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2014 Competition

At times it may have seemed that the intercession of their own Saint was necessary, but in the end St Jude’s needed to look no further than their own super star Kevin Mc Manamon for the inspiration needed to drive on to victory over a very strong Thomas Davis outfit in the annual John Humphrey memorial cup hosted by St James Gaels in the Iveagh Grounds on the Crumlin Road on 28 December.


Trailing by 1-4 to 0-3 at half time the boys from St Jude’s fought with a dogged determination in the second half to run out eventual winners on a score of 1-7 to 1-6.


The weather was cold and crisp in in the Iveagh Grounds in Crumlin and so was the football.

St Judes - Winner of the Humphrey Cup 2014
Winnner of 2014 Humphrey Cup - St Judes


In the end St Jude’s edged a pulsating final by the narrowest of margins following a much discussed incident during the second half.


With less than ten minutes to the finish, and with Judes trailing by four points, they smashed the ball against the Thomas Davis crossbar to sighs of relief from the Kiltipper contingent.


However, shortly after the boys from Tallaght had cleared their lines St Judes were back on the offensive.


The ball was expertly driven to the Thomas Davis net but the referee had already called play back to award a penalty to the Templeogue outfit for a foul on their sharp shooter.


Cool as a breeze the penalty was slotted home and this was followed shortly afterwards by an ace of a score from the side line which crossed over for a point hitting both the upright and cross bar on the way.


Jude’s had to weather some extreme pressure from the Tallaght boys at the finish and one fisted effort in particular came very close to claiming the title for Thomas Davis.


In the end the lively St Jude’s side held out for a one point victory on a score line of 1-7 to 1-6.

Runners Up - Thomas Davis
2nd Place - Thomas Davis

Played on 27 December and 28 December, the competition is held in memory of young John Humphrey, a St James Gaels player, who died tragically in an accident in 1998. This was the 16th year of the competition and, as always, the spirit in which the competition was played, and the high standard of football, was a fitting memorial to the memory of young John Humphrey.


Generously sponsored by John’s family, the tournament showcases the cream of under 10 talent in Dublin football.


The group stages on Saturday saw St Judes’s, Cuala, Thomas Davis & Castleknock  advance to the final stages at the expense of hosts St. James Gaels, Templeogue Synge Street, St Annes  and Whitehall Colmcilles.


As always, the standard of football throughout the tournament was excellent and there was no shortage of thrills over the two days. By the time the final whistle was blown by referee Conor Dunne (St. James Gaels) on the last of the games, all of the spectators were delighted having witnessed some thrilling games with no end of goalmouth incident.

3rd Place Cuala
3rd Place - Cuala


Dubs Star Kevin Mc Manamon was on hand, not only celebrate the success of his own Club in the final, but also to point out what a truly special tournament the Humphrey Cup is for the family of John Humphrey and all of their friends in St James Gaels.


Speaking at the presentation of the trophy to St Jude’s, Billy Hannigan, of St James Gaels, paid tribute to all of the players and their mentors who had made the event such a success. He paid a special tribute to Gaels Paul Flanagan who is the driving force behind the competition and to everyone else who helped out in any way.


Billy stressed the importance to St James Gaels of the continued success of the tournament and reminded everyone present just how important team sport is to the development of our young people.


Billy also mentioned the huge importance volunteers play in the promotion and development of Gaelic Games and he drew attention to a special tribute to Eamonn Lane which appeared in the commemorative programme for the competition. (See end of this release)


Cuan Manning from St Jude’s was the recipient of the award for the player of the tournament but he certainly had hot competition from a number of others.


The recipient of the award for best endeavour went to Luke Pettit from Castleknock whose dogged persistent determination earned him many admirers in the Iveagh Grounds.


Crumlin Hospital stands to make some €1,000 from the competing teams. Every year a similar sum is raised by the competition to assist the children’s hospital.


Finally mention needs to be made of Aaron Byrne, Conor Dunne and Dean Byrne of St James Gaels who did an excellent job as referees throughout the tournament.

4th Place Castleknock
4th Place - Castleknock

Final Score


St Jude’s 1-7 Thomas Davis 1-6


Third Place Play Off


Cuala 3-4 Castleknock 1-4


Semi Finals


St Judes 4-4 Cuala 0-1

Thomas Davis 1–2 Castleknock 0-3


(Pictures can be accessed through the St James Gaels facebook page at


Further information


Paul Flanagan 087 2412886



Billy Hannigan 087 2371611



Group A


St. James Gaels 0-0 Castleknock 2-3

St. Anne’s 1-1 Cuala 0-4

St. Anne’s 4-0 St. James Gaels 4-0

Whitehall Colmchilles  1-3 Cuala 2-8

Cuala 3-6 St. James Gaels 0-0

Castleknock 5-1 Whitehall Colmchilles 1-1

Whitehall Colmchilles 1-4 St. Anne’s 4-3

Cuala 0-0 Castleknock 2-2

St. James Gaels 2-0 Whitehall Colmchilles 0-7

St. Anne’s 0-2 Castleknock 3-2


Winners:           Castleknock                  8 points


Runners Up:     Cuala                            5 points


Group B


St. Jude’s 1-9 Thomas Davis 1-4

Thomas Davis 5-2 Templeogue Synge Street 2-0

Templeogue Synge Street 1-3 v St. Jude’s 3-9


Winners: St. Jude’s


Runners Up: Thomas Davis