There was more than the usual interest from locals at last weekend’s Hogan Cup All Ireland semi-final.
In the end Naas CBS proved six-point over Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne and qualified for their first Masita All Ireland Hogan Cup. However don’t all football stories have a Kerry Twist?
Well for eagle-eyed supporters the name Dermot Hanifin certainly had some talking. The towering full forward on the Naas team who chipped in with two points is none other that the son of Castleislands Dermot Hanifin who played for Kerry from 1985-1993 and the grandson of Dermot Hanifin (Senior) who played for Kerry from 1950-1953 winning an All Ireland in 1953 with a win over Armagh in front of a massive crowd of 86,155 fans.
Well we are sure there was no where near that many fans at Mallow last Saturday but one great fan of Dermot’s was – his grandmother Bridget Foley.
Bridget goes to all the games and is no stranger to the GAA with her son Derry Foley regarded as one of the best footballers ever to come out of Tipperary
No doubt locals will be tuning in this weekend as Dermot and his teammates take on St Michael’s College Enniskillen.
We wish Dermot the best of luck.