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Club Traditions

HISTORY

St Joseph’s Boys AFC is a schoolboy/girl football club based in Sallynoggin on the south side of Dublin. The club was founded in 1953 by Fr. Frank McCabe and Brendon Harmon to provide youth services through football for children in the greater Dun Laoghaire area. The club’s first match was played in the Phoenix Park in September 1953. St Joseph’s has always been a progressive club and it opened its clubhouse, dressing rooms and showers in 1964. This football facility was further enhanced in 1975.

1950’s:

Fr. McCabe who was affectionately known as “The Revo” with his right hand man Brendon Harmon set out to recruit the best leaders from local youth clubs as they strived towards his vision of making St. Joseph’s one of the best clubs in the country. People like Terry & Joe Dunne, Reggie Johnston, Jem Kelly, Des Kerr, Kevin Morris, Tommy Tallant, Mick Lambkin, Eamon Dignam, John King, Austin Mullen and many more were brought to manage teams as the club grew in size and stature. Tony Chuckie Corrigan was the first Senior of the year in 1955.

1960’s:

Joes continued to grow in both reputation and size as the club won leagues and cups at all ages. Richard Cummins became our first schoolboy international and was quickly followed by Willie Fogarty, Ger Sayers and Jackie Vance.  In 1964 our first clubhouse was built using voluntary labour as members and locals gave their services in the evenings and weekends to finish the project. 1966 was a landmark year for the club as the 15’s won our first FAI Cup and our teams embarked on their first trip abroad to London. Sean Sheehy won his first youth cap against England and later signed for Preston North End.

1970’s:  

The 70’s will be remembered for winning every trophy in schoolboy football. Pat Devlin and Eugene Davis won Youths International caps. Under the guidance of Jimmy Whelan and Shay Farrelly, Joes produced the most successful team in the history of schoolboy football in Ireland. Collecting leagues and cups in all ages from 10 to 18. A string of schoolboy (Lar Mahony, Anto Whelan, Chippy Devlin, and Alan Campbell) and youth internationals (Anto Whelan, Des Kavanagh, John Murray, Dave Kane, Chippy Devlin, Alan Campbell) followed and our first full international Alan Campbell also came from this team. In one of the club’s most successful years on the pitch St Joseph’s Boys won the FAI youth cup and the Leinster Junior Cup in 1978. The club was awarded the title of Team of the Year by the Leinster Senior League. Our first partnership was born out of this success when John Giles the manager of Shamrock Rovers with Eamon Dunphy and Ray Tracy approached the club to become a nursery for Rovers. Three players signed for Rovers  (Alan Campbell, Aidan McCluskey and Des Kavanagh). Anto Whelan and Dave Kane signed for Bohs and Chippy Devlin and Tony Clack signed for Shelbourne.

1980’s:

The club continued to grow through the 80’s as we broadened our horizons by representing Dun Laoghaire in a tournament in Brest, France as part of the towns “Twinning Programme”. Honours in international tournaments followed and two players Keith Long and James Mulligan were snapped up by Stoke City after Willie Byrne guided the team to victory in the Keele International. Investment in facilities continued as we levelled and installed drainage on the so called new pitch. The 80’s also proved a very successful period for the Senior team who won at least one trophy in every year of the decade. Also at this time Anto Whelan signed for Manchester United while Alan Campbell signed for Racing Santander in La Liga.

1990’s:

This decade will be remembered for the amount of Joes players who signed for UK clubs. Ronald O’Brien signed for Middlesboro and Juventus and Gary Smith signed for Sunderland. Two more players signed for Stoke City (James O’Connor and Clive Clarke, who both went on to play in the Premiership) followed by four players (Ciaran Ryan, Peter Murphy, Paul Forsyth and Michael Lawless) signing for Blackburn Rovers. We also set up a partnership with local National League club Bray Wanderers which included the introduction of a “School of Excellence Programme” in which Bray coaches delivered on a weekly basis. This programme led to a partnership with Newcastle United which was set up by Pat Devlin and Newcastle manager Kenny Dalglish. During this partnership four Joes players Stephen Brennan, Joe Kendrick, Thomas Hawkins and Neil Finn signed for Newcastle.

2000’s:

This decade provided the club 6 more senior internationals with Peter Murphy, Alan O’Brien, Clive Clarke, Andy Keogh, Paul McShane and Eamon Zayed. Our purpose built facility was opened in 2003 to mark our fiftieth anniversary. The building was designed by local architect Deirdre Hartigan and was opened by “An Taoiseach” Bertie Ahern. A further partner was added when Gerry Egan thanked the city of Izumo, Japan for their hospitality shown to the Irish team during World Cup 2002. This led to the establishment of the Hibernia Trophy and two visits to Izumo by Joes as well as return visits by The City of Izumo selections to compete in the Hibernia Trophy. The new century marked the introduction of Girls teams into the club. Led by Ann Dodd & Francis Watts they brought a new dimension and vibrancy to the club as they played their way  to successive FAI Cup finals.  Amy Keating became our first ladies international and she also gained a football scholarship to the US as did Katherine Meaney and Shauna Pearle. During this decade we had short partnerships with Charlton Athletic, Atletico Madrid and Liverpool.

2010’s:

The Hibernia Trophy continued to grow in stature as Celtic, Manchester United, Liverpool, Villarreal, F.C. Utrecht, Linfield and many more clubs graced our pitches in Sallynoggin. Further facility development led to extra dressing rooms being built and the opening of a new gear shop and Café 53. A new and exciting partnership was formed with Celtic F.C. following the signing of Gareth McDonagh. The 10’s produced two teams that rivelled the 1970’s team by winning three All Ireland’s each. Managed by Jay Costello with Mick Brown, Gavin Teehan, Aidan Abbott  and Paul O’Reilly. They also won Leagues and League Cups. With Bernard Byrne, Jay Mulally and Keith Kenna at the helm they also won Leagues and League Cups. A record number of Schoolboy Internationals with Captain Joe Redmond, Joe Murphy, Ryan Burke, Aaron Bolger,  Glen McCauley, Dan Byrne, Promise Omechere. Jonathon Olafeme, Andy Lyons, Brandon Kavanagh and Domnic Peppard all receiving International honours. Also Enda Minoge, Leigh Kavanagh, Presious  Omochere, Feste Ebosele, Billy Vance, Matt Murphy, Callum Thomson and Mipu

The end of this decade saw the creation of The National League at 13’s, 15’s, 17’s and 19’s with Joes playing as Bray St. Joseph’s. A number of players were promoted to the Bray Wanderers first team including Jake Ellis, Jamie Crilly and Andy Moran who became the youngest  player to play in the Bray first team. During the 2010’s two further Senior Internationals emerged for Alan Judge and Sean Maguire.

National League, Football League, Scottish League and NSL.

Over the years hundreds of Joes players have played in the National League of Ireland with distinction and many players have graced the Football League such as John Fitzgerald, Ian McGrain, Aidan Lyons, Graham Ward, Ian Morris, Alan Judge, Jay O’Shea, Gavin Gunning, Dylan Hayes, Sam Byrne, Robin Dempsey, Dan Casey. In the MSL Ronald O’Brien was selected on five consecutive “All Star” teams.

Goalkeepers International Caps.

George Howard, Jackie Vance, Peter O’Toole, Noel Hughes, Ger Lynch, Pat (Lob) O’Connor, Chippy Devlin, Josh Moran, Pat Kelly, Alan Young, Jim Finnerty, Dan Connor, Stephen Redmond, Darren Quigley, Tom Murphy, Enda Minouge, Harry Halwax, Jack Ross, Reece Byrne

International Honours Senior:

Alan Campbell, Alan O’Brien, Peter Murphy, Clive Clarke, Paul McShane, Andy Keogh, Eamon Zayed (Libian}, Alan Judge and Sean Maguire. Amy Keating, Stephanie Roach, Aimee Cahill, 

Under 23’s 21’s Amature and Junior.

Anto Whelan, James O’Connor, Robbie Ryan, Christy Dunne, Pat Whelan, Richie McIntyre, Dave Mason, Danny Heffernan, Peter Neary, James Mason, Daniel Loughran, Tony Brunton, Freddy Mulvanny, Darren Forsyth, Mick Kelly, Frank McParland, Christy Farrelly, Dylan Watts, Don Tierney, Brendan Bell, Neil Farrugia, Paddy Allen, Ronnie Allen, Ross Zambra

Youths, 15’s, 16’s, 17’s,18’s and Schools. Richard Cummins, Willie Fogerty, Gerry Sayers, Jackie Vance,

Richard Sheridan, Fintan Deegan, Sean Sheehy, Dave Mason, Tony McGuirke, Eugene Davis, Pat Devlin, Eamon Gilroy, Niall Shelley, Tommy Leonard, Mickey Mahon, David Doran, Anto Whelan, Alan Campbell, Lar Mahony, Des Kavanagh, John Murray, David Kane, Barry Dignam, Ronald O’Brien, Derek Jackson, Eddie Gormley,  Rory Vance, Simon Brady, David Gormley, Keith Dignam, Peter White, Andy Rice, Ross Zambra, Graham Ward, Gavin Gunning, Shane Howard, John Flood, Stephen Brennan, Joe Kendrick’s, Ian Morris, James Lee Matthews, Alan O’Brien, Padge Flynn, Will Murphy, Ian McGrane, Michael Roach, Aidan Lyons, Alan Judge, Jay O’Shea, Paul O’Reilly (Tallaght) Mickey Lawless, Kieran Ryan, Clive Clarke, Peter Byrne, Richard Merrigan, Peter Murphy, Paul Forsyth, Glen Fitzpatrick, Paul O’Reilly (Dun Laoghaire), Dylan Hayes, Carl Forsyth, Jake Kelly, Ger Pender, Danny Earls, Neil Farruga, Simon Power, Joe Breen, Dan Casey, Sean Byrne, Gareth McDonagh, Amy Keating, Malike Benrouguibi, Joe Redmond, Joe Murphy, Ryan Burke, Aaron Bolger, Glen McCauley, Dan Byrne, Promise  Omochere. Jonathan Afolabi, Andy Lyons, Brandon Kavanagh and Domnic Peppard, Enda Minouge, James Furlong, Cian Kelly,  Presious Omochere, Festy Ebosele, Mipo Billy Vance, Matt Murphy, Callum Thompson, Mipu Odubeko, Jake Ellis, Jamie Crilly,  Andy Moran, Leigh Kavanagh, Mark Tansey, Luke O’Brien, Roland Idowu, Toby Owens, Mickey Quigley, Owen McCormack, Mark Tansey, Luke O’Brien

SFAI National Cup winners (managers and number of cups)

Under 15’s  Challenge Cup Brendon Harmon x 1, Niall O’Driscoll x 3, Niall Shelley x 3, Ger Egan x 2, Gerry Clemance x 5, Jimmy Whelan x 5, Liam Forsyth x 1, Kiernan Forsyth x 1 Jay Costello x 3, Bernard Byrne x 3.

International Tournament’s and tours:

Istra cup winners and runners up (Niall Driscoll and Christy Dodd). Keele University Cup winners (Willie Byrne), Nike Tournaments (Liam Forsyth Paris), (Michael Lawless Huddersfield), (Niall O’Driscoll Bilbao), (Niall O’Driscoll Paris World Finals), (Gerry Clements), (Niall Shelley), (Ger Egan Izumo International Tournament), (Niall Shelley Izumo International). (Keith Kenna Madrid Cup), (George Forsyth Madrid Cup), (Rob Shelley London Cup), (Rob Shelley Madrid Cup), (Jay Costello Danone Cup Poland), (Gerry Clements Brest Twining Tournament), (George and Liam Forsyth Brest Twining Tournament), (Clinton Nelson Madrid Cup), (Alan Heffernan Barcelona Cup), (John Tracy Kiernan Forsyth Villarreal), (Holland Cup Donal Forsyth), (Rimini Cup Christy Dodd), (Rimini Cup Ann Dodd). Various tours to Lisbon George Forsyth.

Partnership’s:

Bray Wanderers have been our main partner for many years.

We have also had partnerships with Blackburn Rovers, Liverpool, Newcastle United, Charlton Athletic, Atletico Madrid, Celtic,

Managers and Coaches:

Pat Devlin Bray Wanderers, Shamrock Rovers, UCD, Cabinteely, Irish Senior and Under 23 Team. Anto Whelan Drogheda, Keith Long Bohemians, Ian Morris Shelbourne, Graham Kelly Bray Wanderers, Peter Murphy Annon United, James O’Connor Tampa Florida, Ogie Kennedy Stanford University, Aidan McCluskey New Jersey Football Academy, Igor Romeriz Futsal Academy New Jersey.

What other People say!

  • “St Joseph’s Boys is one of the finest football nurseries not only in Ireland but many of the UK academies could learn from how they do things. Their focus on the player’s overall development has been key to their success.”

Kenny Dalglish, (Former Manager Newcastle/Celtic/Liverpool/Blackburn)

  • “John joined Joey’s from Park Celtic at under 11 just as he was getting into secondary school. John had a fabulous time in Joey’s with 2/3 different leaders who developed John’s potential, which resulted in John having a career in football but more importantly John and us made many friends on the way. I would recommend Joey’s to any parent who is committed to their child’s development.

 Miriam Fitzgerald, (Mother)

  • “Joey’s is not just a successful football club but is an establishment where the focus is on producing well balanced youngsters and giving them many of the skills needed in life today. This is a tradition carried on from the founding of the club in 1953 by father McCabe and remains embedded in the culture of Joey’s”.

John King, (Team Leader)

  • “I joined Joey’s at Under 12’s from my local club Broadford Rovers. I spent 6 successful and enjoyable years at Joey’s. I won many medals and trophies as well as making many good friends. I went on to achieve under age international caps and I owe this success to the happy years I spent at Joey’s. I would recommend Joey’s to any child wishing to make friends and excel in the football world”.

Eamon Zayed, (Player)

  • “When I started playing football I could only dream of playing somewhere with the reputation, facilities and success of Joey’s. When the chance came to send my son to Joey’s it was one that I couldn’t turn down. The facilities, organisation and expert coaching put Joey’s a cut above the other clubs my son could have joined. Joey’s provide the perfect environment for kids to develop as players and people and my son went from strength to strength during the years he spent at the club”.

Ray Matthews, (Father)

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of St Joseph’s Boys Football Club is to create an enabling learning environment for footballing excellence in which volunteers and players are happy, friendly and self-confident, with a sense of humour and an awareness of their God-given gifts and the need to fulfil their potential for good and they are then ready to ask: “What more can I do, what more can I give?” 

Forward to the Goal

Not that I am already perfect, but one thing I do, forgetting the things that are behind, and straining forward to what lies ahead I press Forward to the Goal.

St. Paul to the Philippines 3: 12 – 21

St. Joseph’s Boys in England, Scotland, Australia and the USA

Alan Judge: Played for Joes from the age of 5 and signed for Blackburn Rovers when he was 16. Earned his first Senior International Cap earlier the year against Switzerland. Alan suffered a bad leg break while playing for Brentford and missed the UEFA

Paul McShane: Played for the club for 5 seasons before moving to Manchester United. Made his International debut against the Czech Republic. Has played for Sunderland, Hull City and Reading.

Peter Murphy: Peter played in the same Joes team as Paul Forsyth, Dan Connor and Stephen Gough. He signed for Blackburn Rovers and the moved to Carllse United where he enjoyed a great career winning two promotions Peter scored the winning goal in the final of the Football League Trophy at Wembley Stadium against Brentford. Two days before the match, Murphy’s partner Lisa gave birth to a baby son. Peter was capped by manager Brian Kerr and he then moved to Scotland to play Ayr United and later became manager of Annan United. 

Eamon Zayed: Eamon is an Irish-born Libyan footballer who currently plays for Chattanooga Red Wolves in the USL League One and the Libian national football team. Zayed gained international fame on 2 February 2012 after scoring a hat-trick in the final ten minutes of the Tehran derby against Esteghlalin a match where Persepolis were one man down and losing 2–0 until the 82nd minute, which later referred as “10 minutes with 10 men” or “10-10-3

Joe Redmond: Joe has captained one of the best teams the club has ever had. A footballing centre half Joe signed for Birmingham City and is progressing very well.

Ryan Burke: Ryan played on the same team as Joe and is an outstanding  left full. Signed for Birmingham.

Jay O’Shea: Jay played National League football for Bray Wanderers and Galway United. Jay signed for Birmingham City and then moved to MK Dons where he an established goal scoring midfielder. Jay moved to Chesterfield and last season moved to Bury. Jay moved to Brisbane Roar in the “A” league this year.

Glen McAuley: Glen is one of the most exciting players to emerge in years. He also played in the all-conquering Joes team and signed for Liverpool and was progressing very well. With the influx of Eastern European and African players opportunities to break into the first team squad. Glen returned to the National League and signed for St. Patrick’s Athletic’s in July 2019.

Callum Thompson: Callum has signed for Wolves this season after being on trial at a number of clubs. He is a strong, pacey and dangerous midfielder.

Mikey Quigley:  Mikey signed Sheffield Wednesday and is progressing very well.

Caoimhin Fowler: Caoimhin was born in Dublin and the family immigrated to Cairns Australia. He returned to Ireland to pursue a professional football career. He signed for Joes and then signed for Dutch First Division side Vitesse Arnhem.

Stephanie Roach: Stephanie was nominated for Ballon D’or award for goal of the season. She now plays with Turin and leads the way for Joes girls.

Tom Murphy: Goalkeeper Tom was signed by Everton following some outstanding performances for club and country.

Sean Maguire: Seanie played for Joes before moving to Cork City where he topped the goal scoring for two seasons. He was snapped up by Preston North End and he has continued to bang in the goals. Won his first International cap last year. 

Danny Earls: Danny is hard working midfielder who played for Aston Villa before moving to Colorado in the USA.

Andy Keogh: Andy signed for Leeds United before moving to Scunthorpe, Wolves and Millwall. Andy moved to Perth in Australia where he recently set a record by scoring in 9 consecutive games.

Gavin Gunning: Signed for Blackburn Rovers and has played for a number of clubs on loan. Signed for Dundee United in 2011 and moved to Birmingham before returning to Dundee. He recently signed for Forest Green.

Jonathan Afolabi: Jonny signed for Southampton and is already pushing for his first team debut.

Max Murphy: Max signed for Stoke City following eye catching performances in the National Team  

Mipo Adebuko: Mipo signed for Manchester United following some great goals in the Black and White

James Furlong: James is an outstanding left back who on a very successful team managed by Bernard Byrne. James was excellent in the UEFA Under 16 championships in 2019 which attracted many UK clubs and James signed for Brighton.

St. Joseph’s players in the National League of Ireland.

Dan Casey: Played for the club for 10 years before signing Sunderland. He has captained the under age international teams. Dan is a no nonsense defender who has signed for Bohemians. Dan signed for Cork City this season.

Daire O’Connor; Daire played on the same team as Dylan Watts, Dan Casey and Shane Barnes. Signed for Cork City from UCD in 2019.

Dylan Hayes: Dylan played with distinction for the club and signed for Derby County where he spent before signing for Bohemians. Dylan moved to Bray Wanderers recently.

Ian Morris: Ian played for Joes and signed for Leeds United, Scunthorpe United, Blackpool and Exeter before returning home after 12 years in the UK and signed for Bohemians. Ian was appointed Manager of Shelbourne and stirred “The Reds” back to Premier Division.

Paddy Kavanagh: A very gifted old style winger who has battled extremely hard to carve out a great career in the National League. Paddy also plays for Bohs.

Arron Bolger: Was the playmaker and driving force in one of the best teams in the clubs history. Arron is one of the youngest players in the National League and is a firm favourite with the Shamrock Rovers fans. Arron signed for Cardiff City recently.

Ger Pender: Ger is a big target man who burst on the scene two years when he broke the Bray Wanderers goal scoring record.

Darragh Noone: Darragh is a gifted playmaker who has a great eye for a defence splitting pass. Has forced his way into the Bray Wanderers team. Darragh moved to Shelbourne this season.

Jake Ellis: Jake is the first player to emerge from the Joes/Bray academy. Jake has worked his way from the third team to the premier team in two seasons.

Dylan Watts: Dylan played for Joes for 10 years and starred for UCD in the Europa League. His performances caught the eye of Leicester City and signed for the “Foxes”. He returned to Bohs on loan and he is getting rave reviews for his performances. Dylan was signed by Shamrock Rovers and almost single hand kept Rovers in contention.

Shane Barnes: Shane played on the same team as Dan Casey and Dylan Watts. After a short time with Bray and the Joes Seniors he signed for Waterford United where he is banging in the goals. Shane signed for Cabinteely this season.

Dylan Barnett: Dylan played in the triple SFAI team before moving to Brighton & Hove. He returned home and signed for Waterford United. Dylan signed for Bray Wanderers this season..

Shane Flynn: Shane was called into the Bray first team squad after some great performances in the Under 19’s.

Adam Dempsey: Adam was also called into the Bray Wanderers first team squad following some outstanding performances.

Sam Byrne: Sam was snapped up by Manchester United following some great performances for club and Under age Internationals. Sam moved to Everton but then suffered a broken leg. Sam is presently on loan at Dundalk.

Jake Kelly: Jake was on the same Joes team as Sam Byrne. He is a player who comes alive in the box and has returned to Bray Wanderers after spells at Rover’s and Bohemians.

Cieran Butler: Cieran is a true Joes man who signed for Bray Wanderers and then Cabinteely where he is progressing well.

Kieran Marty Waters: Marty has built a reputation as a goal scorer with Bray and was snapped up by Rovers. Marty turned down offers from top clubs and signed for Cabinteely.

Brandon Kavanagh: Brandon played on the same team as Joe, Ryan, Glen and Jonny and Andy Lyons. Brandon signed for Rovers and recently starred in the U19 UEFA Championships.

Andy Lyons: Like Brandon, Andy signed for Bohemians  and also played every match in the U19 UEFA championships.

“Joes” don’t just produce footballers

George Howard MBE. George was an outstanding keeper in the early days and moved to Holyhead United before joining Mersey Police Force where he became Chief Constable. George was knighted for services to the community. The Howard’s are still connected to the club with George’s grandnephew Callum Perry on the 12 Premiers.

A.J. McGinty: Connaught & USA out half and Guinness Pro 12 winner A.J. attributes his two footed kicking to his time spent in St.Joseph’s.

Paul Dunne: Professional Golfer who led the British Open on the final day in 2015 where he eventually finished fifth. Paul played for three years in the club.

Ronald O’Brien: Professional Golfer Ronald should be included in both lists. Ronald played for Joes 8 seasons before signing for Middlesboro where he spent 2 years before moving to Juventus and then Dundee United before moving to the USA to play for FC Dallas, Toronto and San Jose Earthquakes. Ronald was selected in 5 MLS All Star teams. Ronald took up golf when he was 30 and now plays off +3. Nice work if you can get it.

Andrew Conway:  Munster winger displayed his blistering pace in the Black & White before switching codes with Leinster Rugby before moving to Munster.

Nicholas Roach: International cyclist Nicholas played his schoolboy football in Joes.

Paul & Mark Schutte:  Dublin hurlers were outstanding defenders with Joes before concentrating on Gaelic games.

Richard Boyd Barrett TD: Richard played for Joes long before he became involved in politics.

Colum McCann: New York based writer Colum played his schoolboy football for Joes.

David Gough: Many if not all of the Gough family played for the club with distinction. Dave now works as head of Football Education Services in UEFA headquarters in Nyon Switzerland.

Adam Crothers: Adam is the grandson of the late great Austin Mullen. Adam studied in Dublin and worked with Drury Communications before moving to FIFA headquarters in Zurich Switzerland. Adam became CEO of British Basketball and has just moved to Formula 1’s as Head of Development.

Stephen Wheeler: Stephen is the CEO of SSE Airtricity. Was it during those hard training sessions in Joes that he kindled his interest in sustainable energy.

George Murray: George was the goalkeeper on the same Joes team as Kieran Ryan, Clive Clarke and James O’Connor. George is now the match analyst with Muster Rugby.

Igor Romariz: Igor was with the club for a year as part of his degree in Football. Igor recently opened a Futsal school in New Jersey.

Marcus Lamb: Marcus Is an actor in the Soap “Fair City” and in an interview on the Late Late show mentioned going training in Joes.

Stephen Gough: Stephen is heading up the construction World Cup stadiums in Qatar. Stevie played in one of the most successful teams the club has had. The team included Peter Murphy, Dan Connor, Robbie McGuinness, Paul Forsyth, Conor Buckley and Daniel O’Connor amongst others.

Conor Buckley: Conor played in the club for five years and he also represented Ireland at under age rugby. Conor is the son of Christine Buckley who campaigned for redress from the State for the abuse in the Magdalene laundries. Conor is a very successful business man running night clubs in Dublin.

David Downer: Dave played for Joes for 6 years and then went to St. Patrick’s Athletic before moving to the US in 1983. Dave received two awards from the American Medical Association for developing tools for use in eye lens insertion.

Gary Owens: Gary is the CEO of the Down Syndrome Ireland. Gary played for both schoolboy and senior sections. Gary also served on the Sports Council for a number of years.

George Forsyth Jnr: Based in Dubai where he is Head of Sound in the “Coca Cola Dubai Arena” which open in March 2019. This multi purpose venue is the biggest in the region with a capacity of 17,000.

David Cosgrave: David played on a very successful team managed by Brendan Bell, Mark Quirke and Peter Finnerty. After a serious injury which forced “Cosi” to finish playing he graduated as a doctor specialising in Sports Medicine. David is the club doctor with F.C. Copinhagan having worked with Liverpool and Fulham in the premiership.

Tom Dalton: Tom played on the same team as George Jnr in both schoolboy and senior level. Tom now runs TD Fitness which offers fitness and wellness programmes to high profile companies.

Fergus Slattery: If you were asked in a quiz “who is the most capped Joes player”. The answer would be Slatts with who has 61 caps for Ireland and 4 Lions caps.