Pairc ui Murchu back after major makeover

by Gazette Reporter
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BALLYBODEN St Enda’s celebrating the official re-opening of Pairc Ui Mhurchu last Saturday with a jam-packed day of activities.
As part of the work done at the club’s home, the refurbished pitch underwent a major re- development, which cost €200,000, over the last nine months.
The official ceremony was performed by Ballyboden St Enda’s chairman Ciaran Maguire together with special guest, Jim Bolger, chairman of the Leinster Council.
Among the other guests who attended the event were Paul Gogarty, Mayor of SDCC, Sean Shanley, chairman of Dublin County Board, Canon Adrienne Galligan from Rathfarnham Parish, Fr Paddy Smyth from Knocklyon, John Lahart TD and Counsellor Deirdre O’Donovan.
The day celebration began with a poc fada competition at 10am, which consisted of 20 teams of the club’s hurlers taking part.
A hurling challenge match followed between Ballyboden and Dicksboro of Kilkenny and a further AFL Division 1 match between Ballyboden and Ballymun Kickhams with all four teams, especially the visiting teams, very complimentary about the standard of the new pitch surface.
There was a genuine holiday atmosphere in the club which was attended by many of the club’s families and friends.
A barbeque together with other refreshments was laid on for the four teams and all patrons of the club.
In the evening, the clubhouse was full for a ceili and music to close out the celebrations

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