“Two out of three Ain’t bad” is a power ballad performed by the American musician Meat Loaf . In our case “Three out of Four Ain’t bad.  Two weeks back three of our adult teams won their semi’s and we are now in an incredible position of competing in not just one but three County Finals. It all happens this Sunday and we urge all our members to support all three teams. Your support in the semi’s was invaluable and gave the players that bit of extra fight when needed most.

After a titanic struggle with our North-side neighbours , St Vincent’s , our Senior 1 team  finally got over the line by the minimum of margins and are now in first County Final since 2020. This was a heart stopping performance by both teams with the excitement at a stratospheric level. Next Sunday will be no different when we take on the in-form Na Fianna and, like the semi, we expect only a puck of a ball will decide the outcome. Management and players are primed for the challenge and now it’s the turn of the members…..every Man, Woman and Child will be needed in Parnell 4.25pm  on Sunday to ensure  the New Ireland Assurance Cup returns to Firhouse Road for the first time since 2018.

But prior to Senior game we have the small matter of  two other Junior Finals to contest

Two weeks back and after extra time our Junior B’s again won by the minimum with an unbelievable sideline point by the very industrious Adam Fisher, better known as Fish . This bunch of lads together with their young, and not so young, management team have given every ounce of their being to reach the summit. The team has been a platform for a wide age profile and team spirit is at an all time high. Under the watchful eye of Senior management, both  Lenny and Aido  have developed into serious coaches and once more they have the lads primed for battle. Sunday morning 10.30am PUM is the place to be.

From PUM to Marlay Park for 12.30pm where the Junior E’s take on Ballinteer St John’s in the second County final before we head to Parnell.

Emmet’s Eagles won the semi after a very physical battle against a very fancied Erin’s Isle. This was a game where these young Lions came of age. But rest assured, our near neighbours will be ready for us and no doubt will have their homework done. To date the support for this team has been minimal as, unfortunately, it often clashed with a Senior fixture. This time our calendar is free and we owe them a big turnout.

However I think its reasonable to assume that support for the Senior A’s is a given but I again urge you to drop down to PUM on Sunday morning and then across to Marlay for the Junior E game at 12.30pm. To deliver two County Finals prior to the Senior game would be a fantastic start to the day and would certainly give our Seniors a huge lift

The stage is set what could be a historic day for our club with the potential of winning three County Finals. Make sure you play your part and make the effort to support one, two or all three teams if at all possible. Of course it will be a “Big Ask” but with a favourable wind behind them and a bit of luck thrown in, it just might be that special day that we live long in the memory. As always management ,players and supporters will unite to make this dream a reality.

Win or lose we will all be part of the journey and share our experiences back in Clubhouse on Sunday night.

Please note we have buses organised for the Senior game and I urge you to get dropped or walk to the collection point in club. We will have a lot of traffic that morning/afternoon with limited car parking spaces and it is essential we respect our neighhbours. We should also note that there may be traffic restrictions on Sunday due to the Dublin City Marathon.  The best option will be the bus from the club but if you are travelling note that there may be delays or diversions due to the marathon.  Bus details will be posted on the website.

Táimid ag iarraidh tacaíocht ó gach éinne sa chlub, idir óg is aosta an Domhnach seo chughainn.  Tá sé an tábhachtach do na h-imreoirí an “Boden Roar” a chloisteáil ag teacht ón taobhlíne agus ón ardán. Míle Buíochas don tacaíocht go dtí seo agus Bígí Linn ag na gcluichí an Domhnach seo chughainn chun an obair a chríochnú.  Go mbeadh an t-ádh linn ar an lá.

Thanks again for your support in advance

John Ryan

Hurling Chairman.