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Darren Sweet on move to Dolphin RUGBY FORMER Cork hurler Darren Sweetnam will take another step up in class next season as the west Corkman has agreed to join Dolphin in division 1A of the AIL, writes SEAN McCARTHTY. It’s been a remarkable progression for the Dunmanwayman since he swapped the sliothar for the rugby ball. The Munster Academy player has represented Munster U20s, and is now the third Dolphin


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City hero Noel passes away

Cork mourns a Leeside soccer legend A TRUE Leeside legend, Noel SOCCER O’Mahony (73) died at Cork University hospital in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Darren Sweetnam. player to be part of Mike Rudduck’s Ireland U20 side, which takes part in the Junior World Championships in France this month. He will link up with new club-mates Rory Scannell, who follows his brother Eoin in representing Ireland at the Junior World Championships, and Ryan Murphy. Dolphin have also captured Munster U20 prop Brian Scott, who follows in the footsteps of his father Phillip, by playing for them.

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The former Cork City manager who back-to-back FAI Cup finals in 1972 and won the League of Ireland title in 1993 73 as well as the All-Ireland cross-border Blaxnit Cup trophy. passed away after a stroke. He is survived by his wife Noreen, Born and bred in Ballyphehane, Noel from Pearse Road played his schoolboy partner Ann, brothers Pat, Teddy, and youths football for Ballyphehane Donal and Declan and sisters Marcie and Tramore Athletic and won the in- and Sheila. His removal from O’Sullivan’s Funeraugural Cork Schoolboys League al Home, Turner’s Cross is at 6.15pm toPlayer of the Year award in 1956. He worked in Dunlops down the night and Requiem Mass will be at the Marina for many years and led Cork Church of the Ascension, Ballyphehane City to the league title in 1993 and on Tuesday at 2pm followed by cremabridged a near 20-year gap since Cork tion at The Island Crematorium, Celtic’s success in 1974 and only a week Ringaskiddy. ago he was a guest at a reunion of that ● See P49 for more. league winning team at the Cork International Airport Hotel. As manager of City he got the club to two FAI Tyres • Alignment • Brakes Cup finals in 1989 and again in 1992 but they Exhausts • Shocks • Servicing lost to Derry City after a replay and to a Dave Tilson goal against BoUnit 5, Ballycurreen Industrial Estate, hemians at Lansdowne Road in 1992. Ballycurreen Road, Douglas As a player, Noel was a (behind Musgraves Cash & Carry) winner and a stalwart of the all-conquering Cork Hibernians team of the MUSGRAVES 1970s and he won a BALLYCURREEN INDUSTRIAL league medal in 1971 and

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Bandon’s Shane Barry challentes Shelbourne’s Sean Brennnan during last night’s FAI Cup game in Tolka Park. See Page 50 for more. Picture: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE

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CUP holders Derry City will be hoping history repeats itself in historic Blarney this afternoon (3pm). The Candystripes take on Blarney United in the second round of the Ford FAI Cup at O’Shea Park this afternoon and the last time they played here in 2006 with Stephen Kenny in charge, they went on to win the glamour trophy. Derry scored a 3-1 win over the Munster Senior League side seven years ago and today is another red letter day in Blarney’s proud history as Pat Keane and team boss Dave Moynihan are retiring at the end of the game. Club president Henry Murphy says the club will do well to break even financially as they get 65% of the gate, 35% goes north to Derry and the FAI get a seven and-a-half percent cut of the gate receipts. Blarney deserve great credit though as they have invested heavily in the playing


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surface and they have also erected a 120-capactiy stand for the occasion. Upwards of 800/900 fans are expected to attend with Derry fielding the league’s top scorer on 12 goals and Northern Ireland international Rory Patterson. Manager Declan Devine has Sean Houston and Thomas Crawley out injured but skipper Kevin Deery, Paddy Kavanagh and Stewart Greacen are all expected to feature today. Young Barry McNamee who was with the Ireland U21s in Denmark yesterday is also making his way to Blarney via Dublin. McNamee was on trial at Notts Forest and is now a target for Bristol City’s Sean O’Driscoll and is widely tipped as the next Derry player to move cross-channel.

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