Junior D vs Thomas Davis
Sunday, 24th April 2016

Result: 4 20 to 0 09

Junior Hurlers Mark Special Day in Style

A nation once again. The Ballyboden and the Thomas Davis junior hurlers stood in silence for one minute before their championship match to honour and remember the men and women of the 1916 rising. It was appropriate that two clubs named for two Irish nationalists should stand in silence and remember. Then for one hour the two teams hurled, and honoured an ancient Irish game and an ancient Irish tradition.
It all made the Third Policeman wonder; what does it mean to be Irish and where does hurling and the GAA club fit into modern Irish society?
Thomas Davis defined "being Irish" as having the will to be part of "the Irish nation", a conscious political decision. Maybe...
There are no easy answers. After all, didn't Diarmuid Ferritear himself in his recent lecture in our club tell us; "it's complicated."
Some of the Thomas Davis lads came into the club after the match for a few pints, told stories and exchanged memories.
The Bull scored two goals today. His six year old son, TJ, sat in the dug out with the subs. That's it, cried the Third Policeman . Family, friendship, community, tradition and a few pints!

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