournaments and some of the players played for Ballina and Crossmolina. In 1972 a new club was formed named Ardmoy, repersenting Ardagh and Moygownagh parishes. The first meeting of Ardagh and Moygownagh was held in Rathnamagh National School. Ardagh GAA as we currently know it was formed at a meeting in “The Hut Hut” on the 16th of November 1978.




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