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John Humphrey Memorial Cup Dates Announced

posted 14 Oct 2010, 00:10 by St. James Gaels   [ updated 18 Oct 2010, 05:42 ]
While Dubliners are getting ready to decide how best to celebrate Christmas, St James Gaels are making plans to ensure we will have a feast of Christmas football in the Iveagh Grounds on 27 and 28 December next.

On those dates the Crumlin Road venue will showcase the cream of under 10 talent in Dublin football in the annual John Humphrey memorial cup hosted by St James Gaels.

The competition is held in memory of John Humphrey, a young St James Gaels player, who died tragically some years ago.

Generously sponsored by John’s family the tournament is a fitting tribute to the memory of a young boy for whom sport played such a major part in his short life.

Gaels Chairman Noel Thompson said that the event is “the most special event in the club’s calendar” and he paid particular tribute to Paul Flanagan and the Humphrey family for all the time and effort they put into making it such a prestigious competition.

“We hope that all of the young players will enjoy their time with us at the competition. While every team likes to win the most important thing about this event is that everybody approaches it in a spirit that makes sport a winner.”

Fixture details will be announced in the coming weeks.

In the 2009 final St Vincent’s had just that little bit extra in the tank and they edged out Cuala by 2-6 to 1-6. Led by Ryan Murphy, son of Dubs legend Vinny, the boys from Marino had to put everything on the line to keep the Cuala lads from forcing extra time. Brilliant defending by Vinnie's Sean Lambe and the intervention of a cross bar which stopped a goal bound pile driver in the dying seconds consigned Cuala to their second defeat in a row in the final of this competition.

There is every reason to believe that this year’s competition, which also helps to raise funds for Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin, will culminate in yet another exciting finale on 28 December.

With an impressive range of facilities in the Iveagh Grounds on the Crumlin Road and its well appointed playing fields in the grounds of Drimnagh Castle St James Gaels welcomes anyone with an interest in Gaelic Football with open arms.

St James Gaels currently fields two mens adult Gaelic football teams, a Ladies team and juvenile teams from Under 9 to Under 18 age levels. In addition, for 5 to 8 year olds, we run our Gaels All-Stars Academy in the grounds of Drimnagh Castle school which introduces boys and girls to Gaelic football in a friendly and fun atmosphere. We also have a Girls only training session – St James Gals – to help in ensuring that girls participate more fully. A developing section for Girls teams is currently fielding girls teams at both Under 9 and Under 13.

Further information Contact:

Paul Flanagan 087 2412886
Billy Hannigan 087 2371611