St Patrick’s CYFC Update

Pictured: John and Patrick Healy, who were presented with a cheque from Eirgrid.

Pictured: John and Patrick Healy, who were presented with a cheque from Eirgrid.

Well, what a difference a few weeks can make. The doom and gloom of recent months has lifted a little in terms of our position in the LSL Senior division table, with the lads putting a mini run of positive results together to lift CY, at least for the moment, out of the relegation bottom three, but let’s cast the on-field activities to one side for a moment.

Recently, our long serving club honorary secretary John Healy announced his intention to retire from that position at the end of the current season. John has served with distinction as secretary for 20-plus years, dealing with league issues, referees and opponents, along with many other club-related secretarial duties.

John was recently honoured by the local community for services to the club at the Sean Moore awards held in the grounds of Clanna Gael. It was a fantastic honour shared with his brother Patrick, who acts as the club’s treasurer. John will remain on the club’s committee (you couldn’t keep him away) and we would like to thank him for his dedicated and excellent service over the years.

The FAI awards were held recently at RTE’s Donnybrook studios, with our own Thomas Dunne, one of three nominees for the Intermediate player of the year gong. Thomas was voted Leinster Senior League player of the year for 2014, which propelled him to the national awards.

Unfortunately. Thomas lost out to Avondale United’s Danny Long but can be extremely proud of his place in the top three for 2014; we as a club are certainly privileged to have Thomas as one of our own.

So moving on to the football, Our Senior side ended a frustrating barren spell when they earned a credible draw away to Firhouse Clover in January, but with defeats to Crumlin, Killester and Drumcondra had found themselves in the bottom three.

Things were looking grim but recent wins at home to UCD and away to Malahide, along with a draw on the road with Tolka Rovers, has lifted everyone. With eight games remaining, of which six are at home, they have given themselves a real chance of survival.

Our Saturday side sit in a safe league position and will be looking to the Lanigan cup for any chance of silverware this season; they travel to St Francis in a second round fixture.

Also, just a couple of notes relating to our usual club fundraising. We held a poker night in the Irishtown House recently, which went according to plan. We managed to bring more business to our main sponsor while having a good social night.

We would like to thank InterSevens again for their generosity in helping to put this event together. The calendar sales are almost complete so we hope to be in a position to present the takings from this wonderful event to Our Lady’s Hospice at some point in April/May.

Finally, we received a very kind donation from the Eirgrid Group. Allocations such as this are always a great help. Thank you to Amanda Whelan for her assistance with this.

By David Nolan