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Boys in blue christen new GAA pitch

Published: 13th March 2017

Over 1,500 people descended on the Sports Grounds at the weekend to celebrate the opening of the new GAA pitch at the Santry Avenue location.

Jim Gavin brought his Dublin team, who christened the pitch in a challenge match against a selection of Trinity men. However the real stars of the show were the 500 or so children, representing 25 clubs from Dublin and beyond.

The U10 boys and girls played a series of Gaelic games in the build-up to the main event and again during half time.

President of the GAA Aogán Ó Fearghaíl performed the official ribbon-cutting ceremony, flanked by the captains from the Trinity and Dublin teams. This followed welcome addresses from Conor Laverty (GAA Development Officer), Michelle Tanner (Head of Trinity Sport) and Geraldine Ruane (the college's Chief Operating Officer).

Despite a valiant display by Trinity, Dublin gradually pulled away and the scoreline finished 0-10 (Trinity) to 3-12 (Dublin). Afterwards Dublin manager Jim Gavin stopped by the Trinity dressing room to have a few words with the home team.

The connection between Trinity and Dublin GAA, of course, goes back a long way. One of the GAA’s most legendary figures, Kevin Heffernan, led Trinity GAA to their first victory back in 1951. Since then the college has fostered several other talented boys in blue who’ve achieved All-Ireland glory with Dublin, including Tony Hanahoe, Jim Brogan - uncle of Alan and Bernard - and Pat Gilroy.

The new grass, floodlit, arena pitch at the Sports Grounds means that Trinity GAA now have a new home base for playing and training. Investment in the facilities is a reflection of Trinity Sport’s commitment to GAA as a focus sport, along with hockey, rowing and rugby.

Main photo above: Dublin manager Jim Gavin has a word with the Trinity men after the match