Echo Sport in Review: January 2022
There was plenty of movement in the management department of local GAA clubs, with David Curtin and Cathal Fenton taking charge of Ballyboden St Enda’s and Lucan Sarsfields senior hurlers respectively, while Kieran Durkan was appointed to St Jude’s senior football post.
St Mary’s College man Terry Kennedy was named 2021 Guinness Rugby Writers of Ireland 7s Player of the Year after helping Ireland secure their first-ever qualification for an Olympic Games.
Barbara Cleary, of Donore Harriers, captured the Dublin Masters Cross-Country Championship title, leading the women’s 3km race in St Anne’s Park from gun to tape.
St Patrick’s Athletic made a major statement of intent with the signing of Firhouse man Eoin Doyle from Bolton Wanderers on a long-term deal while Andy Lyons signed for Shamrock Rovers from Bohemians.
UEFA pro-licensed coaching staff from the Inchicore football club embarked on a nationwide coaching and talent hunt programme in Pakistan as part of a programme with Global Soccer Ventures.
Following a breakthrough season at Richmond Park, teenager James Abnkwah sealed a big move to Serie A outfit Udinese.
Shamrock Rovers defender and Crumlin man Roberto Lopes became the first-ever Irish-born player to compete in the African Cup of Nations with Cape Verde.
Griffith College Templeogue women’s basketball team secured their place in the Women’s Division One National Cup Final, where they ultimately fell short against NUIG Mystics in Tallaght.
Both Rossfield’s Sarah Carney and Crumlin lad Liam Hand were named in the Irish team for the MMA World Junior and Senior Championships, which took place in Abu Dhabi.
Competing for the University of Texas at the Clemson Invite in South Carolina, Tallaght sprinter Rhasidat Adeleke recorded the fastest time clocked by an Irish woman over 300m on her way to a second-place 36.87 finish.
Despite falling to Dicksboro in the 2021 Leinster Senior Camogie Championship semi-final, St Jude’s took plenty from an encouraging campaign while the bulk of the squad turned their attention to the All-Ireland Junior Football Championship, where the Templeogue club reached the decider.
Jobstown Boxing Club had three girls fighting in the finals of the Leinster Michael Andrews competition, Ava McCabe, Tiffany Spencer and Stacey O’Connor, with all emerging victorious.
Dean Barry, a mixed martial-art fighter from Tallaght, penned a fresh deal with the UFC that would ultimately see him make his debut against Mike Jackson in April.
Clondalkin lad Joe Murray, who plays hurling with Round Towers, struck 1-15 to help Leitrim to a 2-24 to 0-24 win over Mayo in the Connacht Hurling League Shield decider.
Ireland’s top international canoeist Jenny Egan was crowned The Echo 2021 Sports Star of the Year.
After a tremendous season that saw her ranked Number One in the World in the K1 5000m division, the Lucan woman emerged top from a fiercely competitive line-up of eight amateur sports stars who were in the reckoning for this year’s accolade.
Templeogue Synge Street’s Lorcan O’Dell posted 1-1 on his Dublin debut in the National Football League Division One as the Blues lost 1-13 to 2-15 against Armagh in Croke Park.
Lucan Harriers bagged no less than 12 medals at the National Masters Indoor Championships in Athlone.
Belgrave AFC’s first-ever all-girls team settled very quickly into life in the DDSL, winning two out of their opening three games.
Kilnamanagh native and sister of Republic of Ireland captain Katie McCabe, Lauryn McCabe bagged a brace of goals on her debut for the Republic of Ireland in a 3-0 win over Northern Ireland.
Templeogue College captured their first Dublin Senior Football title since 2008 after they beat Confey College 5-9 to 4-1 in the ‘D’ Final at Abbotstown.
The introduction of Faughs/Celtic player Ruby Whitaker in the second half of the Dublin Post Primary Schools Under 19 Division Three Camogie Shield Final made all the difference for Coláiste Chilliain as they recorded an 8-3 to 5-2 win over Coláiste Pobail Setanta.
Pick up the January 5th edition of The Echo Newspaper to read our full Sport in Review 2022.