JIM GAVIN’S final engagement of an epic 2013 will take place on home turf as the annual Dubs Stars football and hurling ties will be played at Round Tower’s Monastery Road home on New Year’s Eve.
The venue welcomes a plethora of trophies with Gavin’s side having won the All-Ireland and Leinster senior football championships along with the national league while the hurlers arrive as division 1B league winners and Leinster champions.
The Dubs Stars football and hurling teams are selected based on Dublin county championship performances and they will compete against the county footballers and hurlers at Monastery Road hours ahead of the 2014 season.
Tony Delaney, Round Tower chairman said of the event: “It’s a great honour for Round Tower GAA Club to host this great sports event and we are eagerly looking forward to it. It is a brilliant way to round off what has been a very historic and memorable year in the prestigious history of this 129-year-old club.”
2013 saw the official opening of the Monastery Road facility on April 20 when the Dublin Football team, managed by Clondalkin native Gavin, played the Galway senior footballers.
In September, Gavin guided the Dublin footballers to All-Ireland glory and the Clondalkin native and the All-Ireland Champions were afforded a remarkable homecoming one Sunday in September when 4,000 people lined the streets of the village to mark the triumph.
“Jim’s achievement has further heightened the excitement and enthusiasm for Gaelic Games in Clondalkin, particularly amongst our young people,” Delaney added.
“We’re delighted to welcome the All-Ireland Football Champions back to Monastery Road. In tandem with the footballers, the success of Anthony Daly and the Dublin hurlers has added momentum to the enthusiasm for our national games within the community and we look forward to watching them play on our magnificent home pitch.
“It’s a great opportunity for families to bring their children to see the Dublin footballers and hurlers up close. People from Clondalkin, surrounding communities, GAA fans and all are very welcome to join us for this great occasion.”
The hurlers will take on the Dubs Stars selection at 5pm and the All-Ireland winning footballers will compete against the equivalent selection at 7pm and Tower’s are busy planning for this celebration of Dublin GAA and further details will be announced in the coming days.
St Pat’s Palmerstown man Shane Stapleton will line out for the Dubs Stars hurlers following a superb year with the Glenaulin club who reached the quarter-finals of the Dublin senior championship and could showdown against club mate Liam Rushe.