Realt Deargs co-founder, vice Chairman and C team manager is leaving our shores today heading off to America and we wish him well and thanks for all his efforts both as a player and a executive member and manager. He will be a big loss to the club but hopefully it wont be too long until we see him again. Thanks to everyone who contributed to his going away present and came to his leaving do in Rodys. He got an award which was fitting cause he really loves those things! Realt Dearg Abú. Liam Lanigan Abú.
Realt Dearg A 2-22 Commercials 1-04
Drimnagh Castle, Sunday 16 August @ 10.15am
Conditions were perfect and the pitch was looking great in Drimnagh Castle for the Junior D Championship quarterfinal between Realt Dearg and Commercials. The Stars started strongly with a number of points and an early goal to burst out of the traps and Commercials never really had a chance to get close in what was a very open and entertaining game and much more competitive than the scoreline suggested. The one downside was the injury to John Barry after a collision in midfield saw him brought to hospital with what turned out to be a broken leg. Get well soon John.
Special metion must be made of Conor O’Droma taking the difficult option and managing to shoot wide having done all the hard work of creating the space and rounding the keeper. No fault.
Team: Gary Thompson, Ultan, Trev, Mike Richardson, Conor Maharaj, JB, Kevin Cormican, Paul Warren, OD, Kev Ryan, Colm Gahan, Niall Mullane, Cian Liddy, Frank Farrell, Gary Hurney. Subs: Martin Murphy, Derek McKenna, Conor O’Droma, Mike Butler, DOC
Clontarf 2-19 Realt Dearg B 1-06
St Annes Park, Sunday 16 August @ 10.15am
A tight first half saw the side go in at half time two points apart with Clontarf leading by 9 points to 1-04 for the Stars with Jack getting the goal.
Clontarf slowly increased their lead in the second half with a number of points before 2 goals in quick succession decided the game. Well done to everyone involved and hard luck.
Team: Cathal Mulkere, Eoin O’Sullivan, Barry Ruth, Gav O’Connell, Brad Harte, Wazu, Mailman, Gergantor, James Kenny, Stephen Barry, Tom Kehoe, Rory O’Loughlin, Deise, Jack, Shane Murphy. Subs Danger, Eoin Fingleton, Doc Lanigan, Goose, Shane Lenihan, R Kelly, Mick Butler, Dec Ryan
Tuesday 22nd July 2015, Páirc Uí Bhriain, Balally
Réalt Dearg 'A' 4-13 v 0-9 Naomh Olaf
The A team continued their winning ways with an impressive win over Naomh Olaf to further the push for more league honours this year. The Stars got off a blistering start with Frank Farrell goaling from a close range free in the opening minutes. Frank followed up with 2 points putting Réalt Dearg into a commanding lead which was never relinquished throughout the game. Martin Murphy, Podge Buckley and Paul Warren added to three further points from Frank to extend the lead before excellent buildup play involving the two former Newmarket men, Cian Liddy and Martin Murphy, resulted in Murphy firing a bullet to the net. Kevin Ryan rounded off the first half scoring with a well taken point to give the Stars an 8 point cushion at the break. Key to the first half performance was serious workrate and teamwork with many scores created from turnovers and cleverly developed plays. However, there was some concern at the interval that the home side were beginning to play their way back into the game by tacking on a few scores just before the break.
Those concerns were dispelled in a second half where the mean Réalt Dearg defence limited Olafs to just two further points. Points from Frank, Paul and Colm Gahan, who had been re-located to leading the attack for this game, together with two excellently taken goals from Cian Liddy ensured that the points would be heading back to D6W. The second half also saw A team debuts for Kevin Cormican and Conor Maheraj whose impressive performances will be sure to have every player on their toes in advance of the championship quarter final in three weeks.
Réalt Dearg: Gary Thompson, Ultan Dillon, Trevor Jackman (capt), Mike Richardson, Cathal Hester, John Barry, Brian Gavin, Paul Warren, Niall Mullane, Padraig Buckley, Colm Gahan, Martin Murphy, Kevin Ryan, Frank Farrell, Cian Liddy.
Subs: Conor Maheraj, Kevin Cormican, James Kenny, Stephen Casey, Declan Ryan
Drimnagh Castle Stadium got a makeover on Saturday thanks to the sterling efforts of the men of Réalt Dearg. A selection of images from the days is included below.
The evening finished with a BBQ and drinks in Cathal Brugha Barracks and special thanks must go to Stephen Bunny for organising the proceedings there.
"A man working outdoors feels more like a man if he can have a bottle of suds." - Andy Dufresne
Tuesday 14th July 2015, Drimnagh Castle
Réalt Dearg 'C' 2-7 v 5-12 Raheny
Drimnagh Castle was again the venue as the C men were let loose on a unsuspecting Raheny team to showcase their unique brand of off the cuff and literally never-say-die hurling. It has often been known for miracles to happen on the sportsfield and tonight was no exception....but more of that anon.
A particular personal magic moment in this author's night was the sight of that effervescent youth, Leon Flanagan, showing his many years of experience early in the second half. In no uncertain terms he highlighted to all of us (comparatively) young lads that team mates are a luxury not a necessity in executing a "perfectly legitimate" pass to himself which befuddled friend, foe and officials alike. This must be how it was done back in the day was the thought on everybody's minds as they watched in awe at the gracefulness of his sleight of hand in getting out of a tight spot. Expect this manoeuvre to be part of next week's training itinerary.
However, Leon's exploits in luxurious hurling were not the main focus of discussion in the ale-houses after the event. Shortly before half time, an event happened that will be celebrated in the annals of this club for many many years. The miracle was not the return of the enigmatic Mike Butler to the field of play but rather his apparent demise following some "minor contact" in the small square. His first week back in the black and red and he's lying there dead on the pitch. Now Mike is no man to take death lying down (although in this case he was actually on the ground so maybe that cliché is moot) so following the referee's decision to blow for half time rather than the penalty which should result from such wanton violence leading to a fatality, he executed a move straight from the Lazarus playbook and rose majestically from the dead. To paraphrase the great Mícheal Ó'Muircheartaigh, Lazarus was a great man but he couldn't verbally abuse an official like a risen Mike Butler. "I would have scored two goals from that penalty" threatened Butler...which would have been useful as the Stars trailed at the break.
Much like the Kurgan, an immortal Mike Butler is a dangerous beast and in the second half he proceeded to carry out that half-time threat and rattled the net, which was followed swiftly by another three pointer from Mark Dunphy. Dunphy is less Kurgan, more a Juan Sanchez Villa-Lobos Ramirez type without the silly Scottish accent. Yes, I'm aware there are far too many Highlander references in this match report but when you have witness a reformed Mailman on the field in the same week, 80s/90s cult-classic movies become your go-to reference point.
Later in the half, Wazu who was also in a return to action, but less heralded as he's from Tipp and incapable of performing a resurrection, was considered to be fairly annoying (think Joe Pesci in the later Lethal Weapons...) by management in his midfield role so was put into goals as punishment. He promptly managed to undo good wood from Butler, Brian Finn and Dave Sheehan in scoring second half points by allowing a speculative shot sail over his head and complete the Raheny scoring.
As an aside, in the team photo below, Ross and James' attempt at singing the (ahem..American) National Anthem have obviously caused Murph some discomfort...altho Marc is proudly standing to attention as is the protocol I'm led to believe.
The author has based this match report on heresay and conjecture from patrons at the event. No James Kennys were harmed in this production. Interest may fall as well as rise throughout this match report.
Réalt Dearg: Marc, Kev Mc, GOC, Deacon, Fireman Kely, Skippy Ruth, Goose, Wazu, Brian Finn, DOC2, Buts, Domhnall, Dave K, Dave S, Leon
Subs: Kenny, DOC1, Danger, Mark Dunphy, Murph
Sunday 12th July, Drimnagh Castle
Realt Dearg ‘B’ 0-11 Cuala 2-16
The two clubs clashed again after last Thursday’s championship fixture with the B’s taking on the Cuala team this time. The Stars took some time to get going but finished the half strongly with 3 points although Cuala did score a goal right on half time to wipe out that progress. The half was notable for Mike Butler making his comeback for the Stars. Attaboy Mike, good to see you back.
The second half was only minutes underway when Cuala had a stoppage for an injury. It was then we witnessed one of the greatest feats of sportsmanship ever witnessed when James Kenny had a nice little puck about with his opposite number. You’ve made a friend for life there James! And gained a lot of admirers too no doubt. No fault James.
Anyhoo, that kinda wraps it up. Realt Dearg Abú.
Team: Mulclare, Declan, Shane Lenihan, Danger, Mailman, Barry Ruth, DOC1, Gergantor, James Kenny, DOC2, Tom, Eoin Fingleton, Droma, Jack and Murph. Subs: Mike Butler for Eoin Fingleton, Brian Finn, Kevin Cormican, Dave Sheehan, Caoimhin Concannon and Leon.
Realt Dearg Abú
Monday, 13th July 2015
Réalt Dearg "A" 3-14 v 2-8 Civil Service
Following the championship heroics on Thursday evening, Réalt Dearg got back to winning ways with an impressive 9 point victory over Civil Service at Drimnagh Castle. Playing with the aid of the elements in the first half, the home side got off to a dream start with Kevin Ryan goaling in the opening exchanges. The Stars continued to exert their dominance picking off some fine scores with Frank Farrell, Martin Murphy and Paul Warren getting on the scoresheet and Padraig Buckley causing plenty of worries for the Civil Service defence. The away side kept themselves in touch with some long range frees against the breeze. At the break, the scoreline of 1-8 to 4 points probably did not reflect the Réalt Dearg dominance in the opening period, particularly with the stiffening breeze favouring Civil Service for the second half.
Four points were shared by both teams early in the second half before a goal from Cian Liddy appeared to put some daylight between the sides. However, Civil Service responded quickly with a three-pointer of their own to immediately reduce the deficit. Points continued to be exchanged, including well-worked team scores from Kevin Ryan and Niall Mullane, until a long range effort from Martin Murphy deceived the goalkeeper who could only palm the ball into the roof of the net. From then until the end Réalt Dearg looked to in control led admirably by heroic defensive performances from Colm Gahan, Mike Richardson and Cathal Hester. They were ably assisted by substitute Declan Ryan, whose "light contact" in keeping a Civil Service attacker at bay was an inspiring moment. The game finished with a kicked goal by Civil Service but by that stage, Réalt Dearg had done more than enough to secure the two points.
Réalt Dearg: Gary Thompson, Ultan Dillon, Cathal Hester, Mike Richardson, Brian Gavin, Colm Gahan, Ronan Moloney, Eoin O'Dwyer (capt), Paul Warren, Niall Mullane, Martin Murphy, Padraig Buckley, Kevin Ryan, Frank Farrell, Cian Liddy.
Substitutes: Tom Kehoe, Colm Griffin, Declan Ryan, Stephen Barry, Conor O'Droma
Thursday 9th July, Shanganagh Park
Cuala 0-23 Realt Dearg ‘A’ 1-20
Realt Dearg A team headed up to Shanganagh Park in Shankill to play Cuala in the last game in the Championship Group Stages. Conditions were perfect with little or no breeze and knowing a win would secure top spot in the group it was all to play for.
Cuala opened the scoring with 2 points before Realt Dearg replied with a point from Frank Farrell and a goal from play from Kevin Ryan to finish off a great move. It was tit for tat through out the first half and Cuala had a 1 point lead at the interval 0-13 to 1-09.
Cual opened the scoring in the second half but the Realt Dearg team matched them with every score. At the very end Frank landed a free from out on the sideline at the 65’ to level the match which was no more than we deserved. It was a fine way to cap a magnificent personal performance with a personal tally for Frank of 14 points.
It was a real battling performance from all over the pitch and a point well and truly won. Well done to everyone from 1 to 15, the subs that came on and the lads who togged but weren't used.
Lastly, just to mention the support on the line. For an away fixture so far out of town it really was great to see so many Realt Dearg lads on the sideline supporting the team and it really was appreciated by the team and management. It looked like we outnumbered the home team so thats some going.
Team: Gary Thompson, Ultan, Trev, Mike Richardson, Chubba, JB, Derek McKenna, OD, Paul Warren, Stephen Bunny, Niall Mullane, Clares Martin Murphy, Podge, Frank and Kev Ryan. Subs: Gary Hurney for Podge, Hesty for Derek.
Realt Dearg Abú
Richie Ryan, formally of this Parish, has featured on the42.ie top 10 most memorable Irish fans abroad.