Crokes calling all Ireland

by Gazette Reporter

KILMACUD Crokes are looking to complete an unprecedented double as their footballers look to follow in the footsteps of their hurling counterparts by winning the FBD All-Ireland Sevens on Saturday in Stillorgan.

A fortnight ago, the hurlers – featuring star men Ryan O’Dwyer, Niall Corcoran and Jack Doughan – ended their wait for glory in the competition that they host on All-Ireland weekend each year.

Last week, former Dublin stars Mark Vaughan and Darren Magee, ladies footballer Molly Lamb and Donegal hero Mark McHugh were on hand to launch the event and it looks set to be another spectacular event.

It features 32 teams from 16 different counties along with London Parnells across five grounds in the area with Naomh Olaf also providing the use of Pairc ui Bhriain for the day.

Teams will play out the group stages in the Stillorgan area: Silverpark, Naomh Olaf and Pairc de Burca (Glenalbyn) with the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final being played on Saturday afternoon in Pairc de Burca, the home of Kilmacud Crokes.

Speaking about the event, Dublin county board chairman Andy Kettle said: “Kilmacud Crokes’ long running Sevens event has long since been enshrined as an integral part of All-Ireland weekend and huge crowds flock to the club year in year out to see top level action and to really kick start All-Ireland weekend.

“It’s a credit to the club that they organise the event to such a high standard on an annual basis and I wish them well with their 2014 event, knowing it will be every bit as successful as in previous years.”

Sean Fox, an FBD employee as well as chairman of the Kilmacud Crokes football committee, said: “As a member of Kilmacud Crokes I am very proud to be standing here in the home of Kilmacud Crokes, my home as a boy and a man, to see the 42nd consecutive running of the premium sevens competition in Ireland.

“This competition has without doubt gone from strength to strength over the last 42 years but special thanks must also go to the GAA and to the media for their continued support.”

In addition, to commemorate Kilmacud clubman, and anti-smoking campaigner, Gerry Collins, a vintage ’92 Donegal side will take on a Kerry-flavoured celebrity team in a charity match, with collected funds being supplemented by the FBD7s committee.]

The fan’s favourite, a draw for those elusive All-Ireland tickets, will also be available to supporters and players alike.

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