• Christmas Chef

    Author Mary Dennehy

    A LOCAL dad who was homeless for four years has volunteered to help cook and serve more than 200 Christmas dinners to families without a home this December 25. Jonathan Fitzgerald 02
    Jonathan Fitzgerald (34) lost his two-bed, Rathcoole apartment, which his son stayed in at weekends, in 2009 – when changes were made to the rent allowance system for single parents who had access to their children.

    For more see pages 2&3 of today's Echo.

  • Sports Person of the Year

    Author Stephen Leonard

    NOT many competitors can spend four months of the year sidelined with a broken leg and still cap-ture a Sports Star of the Year Award at the end it.Sports Awards  061
    But the fact that young Ireland soccer sensation Katie McCabe managed to achieve just that at The Echo 2014 Amateur Sports Awards Night in the Glashaus Hotel is testament to her tremendous talent at both club and international level. 

    Sustaining her injury after having fired home a hat-trick for Raheny United in their 5-0 demolition of Cork Women’s back in February, the Tallaght woman returned to action in June when she lined out for the Republic of Ireland Under 19s in a friendly against Norway.
    After bagging a second National League medal she helped Raheny through to the last 32 of the UEFA Women’s Champions League after they won all three of their group games, beating Romanian hosts Olimpia Clug, Bulgarian side NSA Sofia and Hibernians from Malta.

    For more see pages 44 & 45 of today's Echo.