Issue 6


  Issue 6 – July 2012   

Welcome to the sixth issue of BSJ30.

BSJ 30 Schools Art Competition

Hurling History Early Years by Tom Chambers

Some Random Images and Memories Over 30 Years by Pat Smith

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BSJ 30 Summer Camp Schools Art Competition

BSJ 30 Summer Camp Schools Art Competition

When we looked at activities to celebrate the 30th anniversary of our club we wanted to make sure that the local national schools were involved as the students are the life blood of our club. Nora Stapleton our Games Promotion Officer came up with the idea to run an Art Competition to design the front cover of our Summer Camp Brochure. Nora worked with the schools getting a great response from students, teachers and parents.  Here are the top 23 entries including the winning submission from Emily Gaughan age 11, Divine Word. Thanks to all the students for participating. We will have an article and photos from the summer camp posted to the BSJ30 site later in August.


Winner: Emily Gaughan – Divine Word


Fiada Marsella & Sue McDonagh – Rang 6 St Attractas


Eimear Conroy and Leigh Aherne – Rang 4 Divine Word


Cathal Kissane & Philip Adams – Divine Word


Eoin Reade – Rang 4 Divine Word


Divine Word


Claire Biziyaremye – Divine Word


Ben Coghlan – Rang 6 Divine Woird


Katarina Cvetkovic – Rang 6 Divine Word


Ellen Arrigan – Rang 5 St Attractas


Aoibheann Smith – Rang 4 Divine Word


Gareth Byrne – Divine Word


Sadhbh Ni Ghráda – Rang 5 Scoil Naithi


Orla Ní Dhúill – Rang 5 Scoil Naithi


David Pigott – Rang 4 Divine Word


Matthew Nally – Rang 4 St Attractas


Cathal Muirgheasa – Rang 6 Scoil Naithi


Daire Ó Rónáin – Rang 6 Scoil Naithi


Liam O’Shea – Our Ladys Ballinteer


Sarah Meagher – Divine Word


Caoilinn Guerrine & Sue McDonagh – Rang 6 St Attractas


Connie Whelan – Rang 4 Divine Word


Eve Barry – Rang 4 Scoil Naithi

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Hurling History Continued


Hurling History Continued

By Tom Chambers

In my last article I mentioned that Tony Redmond, Tadhg Donovan, Michael Cleary and Kevin Donnelly had got involved with juvenile hurling in the club in the early 90’s. They were soon joined by Chris O Grady and Jimmy O Neill. By 1993, despite struggling for numbers the club was able to field 4 teams, namely, under 10, 11, 12 and 13. The under 10’s won a grading blitz at the beginning of the season and qualified for division 1. A nursery group that started the previous year had about 30 in attendance on Sunday mornings. The hurling mentors attended some of three coaching courses organised by officials at Croke Park. The Paddy Lawlor tournament continued with an under 12 eleven a side competition, with St Johns, Liffey Gaels, Celbridge, Naomh Mearnón and Crumlin taking part. Crumlin defeated St Johns in the final by 4 points.

Group photo in Phoenix Park blitz: L to R: Shane Corley, Denis Flanagan, Réamon Mac Réamoinn, Concubhair Mac Gloinn, Antóin Mac Réamoinn, John Gobl, Gary Brady, Cormac Ó Muilleoir, Barry Judge, Niall Hanley
1994 saw the club compete in 3 successful juvenile hurling events during the year. These were, Féile na nGael where our under 14 hurlers qualified for the second day of the tournament, also the Paddy Lawlor competition, plus a special hurling day on the eve of the all Ireland hurling finals. The latter event was attended by county stars DJ Carey (Kilkenny), Shay Boland (Dublin) and Conal Bonnar (Tipp). The secretary of the club that year Máirtín Ó Murchú was also involved as a hurling mentor at this stage. We entered teams under 10, 12, 13 and 14 in the league in 1994. The nursery on Sunday mornings also continued.
1995 saw the nursery being run by three new mentors, Oliver McKeon, Michael Holland and Liam Kennedy. We entered teams under 10, 12, 13 and 14. The under 13 team took part in the PJ Troy tournament in division 3. The under 14s did well in their league and went to Tipperary for challenge matches.
1996: The hurling nursery continued but needed more help at mentor level. The under 10 team panel was weak enough but survived nonetheless. The under 11 team took part in the summer Camaint where they won bronze medals. The under 12s finished mid table and the under 13s participated in the PJ Troy tournament. The under 14s had a good run in division 3. The under 15s won the division 3 league with an unbeaten run. By this stage Niall Ó Muilleoir and Tomás Mac Uilleagóid were helping out Tony Redmond with the under 15s. Gerry Murphy and Michael McDonald were involved with the under 12s and under 10s respectively.
St Johns U.16 Championship team April 1997: Back, L to R: MJ Markey, David Harrington, Fionnán Ó Muilleoir, Barry Judge, Denis Flanagan, Paul Kissane, Cian Duffy, Colm O Brien Front, L to R: Peter Maher, Ciarán Walsh, Ruaidhrí Donnelly, Réamon, Mac Réamoinn, Cormac Ó Muilleoir, Antóin Mac Réamoinn, Tomás Ó Floinn
1997: Nursery continued as previously. Oliver McKeon was joined by new mentor Norrie Reynolds and Liam Kennedy. Under 10s fielded 2 teams in the under 10 blitz. Under 11s won the Camaint division 3 Dublin league and the Dublin 11 a side league and reached the semi final of the Paddy Lawlor tournament. Seán Lane had joined Máirtín Ó Murchú looking after this team. Under 12s finished 3rd in the Dublin 11 a side league and the under 13s played in the PJ Troy tournament. Under 14s played in the Leinster féile and were beaten in the shield final. Under 15s won the division 3 league beating St Judes. Under 16s were runners up in the division 3 league and also played in the Kilmacud 7s. Austin Bergin joined the existing mentors here.
St Johns team who won the U 14 hurling crown. September 1998. The clubs first county hurling title.
Note: In above photo 6th from right is Eoghan Naughton.
1998: Up to 40 in nursery on Sunday mornings. Under tens played in blitz and Paddy Lawlor tournament. Under 12’s came third in division three. Under 13’s finished runners up in the PJ Troy tournament. Under 14’s won the division three title. Two players Cormac O’ Brien and Eoin Walsh represented the club in the Dublin under 14 team. Under 15’s made up of under 13’s and 14’s performed well. Three players Réamonn Mac Réamoinn, Colm Ó Giollagáin and Colm Ó Riain were selected for the Dublin under 15 hurling trials. Under 16’s competed in the division 2 league. Four players; Ciarán Walsh, Ruairí Donnelly, Feargal Chambers and Denis Flanagan were selected on the Dublin under 16 hurling panel. A minor team fielded for the first time in many years.This year saw Tom Ryan and Jim Prenderghast get involved with the nursery, Conor O’ Brien with the under 14’s and Cyril O’ Connor with the under 15’s. PJ Dolan began to mentor the under 10’s and 11’s.
Under 16 Hurling medal presentation 2001 for medals won circa 1998.
Back, L to R: Tomás Mac Uilleagóid, Colm Ó Giollagáin, Ciarán Walsh, Réamon Mac Réamoinn, Ruaidhrí Donnelly, Tommy Desmond, Feargal Chambers, Denis Flanagan, Tomás Ó Floinn, Paul Kissane Front, L to R: Declan Kenny, Colm Ó Muirgheasa, Colin Sullivan, Barry Judge, MJ Markey, Antóin Mac Réamoinn, David Harrington, Peter Maher
Under 16 Hurling medal presentation 2001 for medals won circa 1998.
Back, L to R: Tomás Mac Uilleagóid, Colm Ó Giollagáin, Ciarán Walsh, Réamon Mac Réamoinn, Ruaidhrí Donnelly, Tommy Desmond, Feargal Chambers, Denis Flanagan, Tomás Ó Floinn, Paul Kissane Front, L to R: Declan Kenny, Colm Ó Muirgheasa, Colin Sullivan, Barry Judge, MJ Markey, Antóin Mac Réamoinn, David Harrington, Peter Maher
1999:  Nursery:  Still up to 40 attending. The club fielded teams in under 11/12, 13, 14, 15, 16 and minor. The under 11/12 team won their 11 a side league section, winning all their ten matches. The under 12 team won the division 5 of the Leinster Féile. They played Inverness in a compromised hurling/ shinty match. The under 15’s won the division 3 league and were finalists in division 3 of the championship. All the other age groups performed very well in their leagues.
2000: The numbers in the nursery rose to 50 and the time changed to Saturday afternoon. Frank Clabby, Réamonn Mac Réamoinn and Andy Williams joined PJ Dolan training this group. Under 10’s were joined first in the juvenile coaching leagues with Naomh Fionnbarra. Under 11’s were winners of the division 1 shield ‘camáint’ during the summer in Parnell Park. Under 12’s finished third in Division 2 of the all-Dublin league and won division 2 of the Leinster Festival tournament. Liam Kennedy and Frank Clabby were joined by Kieran Duffy and Peadar Ó Ceannabháin, training both under 10’s and 12’s.
Under 14’s promoted to division 1, and under 15’s won the division 3 league and the division 3 championship.
The under 16’s competed well in both league and championship. Two minor teams were fielded this year and acquitted themselves quite well.
Feargal Chambers and Denis Flanagan played league and minor hurling championship with Dublin.
Minor team photo 2nd April 2000
Back, L to R: Éanna Ó Donnacha, Ruaidhrí Donnelly, Tomás Ó Floinn, Barry Judge, Cormac O Brien, Colm Ó Muirgheasa, Eoin Naughton, John O Hanlon,  Front, L to R: Mícheál Ó Meachair, Eoin Walsh, Colm Ó Giollagáin, Réamon Mac Réamoinn, Colin Sullivan, Stephen McNamara, Colm Ó Riain
2001: up to 50 attended nursery with PJ Dolan and others doing a great job. The under 9’s and 10’s were involved in a number of inter-club blitzes and coaching courses. The under 11’s competed in division 1 of the ground hurling competition and reached the finals. The under 12’s were involved in a number of leagues and tournaments and the under 14’s won their division 4 league. The under 16’s had a very successful year reaching the semi-final of the championship and the final of the league. Three players, Peter Moran, Seán Lane and Éamon Mckeon all represented Dublin in the Leinster championship.
Minor Hurling: We finished third in division 2 and Cormac O’ Brien played minor hurling championship with Dublin.
To be continued……



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Some Random Images/Memories over 30 Years



Some Random Images/Memories over 30 Years

By Pat Smith


Many supporters recall the sad news of hearing of Manager Barney Lynch’s passing prior to one of our League games in Loreto on a Sunday morning.

Barney by all accounts was a great character and had managed Johns to victory in securing their first Junior Title in 1984 two years after the founding of the Club and a year after the ‘famous 12 men’ had won an All-Ireland for Dublin in 1983.

Emerging Team in early 90s with John Weir
Starting 15 in Junior A Final in Balgriffin 1995 –
(Later that summer Dublin would recapture Sam after 12 year gap)
Have some fun identifying players above before looking below
From left to right –
Back Row – Ronan Cosgrove ( was on Dublin Bluestar Team in 2003), Eddie Coleman, Eoin Twomey, Johnny McNally, Eoin Richardson, Shane Oliver, Diarmuid Desmond, Mick Cosgrave ( a fine goalkeeper for Johns in mid 2000s),
Front Row – Kenny O’Toole, Johnny Boland, Coman Goggins, Adrian Gallagher, James Oliver, Eamon Lawlor and Kevin McNally.
Pre-Match newspaper build up to Intermediate Final in Feb.’99
Starting 15 in Intermediate Final in Parnell Park in Feb,’99
Team from Left to Right –
Back Row –
Johnny McNally, Eoin Richardson, Eddie Coleman, Lorcan Brennan, Kevin McNally, James Oliver, Gerry Quirke, Coman Goggins,
Front Row (L to R) –
John Gillick, Johnny Boland, Ronan Garvey, Eamon Lawlor, Frankie Ward, John Corcoran and Paul McGrath.
Carlow, Laois and Kildare combination
New ground for GAA in above combination of Carlow, Laois and Kildare natives whose Counties ‘enjoyed’ many years of local
‘friendly’ rivalry on the intercounty front.
Taking it to extremes – no stone left unturned in training – picture from late 90s


Note player in front ‘basking’ in the snow and playing the ‘cool dude’ is none other than John Gillick who in the first half of 2012 Senior Championship match against Lucan Sarsfields had a fine game until being forced to retire injured.

John’s starting 15 – Senior Team – Senior League Game in Mar.’99 after winning Intermediate Crown


Back Row Left to Right –

Johnny McNally, James Oliver ( A key man on current Jun. B Football Team ), Eoin Richardson, Kevin McNally (Still going strong in Kildare Club Football), Eoin O’Connor, Eddie Coleman, Coman Goggins,

Front Row (L to R)

Lorcan Brennan, John Gillick , Frankie Ward (played his first adult league game v Cuala in Sept ‘96 and still going strong with Jun As), Eamon Lawlor, Johnny Boland, Paul McGrath and John Corcoran.

Great credit must be given to Ron Tuile who was an excellent Trainer to Johns over many years.

Above and beyond call of duty – Coman Goggins in ‘wars’ – league game 2003



Picture of Week – Action Photo from Senior Championship Semi Final in 2003


Senior Team in 2005


This photo of Senior Panel in 2005 was taken prior to League game in early part of season.

Tremendous credit must also be given to all Senior Football Managers/Mentors in recent years who worked tirelessy to preserve Senior Football status for St.Johns in a transition period while simultaneously developing young talent emerging from the underage ranks for future success.

Up to Date

Senior Panel at start of 2012 Season